According to the Catholic Key Blog, the US Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will oppose Obamacare unless it specifically denies funding for abortion.
The USCCB, which is to say, the Catholic Church, has long been an advocate for health care reform. But the Bishops are unwilling to accept a health measure unless language is inserted prohibiting coverage for abortion in any government-run health insurance.
On July 17, Bishop William Murphy, Chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, wrote to Congress saying: “The USCCB looks forward to working with you to reform health care successfully in a manner that offers accessible, affordable and quality health care that protects and respects the life and dignity of all people from conception until natural death.” Then Bishop Murphy drew a line, declaring that “no health care reform plan should compel us or others to pay for the destruction of human life, whether through government funding or mandatory coverage of abortion.” (Socratic emphasis)
It is encouraging when men, whether of the cloth or otherwise, stand for principle above pragmatism.
(w/t William Bence)