08 November 2009

The Bishops Win One

I shall stay far away from the intricacies of the health care reform bill passed by the House of Reprensentatives last night.  I get the impression most members of Congress spouted off while simultaneously deigning not to read the bill; in my continuing effort to not be like Congressmen and women, I won't make the same mistake.

However, this should be noted:

In the run-up to the vote, Republicans and conservative Democrats joined forces to pass an amendment to the bill to prohibit federal funds for abortion services.

Its consideration was considered a big win for them and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which used its power, especially with conservative Democrats in swing congressional districts, to help force other Democratic leaders to permit a vote that most of them oppose.

The prohibition, introduced by Democratic members, including Rep. Brad Ellsworth of Indiana and Rep. Bart Stupak of Michigan, would exclude cases of rape, incest or if the mother's life is in danger.

Here's the entire 3.27 MB of the bill if you're so interested.  Be forewarned, my computer found it too large to open. 

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