Prayer in Kansas House Decries Abortion, Raises Controversy

A guest chaplain in the Kansas House has created controversy with an opening prayer decrying abortion and what he called a "culture of death."

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A guest chaplain in the Kansas House has created controversy with an opening prayer decrying abortion and
what he called a "culture of death."

The Rev. Brian Schieber, pastor at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, gave his prayer on the 36th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision which legalized abortion.

He noted the anniversary, then said more than 53 million "beautiful, innocent unborn children" have been "legally exterminated" since. Schieber then asked God: "Guide us to transform this culture of death into a culture of life and a civilization of love."

Several House members who support abortion rights said the prayer was inappropriate, because prayers are supposed to be nonpolitical.

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