Courting the Catholic vote

David Cameron

THE battle for the ‘Catholic vote’ is definitely on. Whether you believe that the Faithful have a collective political might, or just acknowledge that issues of conscience and morality will play a significant role in this General Election, the major political parties have a message for you.

Putting the pro-life issue at the heart of his election campaign from the onset, Conservative leader David Cameron has told the Catholic Herald that the time-limit for abortions should be cut to ‘20 or 22 weeks.’

Mr Cameron backed a cut to 22 weeks in 2008, when the House of Commons voted to keep the existing maximum of 24 weeks. However, he has indicated in an interview with the Scottish Catholic Observer’s sister paper that he would like to see the time-limit reduced further.

Mr Cameron has also promised faith schools would be allowed to teach sex education as they wished and he has warned against legalising assisted suicide.

“My personal view is that if assisted dying is legalised, there is a danger that terminally ill people may feel pressurised into ending their lives if they feel they’ve become a burden on loved ones,” he said.

Gordon Brown Pics: Paul McSherry

Meanwhile Labour leader Gordon Brown has praised Catholicism for often being the ‘conscience of the nation’.

He told Faith Today magazine, using the religious language of his upbringing, that his government was the ‘good Samaritan’ who will not ‘pass by on the other side’.

The bottom line is they want your vote, and there is no better time to let them know what you expect in return.

Voters go to the polls on Thursday May 6.


One Response to “Courting the Catholic vote”

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