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NC Bishops Alert Faithful, Ask Input on Proposed Civics Textbook Revision

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In a letter to the faithful of North Carolina, Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh, and Most Reverend Peter J. Jugis, Bishop of Charlotte, have asked for assistance in providing input to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction on a draft text that is being proposed for a revised textbook on Civics and Economics. 

The proposed text asserts that Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that legalized abortion and struck down state and federal laws that regulated and limited access to abortion, is an example of how the Supreme Court has upheld rights against oppressive government. The implication of this proposed text is that opposition to Roe v. Wade is wrong.

The Bishops urge the faithful to provide feedback to the writing team who has drafted this text by visiting the following link: http://www.votervoice.net/link/target/cvnc/9tzg3iBQ.aspx. The deadline for submitting feedback is Monday, February 15.

The Bishops' Letter

February 11, 2010

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

We seek your assistance in providing input to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction on a draft text that is being proposed for a revised textbook on Civics and Economics. The proposed text asserts that Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that legalized abortion and struck down state and federal laws that regulated and limited access to abortion, is an example of how the Supreme Court has upheld rights against oppressive government.

If this text is approved, children taking this course will be asked to explain how Roe v. Wade is an example supporting the way the Supreme Court upheld rights against oppressive government!

The implication of this proposed text is that opposition to Roe v. Wade is wrong.

As a voice united on behalf of the unborn who have a right to life, a fundamental human right, we oppose this draft statement and ask you to join us in making the Department of Public Instruction aware of our opposition and requesting that any reference to Roe v. Wade be removed from this proposed text.

You may provide feedback to the writing team who has drafted this text by going to by clicking on this link log in and send your message:
http://www.votervoice.net/link/target/cvnc/9tzg3iBQ.aspx.

The deadline for submitting feedback is Monday, February 15. Please act quickly to express your opposition to this proposed text and invite others to do so.

We are grateful for all you do to support the unborn and the formation of our children in the values that support and defend life.

Sincerely yours,

Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge
Bishop of Raleigh

Most Reverend Peter J. Jugis
Bishop of Charlotte