The National Catholic Reporter today endorsed the Democrats' health care reform legislation, another signal to pro-life Democrats that they are free to back the bill on Sunday. "Congress, and its Catholics, should say yes to health care reform," the magazine editorialized today.
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White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs posted the editorial on his Twitter feed, calling it "another very important health care development." The editors wrote that the debate has gotten "nasty" but insisted that pro-life Democrats have nothing to worry about.
"Bottom line: The current legislation is not 'pro-abortion,' and there is no, repeat no, federal funding of abortion in the bill," National Catholic Reporter wrote. "In any event, what is being debated is not the morality of abortion but the politics of abortion, and there is plenty of room for honest and respectful disagreement among Catholics about politics."