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2011-02-08 13:15:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today's congressional hearing on HR 3, the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act," is notable for many reasons. The proposed legislation would enact unreasonable obstacles to reproductive healthcare for millions of American women. It would grant a right to refuse to provide abortion or contraception to insurance companies, HMOs and hospitals based on a specious claim that these entities have a "conscience." It would increase healthcare...

2009-12-09 15:43:00

Bishops Call Vote a Grave Mistake and Serious Blow to Genuine Reform Say the Senate Should Not Support Bill in its Current Form Hope That House Provisions on Abortion Funding Prevail WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "The Senate vote to table the Nelson-Hatch-Casey amendment is a grave mistake and a serious blow to genuine health care reform," said Cardinal Francis George, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. "The Senate is ignoring the promise...

2009-12-02 10:20:00

Ad in Today's Washington Post Highlights Dangers WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- If the Catholic bishops have their way, many medical treatments and preventative measures we take for granted may be under threat. The pressure that the US bishops have brought to bear on the debate over healthcare reform has been widely reported. An ad in this morning's Washington Post warns of the likely impact if that pressure to influence healthcare policy is not curtailed. Jon O'Brien,...

2009-10-01 09:04:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- According to a new poll of Catholic voters carried out by Belden Russonello and Stewart for Catholics for Choice, Catholics support both a public option in healthcare reform and a plan that would include funding for abortion. The results show that the views of Catholics have been seriously misrepresented by the US bishops and by conservative Catholics in the debate over healthcare reform. A large majority of those polled, 84 percent, attend...

2006-06-15 20:13:09

By Jill Serjeant LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. Catholic bishops on Thursday ended years of soul searching over whether Catholic politicians who support abortion rights should be denied communion, leaving the decision with local bishops. Wrapping up a task force on Catholics in political life, chairman and Washington Cardinal Theodore McCarrick reiterated a policy approved by the bishops in 2004, adding that he was concerned about partisan politics seeping into Catholic life. The...

2006-06-08 15:31:15

By Lorraine Orlandi MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A group of Mexican Catholic community groups said on Thursday the church may be using hot-button issues like abortion to sway voters in favor of the conservative ruling party candidate in the presidential election. They said workshops and other forums arranged by church leaders could illegally interfere in the July 2 election, taking advantage of ties with President Vicente Fox and his National Action Party, or PAN. "The risk of the...

2006-04-05 13:46:33

By Jill Serjeant LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Roman Catholic Cardinal Roger Mahony, fast becoming a national figure in the divisive debate on U.S. immigration, led Los Angeles Catholics on Wednesday in a day of prayer for lawmakers and fasting in solidarity with illegal immigrants. The leader of the largest Catholic archdiocese in the nation said the debate in the U.S. Senate this week on immigration reform would have far-reaching effects for all Americans, "including those among us who...


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maffling
  • To stammer.
  • Present participle of maffle, to stammer.
  • A simpleton.
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