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US Bishops Condemn "Extreme" Executive Order

usccbThe U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is expressing great concern about  President Obama’s July 21 executive order which prohibits federal government contractors from what the Administration deems “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” discrimination.

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Bart Stupak Publishes Defense of His Vote

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist In an op-ed appearing in the Washington Post, Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI), who shocked the pro-life community by agreeing to vote yes on the pro-abortion health care reform bill in exchange for an executive order from President Obama, said he made the deal because he believed the reform bill would have passed anyway and would have been worse for the unborn without the last minute deal.

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U.S. Bishops Express “Apprehension” About New Health Care Reform

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) expressed apprehension about whether or not the President’s executive order would adequately prevent federal funding of abortion and said he was concerned about the divisions in the Church that became apparent during the health care debate.

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Planned Parenthood Applauds Abortion Funding in Obamacare

by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist  Despite repeated claims by the administration that Obamacare does not include abortion funding, a statement by Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards calls the President’s Executive Order a “symbolic gesture” and applauds the fact that the bill “does not include the Stupak abortion ban.”

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Phony Executive Order Paves Way for Passage of Health Care Reform

Commentary by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist Rep. Bart Stupak, who stood strong for life throughout the long and contentious battle over abortion funding in health care reform, caved in at the eleventh hour to a phony deal with the White House that pro-life groups – and the U.S. bishops say - will do nothing to protect the unborn.

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