Bishops upset with Dem Senate candidates over abortion answer

Face the State host Dennis House, who invited me to participate in yesterday’s live debate between the five Democrats vying for the U.S. Senate nomination, this evening reported the Catholic Bishops of Connecticut are upset over the candidates’ responses to an abortion question.

Here’s what I asked of the five contenders, beginning with U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy of the 5th District, with some links for additional details: “Mr. Murphy, you were a strong advocate for the Obama administration’s recent decisions regarding contraception coverage for employees of Catholic organizations. The New York  Times recently reported that as Catholic hospitals become a greater force within the health care industry there are concerns that women’s access to treatments from abortions to sterilizations will be limited. Should the federal government require Catholic hospitals to provide these services, specifically abortions?”

The Bishops in a letter obtained by House wrote they were disappointed to hear all five candidates backed offering abortions in all hospitals in Connecticut.

Now, before those of you reading this pick a side, please watch the footage, listen carefully to what the candidates did/didn’t say and then draw your own conclusions about whether all five answered in the affirmative.

Click here, then go to Democratic Senate Debate Part 3. The question’s posed at the 5:30 mark.

Brian Lockhart