In one corner you have the Nuns and the Catholic Health Association; in the other corner you have the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. 59,000 nuns sent Congress a letter urging them to support the Obama health care reform bill. They say “Despite false claims to the contrary, the bill will not provide taxpayer funding for abortions as the bishops have argued. These brave nuns stood up to their male counterparts saying protecting pregnant women is “the real pro-life stance, and we as Catholics are all for it”. Sister Simone Campbell said, “We are the ones who work every day with people who are suffering because they don’t have health care. We cannot turn out backs on them, so for us, health care reform is a faith based response to human need.
I think their position provided cover for pro-life congressional Democrats. Go Nuns! Great knock out punch.