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Will USCCB propose a revised Stupak?

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops is meeting in Baltimore, where Michael Sean Winters says a Stupak revision is being developed. Because:

… as currently written it makes it impossible for women, with their own money, to purchase health insurance that covers abortions. I pray for the day when no woman wants such coverage, but I have to acknowledge that in this regard, Stupak goes beyond the Hyde Amendment, which only forbids the use of federal funds for abortion. The bishops should not turn Stupak into a totem: Even if the Stupak language stays exactly as it is, many women will still get abortions and the task of building the Culture of Life will remain. The victory in the U.S. House of Representatives was a great victory, and we should not squander it, and kill health care reform, by over-reaching. In politics, as in physics, every action produces a counter-reaction. If we over-reach, we might get pushed back further than we anticipated. The line in the sand is no federal funding of abortion.

[H/T: Mark Silk]

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November 16, 2009 - Posted by | Catholic, Health, Religion | , ,

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