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US Bishops: Abortion Isn't Health Care
Zenit ^ | November 6, 2009 | Zent/U. S. Bishops

Posted on 11/07/2009 10:16:58 AM PST by Salvation

US Bishops: Abortion Isn't Health Care


Send Urgent Message to Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C., NOV. 6, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Keep abortion funding out of health care reform. That is the key message the U.S. episcopal conference communicated today in an urgent letter sent to the nation's House of Representatives.

In the letter, sent as House members debated procedures related to abortion and the health care reform bill, the bishops "strongly urge" the lawmakers to "vote for essential changes and a fair process in the House of Representatives to ensure that needed health care reform legislation truly protects the life, dignity, health and consciences of all."

The letter was signed by Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Centre, New York, chairman of the bishops' Domestic Justice Committee; Cardinal Justin Rigali, chair of the Committee on Pro-life Activities; and Bishop John Wester of Salt Lake City, chair of the Committee on Migration.
 
In particular, the bishops call for support of an amendment that would keep in place "current federal law on abortion funding and conscience protections and to oppose a closed rule that would prevent the House from voting on this crucial matter."
 
The letter explains that the Church is concerned "because the current legislation before the House of Representatives fails to keep in place the longstanding federal policy against the use of federal funds for elective abortion or for plans that include elective abortion -- a policy upheld by the Hyde Amendment, Children’s Health Insurance Program, Federal Employee Health Benefits Program and other federal health initiatives."

"Without such protection we will have to oppose the current legislation until this fundamental flaw is remedied," they warn.

The bishops ask lawmakers to vote for an amendment to the current bill "that will keep in place the longstanding and widely supported federal policy against government funding for elective abortions or for plans which include elective abortions."

"To accomplish this we also urge you to support efforts to guarantee that the House will have a clear and fair opportunity to vote on this essential matter," they added.

Some in the House are seeking a "closed rule," a procedure banning amendments from the bill.

Not as promised

The bill as it currently stands, the bishops explain, "allows the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to mandate that any 'public option' will include unlimited abortions. The Congressional Research Service has confirmed that all money paid out by this plan for medical procedures will be federal outlays.

"Federal subsidies will also be used to pay the overall costs of establishing and maintaining private health plans that cover elective abortions. Millions of purchasers will be forced to use their premium dollars for abortion coverage they do not want, through a new mandatory fee."

The bishops affirm that the "abortion surcharge" would result in many pro-life Americans having to pay "directly and explicitly for abortion coverage."

They add that this is "unprecedented in federal law," and that it runs "counter to the principles of the long-standing Hyde Amendment."

The bishops add: "Thus far, H.R. 3962 does not meet President [Barack] Obama's commitment of barring use of federal dollars for abortion and maintaining current conscience laws.

"While Section 259 of the bill maintains essential nondiscrimination protections for providers who decline involvement in abortion, the legislation also requires each region of the insurance exchange to include at least one health plan with unlimited abortion, contrary to the policy of all other federal health programs; and conscience protection on issues beyond abortion have yet to be included in this bill."

Immigrants and poor

The bishops also addressed other health care issues, and asked for reform that would benefit immigrants, regardless of legal status, and the removal of the five-year ban that prevents legal immigrants from accessing Medicaid and other federal health-care programs.
 
The bishops also called for support of provisions that would make health care more accessible for the poor and vulnerable, especially to the elderly.

"The Catholic Bishops of the United States have long supported adequate and affordable health care for all," they noted. "We believe universal coverage should be truly universal, not denying health care to those in need because of their condition, age, where they come from or when they arrive here."

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On the Net:

Full text: www.usccb.org/comm/archives/2009/09-228.shtml



TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abortion; catholic; obamacare; prolife
Contact your representative and ask them to vote "Nay" on this!

U. S. House of Representatives

1 posted on 11/07/2009 10:16:58 AM PST by Salvation
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To: Salvation

2 posted on 11/07/2009 10:17:53 AM PST by BenLurkin
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To: nickcarraway; Lady In Blue; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; Catholicguy; RobbyS; markomalley; ...
 
Pray to end this holocaust!

3 posted on 11/07/2009 10:18:24 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
For your list! It's easy to see why the media hates Catholics!

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4 posted on 11/07/2009 10:23:19 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
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5 posted on 11/07/2009 10:25:42 AM PST by mlizzy ("It is impossible to walk rapidly and be unhappy" --Mother Teresa of Calcutta.)
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To: Salvation

Please Let your REPRESENTATIVE know your OPPOSITION to this bill: HR 3962

(202)224-3121

or http://www.congress.org/congressorg/directory/congdir.tt


6 posted on 11/07/2009 10:30:26 AM PST by JSDude1 (www.wethepeopleindiana.org (Tea Party Member-Proud), www.travishankins.com (R- IN 09 2010!))
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To: Salvation
Looks like House is full of Catholics - they count on this vote as an absolution when they later vote for the overall bill.
7 posted on 11/07/2009 10:32:45 AM PST by CutePuppy (If you don't ask the right questions you may not get the right answers)
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To: BenLurkin
According to Politico the Catholic Bishops have now endorsed the House bill.

Hard to believe.

8 posted on 11/07/2009 10:32:47 AM PST by BobMV
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To: Salvation

Regrettably, the Catholic Bishops have not been forceful enough in opposing this bill-the entire bill. Just complaining about the abortion exclusion is not enough. There IS rationing for the elderly. The house bill calls pays for “home” physicians to withhold care by restricting diagnostic procedures and referrals to specialists. The insurance mandate requiring every citizen to purchase heath insurance under penalty of law is an affront to our basic constitutional rights. Dozens of other provisions in the bill punish the individual in unprecedented ways.
Can’t these bishops put down their books on social justice and liberation theology down for a little while and stand up for liberty? Excommunicate Nancy Pelosi and all of her scandalous Catholic accomplices.


9 posted on 11/07/2009 10:37:02 AM PST by grumpygresh
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To: BobMV

That according to the Bishops!


10 posted on 11/07/2009 11:57:16 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
FWIW (Michigan resident), I contacted the Congresscritter and the Senators yesterday via telephone. (They do not answer or even acknowledge emails)

Another exercise in futility, but I felt a little better having put my opposition to the whole Health Care scheme on record.

Come and get me for the re-education camp!

11 posted on 11/07/2009 12:34:35 PM PST by MaggieCarta (We're all Detroiters now.)
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To: mlizzy

Wow! that is a powerful image! Thanks.


12 posted on 11/07/2009 12:45:56 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: grumpygresh

There was nothing to oppose until two weeks ago.

Are you bashing Catholics?


13 posted on 11/07/2009 12:46:56 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: BobMV

That was an oops!

Not according to the Bishops!

BTW, did you even bother to scan the titles of all those links?


14 posted on 11/07/2009 12:48:29 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: BobMV
According to American Papist Thomas Peters, the Bishops endorse only the amendment to eliminate [most] abortion funding from the bill, not the bill itself, much less the unamended bill.
15 posted on 11/07/2009 12:53:33 PM PST by dufekin (Name the leader of our enemy: Islamic Republic of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, terrorist dictator)
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To: dufekin; BobMV
From an email:

It was just discovered that Speaker Pelosi's government-run "health" plan, that may be voted on tomorrow, WILL require you to give $1 every month to go for ABORTION!

16 posted on 11/07/2009 12:57:36 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

IF this is true i.e. that the US Bishops renounce the Pelosi-OBama healthcare bill - they are way more than a day late and dollar short. If, as I suspect, they are merely voicing objection to parts of it. They are not sincere. I am NOT Catholic bashing, just calling the majority of our Bishops out as hypocrites and abortion enablers if not supporters.


17 posted on 11/07/2009 2:17:46 PM PST by NHResident
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To: Salvation; BobMV; BenLurkin
Salvation: I've been out of town all day; reading fast to catch up!

"Passing this amendment allows the House to meet our criteria of preserving the existing protections against abortion funding in the new legislation" the bishops wrote in a letter to individual members...."

An endorsement? More disinformation, if you ask me. Even the two sentences it quotes only says that the Bill thus amended meets one criterion (not funding abortion.) What did they say in the rest of the letter? And who signed it? When? On whose authority?

The bishops had other criteria (conscience protection, not only with regard to abortion, but also euthanasia, infanticide, physician-assisted suicide, "terminal sedation" or whatever the current euphemisms may be), and those have not been addressed.

Moreover, these criteria (and others), even if met, wouldn't result in a USCCB endorsement, it would result in their withdrawing their objection, i.e. at best a neutral stance. IIRC.

The other side lies continuously. Keep that in mind. But keep me posted.

18 posted on 11/07/2009 2:53:57 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o ("He justly claims a song from me/ His lovingkindness O how free!")
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To: NHResident

It’s in our parish bulletin today. God’s will be done.


19 posted on 11/07/2009 4:23:35 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
How about this?

Email I just received from Jodie Brown of American Life League (ALL):
 
It was just discovered that Speaker Pelosi's government-run "health" plan, that may be voted on tomorrow, WILL require you to give $1 every month to go for ABORTION!

20 posted on 11/07/2009 4:24:48 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation; BobMV; BenLurkin
This just in: the American Papist blog says the "Bishops Endorse Bill" story is untrue.

For those who might not be familiar with it: the American Papist guy, Thomas Peters, is well-known and well-regarded as a highly informed, stand-up guy. (More to be trusted than Poltiico, needless to say!)

21 posted on 11/07/2009 4:53:49 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o (Stone cold sober, as a matter of fact.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Thanks for that info. How did the rumor even get out there in the first place? Satan?


22 posted on 11/07/2009 8:11:06 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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