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Abortion provisions make health-care bill unacceptable, cardinal tells US House members

August 12, 2009

Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia, the chairman of the US bishops' pro-life committee, has written to members of the House of Representatives to say that current health-care reform legislation is "seriously deficient" insofar as it includes taxpayer-funded abortion coverage. The cardinal pointed out that the legislation now pending before the House is a "radical change" from the federal policy that respects the consciences of abortion opponents and does not include tax-subsidized coverage for voluntary abortion.


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