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Bishop Terry LaValley. Source: Diocese of Odgensburg
Bishop Terry LaValley. Source: Diocese of Odgensburg

As social issues shape 2012 campaign, North Country bishop speaks out

After the long recession, most pundits expected the 2012 political campaign to revolve around economic issues.

But politicians on the right and left have instead been reviving some surprising social questions, ranging from contraception to prenatal testing to the role of religion in politics and public life.

In an interview with Newsweek magazine, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat, argued that opposition to insurance coverage for those services amounts to "an attack on women."

"Many of us are outraged, really outraged," Sen. Gillibrand told the magazine. "In the year 2012, we should not be debating access to birth control. No boss should be making a decision about what health care their employees should be eligible to take."

Polls show that the vast majority of American families use contraception and think contraception should be widely available. Surveys also suggest that a smaller majority of Americans think religious groups should provide full insurance benefits to employees.

But Bishop Terry Lavalley, who heads the Diocese of Ogdensburg, sees this very differently.

He argues that Federal changes to healthcare laws proposed by the Obama administration threaten the religious freedom of groups like the Roman Catholic Church.

Bishop LaValley met recently with Brian Mann to talk about the Church's prominent role in this year's political campaign and about the difficulties of teaching Catholic doctrine in an age when even many Roman Catholics are making very different moral choices.  Go to full article
We are professing life on all levels according to the ways of our Heavenly Father

Abortion foes stage annual protest in Plattsburgh

Religious groups that oppose legalized abortion staged their annual protest rally in Plattsburgh on Friday.

They sang hymns, prayed and marched outside the clinic operated by Planned Parenthood. Martha Foley has details.  Go to full article
I don't know anyone who is anti-choice where I have ever been able to come to a central point. I don't think there is a middle ground...

Planned Parenthood's Kathie Wunderlich talks about life inside the abortion debate

Abortion is one of the most common medical procedures performed in America. Women in New York state choose to terminate roughly a third of all pregnancies.

But the debate over abortion has raged ever since the practice was legalized by the Supreme Court in 1973.

Kathie Wunderlich is president of Planned Parenthood of the North Country, which operates eight clinics across the region.

Last week as the Good Friday protests were getting underway, she spoke in-depth with Brian Mann.

We asked Wunderlich to respond to a claim by Republican Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona, who said that more than ninety percent of Planned Parenthood's medical services involve abortions.  Go to full article
Gov Cuomo delivering his State of the State address.
Gov Cuomo delivering his State of the State address.

Cuomo in step with Dems on social issues

Much of the focus in the first two weeks of Governor Andrew Cuomo's term has been on the state's financial crisis, and the new governor's fiscally conservative prescriptions: a public employee wage freeze, spending cuts, a property tax cap.

Cuomo, a Democrat, is more in step with his party when it comes to social issues. Karen DeWitt explains.  Go to full article
The Diocese of Ogdensburg held its annual Good Friday vigil in Plattsburgh (Photo:  Brian Mann)
The Diocese of Ogdensburg held its annual Good Friday vigil in Plattsburgh (Photo: Brian Mann)

Reporter's Notebook: In Plattsburgh, wrestling with the moralities of abortion and choice

On Friday, roughly 200 Roman Catholic protestors held a vigil outside the Planned Parenthood clinic in Plattsburgh. They prayed for an end to legal abortion in America. They were met by some 60 pro-choice demonstrators. The supporters of Planned Parenthood called for the protection of full reproductive rights for women. The confrontation was peaceful, even dignified. The Good Friday vigil has been a tradition for 14 years. But abortion represents one of the deepest fault-lines in American society, with the two sides embracing starkly different moral visions. Brian Mann attended Friday's vigil and he sent this reporter's notebook.  Go to full article

100 Planned Parenthood Clinics Receive Terror Letters

Nearly 100 Planned Parenthoods around the country received anthrax threats yesterday. As Karen Dewitt reports from Albany, six clinics in New York received Fed Ex packages with white powder. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Planned Parenthood President Celebrates Plattsburgh Clinic Anniversary

Gloria Feldt, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the nation's largest reproductive rights group, visited Plattsburgh to help the regional chapter, Northern Adirondacks Planned Parenthood, celebrate its 30th anniversary. David Sommerstein spoke with Feldt, who urged supporters to mobilize in a tricky political landscape.  Go to full article

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