HEALTH CARE POLITICS: ABORTION ISSUE BOILS OVER

Catalyst September Issue 2009, Front Page

It seldom happens that one issue dominates an entire season, but this summer the debate over health care commanded everyone’s attention. It wouldn’t have occasioned the interest of the Catholic League had it not been for the life issues. But when abortion and conscience rights for health care workers are included in the legislation, it’s enough... [Read more...]

WEB ATTACK

Catalyst September Issue 2009, Front Page

A few years back, someone managed to hack into the Catholic League’s website and disable it. We contacted the FBI and they arrested a young Muslim man. On August 5, we got hit again, only this time it was much worse. This time the guilty party staged an attack on our web host, Catholic Online, a company based in California. It’s called a “denial... [Read more...]

LYING AND DOUBLE STANDARDS

Catalyst September Issue 2009, From The President's Desk

 have often told my daughters that one of the great things about my job is that I don’t have to lie. I believe in what the Catholic Church teaches, and believe that its voice should be given a fair hearing in society. Because it often is not—indeed there is a cacophony of cat-calls trying to shut it up—the Catholic League is needed more than... [Read more...]

HEALTH CARE BILL: FOCA BY OTHER MEANS?

Catalyst September Issue 2009

In July 2007 Barack Obama told his pro-abortion fans at Planned Parenthood that “the first thing [he’d] do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA).” Two years later, FOCA has yet to be reintroduced. But there are no signs that Planned Parenthood is disappointed, and that is because Obama is delivering FOCA by stealth means. The principal... [Read more...]

ABORTION AS HEALTH CARE?

Catalyst September Issue 2009

When White House budget director Peter Orszag was asked whether “no taxpayer money will go to pay for abortions” under proposed health care legislation, he replied, “I’m not prepared to say explicitly that right now.” There was no reason for Orszag to sound tentative—everyone who has followed this issue knew that President Obama has been... [Read more...]

SURGEON GENERAL PICK ALREADY IN HOT SEAT

Catalyst September Issue 2009

Soon after she was nominated Surgeon General, we noted that Dr. Regina Benjamin was already in the hot seat. We commended President Obama and congratulated Dr. Benjamin, a Catholic, as an excellent choice for Surgeon General. Indeed, she has been recognized by Pope Benedict XVI for distinguished service. But there are things that will test her mettle... [Read more...]

EUTHANASIA AND HEALTH CARE REFORM

Catalyst September Issue 2009

In late July there were growing concerns over Section 1233 of H.R. 3200, the health care reform bill that was introduced in the House. There was language in this section of the bill that implied that the federal government may become involved in euthanasia. So over two days, July 27-28, the Catholic League staff contacted the following persons, committees... [Read more...]

STEM CELL POLICY FLAWED

Catalyst September Issue 2009

Back in March, President Barack Obama lifted restrictions on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. The president expressed his concern about the “perils” of such research and asked the National Institutes of Health to draft requirements so that only ethically obtained stem cell lines would receive taxpayer money. The final rules were... [Read more...]

DEBUNKING THE MYTH-BUSTERS

Catalyst September Issue 2009

In the August 14 New York Daily News, there was an article seeking to debunk various myths about the health care bills. Unfortunately, the two reporters were guilty of floating the myth that “None of the bills working their way through Congress provides any federal funds for abortion.” Thus did the Daily News join a list of other media outlets... [Read more...]

OBAMA SEEKS RELIGIOUS SUPPORT FOR BILL

Catalyst September Issue 2009

On August 19, President Barack Obama joined in a call-in and audio Webcast with religious leaders seeking to win their support for a health care bill. We issued a press release explaining why the Catholic bishops weren’t on board. Earlier in the month, Justin Cardinal Rigali, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities for the United States Conference... [Read more...]

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