Catholic Bishops Warn Obama

Last Tuesday 220 Catholic bishops drafted an official statement warning Obama and Congress that passing the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) would be viewed as a direct attack on religion. According to Tony Perkins of the Family research Council, last year Obama had promised Planned Parenthood that his first order of business as president would be to sign the FOCA, saying that he would not yield on this issue. The FOCA would abolish over 300 pro-life laws and abortion restrictions.

However, Bishop Daniel Conlon of Ohio stated, “This is not a matter of political compromise.  It’s a matter of absolutes.”  Perkins writes, “Catholics are a powerful player in the U.S. health care system. As Ed Morrissey points out, Catholics run more than 550 hospitals and 415 clinics in America, spending billions out of pocket to help the disadvantaged get the care they need. Under FOCA, religious providers would have two options: either comply with the abortion mandate or end their services completely. Is Congress so intent on appeasing Planned Parenthood that it would jeopardize the health care of 90 million Americans? We’ll see.” For more see this article:  http://apnews.myway.com/article/20081112/D94D7AHG0.html

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