"Christian" Leaders Endorse Fake Abortion Funding Compromise for Senate Bill
by Steven Ertelt
December 18, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — More than three dozen "Christian leaders have signed on to a new statement out Friday that supports the fake abortion funding compromise Sen. Bob Casey introduced this week. The compromise was supposed to get Sen. Ben Nelson to back the bill but he and pro-life groups dismissed it.
The so-called pro-life evangelicals are not affiliated with any of the numerous pro-life groups that promote pro-life issues on a daily basis.
Some of them signed onto fraudulent statements backing pro-abortion presidential candidate Barack Obama and claiming he would be pro-life on abortion or reduce abortions.
"More than three dozen pro-life Christian pastors, leaders and theologians released the following statement Friday morning, December 18, 2009, to applaud Sen. Robert Casey proposed alternative language on abortion to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act," the lead-in to their statement says.
"As Christian leaders moved by our faith to protect life at all stages, we applaud Sen. Robert Caseys efforts to ensure that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act prohibits federal funding of abortion," they write.
"Sen. Caseys alternative language" would ensure "no federal funds pay for abortions in any way," they claim.
"Given the complicated set of concerns surrounding abortion funding and coverage in health care reform, this alternative language, which we understand will be included in the managers amendment to the Senate bill, is a way forward," they write.
But, in a new letter to Casey, the National Right to Life Committee has released its full analysis of the compromise.
"Your proposal completely fails to correct any of the major pro-abortion provisions in the underlying Reid bill," the letter from NRLC said. "We believe that your proposed language in no way improves the highly objectionable provisions of the Reid bill that authorize subsidies for health plans that cover elective abortion, and that authorize federal mandates for private health plans to cover elective abortion."
"Under your language, federal funds would be used to pay the premiums of private health plans that pay for elective abortion on demand, for tens of millions of Americans. This is completely unacceptable," the letter states.
And, in a new statement, nation’s Catholic bishops gave Casey a thumbs down.
Cardinal Daniel DiNardo said in a statement LifeNews.com obtained that the legislation will be morally unacceptable unless and until it complies with longstanding current laws on abortion funding such as the Hyde amendment.
Senator Caseys good-faith effort to allow individuals to opt out of abortion coverage actually underscores how radically the underlying Senate bill would change abortion policy," Cardinal DiNardo said.
"Excluding elective abortions from overall health plans is not a privilege that individuals should have to seek as the exception to the norm. In all other federal health programs, excluding abortion coverage is the norm. And numerous opinion polls show that the great majority of Americans do not want abortion coverage," he added.
Signatories on the letter from the Christian leaders include:
President, Evangelicals for Social Action
Senior Pastor, Northland Church
Editor, Christianity Today
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez
President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
Simone Campbell, SSS
Executive Director, NETWORK
Sister Marlene Weisenbeck, FSPA
President, Leadership Conference of Women Religious
Stephen F. Schneck, PhD
Director, Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies The Catholic University of America
Dr. David P. Gushee
Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics, Mercer University
Dr. Barbara Williams Skinner
President, Skinner Leadership Institute
Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Hale
Senior Pastor, Ray of Hope Christian Church
Author, Speaker and Founding Pastor, Cedar Ridge Community Church
James E. Hug, S.J.
President, Center of Concern
Interim Executive Director, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good
Rev. Richard Cizik
Cheryl Bridges Johns
Professor of Christian Formation & Discipleship, Pentecostal Theological Seminary
Senior Pastor, Nineteenth Street Baptist Church
Rev. Gabriel Salguero
The Latino Leadership Circle
Kenneth R. Himes, O.F.M.
Chairperson, Theology Department, Boston College
Lewis B. Smedes Professor of Christian Ethics, Fuller Theological Seminary
Stephen J. Pope
Professor of Theological Ethics, Boston College
Director of Campus Ethics Programs, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University
The Hon. Douglas W. Kmiec
M. Shawn Copeland
Associate Professor of Theology, Boston College
Richard R. Gaillardetz
Murray/Bacik Professor of Catholic Studies, University of Toledo
William O’Neill, S.J.
Associate Prof. of Social Ethics, Jesuit School of Theology, Santa Clara University
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Religious Studies Fairfield University
Associate Professor, Notre Dame Law School
J. Matthew Ashley
Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, University of Notre Dame
Christine Firer Hinze
Professor, Christian Ethics, Department of Theology, Fordham University
Terrence W. Tilley
Professor of Theology and Chair of the Department Fordham University
Bruce T. Morrill
Associate Professor, Theology Department, Boston College
Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, University of Notre Dame
Dennis M. Doyle
Professor of Religious Studies, University of Dayton
Bradford E. Hinze
Professor of Theology, Fordham University
Professor, Department of Religious Studies, University of Dayton
Jesuit Social Research Institute, Loyola University New Orleans
Associate Professor of Theology, Xavier University
Maria Riley, OP
Senior Advisor, Global Women’s Project, Center of Concern
Bryan N. Massingale
Associate Professor of Theology, Marquette University
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