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The Conference of bishops reportedly sent the orders out last Thursday, the same day Speaker Nancy Pelosi presented the mammoth 2,000-page House reform bill to lawmakers and the public.
The material explains that the Catholic Church supports reform that will “protect the life and dignity of all people from the moment of conception until natural death.”
The insert contains phone numbers and web addresses at which constituents can contact their Representatives.
The League of Catholic Bishops are falling in line with the conservative talking-point that public funds are going to be used for abortions, and that language in proposed legislation actually says this. Unfortunately, this is not true through any interpretation of the language.
However, there has been an approved amendment to the proposed legislation that contained more specific language.
Broader language was contained in an amendment offered by Democratic Rep. Bart Stupak of Michigan the day after the Capps amendment was approved. The Stupak amendment would have overruled Capps and prohibited government funding of "any part of the costs of any health plan that includes coverage of abortion," except in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother. The Stupak amendment was rejected by the committee 27 - 31.
From this perspective, the League Of Catholic Bishops' claims only have a moderate foothold in reality. But the larger point of this is that, should this reform package pass, women that became pregnant due to one of the specific instances listed would have the option of an abortion. And this is something that all religious groups will ignore with unblushing intensity. They refuse to see how the consequences of their particular dogma are consistently and unequivocally bent against women.
One of the larger points in the healthcare debate as it relates to religious groups is that multiple times in biblical scripture it references caring for people other than oneself. Of course, I'm rather certain that religious groups, the Catholic Church in particular, aren't as concerned with what the scripture they allegedly cling to says as they are political and business interests.