Thursday, September 10, 2009

Catholic Health Association Withdraws Obamacare Support

Sr. Carol Keehan, who has up until this point in time been an advocate of Catholic Hospital abortion contracts and Obamacare seems to be whistling another tune.

The CHA says it can't endorse either the House or Senate bills because they do not specifically exclude abortions.

The head of the CHA says in a statement received that her group would like to support health care "reform" but says legislation can't be supported if it expands abortions.

"Our message has always been clear," says Sister Carol Keehan, president of the group. "Health care must respect and protect human dignity from conception to natural death. In that spirit, coverage for everyone is a moral imperative and a matter of social justice."

Her message has always been clear.

Earlier, it appeared CHA joined the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Catholic Charities USA in backing the legislation despite the abortion concerns.

The three groups sent out an action alert asking members to contact their legislators immediately.

"Please call and e-mail your Representative in the next 24 hours expressing your support for Congress to enact health care reform now," the groups said in a joint action alert at the end of July.

"Saint Vincent de Paul is partnering with Catholic Charities USA and the Catholic Health Association to amplify our collective voice to let Congress know that health care reform can not wait," the alert said.

As clear as mud.

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