“Who elected them to Congress?” Abortion advocates target Catholic bishops over role in healthcare bill

Now that the U.S. House has narrowly approved a national healthcare bill, abortion advocates are taking aim at Catholic bishops and seeking to exact political retribution on pro-life legislators who insisted on a provision banning federal abortion funding as a condition of their support. In an item published Nov. 9 by Politico.com under the heading “IRS should scrutinize bishops,” Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-San Rafael, asks of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, “Who elected them to Congress?” and suggests the Church’s tax-exempt status should be reviewed. Woolsey said the bishops’ support of the Stupak amendment “was more than mere advocacy” and said the bishops “managed to bully members of Congress to vote for added restrictions on a perfectly legal surgical procedure.”