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Monday, November 7, 2016
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

Pro-lifer with hatThis election isn't the first time that Catholic voters are getting mixed messages about where their church stands on the issue of abortion.

The Clinton-vs-Trump debates, campaign trail speeches, and an inundation of ads have made their impact and voters will make their decisions Tuesday. One issue is abortion – and as in the past, proponents within the Catholic Church are saying the church supports abortion.

But Jim Sedlak of the American Life League says that's simply a lie; that the church is steadfast against terminating a preborn child's life.

"It is so significant in the Catholic Church that it is one of only seven offenses that you can commit that will get you automatically excommunicated from the church," he explains.

Sedlak, Jim (American Life League)According to Sedlak, others in the church associated with or supporting abortion are also committing a grievous sin. John O'Brien, president of Catholics for Choice – a group that supports abortion – is quoted on Buzz Feed News blog that the church has a deep regard for following "personal conscience."

Sedlak disagrees with O'Brien, arguing that Catholics' conscience is formed based on the church's moral standards.

"It does not mean that a person can go off and just contemplate things without referring to church documents, come to their own opinion, and say ... that's their conscience," he shares with OneNewsNow. "So any conscience must be formed in line with the teachings of the church."

He adds that moral conscience should be at the forefront as people take a stand on issues, including as they head into the voting booth.

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