Matt C. Abbott
Illinois politics: a sign of hope in Palatine; PersonhoodMississippi.com
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By Matt C. Abbott
February 4, 2010

Sometimes the pro-life candidate does win, even in the blue State of Illinois.

On Feb. 2, in the Chicago suburb of Palatine, staunch pro-lifer Tom Morrison defeated 11-year incumbent Suzie Bassi. Both are Republicans, but Bassi is, sad to say, a pro-abortion Catholic. She even supported tax-dollars for abortion-on-demand.

Catholic, mind you. Catholic.

Sickening, but all too common in this "seamless garment," "spirit of Vatican II" political and moral climate.

Morrison ran a strong campaign, and he had help from members of ICE PAC — Illinois Citizens for Ethics Political Action Committee — who spent the better part of two recent Saturdays going door-to-door throughout Palatine in support of Morrison.

"When Bassi voted against parental notification two years ago and then voiced support for the Illinois Reproductive Health and Access Act last year — the Illinois FOCA bill — we knew it was time for her to go," said J. Kevin Costello, chairman and founder of ICE PAC.

Morrison still has to win the general election in November, but I think it's safe to assert that he and his supporters are optimistic.

ICE PAC's mission, according to its Web site, "is to influence public decisions made at the state level by supporting candidates and issues that value human life, advance family stability, and uphold the dignity of all people."

I say: Kudos to Morrison, his staff, the members of ICE PAC, and the pro-lifers who, according to a Feb. 3 story in the Daily Herald, "descended on Holy Family Catholic Church in Inverness to pass out leaflets highlighting Bassi's support for abortion rights."



Pro-life activist Chet Gallagher wrote:

    'We need volunteers to get us 'over the top' in our Personhood Mississippi effort. Please have them visit the Web site PersonhoodMississippi.com and then contact us to volunteer to help get Mississippi voters to sign the petition in these final two weeks. Thanks.'

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Matt C. Abbott

Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic commentator with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication, media and theatre from Northeastern Illinois University. He also has an Associate in Applied Science degree in business management from Triton College. Abbott has been interviewed on MSNBC, Bill Martinez Live, WOSU Radio in Ohio, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's 2019 "Unsolved" podcast about the unsolved murder of Father Alfred Kunz, WLS-TV (ABC) in Chicago, WMTV (NBC) and WISC-TV (CBS) in Madison, Wis., and has been quoted in The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and other media outlets. He is mentioned in the 2020 Report on the Holy See's Institutional Knowledge and Decision-Making Related to Former Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick (1930 to 2017), which can be found on the Vatican's website. He can be reached at mattcabbott@gmail.com.

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