More USCCB Shenanigans on Abortion and Health Care?


(Regarding a recent Time Magazine article)

From whom at the USCCB did Congressional Democrats receive assurances that Capps was going to be enough to satisfy the bishops?

Sullivan mentions a September meeting at the White House, subsequent to the second Rigali letter, including “Nancy-Ann DeParle, the administration’s lead health care official, Joshua DuBois, head of the White House faith-based office, and John Carr, executive director of the USCCB’s Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development.”

Was John Carr there to apologize for misleading the Congress and the White House, or was he there to say the Congress and the White House misunderstood Rigali’s intention when he talked about “direct funding for abortion”?

Either possibility is hard to believe. A seasoned USCCB staffer like Carr should realize instantly that the language of Rigali’s first letter could not be stretched into a bait-and-switch tactic like Capps.

At the same time, those negotiating the Capps compromise in Congress and the White House should have been told from the beginning Capps would be rejected by Rigali.

Sullivan’s purpose in writing her article is to point a finger at the bishops for thwarting health care reform. What she has really done is reveal the close relationships that exist between the USCCB, Congressional Democrats, and the Obama administration.

Read the “Inside Catholic” article at CCD

Read the Time Magazine Article

Obama’s “No Abortion in Health Care Bill” Assertions are BOGUS – Factcheck.Org

In recent weeks, NRLC has seen a wave of “factcheck” commentaries in various mainstream news media, denying that the health bills being advanced by President Obama and top Democratic congressional leaders would result in government funding of abortion.  Some of these articles assert that government funding of abortion would be prevented by a federal law called the “Hyde Amendment,” some assert that it would be prevented by an amendment adopted in a House committee called the Capps Amendment, and some assert that President Obama himself has said that he agrees with a “tradition” that the government should not fund abortions. 

Regrettably, all three of those assertions are demonstrably false. Despite what Obama said, the House bill would allow abortions to be covered by a federal plan and by federally subsidized private plans.

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