Catholic Health Association welcomes Daschle appointment
December 15, 2008
The Catholic Health Association has welcomed the appointment to be Tom Daschle as Secretary of Health and Human Services in the Obama administration-- despite Daschle's solid support for legal abortion. Sister Carol Keehan, DC, president of the Catholic Health Association, said that Daschle and Jeanne Lambrew, who will be deputy director of a new White House Office of Health Reform, would be extraordinary leaders in the drive to improve the American health-care system.
In 2003 Bishop Robert Carlson of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, reportedly told Daschle-- who was then serving as a Senator from the state-- that he should no longer identify himself as a Catholic because of his outspoken support for unrestricted legal abortion. The bishop declined to comment on his admonition to Daschle; the senator issued a public statement: "I have been a Catholic all my life, and I will remain one."
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