LifeNews reports that the USCCB lost a federal grant aimed at the prevention of sex-trafficking. Under the Bush administration, they were awarded a five-year, $19 million grant to help victims of sex-trafficking. The bishops made certain that they did not use subcontractors who pay for or promote abortions.
The ACLU had a snit-fit over the abortion prohibition and filed suit. They alleged the funding was unconstitutional because the bishops forbade the referral of women for abortions.
Ladies and gentlemen, please take deep breaths as you read this slowly. The ACLU's conclusion that the funding is unconstitutional is, in my opinion, correct. However, I do believe their reasons for their conclusions are incorrect. Such funding is unconstitutional. Nowhere in the United States Constitution do we see delineated that it is within the purview of the federal government to be funding any charity. The ACLU might want to bear that in mind, for that is the reason why Planned Parenthood should not receive federal funding.
I have a better idea for the USCCB. They can take the American Life League's report on the CCHD, defund the groups listed therein, and have money to fund the anti-sex-trafficking programs. That would be a most appropriate use of Catholic donation dollars
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