From the April, 2003 issue of Touchstone
abortion Cutting the Cord by Terry Mattingly

Cutting the Cord

A Jesuit Says Goodbye to the Abortion Party

by Terry Mattingly

It was sometime during the hearings into whether Judge Priscilla Owen was fit to serve on the US Court of Appeals that Father John F. Kavanaugh faced a hard question.

All 10 Democrats on the US Senate Judiciary Committee voted against her and killed her recent nomination, even though the Texas Supreme Court Justice received the American Bar Association’s highest ranking. The problem was that she favored restraints on abortion rights, including parental-notification laws.

“This was the first time in history that someone with her qualifications had been rejected in committee,” said the nationally known Jesuit writer. “I couldn’t believe it. . . . That was when I had to ask: Why am I still a registered . . .


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