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How the Bishops Lost Sight of Their Own Priorities

An analysis of the criteria originally set out by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops as priorities for health reform finds that the Bishops have moved the goal posts on their original insistence that reform be “abortion-neutral.”

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Senate Bill More Closely Preserves Abortion Status Quo

Opponents and supporters of women’s choices in childbearing agreed early on, in theory, to maintain the “status quo” with “abortion neutral” health care legislation. The Senate bill achieves this goal; the House bill does not.

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Bishops Originally Asked for “Abortion Neutral” Health Reform Package

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops was among the first to call for an “abortion-neutral” health care bill in July, defined as maintaining current policies on funding, mandates, and conscience protections. But then they reneged on the deal.

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Why The Stupak Amendment Is A Monumental Setback

The Stupak Amendment potentially goes farther than any other federal law to restrict women’s access to abortion. The claim that it only bars federal funding for abortions is simply false.

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Abortion Funding Fundamentals Under Health Reform

Abortion has become a popular sideshow in the three-ring circus of the debate over health care reform. In particular, many questions about abortion funding have arisen—some genuine and some distorted.

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The Abortion Distortion: Setting The Record–and John Boehner–Straight on the Capps Amendment

The intentional blurring of the lines in the debate over abortion in health care reform now includes a misinformation campaign by the GOP House leadership.

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Parenting with Dignity: Exploring Real Supports for Pregnant Women

Creating a comprehensive approach to the reproductive health and
parenting needs of women is an important policy objective in its own
right, regardless of any potential subsequent effect on the abortion
rate.

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Parenting with Dignity: Part One in a Series

Creating a comprehensive approach to the reproductive health and parenting needs of women is an important policy objective in its own right, regardless of any potential subsequent effect on the abortion rate.

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A Taxing Problem: Abortion and Health Reform

On abortion–or any other issue being addressed under health reform–the “common ground” solution is to let the experts — not politicians — decide what services should be covered.

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HHS “Provider Conscience” Rule Puts Public Health in Danger

The right of conscience is a time-honored value in our society. But it is not only health providers who have rights; so do patients.

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