Archbishop John C. Nienstedt, head of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, today clearly spells out the Archdiocese’s and the U S Council of Catholic Bishops’ requisites for health care reform in a front page column that appears in today’s issue of the Catholic Spirit, the Archdiocese’s official newspaper.
In today’s column, he points out that under the Weldon amendment, approved by Congress each year since 2004, federal funding of abortion is forbidden, but that current healthcare program proposals would remove that restriction. “That is why an explicit statement in the bill is needed which asserts that government insurance would not cover abortion services.,” the Archbishop writes. He then goes on to contend that any legislation should state explicitly that euthanasia should “not be permitted.”
“This legislation has far-reaching moral implications for us as a people and a nation,” Nienstedt concludes. “What it permits and what it disallows speaks volumes about the values we hold dear and are willing to fight to defend.” He urges Catholics to inform themselves about this legislation and then to contact their legislators.
The Archbishop's complete column on healthcare reform can be found here.