Catholic Advocate Press Statement on Reid Amendment to Health Care Bill
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 19, 2009
MAJORITY IN U.S. SENATE DEAF TO THE VOICES OF PRO-LIFE AMERICANS AND CATHOLICS
Hudson – “The state ‘opt-out’ language is smoke and mirrors”
Deal W. Hudson, Executive Director of Catholic Advocate, called on pro-life members of the Senate to oppose the Senator Reid “Managers’ Amendment” released this morning.
“The majority in the Senate has turned a deaf ear to the voice of American Catholics by seeking to establish federal funding for abortion.
“The state ‘opt-out’ language is smoke and mirrors. With Senator Nelson’s compromise, the Senate will likely pass legislation allowing our federal government to supply abortion on demand money. It is disingenuous for the Senate to think funding for abortions will be segregated. Regardless of any potential ‘opt-out’, the pool of money is there to stay.
“Catholic, Pro-Life Members of Congress can not in good conscience support this language. During this Advent season as we celebrate the creation of life, Congress should instead be sending the message that we as Americans value life.
“When the time comes for the House and Senate to move to Conference Committee, the House should not allow the Senate to follow the reported ‘limited conference’ and hold-out until the Stupak-Pitts language remains. Americans, Catholics and beyond, have been clear. They do not want their government in the business of paying for abortions.”
A more thorough commentary entitled “Sen. Nelson Caves In to Democratic Party Pressure on Health Care Bill” can be found at http://www.www.catholicadvocate.com/dev/
Deal W. Hudson can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.