Loading
U.S. bishops’ officials welcome president’s apparent pro-life accommodation

.- Officials with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have welcomed President Barack Obama’s September 9 address on health care reform, singling out for praise his statements regarding help for the uninsured and the prevention of federal funds for abortion.

During his Wednesday address on health care reform, the president said he wanted to clear up a “misunderstanding.”

“Under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions, and federal conscience laws will remain in place,” he stated.

Two officials with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) responded to the speech in a Thursday press release.

"We especially welcome the President's commitment to exclude federal funding of abortion, and to maintain existing federal laws protecting conscience rights in health care,” said Richard Doerflinger, Associate Director of Pro-Life Activities at the USCCB.

He said that incorporating “essential and longstanding” federal laws on such issues will strengthen support for health care reform. Doerflinger also pledged that the USCCB will work with Congress and the administration to ensure the protections are “clearly reflected” in new legislation so that it does not require anyone to pay for abortion or to take part in one.

Speaking to CNA via e-mail on Thursday, Doerflinger said that current health care reform bills such as H.R. 3200 will “fund and mandate” abortion coverage. In his view, the president is preparing to introduce a new bill which will not fund abortions.

"We have to wait and see what is actually in the bill before judging whether we agree. We are willing to work with him and Congress to help make sure this commitment is reflected in the actual bill," Doerflinger added.

Kathy Saile, Director of Domestic Social Development at the USCCB, expressed agreement with the president’s comment “no one should go broke because they get sick.”

“That's why the U.S. Bishops have worked for decades for decent health care for all,” she added, according to the USCCB press release. “The Catholic Church provides health care for millions, purchases health care, picks up the pieces of a failing health system, and has a long tradition of teaching on ethics in health care.”

She said health care reform that respects “the life and dignity of all” is a “moral imperative” and an “urgent” national priority.

“We agree with the President that there are details that need to be ironed out," Saile continued. "And with his address last night, we see the opportunity to work towards a truly universal health policy with respect for human life and dignity, access for all with a special concern for the poor, and inclusion of legal immigrants.”

She added that the USCCB believes it is possible to preserve freedom of conscience while restraining health care costs and applying them equitably.

In his Thursday CNA interview, Doerflinger reiterated that there is cause for pro-lifers’ concern about health care reform proposals and called for the forthcoming legislation to be scrutinized “very carefully.


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
The tombs of the early Christians
Missionaries of Africa, called "the White Fathers"
Italian youth give testimony after mission to Peru
Interview with Iraqi Ambassador to the Holy See on the persecution of Christians
New book 'The Vatican unknown'
A Look at India from Rome
3D Church mapping
#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Aug
21

Liturgical Calendar

August 21, 2014

Saint Pius X, Pope

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 19:23-30

Gospel
Date
08/19/14
08/18/14
08/17/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Ezek 36: 23-28
Gospel:: Mt 22: 1-14

Saint of the Day

Pope St. Pius X »

Saint
Date
08/19/14
08/17/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 19:23-30

Homily
Date
08/19/14
08/18/14
08/17/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: