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Medicaid Expansion May Increase Access to Birth Control

An expanded Medicaid provision in health care reform may increase access to birth control. Predictably, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is screaming that this is actually “dismissive of women.”

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Rhode Island Bishop Punishes Catholic Group For Support of Health Reform

The Associated Press reports today that the Roman Catholic bishop of Providence, Rhode Island, has withdrawn two hospitals sponsored by his diocese from membership in a Catholic hospital group that supports health care reform.

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Bart Stupak: I Don’t Listen To Nuns

In two interviews yesterday, Bart Stupak revealed a great deal about himself, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, politics and the internal workings of our “pro-choice” Democratic party.  First, in what shouldn’t be surprising to anyone, Stupak told Fox News that he “doesn’t listen to nuns.” 

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Stupak Double-crosses Senate Dems on Health Care

An email chain leaked to Politco reveals the depths to which anti-choice Rep. Bart Stupak will go to place unprecedented restrictions on abortion services in the proposed health care reform bill.

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Bishops: “Deplore Defeat of Nelson Amendment, Working To Maintain Stupak”

On Wednesday, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement calling defeat of the Nelson-Hatch-Casey amendment a “grave mistake,” and underscoring that they continue to work toward maintainingg Stupak Amendment language in the final bill.

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Same-Sex Marriage: Will New Jersey Do the Right Thing?

A vote on same-sex marriage in New Jersey may come as soon as tomorrow. The Catholic Bishops and conservative Democrats and Republicans are lobbying to defeat the measure. Will New Jersey do the right thing and vote for human rights?

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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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Ben Nelson Latest Elected Official to Ask Catholic Bishops to Give Their Approval to US Law

Just in case you had any doubt about the direct–and I mean direct–intervention of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops in curtailing women’s rights in US health reform legislation, here is the latest evidence of how some representatives are working at what appears to be the behest of the bishops. Ben Nelson is holding a Senate Stupak Amendment until the Bishops “have time to review it.”

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Truth Is Indeed One of the First Casualties of War

I agree with Jim Wallis that the truth has become a casualty in this war–because both Jim and the Catholic Bishops have twisted it. And if Jim Wallis and his conservative allies have their way, women will become another casualty.

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The Bishops’ Huge Financial Stake in Stupak-Pitts

Coverage of Stupak-Pitts neglects a bigger motive for the Vatican: Restricting insurance coverage of women’s reproductive health care will eliminate competitive barriers faced by Catholic institutions.

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