Nevada Democratic Party gubernatorial hopeful Steve Sisolak, who previously described himself as a devout Catholic, tweeted on February 22 that Las Vegas’ First Choice Pregnancy Services is a “shameful group.” Sisolak’s ire was fired up by a visit to that pro-life help center by Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, a candidate for governor on the Republican Party side.
Sisolak , the chairman of the Clark County (Las Vegas) Commission, fumed that Laxalt’s visit there made plain that his “anti-choice views are beyond the pale.”
Vote for me, Sisolak pleaded to activists, and “I would protect access to women’s healthcare and a woman’s right to choose.”
A woman’s right to choose a pro-life health center, though, would be “beyond the pale,” in Sisolak’s steely gaze.
An opinion writer at Nevada’s largest daily, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, called attention to Sisolak’s tweet in a column posted February 27 and headlined, “Sisolak, Democrats attack group for helping pregnant women.”
Writer Victor Joecks commented: “Attacking crisis-pregnancy centers makes it seem as if Democrats see pregnancy as a zero-sum political game, not as a personal decision. If a woman gets an abortion, that’s one point for the left. But if she chooses life for her child, that’s one point for those right-wing religious zealots.”
Neither Sisolak nor his campaign responded to Joecks’ request for a comment for his column, so The Wanderer gave it a try, submitting the question through Sisolak’s campaign website and asking about the conflict between his strong abortion advocacy and claims to be a devout Catholic.
Both the website and an auto-email sent to this writer’s inbox enthused, “Thank you for contacting the campaign,” promising a response “right away.”
But no one had responded as the end-of-day deadline passed on February 28.
A Review-Journal story in 2010 said: “Sisolak also is a devout Catholic who goes to Mass every day. He said his faith keeps him grounded.” Joecks told The Wanderer that a 2017 article also made the claim of the Democrat being a devout Catholic.
But, pointing to Pope Francis’ statements against abortion, Joecks wrote in his February 27 column, “If Sisolak thinks a crisis-pregnancy center is ‘shameful,’ how would he and other Nevada Democrats describe Pope Francis?”
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