Pro-life group names spokesperson to rally support

WASHINGTON: Cathy Cleaver has been named the new spokesperson for the Pro-Life Secretariat of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB).

WASHINGTON: Cathy Cleaver has been named the new spokesperson for the Pro-Life Secretariat of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB).

WASHINGTON: Cathy Cleaver has been named the new spokesperson for the Pro-Life Secretariat of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB).

The appointment comes at a time when the pro-life movement is regrouping after the Supreme Court and the Food and Drug Administration dealt setbacks to its cause: the latter by approving the drug Mifepristone, simplistically known as the 'abortion pill,' and the former by striking down Nebraska's ban of partial birth abortion.

Cleaver had most recently served as chief counsel to the House Subcommittee on the Constitution. She also directed legal policy for the Family Research Council, a research and education foundation.

Cleaver expressed special interest in promoting the NCCB's 'Project Rachel,' which aims to change the thinking of people who have either had an abortion or been intimately involved with someone who has.'

These people have been trapped into thinking that they need to defend the procedure. But they don't have to remain pro-choice,' she said.

National Abortion Federation executive director Vicki Saporta argued that Project Rachel's 'whole premise is making women feel guilty about having an abortion.' She preferred to cite studies that have shown most women feel stress before - not after - an abortion. Saporta, whose organization represents abortion practitioners, objected to the women being referred to a 'network' of counselors who profit from induced guilt.

Cleaver responded that such comments 'do a disservice to women to deny that abortion has no emotional consequences.





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