Kevin Gosztola

Kevin Gosztola
Mishawaka, Indiana, USA
March 10
Kevin Gosztola is a multimedia editor for He will be serving as an intern for The Nation Magazine during the spring in 2011. His work can be found on OpEdNews, The Seminal,, and a blog on Alternet called "Moving Train Media." He is part of CMN News, which produces a weekly podcast or radio show on Talk Shoe. He is a 2009 Young People For Fellow and a documentary filmmaker who graduated with a Film/Video B.A. degree from Columbia College Chicago in the Spring 2010. In April 2010, he co-organized a major arts & media summit called "Art, Access & Action," which explored the intersection of politics, art and media and was supported by Free Press.

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APRIL 25, 2009 10:47AM

Readers of “God and Country” Overwhelmingly Opposed?

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In this unscientific poll, it would appear that those who regularly visit the “God & Country” section of U.S. News & World Report’s website are opposed to the Notre Dame invitation.

On the other hand, do they really have a reason to be so against the invitation?

According to U.S. News & World Report’s Dan Gilgoff “U.S. bishops’ pro-life chief” recently praised Democrats on their “abortion reduction bill”:

When’s the last time you heard Catholic bishops praise the Democrats on the abortion issue? Don’t worry—I can’t remember either.

But Cardinal Justin Rigali, who chairs the Committee on Pro-Life Activities for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued a letter today urging passage of the Pregnant Women Support Act, the Democrats’ main legislative vehicle for their “abortion reduction” program. During Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration, Rigali quietly convened a meeting of antiabortion activists to devise a strategy to combat an expected Obama/Democratic assault on antiabortion policies, so this is a significant development.

Gilgoff reports that Rigali has written to all members of Congress urging members support the bill.

Here is an excerpt from the Conference of Catholic Bishops’ press release:

“The Pregnant Women Support Act reaches out to women with a helping hand when they are most vulnerable, and most engaged in making a decision about life or death for their unborn children,” Cardinal Rigali said.

The Cardinal said that the PWSA offers “an authentic common ground, an approach that people can embrace regardless of their position on other issues.”

“There are some statements that almost everyone can endorse. First, the fact that over a million abortions take place every year in this country is a tragedy, and we should at least take steps to reduce abortions,” said Cardinal Rigali.

“Second, no woman should ever have to undergo an abortion because she feels she has no other choice, or because alternatives were unavailable or not made known to her. An abortion performed under such social and economic duress meets no one’s standard for ‘freedom of choice’,” the Cardinal continued.

Perhaps, all leaders opposed in the church and in politics should halt their opposition and put their energy toward getting this bill passed. It would sure make the students’ lives on and off campus much easier.

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