Monday, June 18, 2007

Philadelphia Council Dumps 'Pro-Choice City' Title

Philadelphia Council Dumps 'Pro-Choice City' Title

Just a week after adopting a resolution declaring its city "pro-choice," the Philadelphia City Council voted 13-4 Thursday to rescind the proclamation. Nine council members originally supported the plan.

"The members who supported today's resolution are to be commended for reflecting carefully upon this issue and showing the courage to revisit it," Cardinal Justin Rigali said in a statement Thursday. "In a city where so many people vigorously defend life at every stage, proclaiming Philadelphia 'pro-choice' is inconsistent with reality. It unfairly saddles those who support life at all stages with this shameful label."

The resolution was introduced by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown at the request of Planned Parenthood, which helped her craft the document.
Philadelphia would have been the largest U.S. jurisdiction to adopt such a resolution, joining the California cities of West Hollywood, Berkeley and Santa Cruz.



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