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Sen. Casey's Abortion Language Compromises Church Teaching

12-16-09 Posted by admin in Blog, Featured Articles, Gallery, Recent Articles 3 Comments

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, 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.

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3 Responses to Sen. Casey's Abortion Language Compromises Church Teaching

  1. Loveyouall says:

    These guys — like Casey — just don’t get it. Lives are at stake, human lives. It’s not a matter of personal opinion, and it’s not a matter of finding the right words to assuage my conscience. Either I believe in the ultimate value of human life, or I don’t. And what I believe influences how I act. The consequences are far-reaching; they extend way beyond any single pro- or anti-life act into every facet of my being. Indeed, some things are relative — but not “every” thing. There is a right, and there is a wrong. The destruction of innocent human life is wrong — period.

  2. Thomas says:

    What is it with these Catholic congressman? Why can they not get the concept that abortion is wrong period. I am really wondering what is wrong with the Catholics in this world that they cannot say NO to abortion. When did we get rid of Gods law that life is his to stop and not ours. How can you not say that Life starts at conception ! All I can say any more is GOD bless their souls , they will need all the prayers they can get if they pass this bill.

  3. techwreck says:

    Senator Casey is neither pro-life or Catholic, in my opinion.

    I judge elected officials by their actions, not what they call themselves.

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