Bart Stupak deserves an apology from Randy Neugebarger. But he and others in Congress, the USCCB, and the broader anti-choice movement also need to offer one and apologize to the women, men, clinic workers and doctors faced with the same uncivil taunts–and physical threats–every day.
Who is Bart Stupak and why is he fronting for the far right in the health care debate? An analysis of Stupak’s political record and past history reveals that he was the perfect man for the job: a consistently anti-choice Democrat who isn’t worried about reelection, who has a strong connection to the Religious Right and who has done their bidding before. He’s their chosen and willing one and by not wavering thus far, he’s done them proud.
A new poll released today by Catholics for Choice makes it clear that anti-choice lawmakers are being seen as playing to their lobbyist interests over that of their own districts.
Writing on WonkRoom.com Igor Volsky points out what others have as well: By rejecting the compromise the Bishops also laid the groundwork for a case that their own system of accounting is not sufficient as a firewall to protect federal funds provided to Catholic institutions from being used for religious purposes.
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.
The US Conference of Catholic Bishops apparently now runs the US government, aided by “faith-based advocacy groups,” the House Democratic Leadership, the White House and members of the Senate. If you didn’t know before, you know now.
Cardinal Rigali manipulates Catholic morality to bring it perfectly in line with Republican policy, though it doesn’t reflect the “Catholic” line on war, poverty, and health care. But listen: those issues are just not that important.
While some Catholics have strongly supported health care reform, others are more interested in fighting for their own interests than in fighting for people’s lives.
Notre Dame should be praised for inviting a speaker, President Obama, who is committed to promoting a true culture of life–one that includes and values the women who give that life.
In a letter to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Republican leaders pledge to promote a concept the definition of which includes opposition to all forms of birth control.