Last week, Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) wrote this letter to a Capitol Hill newspaper suggesting the Internal Revenue Service investigate the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Her reasoning? The Conference urged lawmakers to oppose legislation that would allow federal funds to be used for abortion.
The letter from the Catholic Bishops can be found here, but in part, it states:
"On behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), we write to strongly urge you to vote for essential changes and a fair process in the House of Representatives to ensure that needed health care reform legislation truly protects the life, dignity, health and consciences of all. Unfortunately, the legislation moving to the House floor falls fundamentally short of this essential goal."
As a doctor, I saw the importance of protecting life firsthand. That's why I am pro-life and worked to prevent taxpayer and federal funds from being used to subsidize abortions. We need meaningful health care reform, but including funding for abortions simply should not be a part of a measure to lower health care costs.
I'll continue to work for solutions to lower health care costs for families and businesses. It's important that Congress enact legislation to help those struggling with health care costs. However, any health care changes should protect the unborn.