Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Abortion Foe Casey Decides Not to Run for Presidency

Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Abortion Foe Casey Decides Not to Run for Presidency

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The following is compiled from Catholic News Service and a report by Catherine M. Odell in South Bend, Ind.

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Robert P. Casey, a Catholic and a strong opponent of abortion, dashed hopes of antiabortionists April 18 when he announced he would not seek the Democratic nomination for president.

Casey, 62, who underwent a heart and liver transplant in mid-1993, said he was not sure he could "sustain the extraordinary energy level required by a national campaign." He said he made his decision April 17 after consulting with his doctors about a respiratory problem.

Casey, who had established on March 24 a presidential exploratory committee to begin fundraising, said he had already scheduled fundraisers in 10 cities and received pledges of more than $500,000.

He certainly sounded like a candidate April 6 when he told a crowd at Notre Dame University that an antiabortion consensus was building among Americans despite a legalization of abortion 22 years ago.

"The pendulum is swinging in the opposite direction, the direction of protection of life," he said. "The Freedom of Choice Act, by grand design, which was to pass through the Congress with no problem, has failed," he said, referring to a federal bill that would have repealed state restrictions on abortion procedures.

"(Abortion) is like a bone in our throat. We can't swallow it; we cannot assimilate it; and we cannot be comfortable with it because it is fundamentally contrary to what we believe as Americans. …

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