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March 19, 2010

U.S. Nuns Take Issue With Health Care Bill

March 19, 2010

WASHINGTON, MARCH 18, 2010 ( The Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious is asking for “ethically sound” legislation on health care, which it says isn’t found in the bill currently being debated on Capital Hill.

The council sent out a statement today saying it supports the position of the president of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, who opposes the “Senate’s version of the health care legislation under consideration because of its expansion of abortion funding and its lack of adequate provision for conscience protection.”

The council’s president, Religious Sister of Mercy Mother Mary Quentin Sheridan, signed the note.

The statement comes on the heels recent statements from groups such as Network, the Catholic Health Association and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, who “oppose the Catholic Church’s position on critical issues of health care reform.”

The note of the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious added that it “believes the bishops’ position is the authentic teaching of the Catholic Church.”

“Protection of life and freedom of conscience are central to morally responsible judgment. We join the bishops in seeking ethically sound legislation,” the communiqué concluded.

The Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious, which represents more than 100 religious communities and 10,000 members, is a canonically approved organization founded in 1992 to promote religious life in the United States.


The U.S. bishops took direct issue with the endorsement from Network, which touts itself as a national Catholic social justice lobby.

“We write to urge you to cast a life-affirming ‘yes’ vote when the Senate health care bill comes to the floor of the House for a vote as early as this week,” Network said a letter to Congress this week. “We join the Catholic Health Association of the United States […] in saying: The time is now for health reform and the Senate bill is a good way forward.”

The letter stated that the organization represents 59,000 Catholic sisters, a number the U.S. bishops said was “grossly overstated.”

“Network’s letter, about health care reform, was signed by a few dozen people, and despite what Network said, they do not come anywhere near representing 59,000 American sisters,” said a communiqué issued today by the conference.

“The letter had 55 signatories, some individuals, some groups of three to five persons. One endorser signed twice,” it added. “There are 793 religious communities in the United States.

“The math is clear. Network is far off the mark.”


Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver and Auxiliary Bishop James Conley of Denver sent a letter to the Catholics of Northern Colorado to not be fooled by endorsements from organizations that oppose the U.S. bishops’ conference.

“In the past two days, congressional leaders and the White House have brought tremendous pressure on pro-life Democratic members of Congress to support a fatally flawed Senate version of health care reform,” the note said.

It continued: “Regrettably, groups like Network and the Catholic Health Association have done a grave disservice to the American Catholic community by undermining the leadership of the nation’s Catholic bishops, sowing confusion among faithful Catholics, and misleading legislators through their support of the Senate bill.

“Do not be fooled.  Nothing has changed. The Senate bill remains gravely flawed on the issues of abortion funding, conscience protections and the inclusion of immigrants.  

“Unless seriously revised to address these issues, the Senate version of health care is unethical and should be firmly opposed.”

Source: Zenit


Don’t Be Fooled – ‘Health Care Bill Is Massive Abortion Funding Bill’

March 19, 2010

In the way of an FYI, Don Nelson, president of Nevada Life, warns that despite claims to the contrary, President Barack Obama, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Harry Reid all know that the Senate Health Care Bill under consideration is a massive abortion funding and subsidization bill that will radically change the long standing widely accepted public policy of not using government funds for abortion. He says that Obama, Pelosi, and Reid also know that the Hyde Amendment will not apply to government funding of abortion through health care. Hyde is a yearly rider that prohibits abortion funding through Medicaid. The Reid bill is not abortion neutral, will increase abortion access at government expense and does not contain adequate conscience protections.

And Nelson nails down ten ways the Reid bill funds abortion – here’s the first five:

1. It directly funds community health care centers, of which Planned Parenthood would be a beneficiary. $11 billion has been set aside for community health care centers with no restrictions to prevent abortion coverage. Abortion advocates are already discussing how these centers can use these funds to pay for abortion and are campaigning for these centers to perform abortions.

2. The Reid bill subsidizes health care plans which cover abortion. These plans will cover tens of millions of people.

3. Massive pools of money are appropriated with no abortion restrictions. National Right to Life says “The Senate bill contains additional pools of directly appropriated funds that are not covered by any limitations regarding abortion, including $5 billion for a temporary high-risk health insurance pool program (Sec. 1101 on pages 45-52) and $6 billion in grants for health co-ops (Sec. 1322, pp. 169-180).”

4. Bureaucrats are granted authority to force health care plans to cover abortion. It does not mandate that they do so, but it gives them the authority. Its hard to see how a president like Barack Obama, who opposed protections for children born during an abortion and promised Planned Parenthood that abortion would be part of health care, would not appoint someone to mandate abortion coverage. The Mikulski Amendment to the Reid bill would require insurers to cover any preventative service. Abortion will be defined as a preventative service and private health care plans will be forced to cover abortions.

5. Plans in the Federal Employees Health Benefits program will be allowed to cover abortion. No federal plan is currently allowed to cover abortion.

Read the rest here …

As Nelson goes on to point out in his article, Obama, Pelosi and Reid continue to insist that the status quo on abortion will not change and that there will be no funding of abortion. This indeed shows a callous disregard for the truthm and open contempt for the will of the American public.

Just in case you still harbor any doubts as to whether or not the senate bill (that is to become Obamacare) covers abortion and the taxpayers will pay for it, watch this video in which HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius discusses abortion coverage in the Senate health bill with a representative from BlogHer on December 21, 2009 – and plainly states that abortion will be paid for by an “accounting measure” and that every taxpayer will pay into it.

Source: Hyscience