Multiple Catholic dioceses donate to anti-abortion committee
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The Florida Voters Against Extremism committee that has advocated against Amendment 4 received $80K from multiple Catholic dioceses during the reported June period.

Multiple Catholic dioceses have contributed money to Florida Voters Against Extremism, a committee advocating against the pro-abortion rights Amendment 4.

From June 1 to June 14, the anti-Amendment 4 committee raised $107,560. A significant portion of that came from multiple Catholic dioceses. The Diocese of St. Augustine contributed $55,000 to the committee, over half of what the committee raised in that period. The Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee also contributed $25,000 to the committee. The committee currently has around $190,000 cash on hand.

Florida Voters Against Extremism is a political committee that is urging voters to vote “no” on a ballot initiative aiming to enshrine abortion protections in the state constitution. The ballot language says “no law shall prohibit, penalize, delay, or restrict abortion before viability or when necessary to protect the patient’s health, as determined by the patient’s healthcare provider.”

The committee put up a website criticizing the language of the initiative, accusing it of vague language and potential loopholes, calling it “deceptive and extreme.”

The committee has shown previous Catholic support before, most notably from the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops. The group donated over $22,000 to Florida Voters Against Extremism during April and May 2024. The group also has a statement on their website urging Floridians to vote against Amendment 4.

Floridians will be able to vote on Amendment 4 on Nov. 5, and it will only be successful if 60% of voters vote in favor of the initiative.

Robert Haughn

Robert Haughn is a University of Central Florida student studying print journalism. He has covered UCF news for the school’s paper, NSM Today, since 2022, most recently as the beat reporter for campus government, covering affairs in Student Government, the Board of Trustees and the Office of the President, and won the NSM Editor’s award for News Editor’s Pick. You can reach Robert at [email protected] and at Twitter/X @rhaughn361.


  • rbruce

    June 25, 2024 at 2:54 pm

    What a shocker, Catholics support life.

    • Jojo

      July 3, 2024 at 7:34 am

      No, Catholics support life at any cost- even the mothers

    • All Catholics support Pedophilia

      July 3, 2024 at 1:53 pm

      Until the baby is born, then the baby can starve for all this criminal organization full of kiddy diddlers cares.

    • Linwood Wright

      July 3, 2024 at 1:54 pm

      More kids for them to rape.

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  • Ron Ogden

    June 25, 2024 at 3:42 pm

    About time the Roman Catholic Church put its money where its mouth is.

    • Michael K

      June 26, 2024 at 10:57 am

      Well, they do own the Supreme Court.

      • Jojo

        July 3, 2024 at 7:35 am

        Amen, so to speak

  • MarvinM

    June 25, 2024 at 6:45 pm

    So, I went to the website linked in the article.

    Very interesting red pen thing going on there, but they really blew it when, at the end where the quoted amendment language (that they supply) says

    “This amendment does not change the Legislature’s constitutional authority to require notification to a parent or guardian before a minor has an abortion.”

    And they write in their red pen

    So, parents would be told their daughter is going to have an abortion, but unlike every other medical procedure – would not have to give their consent beforehand.”

    Uh, no it absolutely does not do that. Look at the language, y’know, the language you quoted:

    “This amendment does not change the Legislature’s constitutional authority to require notification to a parent or guardian before a minor has an abortion.”

    If someone tries to tell you to vote No on Amendment 4 because it will takes parent’s’ rights away, they are either misinformed or lying to you.

    Yes on 4 – Yes on Four

  • Michael K

    June 26, 2024 at 10:19 am

    I don’t recall hearing the “pro-life” Catholic church complain about the six human beings executed by our governor – who went on a killing spree to burnish his red-meat credentials for the MAGAs during his failed attempt to run for president.

    • Hung Wiil

      June 26, 2024 at 7:58 pm

      Pro life doesn’t mean murderers get to live on the dime of the community

      • Michael K

        June 29, 2024 at 10:21 pm

        So, only some life is sacred. According to… whom?

        And to all of those people who were wrongly executed and posthumously exonerated? Just “whoops?”

      • Joe

        July 3, 2024 at 12:53 pm

        Pro-life should absolutely mean a principled opposition to state-sponsored death penalties. Turn off the right-wing media and think for yourself for once, maybe even try reading that Bible your side claims to care so much about.

  • gVOR10

    June 28, 2024 at 12:59 pm

    And yet the diocese are still tax exempt.

    • Jojo

      July 3, 2024 at 7:37 am

      Don’t you know there’s no separation any more? One more thing those supposedly “ strict constructionists” have thrown out the window

  • Flash Light

    July 2, 2024 at 5:24 am

    Pro Life in the dioceses of Florida! Wow. Did they care much about young lives who suffered abuse at the hands of the clergy? What does their mother Mary think about that?

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