Florida Catholic Bishops Take a Powder On State Personhood Amendment

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In an interesting twist, the Florida Catholic Conference said today in a statement that it will not support a controversial pro-life initiative.

The “Personhood Florida” effort already faced long odds, needing to get more than 670,000 signatures collected by February to put a strict measure on the 2010 ballot that would constitutionally ban all abortions and perhaps some birth control.

In a statement, the FCC said, “Although, the bishops of Florida clearly share the desire for our state laws to recognize all life from its very beginning to natural end, after careful consideration and deliberation with legal counsel, the bishops do not support this current amendment effort.

“In addition, the bishops have resolved that there be no collection of petition signatures in any Catholic parish or other diocesan entity.”

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