Letter: Neal had no business visiting Catholic school

To the editor:

U.S. Rep. Richard Neal recently visited St. Mary's Catholic School in Lee during Catholic Schools Week. According to The Eagle (Feb. 1), he gave the students a lesson in "civics and civility." Why would a Catholic school invite Mr. Neal, who has a history of voting against pro-life legislation? Mr. Neal touts once teaching at a Catholic high school and identifies himself as a Roman Catholic, yet votes contrary to church teaching.

In October 2017, the House passed the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, and Mr. Neal voted against it. The bill states that no unborn baby past 20 weeks gestation can be aborted, except in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother. Other pro-life legislation he voted against includes the Conscience Protection Act, the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act and Women's Public Health & Safety Act, the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. He earned a score of 100 percent score from Planned Parenthood and NARAL, and a score of zero from the National Right to Life Committee. Mr. Neal speaks of "civility" yet has a record on the lives of the unborn that is not only uncivilized, it's barbaric.

St. Mary's web page states that it "exists to pass on the values and teaching of the Roman Catholic Church, and foster a love of learning and keeping Christ in their daily lives." Hosting a politician with an abysmal record on life hardly fosters those values.

It's the duty, not only of Catholics, but of all people to protect the most vulnerable. As a Catholic in a position of power, Mr. Neal has an even greater responsibility not to support pro-abortion laws. And we as Catholic voters have a responsibility not to vote or support pro-abortion politicians.

Brigid Rufo,

Altamont, N.Y.


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