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Health Care Tidbits: of Pens, Swear Words, and Airports in Michigan

By Kathleen Gilbert Updated 3:29pm EST WASHINGTON, D.C., March 24, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The fallout after the passing of the Senate health care bill Sunday evening made for various interesting tidbits of information that don't merit in-depth coverage, but are worth mentioning. Here is a list of some of them: – Thanks, Sister: Catholic Health Association CEO Sr. Carol Keehan was given one of the pens that Obama used to sign the health care bill. Such an honor is traditionally bestowed upon individuals or groups that provided key support in passing a piece of legislation. – One pro-life lawmaker: Rep. […]
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Stupak Slams Pro-Lifers, Defends Planned Parenthood

By Kathleen Gilbert WASHINGTON, D.C., March 24, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Once the beacon of hope for pro-lifers in their fight against the abortion expansion embedded in the Senate health care bill, Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) on Tuesday turned around and blasted his pro-life critics, dismissed the Catholic hierarchy as having no control over Catholic legislators, and expressed support for Planned Parenthood and its provision of “health care” in his district. Stupak and a crucial handful of other House Democrats holding out for an abortion funding ban took the whole country by surprise Sunday by switching sides mere hours before the […]
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President Signs Stupak’s Executive Order in Private Ceremony

By Peter J. Smith WASHINGTON, D.C., March 24, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – On Wednesday afternoon President Barack Obama signed the promised executive order that had secured the health care votes of Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) and a half-dozen pro-life Democrats. Unlike the signing of the health care reform bill itself, the executive order signing took place in a private ceremony in the Oval Office without reporters or television cameras. Stupak and twelve other Democrat colleagues attended, as well as Sen. Bob Casey (D-Penn.), who co-authored the Senate health bill’s restrictions on abortion funding with Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.). The text of the […]
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Seattle Mom: School Sent My Daughter for Secret Abortion without Telling Me

By Patrick B. Craine SEATTLE, Washington, March 24, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Seattle mother is furious after learning that her 15-year-old daughter was sent by her school's health center for a secret abortion, reports ABC-affiliate KOMO. The mother, identified only as “Jill,” says her daughter was given a pregnancy test at Ballard High School's Teen Health Center, which came back positive.  Rather than informing the parents, she said, the center gave the girl a pass and put her in a taxi for the abortuary, all during school hours. “They just told her that if she concealed it from her family, […]
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Planned Parenthood Dismisses ‘Symbolic’ Executive Order, Declares Health Care Victory

By Kathleen Gilbert WASHINGTON, D.C., March 23, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards has issued a statement declaring victory after the Senate health care bill's passage Sunday, noting that the abortion-related executive order Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) agreed to in exchange for pro-life Democrats' votes was merely a “symbolic gesture.” Stupak had argued after the vote that, contrary to the affirmations of virtually every top pro-life organization in the U.S., Obama's promised executive order “is worth more than the paper it is written on.” “The only option you had was leave the Senate language or strengthen it to prevent […]
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Cincinnati Archbishop Condemns ‘Catholic’ Groups’ Support for Health Bill

By Kathleen Gilbert CINCINNATI, Ohio, March 23, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Archbishop Dennis Schnurr last week joined a host of U.S. bishops who came out explicitly against the Senate health care bill that was signed into law Tuesday, and condemned as erroneous “groups with 'Catholic' in their name” who supported the bill. “Positions on the current healthcare legislation taken by groups with 'Catholic' in their name have caused a great deal of confusion about the official position of the Catholic Church,” said Schnurr in a statement to pastors in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, to be shared with their parishes, and emailed […]
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List: Bishops, Nuns, Organizations Supporting/Opposing Senate Health Care Bill

By Kathleen Gilbert WASHINGTON, D.C., March 20, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Following is a list of Catholic organizations and individuals who have come out publicly in favor of the Senate health care bill, which allows government funding of abortion: Catholic Health Association Network National Catholic Reporter Catholics United   Catholics in Alliance for the Common GoodLeadership Conference of Women Religious  Bishop Emeritus John E. McCarthy of Austin, TX Following is a list of Catholic bishops and dioceses who have come out publicly against the Senate health care bill: The US Conference of Catholic Bishops  Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, TX; chairman, USCCB pro-life […]
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President Signs Health Care Bill into Law, 12 States Immediately Sue

By Kathleen Gilbert Updated 5:49pm EST WASHINGTON, D.C., March 23, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – President Obama signed into law the hard-won Senate health care bill at a ceremony in the East Room Tuesday morning. Moments later, as promised, twelve state attorneys general had filed federal lawsuits challenging the bill's constitutionality. The bill, which pro-life leaders call the greatest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade and abortion leaders have praised as a “huge victory,” passed in the House of Representatives Sunday night after Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) gave up resisting against the bill's abortion funding. Stupak, the leader of a group […]
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Catholic Georgetown Students Vote to Fund Abortion Rights Panel

March 23, 2010 (CNews) – In early March, the Student Activities Commission (SAC) of Georgetown University, a Jesuit, Catholic university, voted in favor of funding an abortion “rights” panel on campus, according to The Hoya. Earlier the university partially funded “Sex Positive Week” and held performances of “The Vagina Monologues.” “While Catholics the world over are engaged in penance, prayer and alms giving during this Lenten season, students at America's oldest Catholic university have participated in a perverse series of events that vividly reminds us why our culture is in such trouble,” said Patrick J. Reilly, President of The Cardinal […]
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