NEW YORK, Oct 31 ( – All over the US, Cardinals and Bishops have been exhorting the faithful to participate in the upcoming elections and reminding them that the first and most important issue to consider when selecting a candidate is their stand on abortion. The following quotes are from recent statements by the Bishops on the election:

Edward M. Egan Archbishop of New York, October 29, 2000 “In two weeks all of us will have an opportunity to choose leaders for our nation, our state and our local communities who share our commitment to fundamental rights for the unborn, those advanced in age, the sick and the needy. As you cast your ballot, I prayerfully urge you to take a stand worthy of the Community of Faith of which you are a member.”

Cardinal James A. Hickey, Archbishop of Washington, Catholic Standard newspaper, October 26, 2000 (Many issues) “require careful consideration on the part of all voters. But there is one issue that rises above the others. When you vote on November 7, I hope and pray that you will not forget the most disenfranchised citizens in this land – the unborn. Truly they have no voice but ours.”

Bishop William Murphy, Archdiocese of Boston, Pilot Column “The four areas of public issues that the bishops propose for our reflection in this election year are human life, family life, social justice and solidarity. Of these four areas the most fundamental and the most important is human life. Defense of human life is the only foundation on which all else must be built, or else, all else is eventually going to collapse. … In light of this constant and solemn teaching, Catholics have an equally solemn responsibility to examine the candidates on the basis of their support for human life within the womb.”

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