baby-girlThe following was sent to California Catholic Daily by one of its correspondents on Apr. 28.

Dear Archbishops and Bishops of California, 
I write with urgency and conviction, to bring to your attention that the California Catholic Conference of Bishops is not including support for AB 2336 on Catholic Advocacy Day next Tuesday, April 29th.  AB 2336 would ban Sex-Selection Abortions and will be voted on just one week later, on Tuesday, May 6th, in the Assembly Health Committee.  Your timely and full support is critically needed!  This is lethal prenatal discrimination against baby girls. Even former President Jimmy Carter recently said, “…160 million girls are now missing from the face of the earth because they are murdered at birth by their parents or either selectively aborted when their parents find out that the fetus is a girl.” President Carter called this discrimination “the worst human rights abuse on earth.”
The Church is abjectly failing and missing a tremendous opportunity to lead the way in support for this life-affirming effort, as polls show as high as 85% agreement for banning Sex-Selection Abortions, across party lines and demographic subsets. Eight states already have Sex-Selection Abortion bans.  The evidence is clear that sex-selection abortions are occurring here in California.  Catholic Bishops could have a powerful influence in unifying support for this bill among all legislators, for few people, regardless of their party affiliation, can publicly support killing babies simply because they are baby girls—or baby boys.  
The California Bishops’ current silence on AB 2336 on Catholic Advocacy Day sends the message to the Assembly Health Committee members, many of whom are Catholic, everyone at the Capitol, the voters of California and Americans all across the country that the Bishops of California do not proclaim the protection of innocent human life as a moral imperative, nor a legislative priority. How can prisoner phone call rates, AB 1876, be more important than saving the lives of baby girls on Catholic Advocacy Day?

My ten years of daily experience as a sidewalk counselor in front of Sacramento abortion businesses, offering compassionate assistance to abortion-bound women and serving as the last chance, the last hope a baby has for life, convicts my conscience and I pray that I can convey this sense of urgency to you as a plea for your leadership. Every day, a classroom of future students are killed by abortion right here in Sacramento. In California, the equivalent of an entire large school-full of children are killed daily (800 babies), as about one-quarter of all US abortions take place in our state.
Yet, rather than make saving babies a priority, the California Catholic Conference of Bishops will be advocating for education tax credits.  How ironic, when you think of the tens of thousands of empty classrooms and closed schools, resulting from abortion.  Every week thousands of Hispanic babies are killed in our state, paid for with our own personal tax dollars, yours and mine.  Immigration and tax-breaks for the poor are very important, but we cannot be silent as babies are being slaughtered and women are hurt for a lifetime!  

Surely, support for AB 2336 can and must be included in Catholic Advocacy Day on Tuesday, if there is the will, the courage, and the leadership among our Bishops to do so.
By our silence, we are complicit in a massive Culture of Death. Life must be a priority.  Even at this late date, it is not too late for you to include support for AB 2336, especially for those legislators who are on the Assembly Health Committee, scheduled to vote on this bill Tuesday, May 6, just a week after Catholic Advocacy Day. 
Recently, Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila had only days to protect life in Colorado, yet he personally led the effort to successfully oppose abortion in his state, with a rally attended by 1,000 faithful at the state capitol, prayer, phone calls, emails, and visits to the state legislators.  See Archbishop Aquila’s  personal Letter which went out over the weekend of April 11th here and the news article here.

If we profess to believe in the Resurrected Lord, then let us go forth to live as a witness to the assurance that with God, all things are possible. 
I plead with you to do what is right, even when it might not be popular at the California State Capitol, in order to begin to restore a Culture of Life here in California.  

Wynette Sills, St. Joseph Parish
Sacramento Diocese