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Stupak: Democrats Say Abortions Will Cut Health-Care Costs

03/19/2010 Comments (8)

VOTE IMMINENT. Congress is expected to take action on President Obama's healthcare reform bill this Sunday.

– REUTERS/Jim Young

WASHINGTON — Democratic members of Congress who support the health-care bill moving toward a final vote as soon as March 21 said abortion-funding restrictions would add to the bill’s costs because more children would be born, according to the leading pro-life Democrat in Congress.

Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., told the Register days before the final vote was expected that several fellow Democratic members of Congress have approached him to criticize an amendment he has advocated, which would bar federal taxpayer funding of elective abortions on the grounds that it would increase the overall cost of the health-care overhaul bill.

The increased cost would stem from a lower number of...READ MORE

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Health Bill Pits Catholic vs. Catholic (5883)

Pro-Lifers Challenge Legislation’s Catholic Support

03/19/2010 Comments (7)
CNS photo/Jason Reed, Reuters

CAPITOL STEPS. President Obama confers with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington March 17, following a St. Patrick's Day lunch with Ireland's Prime Minister Brian Cowen. Obama and Pelosi have been pushing for passage of health reform, hoping for a vote by March 21.

– CNS photo/Jason Reed, Reuters

WASHINGTON — Leading Catholic and pro-life organizations are challenging the accuracy of several other Catholic groups that endorsed a sweeping health care overhaul legislation and maintained it will not fund elective abortions.

Pro-life leaders are certain that the federal legislation — which could face a final vote as soon as Sunday — will fund the largest expansion of abortion in decades.

Leading up to what is expected to be a final vote on the health-care bill in the House of Representatives, several Catholic groups this week announced support for the measure and largely dismissed concerns that the legislation would provide federal funding for elective abortions.

Catholic...READ MORE

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UN Conference Battles to Define Vision for Achieving Better World for Women (2836)

03/19/2010 Comments (1)
CNS photo/Ali Hashisho, Reuters

– CNS photo/Ali Hashisho, Reuters

New York — “Just because we can agree on a goal, doesn’t mean we’ll agree on how to get there.” Such was the experience of the women who made up the living mosaic of languages and nationalities congregating at the United Nations last week.

The United Nations’ 54th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women hosted the “Beijing+15 Conference” from March 1-12 in New York. It gathered women from every region of the world — diplomats, representatives of non-government organizations (NGOs) and concerned citizens.

Beijing+15 was a follow-up to the 1995 UN International Conference on Women, held in the Chinese capital. The 1995 conference’s conclusive document, the...READ MORE

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Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious Backs Bishops (3292)

03/18/2010 Comment

Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of Network, an umbrella advocacy group of women’s religious orders, will be speaking during a conference call with journalists today at 2:30. She will be joined by Morna Murray, president of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, and Francis X. Doyle, former associate general secretary of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and others. They will argue that the Senate health-care bill, which the House of Representatives is set to vote on this weekend, “does not provide federal funding for abortion.”

The Catholic Health Association and 60 heads of major Catholic women’s religious orders also have put out statements in support of...READ MORE

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‘Under God’ Upheld (2093)

Pledge’s Reference to the Almighty Stands

03/18/2010 Comments (1)
CNS photo/Mike Crupi, Catholic Courier

‘I PLEDGE.’ Kindergarteners Carmelo Cancellieri, Victor Alongi and Liam Clifford recite the Pledge of Allegiance Nov. 10 during a Veterans Day concert at St. Lawrence School in Greece, N.Y.

– CNS photo/Mike Crupi, Catholic Courier

SAN FRANCISCO — The United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has issued a surprising judgment upholding the reference to God in the Pledge of Allegiance and reversing an earlier decision.

Congress inserted the reference at the instigation of the Knights of Columbus some 56 years ago as an answer to communistic doctrine that laws and freedom derive from the will of the people, rather than God. The Catholic fraternal organization was one of the defendants-intervenors in this case.

Also arguing for the God clause was the U.S. Department of Justice and the Rio Linda, Calif., Union School District.

In a 2-1 decision, the court ruled that the public school district did not force a...READ MORE

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U.K. Advocates Tussle Over North Ireland Abortion Guidelines (1858)

03/17/2010 Comments (1)
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ST. PATRICK, PRAY FOR US. Father Jim Morrow prays the Rosary while kneeling outside Belfast's High Court as Family Planning Association representatives launched a new appeal for a review of Northern Ireland's abortion laws in 2004. Pro-abortion activists renewed a bid to make abortion more widely available in Northern Ireland, where abortion laws are among the most stringent in Europe.

– CNS photo from Reuters

BELFAST, Northern Ireland — The people of Northern Ireland face another assault on their pro-life province, mounted by the British Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety.

The department has reissued guidelines relating to the law on abortion that were deemed unacceptable by pro-life groups in the province.

Michael McGimpsey, a member of the Ulster Unionist Party, is minister of health, social services and public safety. He was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly and subsequently appointed by his party to the health post.

Bernadette Smyth of the pro-life organization Precious Life described it as an attempt to “legalize abortion through the back door.”


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Abortion Funding to Remain in Final Bill (3169)

03/16/2010 Comments (4)

NO WAY. Protesters line the motorcade route of President Barack Obama as he makes his way to deliver remarks on health insurance reform at Walter F. Ehrnfelt Recreation and Senior Center in Strongsville, Ohio, March 15, 2010.

– REUTERS/Jim Young

WASHINGTON — Pro-life advocates say that provisions to allow the largest expansion of abortion since it was legalized in 1973 will likely be part of a national health-care overhaul.

Catholic and pro-life leaders said it appears Democratic leaders have dropped negotiations to add a ban on federal funding for elective abortions and are pushing ahead with a final vote this week so President Obama can sign it before departing on an overseas trip.

The apparent decision by Democratic leaders to push for final passage of a bill previously passed by only the Senate means that pro-life provisions — including a ban on taxpayer-funded abortions and conscience protections for health-care workers...READ MORE

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Senate’s Latest Bill Shot Down (4956)

Archbishop Chaput Challenges Catholic Health Association’s Stance on Reform

03/15/2010 Comments (10)
CNS photo/Michael Tims

‘SERIOUS DISSERVICE.’ In a column published on the website of the Denver Catholic Register, Archbishop Charles Chaput urged Catholic groups not to endorse the Senate’s version of the health-care bill.

– CNS photo/Michael Tims

WASHINGTON — As health-care reform advocates make their final push to pass President Obama’s signature legislation, Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput issued an urgent statement backing and restating the U.S. bishops’ opposition to the Senate bill’s language on abortion funding and implicitly challenged the Catholic Health Association’s apparent endorsement of the proposed legislation issued this past weekend.

The Senate bill failed to “meet minimum moral standards in at least three important areas: the exclusion of abortion funding and services; adequate conscience protections for health-care professionals and institutions; and the inclusion of immigrants,” the archbishop...READ MORE

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