Friday, August 21, 2009

Cardinal: Obama Pushing Illusion on Abortion Funding

President Barack Obama and Cardinal Justin Rigali, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Pro-Life Activities, have taken directly contradictory positions on whether the health-care bill in the U.S. Congress funds abortion.

UPDATE 10/5/09: Latest Bishops letter to the Senate opposing health care legislation

-- From "President Obama is 'Fabricating'—Not Cardinal Rigali and the Catholic Bishops—About Abortion Funding in Health Care Plan"by Terence P. Jeffrey, Editor-in-Chief 8/20/09

Cardinal Rigali says the bill does fund abortion and that those who say otherwise are pushing an “illusion.”

President Obama says the bill does not fund abortion and that those who say otherwise are guilty of a “fabrication” . . . [and] said that those who say the bill funds abortion are not telling the truth.

Cardinal Rigali laid out his position in a carefully reasoned and detailed argument presented in a pastoral letter sent to the U.S. House of Representatives on August 11.

Did President Obama rebut Cardinal Rigali’s clear and specific argument?
. . . in the New York Times’ explanation, the basic fact is impossible to ignore: The bill mandates that everyone getting federal subsidies to buy health insurance must have an opportunity to buy health insurance that covers abortion.

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