The Senate health bill and the abortion issue

In mid-March Timothy Stoltzfus Jost, a law professor at the Washington and Lee University School of Law and co-author of “Health Law,” a casebook used in teaching health law at schools nationwide, faced off with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on the Senate health reform legislation and the issue of federal funding of abortion and conscience protections, as we wrote here. We thought you might want to read the documents for yourselves.

First Jost wrote in The Hill newspaper that the abortion debate must not stop health care reform. The USCCB responded the next day with a four-page statement on “What’s wrong with the Senate health care bill on abortion?” Jost came back March 14 with a seven-page document.

Meanwhile, just this morning an opinion piece by three bishops was published in The Washington Post . It’s by the chairmen of the bishops’ pro-life, migration and domestic policy committees.