Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Senate rejects abortion restrictions and conscience protections

Taking away 500 billion of healthcare for the elderly in our country in healthcare reform that does not cover abortions, illegal aliens and would have conscience protections appears to be another fable of the Obama Administration.

Bill Donohue articulates the Catholic reaction well:


The amendments by Sen. Orrin Hatch that would ban abortion funding in the health care bill and ensure conscience rights protections for health care workers were defeated today by a margin of 13-10. Catholic League president Bill Donohue addressed its implications:

The Democrats are on a collision course with the nation’s bishops, and the Catholic faithful in general. They cannot expect Catholics to pay for child abuse in the womb without reprisal. Nor can they expect Catholics to sit back and watch while Catholic doctors and nurses are punished for failing to cooperate in evil.

More than any group in America, Catholic bishops have been at the forefront of the movement for universal health care. But they never signed on to a health care reform package that made them violate their professed beliefs. Nor will they.

President Obama has said he will not support a bill that provides funding for abortion or denies conscience rights for health care employees. If he is honest, then he should issue a public statement condemning what happened today. If he makes no attempt to change the outcome, then the only logical conclusion for Catholics to draw is that they have been lied to. One thing we know for sure: If all along Obama had shown a fraction of the interest on this issue that he is currently showing about winning over the Olympic Committee in bringing the games to Chicago, the Hatch amendment would have passed today.

I must disagree with our friend Bill about a collision with Catholic Bishops. Cardinal O'Malley has already wiped out Catholic conscience protections without a peep from any Bishop in the country or the Vatican. It is only a matter of time before it spreads across the nation. In fact, O'Malley now has his sights on wiping out the conscience protections of Catholics in Rhode Island. (More on that later)

I hate to be so blunt, but the USCCB and Conference of Catholic Bishops are worse enemies to Roman Catholics than the Obama Administration.

Luckily, a handful can make a difference.

Let's see what happens.

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