I was raised Catholic, but have moved on to “not Atheist.” An acquaintance of mine is a practicing Catholic and had some interesting observations, as she struggles with what Akin’s comments meant to a family planner who relys on what you and I may call “the rythm method.” Anyways, she provided a link to the document I cite below.
It effectively erradicates Akin’s footing with Catholics. Further, we see how far apart Catholics are from the GOP platform. (Bold Mine)
Fifth Edition Issued by USCCB, November 17, 2009
United States Conference of Catholic Bishop
36. Compassionate and understanding care should be given to a person who is the victim of sexual assault. Health care providers should cooperate with law enforcement officials and offer the person psychological and spiritual support as well as accurate medical information. A female who has been raped should be able to defend herself against a potential conception from the sexual assault. If, after appropriate testing, there is no evidence that conception has occurred already, she may be treated with medications that would prevent ovulation, sperm capacitation, or fertilization. It is not permissible, however, to initiate or to recommend treatments that have as their purpose or direct effect the removal, destruction, or interference with the implantation of a fertilized ovum.
47. Operations, treatments, and medications that have as their direct purpose the cure of a proportionately serious pathological condition of a pregnant woman are permitted when they cannot be safely postponed until the unborn child is viable, even if they will result in the death of the unborn child.
During the High Mass of the Rick Santorum campaign, there was all sorts of breathy speculation about how the Republican Party was making inroads with Catholics. I wouldn’t suggest, based on the Catholics in my family, that the USCCB has much sway in how Catholics vote. Nor, would I suggest that Santorum does, either.
However, I think it is compelling to read with our own eyes what the USCCB jots down. How does that trickle down from pulpit to pew?