New Catholic Bishops Memo: Abortion in Health Care Despite Obama Order

The nation’s Catholic bishops have released a new detailed legal memorandum analyzing both the health care bill President Barack Obama signed into law and the executive order he issued. The memo says abortion funding is still present in the new law despite the executive order. It confirms what other USSCB officials and pro-life groups have said about the abortion funding the the failureof the executive order to correct the problems. Anthony Picarello, General Counsel for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Michael Moses, the USCCB Associate General Counsel, authored the extensive memo. Although we wish it were otherwise, we must conclude that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, poses serious problems in these two areas [abortion funding and conscience protection] and that the Executive Order does not correct those problems,” they conclude.