Saile, 42, said her work in Washington has brought her into contact with an "interesting, diverse coalition" whose members did not always agree on every issue. One of those contacts was Women's Information Network, or WIN, a group that promotes the involvement in politics of Democratic women who believe a woman has a right to choose abortion.
"It's not always easy being a pro-life woman in D.C.," she said. "But one of the things I challenged them on was the Democrats' litmus test on abortion. ... I think the Democrats are hurting themselves by having this litmus test for candidates."
One Catholic media outlet reported after Saile's appointment was announced that she "was a 2006 dinner-party speaker" for WIN, "a group dedicated to empowering pro-choice women."
The dinner in question, she told Catholic News Service Sept. 18, involved about seven women at a private home for a discussion of faith and politics.
"The issue of abortion was raised," Saile said, "and I challenged people that it was not mutually exclusive to be socially progressive on issues like health care, poverty and housing and to be pro-life."
Well, the WIN web site description of this evening does not give any indication that there was a pro-life viewpoint. On the contrary, it definitely indicates the evening was dedicated to exploring how WIN ideals, including its pro-abortion stance, is compatible with people of faith. This is an organization dedicated to electing pro-abortion candidates. Considering this is the cornerstone of WIN’s mission statement, I cannot imagine how a pro-life Catholic could see this organization as an ally. It seems to me that she put her partisan allegiance as a Democrat above any Catholic pro-life commitment.
I will be watching closely to see if Ms. Saile’s leadership is consistent with Catholic teaching or if is merely a parroting of the Democratic party platform. Actions speak louder than words.