Sen. Casey's Abortion Language Compromises Church Teaching
Sen. Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA), a self described “pro-life” Catholic, has come up with “compromise” language for the Senate health care bill that bears no resemblance to the Stupak-Pitts amendment passed in the House last month.
As reported by Steven Ertelt at LifeNews.com, Casey’s language would make federal funding of abortion the “default” position requiring individual citizens to “opt out” of abortion funding.
National Right to Life legislative director, Douglas Johnson, is quoted in the article saying:
“It is particularly offensive that the proposal apparently would make it the default position for the federal government to subsidize plans that cover abortion on demand, and then permit individual citizens to apply for conscientious objector status. . . . This is an exercise in cosmetics — like putting lipstick on a legislative warthog.”
Rep. Bart Stupak has already told Casey, “Don’t go there. I think it’s a non-starter for us,” referring to the 62 House Democrats who voted for his amendment banning federal funding for abortion.
It’s highly unlikely that Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) will buy into Casey’s language given the reaction of National Right to Life and Rep. Stupak, along with all the pro-life groups. No doubt the USCCB will find it inadequate as well.
The bottom line: the fact that Sen. Bob Casey, Jr. would recommend language making federal funding of abortion the default position of health care reform proves once and for all he is not “pro-life.”
Casey’s “compromise” language is a compromise all right — it compromises the Catholic Church’s teaching on the protection of innocent life.