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Meet The Bishops Writing Your Health Care Laws

Meet The Bishops Writing Your Health Care Laws

If faced with a medical crisis who would you turn to first– a trained, licensed medical professional or a Catholic bishop? And who would you want advising lawmakers on the kinds of regulations necessary surrounding access to health care–doctors or bishops?

If you answered doctors, well, you are out of luck. That’s because the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops are the ones pushing, and practically writing, every major anti-abortion legislation over the past several years.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops likes to stay behind the scenes but, in part because their efforts have been largely successful, have found the spotlight. With the GOP-controlled House, they have pushed Republicans to vote to slash federal family planning funds for low-income women, moved to prevent women from using their own money to buy insurance plans that cover abortion, introduced legislation that would force women to have ultrasounds before receiving an abortion and passed a bill that would allow hospitals to refuse to perform abortions for women with life-threatening pregnancy complications.

Welcome to the theocracy.

Their lobbying has become so overt, so direct, that the National Organization for Women has called for the bishops conference to lose its tax-exempt status over activities like directing Reps. Bark Stupak (D-Mich.) and Joe Pitts (R-Pa) on the language of the anti-abortion laws they would introduce.

And while the bishops have plenty of Republican allies, it was the wave of conservative Democrats elected in 2008 that catapulted their status from advisers to de facto legislators.

So far the Senate has been able to withstand the onslaught of anti-woman bills drafted by the bishops, but the real test will be the final rules adopted by the Department of Health and Human Services and whether they cover birth control as preventative medicine. If the HHS final rules do not, then we will see just how much power the bishops really have.

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9:48PM PST on Dec 4, 2011

And to think that people predicted that John F Kennedy could not be elected President, because Americans would fear that the Pope would control his decisions.

And now look at us! :(

8:48PM PST on Nov 13, 2011

My blood is boiling. For men, ANY men, to make laws concerning my body .....
And these men!!! I can't write anymore

10:15PM PST on Nov 10, 2011

bad bishops! bad!

11:42PM PDT on Nov 5, 2011

I thought the United States is a secular country where every religion is allowed and separation of church and state is the rule? Then why are the Catholic bishops interfering with politics? I think they need to fix their own issues first, if you know what I mean.

8:09PM PDT on Nov 4, 2011

Jane, "Patrick, there's a Sponge Bob GOD? A NEW GOD? Where can I join? I'm bored with
spaghetti GOD. All he gives out in pie heaven is meat balls."

But I thought you liked balls.....

8:07PM PDT on Nov 4, 2011

MD L False god? No way, he's real alright, we can all see him but Mr. Snuffleupagus can only be seen by Big

5:26PM PDT on Nov 4, 2011

If abortion is "murder" then men are baby murderers. Every time a man masturbates, he
murders billions of living, holy, sacred sperm. Men are baby murderers. Life begins in men's

4:26PM PDT on Nov 4, 2011

Abortion is not health care. It is murder whether you like it or not. Neither Bisdhops nor Doctors should be invovled with this barbaric practice. that is part of the depopulation agenda designed to backfire on all of us. You and me will also be avborted before long as the depopulation agenda 21 of the UN virtually demands it. They do it through GMO, refined and processed chemicalised foods, toxic polluted water , metabolic supressive medical drugs and immunity lowering and destroying vaccinations. Stop looking at abortion as something in isolation it is all part of Globalisation cull which includes you or me. .

9:13AM PDT on Nov 4, 2011

The catholic bishops need to focus on stopping their priests from molesting their congregations.

It is only a continuation of the fear they are instilling in every sunday.

8:59AM PDT on Nov 4, 2011

Govt and religion - stay out of my business!!

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