Quinn defends himself against Catholic criticism

Clout Street

Gov. Pat Quinn today said he's following his conscience by presenting an award at an upcoming event for an abortion rights political action committee, a move that prompted Cardinal Francis George and five other Roman Catholic bishops in Illinois to criticize him.

"I'm going to the event to present an award to a woman who is a victim of rape, and who is a very strong advocate of helping rape victims all over our state and country, so I really think that's a proper Christian thing to do, to honor someone who's doing something that helps the community at large," Quinn said today after a news conference to announce state funding to help rebuild CTA red line tracks.

"I just follow my conscience. I think that's all you can do in life," Quinn added.

In a statement  from the Catholic Conference of Illinois, the church leaders said Quinn had “gone beyond a political alignment with those supporting the legal right to kill children in their mothers’ wombs to rewarding those deemed most successful in this terrible work.”

Quinn, a Catholic, is scheduled to present the award at a Nov. 17 event held by Personal PAC, which describes itself as “a bipartisan political action committee dedicated to electing pro-choice candidates to state and local office in Illinois.”

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