Thursday, October 8, 2009

Bishops to Congress re: health care reform: fix it or forget it

The Catholic Key has posted a letter from the US bishops to Congress expressing their disappointment with the present state of health care reform legislation. After outlining the three areas the bishops are most concerned about, the letter ends with this warning:

We sincerely hope that the legislation will not fall short of our criteria. However, we remain apprehensive when amendments protecting freedom of conscience and ensuring no taxpayer money for abortion are defeated in committee votes. If acceptable language in these areas cannot be found, we will have to oppose the health care bill vigorously. Catholic moral tradition teaches that health care is a basic human right, essential to protecting human life and dignity. Much-needed reform of our health care system must be pursued in ways that serve the life and dignity of all, never in ways that undermine or violate these fundamental values. We will work tirelessly to remedy these central problems and help pass real reform that clearly protects the life, dignity and health of all.

Read the whole thing.

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