Bishops Give Tools to Sift the Health Care Spin

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WASHINGTON, D.C., MARCH 18, 2010 (Zenit.org).- With supposed experts and lawmakers plainly contradicting each other in the debate over health care reform, U.S. citizens are having to sift through misinformation to discover what the bill actually contains.

The nation's bishops are aiming to help voters in that effort.

The prelates are opposing the bill because it provides for tax dollars to pay for abortions.

Supporters of the bill deny there is abortion funding. The bishops are now offering a one-page analysis of the bill showing how this is false and highlighting why the measure falls short on moral grounds.

The bishops are also offering background information on current policy regarding federal funding of abortion.

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On the Net:

Resources: www.usccb.org/healthcare

Analysis of abortion funding: www.usccb.org/healthcare/030410facts.pdf

Response to criticism of bishops' position: www.usccb.org/healthcare/jost-response.pdf

Funding of abortion at community health centers: www.usccb.org/healthcare/communityhealthcenters.pdf

Current federal policy on abortion funding: www.usccb.org/prolife/issues/healthcare/abortion_funding_102309.pdf

Analysis of Stupak Amendment: www.usccb.org/healthcare/StupakAmendmentFactsheet.pdf