Thursday, August 13, 2009
ABORTION PROVISIONS IN HOUSE’S HEALTH CARE BILL UNACCEPTABLE
Justin Francis Rigali (born April 19, 1935) is an American Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He is the eighth and current Archbishop of Philadelphia, having previously served as Archbishop of St. Louis from 1994 to 2003. Rigali was elevated to the cardinalate in 2003. Chairman of the U.S. Catholic bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities
Here is some important information from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:
WASHINGTON—Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia urged preservation of “longstanding federal policies that prevent government promotion of abortion and respect conscience rights,” and called current House health care legislation “seriously deficient” on the issue of mandated coverage and funding of abortion. He cited his concerns in an August 11 letter to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Cardinal Rigali, Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, reaffirmed the bishops’ position that genuine health care reform that respects life and dignity is urgently needed. He also welcomed provisions in America’s Affordable Health Choices Act (H.R. 3200) that do not preempt state laws regulating abortion or current federal conscience laws on abortion. But he criticized the bill for delegating to the Secretary of Health and Human Services “the power to make unlimited abortion a mandated benefit in the ‘public health insurance plan’ the government will manage nationwide.” He called this a “radical change” since federal law excludes most abortions from federal employees’ health benefits, and no federal health program mandates coverage of elective abortions.
Click HERE to read/print the Letter sent to the HOUSE by Cardinal Rigali.
Link for USCCB.
* Please read Jennifer Hartline's "Dear Mr. President" post in "My Chocolate Heart" HERE