Sunday, November 15, 2009

Seriously?

First: Low Income Women Can't Get Abortions, But RNC Staffers Can
The Republican National Committee's health insurance plan covers elective abortion - a procedure the party's own platform calls "a fundamental assault on innocent human life."

Federal Election Commission Records show the RNC purchases its insurance from Cigna. Two sales agents for the company said that the RNC's policy covers elective abortion.

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Leading up to passage of the House health care reform bill last week, 176 House Republicans joined 64 Democrats in voting for the so-called Stupak amendment, a measure that prohibits federal funds from being used to buy health insurance that covers elective abortions.

So, abortion's OK if you work for the RNC but not if you don't? Makes no sense. Now that the policy - which has been in place since 1991 - has come to light, the RNC says it will change its plan to stop covering elective abortion.


Second: Homeless Held Hostage by Catholic Church in D.C. Fight for Gay Marriage

If gay couples are allowed to marry in our nation's capitol, the Catholic Diocese of D.C. will cut off social services to the city's homeless.


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According to the Post, roughly one-third of the city's homeless population currently receive services from Catholic Charities, the Church's charity arm. That's about 68,000 people who will be cut off from shelters, medical services, food programs.

I understand that the Roman Catholic Church feels strongly about the issue of gay marriage. But what do gay marriage and hunger and homelessness have to do with each other? Is it worth letting people go hungry and cold - in the winter! - because the city in which they live holds a political position the Church finds problematic? Are starving, freezing people less important than a political position?

4 comments:

Carmie said...

I agree with you, both articles are ridiculous! I hate it when the Catholic Church uses its size and numbers to bully others.

The article on the RNC was new to me, but not surprising.

Thanks for posting!

Sarahlynn said...

Hypocrisy is one of my pet peeves.

Tracey said...

I wish I had better words to describe my anger beyond flaming pissed off, but right now that is exactly what I'm feeling. Hypocrisy...that is an understatement. Bastards.

Sarahlynn said...

Yeah. Sorry. :(