(ENS) Presiding Bishop Edmond Browning recently joined other church
leaders in sending an open letter to leaders of pro-life groups, encouraging
them to "examine the language they use and condemn rhetoric that
dehumanizes abortion providers and pro-choice advocates." The leaders said
that "to speak out forcefully and passionately against actions or policies one
believes to be unjust and immoral is at the core of being American. But to
dehumanize those with whom one disagrees is to set the stage for violence."
The letter, which was sent to groups that oppose abortion, including Operation
Rescue, National Right to Life Committee, and the National Council of
Catholic Bishops, commended Cardinal Bernard Law of Massachusetts in
calling for a moratorium on protests at reproductive health clinics as "a strong
first step in de-escalating violence."