Thursday, November 12, 2009

Production Night

The clock is turning past 2am, and we still have three or four articles to edit, then the long process of placing and copy-editing begins.

As I reflect on the previous seven hours, Kathleen is clearly the driving force of tonight's issue. She tirelessly worked on almost 90% of our content making sure it was edited and sent to Brandon for placement. Brandon always works hard and late into the night ensuring that the Rover looks great and is sent to the printers. These are the people who give it all each Production night to ensure a quality product.

Atta-a-boys all around.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Catholic Advocacy Wrong?

Democratic Representative Lynn Woolsey is calling for the IRS to investigate the Catholic Church's tax-exempt status following their advocacy calling for a ban on federal funding for abortions in the new health care bill.

The real money quote: “They seemed to dictate the finer points of the amendment, and managed to bully members of Congress to vote for added restrictions on a perfectly legal surgical procedure. And this political effort was subsidized by taxpayers, since the Council enjoys tax-exempt status.”

That's right, according to Rep. Woolsey, abortion is a surgical procedure. Babies have been so dehumanized, it's the equivalent of having a tumor removed. Wow.


Monday, November 9, 2009

Abortion and the Health Care Bill

This past Saturday, the House passed a new Health Care Act extending coverage to 98% of Americans 220-215 (one Republican voted for the measure). Included in the final passage of the Bill was the so-called Stupak Amendment (named after Rep. Stupak (D) of Michigan). The amendment "not only prohibits abortion coverage in the public insurance option included in the House bill. It would also prevent private plans from offering coverage for abortion services if they accept people who are receiving government subsidies."

The amendment passed 240-194 [all 176 Republicans and 64 Democrats], however lawmakers already are moving to strip the amendment from the compromise version.

“I am confident that when it comes back from the conference committee that that language won't be there,” Wasserman Schultz said during an appearance on MSNBC. “And I think we're all going to be working very hard, particularly the pro-choice members, to make sure that's the case.” Wasserman Schultz is the Democratic Chief Deputy WHIP.

The Senate currently is considering its version of the health care bill, of which Joe Lieberman has stated he will not vote for if it kills the private insurance industry. If the Senate manages to pass a bill, the House version and Senate version would then be reconciled. It is here that the Stupak Amendment would be stripped or neutered.

Our work as Pro-Life Catholics is far from over.