The United States Catholic Conference has backed off on its demand for a pro-life amendment to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
According to League sources, this move was made in light of the Supreme Court’s Planned Parenthood v. Casey decision which made “RFRA’s application to abortion academic.”
Sponsors will add new language to insure that the act cannot be misconstrued regarding funding. The section will read: “Provision of government funding, benefits or exemptions, to the extent permissible under the Establishment clause of the First Amendment, would not constitute a violation of this act.”
The bishops’ support is expected to ensure swift passage of RFRA which was a response to the troubling Supreme Court Smith decision, more popularly known as the “peyote” case.
USCC objections to RFRA grew out of concern that abortion might conceivably be protected as a “religious right.”