The Common Good

Sr. Carol Keehan: Sandy Hook 'Separate Issue' But 'Abortion Takes the Life of an Innocent Child'

Date: January 16, 2013

Sister Carol Keehan, president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association (CHA), which strongly supported Obamacare, called for tighter gun control in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting but also said the CHA recognizes that abortion kills children and “we should do everything we can to prevent that.”

Sister Keehan spoke about gun violence at a press conference with other faith leaders on Tuesday at the United Methodist Building in Washington, D.C. The event was held to “demand political leaders take action to prevent gun violence," including requiring criminal background checks for people purchasing a gun, restricting high capacity weapons and ammunition magazines, and making gun trafficking a federal crime.

Some of the other speakers at the press conference included Vincent DeMarco of Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence; Sayyid Syeed of the Islamic Society of North America; Jim Wallis, president and CEO of Sojourners; and Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, D.C.