Rhode Island Bishop Applauded For Removing Hospital From CHA Over Abortion Bill
by Steven Ertelt
April 12, 2010
Providence, RI (LifeNews.com) — Rhode Island Bishop Thoms Tobin is earning prise from pro-life advocates for removing his hospital from membership in the Catholic Health Association because of CHA’s active support for the pro-abortion health care bill.
Anne Fox, the president of Massacusetts Citizens for Life, told LifeNews.com that Tobin stated exactly what her members found when they lobbied in DC in the days immediately preceding the March 21st vote when he told the CHA:
"Your enthusiastic support of the legislation, in contradiction to the position of the Bishops of the United States, provided an excuse for members of Congress, misled the public, and caused serious scandal for many members of the Church."
Fox said MCFL members were told, in every office where the congressman planned to vote for the bill, that such a vote was justified by the support of the CHA.
"When the pro-lifers tried to cite the USCCB instead, they were told it was only their view that the USCCB was the group actually speaking for the church," Fox said. "The CHA, which stands to profit from health care reform, pledged a large sum of money last July to the Obama administration to help ease passage of the overhaul, well before the final draft of the bill materialized."
Bishop Tobin also expressed hope that the CHA "will review its mission and will find new opportunities to renew its commitment to human life, including that of unborn children."
MCFL honored Bishop Tobin at its Assembly for Life, January 24, 2010, for his courageous stand in defense of life when he explained to Congressman Patrick Kennedy that health care that includes abortion is unacceptable, no matter how laudable its aspirations.
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