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16 Catholic Senators Voted Against Nelson-Hatch Amendment

12-14-09 Posted by admin in Blog, Featured Articles, Gallery, Recent Articles 1 Comments

Lisa Correnti at has a complete list of the 16 Catholic senators who voted against the Nelson-Hatch amendment that would have banned federal funding for abortion in the Senate version of the bealthcare bill.  There were 1o Catholic senators who supported the bill, including Senators Murkowski (R-AK), Kaufman (D-DE), LeMieux (R-FL), Risch (R-ID), Brownback (R-KS), Bunning (R-KY), Vitter (R-LA), Johanns (R-NE), Voinovich (R-OH) and Casey (D-PA).

Correnti also includes the following comment from Francis Cardinal George of Chicago, the president of the USCCB:

While we deplore the Senate’s refusal to adopt the Nelson-Hatch-Casey amendment, we remain hopeful that the protections overwhelmingly passed by the House will be incorporated into needed reform legislation. Failure to exclude abortion funding will turn allies into adversaries and require us and others to oppose this bill because it abandons both principle and precedent.

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One Response to 16 Catholic Senators Voted Against Nelson-Hatch Amendment

  1. L S says:

    One can not be a good Catholic and pro choice. God requires us to live our faith, no matter how difficult it becomes sometimes. When Catholic individuals run for government office, they are held to a much higher standard than others. Our PC attitude in this country would like to seperate personal lives from poliltical when people attain office. I don’t believe one can do that. We have seen politicians fall from grace because of adultery. I have also heard the comments by others stating that this one or that one is still ‘ a good guy.’ However, if they are going to disgrace their spouses and children, how can I trust this person to represent me? I am someone this person doesn’t even know personally and therefore has no loyalty towards at all. We are suppose to live our lives putting God first in all things, family and then country. Do I judge politicians on how they vote on abortion? Yes, most definitely. If they are Catholic and vote pro-choice, it is a disgrace to them personally and to their faith. It is a disgrace to me personally because they are member of the universal church to which we both belong. As a Catholic, I’m ashamed of their actions. But, we as voters, can have a say on how these politicians vote. We can vote them out of office and tell them why we are doing so. It is past time we put all elected officials on notice and stop voting strictly on party lines. If our party puts a person up for election that is pro choice and the other party has a candidate that is pro life, we are obligated to vote for the person that will make our nation a pro life country, not a nation of death. For all those people who voted for Mr. Obama and troops, you carry responsiblilty for putting a man in office that stated he was pro choice and even advocated late pregnancy abortions. You knew this before you went to the polls and voted for him anyway. It was stated in a Bible class I attended this past summer that if every Catholic had voted pro life, Mr. Obama would never have been elected. Perhaps it is really time to make a Catholic committment and to examine our values. We either stand together or our nation will certainly become a nation of death for unborn children as well as our parents, grandparents and eventually ourselves when we no longer serve the Federal governments purpose.

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