The Catholic bishops called Colorado’s Reproductive Health Equity Act “one of the most extreme abortion bills in the country” in a letter sent to lawmakers.
“It became clear by their public votes that several Catholic lawmakers support ending the lives of unborn children and declaring that a ‘fertilized egg, embryo or fetus’ has no ‘independent or derivative rights’ in Colorado,” the letter sent earlier this week stated. “These pre-born babies are worth less than those who have had the gift of being born, according to this morally bankrupt logic.”
As a result, the bishops requested that the lawmakers “voluntarily refrain from Holy Communion.”
“This request is not one that we make lightly, but since it is our duty to safeguard the faith and care for the souls of all the faithful — including these politicians — we must make it,” the bishops wrote, adding that they are “always willing to engage in conversation” about the “gravely sinful action” of abortion.
The letter follows Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s barring of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) from receiving Holy Communion in light of her stance on abortion.