“Thanks to Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security Chairman Robert Aderholt, an Alabama Republican, that goal became a reality. Last week, following two days of debate on the bill, the overall Homeland Security bill passed along party lines (234-182)–including the provision that blocks ICE from using agency dollars to prevent a baby from entering the world alive,” the FRC leader explained.
Perkins said: “Some Democrats, like Rep. David Price (D-N.C.) complained that the pro-life measure was not only “unnecessary” but “inflammatory.” In reality, all House leaders did was bring Homeland Security in line with the other federal appropriations provisions that prevent taxpayer dollars for abortion. And if the greatest goal of Homeland Security is protecting lives, then surely that includes the unborn ones.”
“Komen for the Cure has officially buckled to pressure from Planned Parenthood and 17 affiliates of the national breast cancer charity will provide grants for the abortion business this calendar year.”
I cannot stand a Catholic Phoney. I will not vote, for Catholics who should not “present themselves” for Holy Communion. You cannot separate your Public Life, from your Private Life. Santorum follows the same damn rhetoric of JFK who sought to separate his private life, from his public life. Either you are Catholic or you are not. You cannot split your personality. Nice try, Santorum. You can take down your publicized videos, but I will not vote for a lousy Catholic Senator. If you want to be my president, you have to exceed my expectations. I think you’re a chump!
“In a new statement about his pro-life views, Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul said he would sign a ban on taxpayer funding of the Planned Parenthood abortion business if elected president.”
“Paul is a Texas congressman and physician who has long-held pro-life views on abortion and has delivered thousands of babies as an obstetrician. He has a mostly pro-life voting record, but has opposed some pro-life legislation because he opposes making certain issues federal in nature.”
Bishop Robert Vasa of Baker (Oregon) has told LifeSiteNews that he questions the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ association with the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, a coalition that has praised Planned Parenthood, opposed pro-life judicial nominees, and opposed a marriage amendment to the Constitution.
“I am not well enough versed in the ‘politics’ of such associations to make any criticism of the motives or justifications which might be provided,” says Bishop Vasa, “but on the face of it, I would have to agree that support of this organization and an active endorsement of its principles and purposes would appear to be problematic.”
U.S. Bishops Lament Politicization of Health Care, Will Oppose Bills That Allow Public Funding of Abortion
WASHINGTON, D.C., JAN. 11, 2010 (Zenit.org).- While the U.S. bishops affirm that health care reform should be a national priority, they lament the politicization of the process and vow to oppose legislation that provides public funding for abortion.
Kathy Saile, director of the Office of Domestic Social Development, said this in a video statement posted on the conference’s Web site, in what is the first comment to come from the episcopal conference since the Senate passed its version of health care reform legislation on Dec. 24.
In the days leading up to the final vote in the Senate, the bishops had sent several letters to Senate leaders expressing concern that the legislation was “deficient” and needed “essential changes.”
Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, chairman of the conference’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities, noted that the proposed reform fell short in “respect for life and conscience; affordability for the poor; and access to much-needed basic health care for immigrants.”
A major problem, he cited, was that the bill “explicitly authorizes the use of federal funds to subsidize health plans covering elective abortions for the first time in history.”
“The US bishops have long advocated for authentic health care reform,” Saile affirmed. “Health care is a human right, and health care reform is a moral imperative and a national priority.
“The bishops believe that health care legislation should place a priority on the poor and vulnerable, which include low income families, immigrants, the sick, and the unborn. And legislation should protect people’s consciences.”
The spokeswoman noted that the U.S. bishops are “troubled” by the developments in the reform process, but acknowledged that both the Senate bill and that of the House of Representatives have elements that “do a great deal of good.”
“They cover millions of people who are now uninsured,” said Saile. “They help low income families with health care costs. And there are particular provisions to help pregnant women and their unborn children.”
“But,” she lamented, “this reform has been sadly politicized by efforts to expand funding for abortion.”
The conference spokeswoman said the bishops are not looking to “advance an agenda,” but simply see to “keep in place the longstanding policies of no federal funding of abortion.”
“If Congress disregards these policies in the final bill,” she said, “the bishops will have no choice but to oppose the legislation.”
“The bishops stand ready to assist our national leaders to help improve this bill so it meets the moral criteria of protecting lives, not destroying them,” said Saile. “With health care reform so badly needed, it would be a terrible tragedy to miss this opportunity.”
In conjunction with the statement, the U.S. bishops launched a parish-based campaign to rally Catholics around the country to push for moral health care reform.
The campaign consists of prayers, bulletin inserts and pulpit announcements, as well as a Web site where people can lobby their legislators online with a few simple “clicks” on their computer.
The message is simple: “Stop abortion funding in health care reform! Protect conscience. Ensure affordable health coverage. Allow immigrants to purchase private health insurance.”
The bulletin insert affirms, “As long-time advocates of health care reform, the U.S. Catholic bishops continue to make the moral case that genuine health care reform must protect the life, dignity, consciences and health of all, especially the poor and vulnerable.”
“Health care reform should not advance a pro-abortion agenda in our country,” it adds.
The conference explained that the bill approved by the Senate forces the purchasers of health care plans to pay for abortions.
The House bill rejects using federal funding for abortions, but both bills lack “adequate conscience protection for health care providers, plans or employers,” it added.
Now is the last opportunity for introducing revisions as the two bills are combined into one. A vote on the final draft is expected this month.
The insert stated that if certain changes are not made, including the pro-abortion items, “the final bill must be opposed.”
The bishops are encouraging Catholics to raise their voices to lobby for the reforms, and if moral revisions are not made, to urge legislators to reject the bill