Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Bishops Reaffirm Health Care Reform Support

The US Catholic Bishops are meeting in Baltimore and along with approving a new document on Marriage have reaffirmed their support of health care reform. Here is s short quote from the Baltimore Sun's article on the meeting.

"The bishops meet little more than a week after their successful lobbying effort to strengthen restrictions on abortion in the House version of health care overhaul. That effort led Rep. Lynn Woolsey, a California Democrat, to suggest that the IRS review the church's tax exemption.

The bishops have long called for universal access to health care, but oppose abortion. O'Brien and others have said it is appropriate for Catholics to join the health care debate.

In a statement Tuesday, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, the president of the conference, said they "remain deeply concerned about the debate that now moves to the Senate, especially as it will affect the poor and vulnerable, and those at the beginning and end of life."

I wonder if Congressman Woolsey will be calling for a review of my tax status (or that of 40 of his fellow democratic congressmen) since I (they) also support health care reform and oppose classifying the human right violation of abortion as health care or the use of tax dollars to pay for it.

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