View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Thanks, Planned Parenthood

The United States Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB) had sent letters to all members of Congress with criteria for a healthcare bill they could support. All amendments to specifically exclude abortion had been defeated in committees, and all rational observers acknowledge that the bills as allow for - and probably will lead to - abortion coverage (despite false claims to the contrary by President Obama and some members of Congress). So in their letters, the bishops warn that the healthcare reform bills leave the door open for mandated abortion coverage and taxpayer funding of abortion.

Well, that brought a response from Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood :

"Seems that, if the U.S. Conference had its way, the national health care system would make American women second-class citizens and deny them access to benefits they currently have."

Hmm. Seems to me she is confirming that health care reform does include abortion coverage. She must not have the administration's playbook ("Fabricate, and keep fabricating even if caught. The general public won't catch on.")

I'm not the only one to see that: Father Thomas Eutenauer, President of Human Life International, noted:

"Ms. Richards has done a favor to all pro-lifers and people of good faith in her hate-filled rant against the shepherds of our beloved Church...First, she has reminded everyone that, despite President Obama's recent statements to the contrary, abortion is absolutely going to be covered in any health care reform legislation that crosses his desk."

Thank you, Planned Parenthood. Keep talking.



Blogger Ben Anderson said...

very good point

12:20 PM  

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