Friday, March 19, 2010

Calling Cao Out on the Abortion Issue in the Health Care Reform Bill

Cao needs to listen to someone beyond the corrupted and cynical bishops. They are not the Catholic Church, we are. The National Catholic Reporter editorializes the truth about the Health Care Reform bill and the abortion issue:

Bottom line: The current legislation is not "pro-abortion," and there is no, repeat no, federal funding of abortion in the bill.

Meanwhile, writing in The Washington Post last Sunday, T.R. Reid, a first-rate journalist, a Catholic, and author of "The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care." argues persuasively that industrialized countries that achieve universal or near-universal insurance coverage have a demonstrably lower abortion rate than we have in the United States. It should matter to those who believe in the sacredness of all human life that this legislation will not only provide health care to those who don't currently possess it, but will encourage women facing crisis pregnancies to choose life. Given the intractable nature of the abortion debate in the United States, this amounts to a pro-life victory of historic proportions.
Via Andrew Sullivan. If Cao must align his votes in Congess with the Bishops instead of with his constituents, he ought at least to listen first to the Catholic voices iin support of the reform bill and then live up to his obligation to represent the majority will of his district.

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