H/T to Michael Paulson on his blog, Articles of Faith, at The Boston Globe for the following:
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which has been deeply concerned about Barack Obama's support for abortion rights, today released a letter from the conference president, Cardinal Francis E. George (right) of Chicago, to the president-elect, urging him not to overturn a series of regulations that, according to the bishops, "protect conscience rights of health care workers, prevent foreign aid to organizations promoting abortion, and ban funding of stem cell research that encourages destruction of human embryos."
(quote from letter follows, below the video)
(H/T to the Deacon's Bench for the video)
Here's the excerpt from George's letter:
During the campaign, you promised as President to represent all the people and respect everyone’s moral and religious viewpoints. You also made several statements about abortion. On one occasion, when asked at what point a baby has human rights, you answered in effect that you do not have a definite answer. And you spoke often about a need to reduce abortions.
The Catholic Church teaches that each human being, at every moment of biological development from conception to natural death, has an inherent and fundamental right to life. We are committed not only to reducing abortion, but to making it unthinkable as an answer to unintended pregnancy. At the same time, I think your remarks provide a basis for common ground. Uncertainty as to when human rights begin provides no basis for compelling others to violate their conviction that these rights exist from the beginning. After all, those people may be right. And if the goal is to reduce abortions, that will not be achieved by involving the government in expanding and promoting abortions.
(Read the complete text of the letter)