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January 17, 2010

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Catholic Democrats Endorses Martha Coakley to Represent Massachusetts in the United States Senate

Coakley Best Represents Values of Catholic Social Justice

Boston, MA - Catholic Democrats is endorsing Attorney General Martha Coakley to fill Senator Edward M. Kennedy's U.S. Senate seat in Tuesday's special election. 

"This is a critical election for advancing Catholic Social Justice priorities," said Dr. Patrick Whelan, president of Catholic Democrats.  "Martha Coakley supports expanding access to health care, protecting our natural environment through the creation of a strong green economy, and helping to alleviate poverty through greater economic opportunity.  Her record as Attorney General demonstrates that she is a tough but fair voice for all of our citizens."

Conservative abortion groups working with the campaign of Republican Scott Brown, including Massachusetts Citizens for Life, have targeted Catholic voters with misinformation regarding Coakley's record.  Brown has adopted the Democratic platform to reduce the numbers of abortions.  Massachusetts Citizens for Life has leafleted cars at Catholic parishes during Sunday Mass claiming he is 'pro-life' because he is opposed to health care reform.  Additionally, voters have received recorded calls from purported Catholic organizations distorting Coakley's record on these issues.

"This has become a national election with the outcome of health care reform in the balance.  Scott Brown says that he will work to kill the health care bill if he gets elected," said Steve Krueger, national director of Catholic Democrats.  "It is hard to understand how killing a bill that will afford more Americans access to health care, thus lessening the estimated 40,000 people who die annually because of a lack of health insurance, is a 'pro-life' position."


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