WASHINGTON, March 18 The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has made available several new resources explaining its calls for essential changes to the Senate health care reform bill. In a March 15 statement, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, President of the USCCB, said that the U.S. bishops would, regretfully, have to oppose the final bill if these changes were not made.
The resources are available at: www.usccb.org/healthcare
Among them is an analysis of the abortion funding provisions of the Senate health care bill that highlights the bishops' objections (www.usccb.org/healthcare/030410facts.pdf). Two pieces respond to recent criticisms of the bishops' position on the health care bill, namely criticisms from Timothy Stoltzfus Jost of Washington and Lee University Law School (www.usccb.org/healthcare/jost-response.pdf) and the other regarding the funding of abortion at community health centers (www.usccb.org/healthcare/communityhealthcenters.pdf).
With so much of the health care debate focusing on the nature of the legal "status quo" of federal abortion funding, the page also features a backgrounder on current federal policy on abortion funding (www.usccb.org/prolife/issues/healthcare/abortion_funding_102309.pdf) and an analysis of the House health care bill's Stupak Amendment (www.usccb.org/healthcare/StupakAmendmentFactsheet.pdf).
SOURCE U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities