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September 28, 2009

Bishop links illegal immigrant care, abortion

Several Catholic bishops in the United States have come out in favor of extending some form of health insurance to illegal immigrants. At least one now is linking the issue to abortion.

"If [health care reform] leaves out immigrants, it is doing what some people want it to do in terms of the unborn," Bishop William F. Murphy of Rockville Centre, N.Y., told the Catholic News Service.

"How can we say that we're a country of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all who come to our shores if we say, 'except the unborn.' Or, if we say, 'except the handicapped.' Or, if we say, 'except the new person,' asked Murphy, who chairs the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development. "Then we have not lived up to the high ideal of our country. And we have introduced a sense of injustice into a plan that should be just for all."

As the CNS story notes, most U.S. bishops who have spoken publicly about health care reform "have expressed the opinion that one of the richest countries in the world should find a way to guarantee that everyone within its borders has access to medical care, from conception to natural death."

CNS quotes Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, Calif., on concerns among bishops that even legal immigrants might be left out of the system. Soto told CNS that reform "has to include at a minimum some kind of safety net for the undocumented," particularly if the goal of a nationwide health care reform plan is to improve the overall health of society.

"We realize it's a very contentious issue," Bishop Soto said. "But there has to be some kind of a safety net."

Posted by Matthew Hay Brown at 5:00 AM | | Comments (7)
        

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Actually, we arent one of the richest countries because we are broke. We do have a lot of food. Nothing wrong with preventing abortion. How about abstinence? If everyone coming across the border has to be covered, it needs to come from people tithing to the churches. The government cant handle it without being more in debt.

"life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all " is only for those who follow the rules and obey the laws of the land. These are not rights for the bank robber, the pedophile, the scofflaw. Give emergency medical treatment for emergencies, stabilize and then deport.

If we are obligated to provide illegals
with health care, then we are telling the world, "somehow or other get to America, the taxpayers their will provide you with whatever your need". Completely ignored is the difficult straits so many Americans
find themselves in. The nation is facing
a financial collapse in the not to distant future. None of the clergy seem concerned
about this at all. Compassion and justice are a two way street.

life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to all who come here...and perpetual confiscation of the fruits of your labors to support those who come here...the future servile serfdom, is it far away?

All people in this country, legal or illegal, have access to health care. They all have access to health insurance, if they choose to buy it. The question is - who gets free insurance or free health care? Only those who are truly indigent should be given free care and this is already provided in the county clinics and charity hospitals. So really there is no problem to solve.

Like the "wonderful" bishops, I think health care should be available for all in this country. Especially pregnant girls and women. And this includes ALL reproductive health care, up to and including birth control and abortion care.
Oh, for a return of John XXIII! william f harrison, md

Americans are NOT against including IMMIGRANTS, who are LAWFUL newcomers, in our healthcare system. Americans are against including ILLEGAL ALIENS, and RIGHTLY so, for illegal aliens are TRESPASSERS!

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About Matthew Hay Brown
Matthew Hay Brown writes and blogs about faith and values in public and private life for The Baltimore Sun. A former Washington correspondent for the newspaper, he has long written about the intersection of religion and politics. He has reported from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, traveling most recently to Syria and Jordan to write about the Iraqi refugee crisis.
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