This is what “conservatives”, including *especially* anti-abortion-but-not-prolife “faithful conservative Catholics” have fought to defend for years. It is a disgusting stain on the American Catholic Church and a scandal which draws both the Faith and the prolife movement into disrepute. Penance is the only proper response to it.
And it is all the more disgusting in that “prolife” people have routinely excused and defended all this by using the unborn as human shields for such evil by such tactics as “So what? The *real* torture is abortion” as though the murder of children is somehow the opposite of the torture of prisoners and not a sin on the same continuous spectrum of contempt for human life and dignity.
“Penance! Penance! Penance! Pray to God for sinners. Kiss the ground as an act of penance for sinners!” – Our Lady to Saint Bernadette Soubirous on February 24, 1858
God is eager to forgive even such nauseating hypocrisy as this. But “faithful conservative Catholics” who have supported this filth (and by no means have all of them done so, but those who have done so are nearly always self-described “faithful conservative Catholics”) need to stop talking about their superiority to the rest of the Church, get down on their knees, and beg forgiveness for this. Then stand up, resolve to never let a political allegiance get in the way of obedience to Christ and his Church again, and move on. Advent is a great time for this. Receive the Mercy.