Washington D.C., Apr 20, 2010 / 07:57 am America/Denver (CNA).
After speaking with Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) on March 26, CNA sought a reaction from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) about the representative's claim that the Conference was being unrealistic about some of its expectations for the health care bill. However, the USCCB refused to provide comment or allow any staff members to comment on three separate occasions.
In an interview with Rep. Stupak on March 26, CNA asked whether he thought the bishops’ actions in the health care debate helped secure the executive order issued by President Obama barring the use of federal funds for abortions.
“No, because they wouldn’t support it,” Stupak replied.
The fate of the Stupak Amendment was “decided in December,” he added.
For the bishops or any others to seek statutory language within the health care bill and not agree to an executive order, was “pie in the sky,” the Michigan representative stated.