US House Approves Historic, Deeply Flawed Health Care Legislation

March 22, 2010
Late last night, the US House of Representatives passed a health care reform bill that is both monumental in its scope and profoundly controversial in its substance.  While the Catholic Church has for decades supported health care reform and the expansion of access to care that this bill purports to have as its goal, the Catholic bishops had no choice but to strongly oppose the bill because of its expansion of access to abortion.

While individual Catholics have each found much to like or dislike in this legislation, all Catholics are called upon to oppose any legislation or policy that opens the door to federal financing of abortion as this bill does.  This is potentially the most serious legislative setback suffered by the Pro-Life movement since Roe v. Wade.  All Americans would do well to see how their representative voted on what has been called a career-defining vote.