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USCCB President Slams Catholic Health Association Support for Health Bill

By Kathleen Gilbert CHICAGO, March 16, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, the president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), hit back hard Monday against the Catholic Health Association's (CHA) endorsement of the abortion-expanding health care bill. George's statement came only days after CHA president Sr. Carol Keehan issued a letter to lawmakers urging them to “move quickly to enact health care reform,” and the same day that Keehan characterized the legislation as “a major first step” – despite not being “perfect” on life issues. The Chicago cardinal emphasized that, while bishops support health care reform as […]
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CHA Board Bishop: ‘I Side With USCCB’ against Health Bill

By Kathleen Gilbert ST. PETERSBURG, Florida, March 16, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Bishop Robert Lynch of St. Petersburg has stepped into the row between the Catholic Health Association (CHA), on whose board he is a member, and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), siding with the bishops in fighting the CHA-endorsed abortion-expanding Senate health care bill. The CHA sparked controversy over the weekend by throwing its weight behind the vastly pro-abortion Senate health bill. CHA president Sr. Carol Keehan had issued a letter to lawmakers urging them to “move quickly to enact health care reform,” and characterized the legislation as […]
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Weakened Ultrasound Law Passes WV Senate Unanimously

by James Tillman CHARLESTON, West Virginia, March 15, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com)—A bill requiring that women be given the opportunity to view any ultrasound image of their child taken before or during an abortion passed the West Virginia Senate unanimously on Saturday. The measure passed after an amendment was added to repeal penalties against physicians violating West Virginia's Right to Know law. Gov. Joe Manchin has said he will sign the bill, which passed the final day of the regular legislative session. “Information empowers women to make informed choices,” stated Karen Cross, president of West Virginians for Life.  “Ultrasound legislation protects the mother’s right to […]
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Catholic Health Assoc. Health Bill Support ‘Utterly Un-Catholic’: HLI President

By Kathleen Gilbert Updated 4:47 pm EST WASHINGTON, DC, March 15, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – As the U.S. bishops step up their opposition to the abortion-expanding Senate health bill this month, the Catholic Health Association (CHA) has again damaged the pro-life Catholic response by issuing warm support for the bill – despite its not being “perfect” on the abortion issue. The president of Human Life International responded by condemning CHA's support for the bill as “utterly un-Catholic” and “a grave insult” to Catholics. In remarks posted on the CHA website, president and CEO Sr. Carol Keehan wrote: “As I watched our president […]
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Scranton Diocese Bans Pro-Abort, Anti-War Activist Cindy Sheehan from Speaking

By James Tillman SCRANTON, Pennsylvania, March 15, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com)—The Scranton Diocese has banned well-known anti-war protestor Cindy Sheehan from speaking at a diocesan church hall, citing her opposition to Church teaching on life and marriage. Sheehan told LifeSiteNews.com (LSN) that she considers the diocese's action to be “against the teachings of the Prince of Peace.” Cindy Sheehan, mother of the deceased Specialist Casey Sheehan, has been a prominent anti-war activist since she camped outside President Bush's ranch in August of 2005.  She had been scheduled to speak at St. John the Evangelist Church hall in Scranton on April 9. According to […]
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Gay ‘Marriage’ Activists Forcing Pro-Family Views out of California Therapist Association

By Kathleen Gilbert SAN DIEGO, California, March 15, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Abandoning its long-held neutrality on the marriage debate, the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) has slowly come to disavow pro-family views and sexual orientation therapy as “homophobic.” Instead it now warmly supports homosexuality as a “normal and positive” variant of sexuality – all thanks to pressure by gay activists who have openly vowed to transform the organization from within. The disturbing result of the activists' tactics, says one anonymous CAMFT intern, is that pro-family therapists in California are becoming increasingly afraid to speak up in favor […]
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Commentary: The Failure of the Bishops’ Healthcare Bill Strategy

Commentary by Deal W. Hudson   March 15, 2010 (InsideCatholic) – The Catholic Health Association (CHA), a lobbying group for Catholic hospitals, has offered its support for the health-care bill as it currently stands. A  statement from CHA president Sr. Carol Keehan expresses “concern on life issues” while underscoring the bill's requirement that “a separate check” would have to be written for abortion services. Sister Keehan's statement—along with the March 11 letter to Congress from her vice president, Michael F. Rodgers—is a masterpiece of doublespeak. On behalf of CHA, both Sister Keehan and Rodgers urge passage of the bill. But, while Sister Keehan […]
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USCCB Reiterates Opposition to Pro-Abortion Health Care Bill

by James Tillman WASHINGTON, DC, March 15, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com)—The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has again weighed in against the health care reform bill approved by the Senate (H.R. 3590) due to “serious flaws on abortion and conscience rights.”  In a bulletin insert updated on Thursday for release in parishes the following Sunday, the USCCB acknowledged that the Senate health care bill passed last Christmas Eve “requires federal funds to help subsidize and promote health plans that cover elective abortions,” and that “all purchasers of such plans will be required to pay for other people's abortions through a separate payment solely […]
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