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By James Tillman

AUSTIN, TX, October 30, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com)—The bishops of the Texas Catholic Conference have issued a statement criticizing the health care reform bill's abortion-funding Capps amendment, while calling for “reform of our nation's health care system in ways that respect the lives of all human persons.”

The bishops began by stating their commitment to improving the United States' health care, saying they were “hopeful that such reform legislation will someday be enacted into law.”

Nevertheless, “true health care reform must maintain longstanding public policies that restrict funding for abortion and respect the consciences of health care providers.”

“The language in the Capps amendment, which is part of several proposed bills, does not adequately ensure the protection of all human life,” they said.

The Capps amendment, which would permit the federal subsidizing of abortion in healthcare, was preserved in the new version of the House bill released yesterday. 

“We will be a committed partner in advancing reform on this life-and-death issue,” the bishops said, “but if the final form of the legislation does not include acceptable language in these areas then we will have to oppose it vigorously.”

They concluded: “We will continue to pray that our national leaders will place the poor and those most vulnerable first, for only when they do will our nation achieve genuine health care reform.”

The Texas bishops' letter comes at the same time as the USCCB has launched an all-out, nation-wide campaign against abortion-funding healthcare.

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