UPDATE 1: Pro-life organizations celebrate Stupak amendment, warns of existing risks on health care bill
While the Stupak Amendment (Bart Stupak, D-Mi), which carried along components of the Hyde Amendment prohibiting government funds in programs for abortions, there is no guarantee that when it reaches the Senate, it will be included.
This is a complex issue. LifeSiteNews.com has been doing an excellent job of sifting through all of this complexity, very quickly, even posting this past Saturday when they do not normally do so. I highly recommend tracking it through them, but there are some other sources to follow, as well. LifeNews.com is another source worth following.
The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has been issuing frequent statements. Here was a message sent to the US House of Representatives on November 6th, ahead of the vote for the Stupak Amendment. The USCCB also has a webpage dedicated to Health Care Reform. The conference has explained it's position many times:
- a truly universal health policy with respect for human life and dignity
- access for all with a special concern for the poor and inclusion of immigrants
- pursuing the common good and preserving pluralism including freedom of conscience and variety of options
- restraining costs and applying them equitably across the spectrum of payers
Another site I check daily (and often more than once daily), is NewAdvent.org. Kevin Knight receives links from people on a variety of hot topics. If there is breaking news somewhere in the Church, chances are, you will find it at New Advent.
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