The Republican Party was founded on the principle that no human being should be considered the property of another. 

Somebody ought to explain to Rep. Kennedy that abortion isn’t health care.  Abortion kills a developing baby in the womb, harming the mother emotionally, psychologically, and often physically in the process.  Abortion is not about keeping someone alive—it is about killing an innocent human being—more than 50 million since 1973 with, we might add, the solid support of most members of the Kennedy family.


          The statement below is outrageous.  Please contact him to let him know what you think of it. 

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Video-Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I) told Video Reporter Nicholas Ballasy that the Catholic Church is doing nothing but fanning “the flames of dissent and discord” by taking the position that it will oppose the health-care reform bill under consideration in Congress unless it is amended to explicitly prohibit funding of abortion.

“You mean to tell me the Catholic Church is going to be denying those people life saving health care? I thought they were pro-life,” Kennedy told Ballasy. “If the church is pro-life, then they ought to be for health care reform because it’s going to provide health care that are going to keep people alive so this is an absolute red herring and I don’t think that it does anything but to fan the flames of dissent and discord and I don’t think it’s productive at all.” 

“I can’t understand for the life of me how the Catholic Church could be against the biggest social justice issue of our time where the very dignity of the human person is being respected by the fact that we’re caring and giving health care to the human person--that right now we have 50 million people who are uninsured,” Kennedy told Ballasy when asked about a letter the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) had sent to members of Congress stating the bishops' position on abortion funding in the health-care bill.

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