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Bishop Loverde says he would risk arrest if FOCA becomes law

December 05, 2008

Bishop Paul Loverde of Arlington said that if the Freedom of Choice Act were enacted and a hypothetical Catholic hospital in his diocese were compelled to perform abortions, he would face arrest rather than implement the legislation. He told a crowd of young adults at a diocesan event last week, “I would say, ‘Yeah, I’m not going to close the hospital, you’re going to arrest me, go right ahead. You’ll have to drag me out, go right ahead. I’m not closing this hospital, we will not perform abortions, and you can go take a flying leap.’” The issue could be moot, since there are no Catholic hospitals in the Diocese of Arlington.


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