.- Pro-life Catholic Sen. Bob Casey, Jr. (D-Pa.) wouldnât give a clear response when asked if he agreed with Cardinal Justin Rigaliâs Nov. 20 statement that there is âno wayâ the current Senate health care bill can be supported as it currently stands, since it permits tax dollars to fund abortions.
âI'm not going to comment on what he (Rigali) has said in particular,â said Sen. Casey to CNSNews.com reporters on Tuesday. âI'm not one who compares what I say versus what someone else says about the bill.â
Though Sen. Casey, a self-professed pro-life Catholic, stated in the interview that his position is to âcontinue the consensus that's been in existence for 25 years that tax payer dollars don't pay for abortion,â he declined to say whether or not he supported the Archbishop of Philadelphia's public disapproval of the current Senate bill.
Sen. Casey came under criticism earlier this year by the Diocese of Scranton, Pennsylvania for being âinconsistentâ in his pro-life voting record. The diocese issued an online statement in April that referred to the Senator's stand against the Mexico City Policy as well as his vote to appoint a pro-abortion candidate as solicitor general.
The April 27 statement said that the Bishop Joseph Martino of the Scranton Diocese âhas communicated with Sen. Casey about these issues, and his responsibilities as a Catholic and public officialâ and âwill continue to monitor the Senator's positions and votes concerning life issues.â