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Bishops Deeply Disappointed by Senate Vote to Table Nelson-Hatch-Casey Amendment
Date:12/9/2009

Bishop John Wester, Chair of the bishops' Committee on Migration, pointed out: "For many years the bishops have strongly supported accessible and affordable health care for all. Health care must protect, not threaten, human life and dignity; respect, not violate, consciences of providers, taxpayers, and others. We believe universal coverage should be truly universal, not deny health care to those in need because of where they come from or when they arrive here. The Senate proposal falls short in these areas. Immigrants deserve access to health care for their benefit and the common good of all of society. We urge Senators to resist amendments that would leave immigrants and their families behind as the nation reforms health care. We urge Senators to support amendments that improve health-care access for immigrants and their families and to oppose efforts that deny them access."

Cardinal George concluded: "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."

SOURCE U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities


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SOURCE U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities
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