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Bishops Encourage Vigilance that Health Care Legislation Protects Conscience, Does Not Fund Abortion
Date:3/23/2010

"We applaud the effort to expand health care to all," Cardinal George said.

He noted concerns about the legislation, including that "the statute forces all those who choose federally subsidized plans that cover abortion to pay for other people's abortions with their own funds."

Cardinal George pointed to President Obama's executive order that said "it is necessary to establish an adequate enforcement mechanism to ensure that Federal funds are not used for abortion services."

The need for such an order underscores deficiencies in the bill, Cardinal George said.

"We do not understand how an Executive order, no matter how well intentioned, can substitute for statutory provisions," he said also.

President Obama and others claimed the bill does not expand abortion, Cardinal George noted.


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