Cardinal Mahony says abortion should not be funded by health care bills

Cardinal Roger Mahony
Cardinal Roger Mahony


Responding to a reporter’s question about the place of abortion in health care, Archbishop of Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony has said abortion should not be in the health care reform bill and that President Obama believes similarly.

The cardinal briefly spoke to at a Sept. 22 panel discussion in Washington, D.C. on faith communities’ involvement in immigration reform. The event was sponsored by the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank.

Asked whether he thought that the proposals fund abortion and whether they should be amended to explicitly prohibit abortion, he said the issue was “way beyond his field,” which is immigration.

“I really haven’t kept up on that, and I spend all my time on this other [topic]. You have to get somebody who spends time on that,” he remarked.

Asked whether he believed abortion should be funded under the health care reform bill, Cardinal Mahony said “No, but that’s what the president said, too.”

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