Catholics United launches pro-life attack on Romney
A Democrat-leaning Catholic group that has supported pro-abortion rights politicians is attacking former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney over controversial reports claiming he had stock ownership in a medical waste disposal firm that discards aborted unborn children.
Anthony M. Stevens-Arroyo, writing at the Catholics United-run group blog “Our Daily Thread,” cited Security and Exchange Commission filings apparently showing that Mitt Romney was involved in investment firm Bain Capital’s purchase of stock from the Stericycle medical waste disposal firm after his February 1999 retirement from management.
Stevens-Arroyo said “it is fair to ask what being ‘opposed to abortion’ means to a candidate who assisted this biowaste company in growing to be the largest in the country and made tens of millions from the deal.”
He charged that Stericycle “directly cooperated in abortion business” because abortion clinics would not have stayed open without waste disposal.
He then stated that Catholic opposition to abortion is “a fundamental principle of our doctrinal teaching” and noted canonical provisions that excommunicate any Catholic involved in the procurement of abortion.
Stevens-Arroyo questioned whether Romney deserves “a single Catholic vote” for allegedly owning a company that profited from abortions.
But the Romney campaign maintains he left Bain Capital in February 1999 to run the Salt Lake City Olympics full time.
The Obama campaign contends that since Romney’s name appears on documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission in November 1999 that he was still involved with Bain Capital.
FactCheck.org, a project of the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center, said July 12 “None of the SEC filings show that Romney was anything but a passive, absentee owner during that time, as both Romney and Bain have long said.
It is unclear whether Romney could have known of Stericycle’s involvement in the disposal of fetal remains, as pro-life advocates’ own activism did not begin until recent years.
StopStericycle, a Philadelphia-based volunteer group opposed to the company’s involvement in abortion, formed in 2010. It is further researching Romney’s role in Stericycle’s ownership, the group’s director Michael Marcavage told CNA. [More]