Catholic.org, the official website of the Catholic Church in the United States, is calling on Catholics to not only openly oppose the House health care bill, but Speaker Nancy Pelosi as well. The website is stating that it believes that the current form of the House health care bill allows for publicly funded abortions, and that the Catholic Church would not stand for that. As a political advisor, I have to note that this article from Catholic.org about the House health care bill and Nancy Pelosi has a great chance of hurting, if not killing, the bill.
In an article dated today (Friday November 6th), Catholic.org, and the Catholic Church, portrays House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as a renegade Catholic that goes to great lengths to counter the actions of the Right To Life Organization. Catholic.org presses for Catholics in the United States to contact their people in Congress and try to convince them to vote, “No,” on the bill because of the abortion issue.
While reports from my sources in government are conflicting, the consensus on the abortion issue with the House health care bill is that there are allowances that would allow for an abortion to be paid for under the health care plan with federal tax dollars. In fact, some of my contacts in government have stated that the politicians that they work for did not realize the implications of the abortion issues with the health care bill until they came to light within the last 48 hours.
Catholic.org and the Catholic Church have a long history of being able to influence public policy in the United States. Catholic.org and the Catholic Church have spent a lot of time battling issues like euthanasia, the death penalty, gay rights, and abortion. While showing the abortion issue in the House health care bill in a negative light is nothing new, the attack against Speaker Pelosi is something different for Catholic.org and the Catholic Church.
The article on Catholic.org portrays Speaker Nancy Pelosi as someone who has directly defied the wishes of her priests, her Bishop, and even the Pope over abortion issues. By showing her in this kind of negative light, Catholic.org and the Catholic Church make her into a rogue that is out for her own measures. This step might light more of a fire under some of the more ardent supporters of Right To Life.
It will be interesting to see the progress of the House health care bill now that Catholic.org and the Catholic Church have taken such a strong stance against it, and against Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Will these motions change the course of the House health care bill? We should know within the matter of days.