LYLAS: Nuns Defy Bishops to Support Health Care Reform

nunsProving they are women first and subservient doormats to bishops…not at all, a group representing 59,000 nuns has fired off a letter to Congress in support of health care reform.

“Despite false claims to the contrary, the Senate bill will not provide taxpayer funding for elective abortions,” said the letter signed by 60 leaders of women’s religious orders. “It will uphold longstanding conscience protections and it will make historic new investments … in support of pregnant women. This is the real pro-life stance, and we as Catholics are all for it.”

Bishops, a pretty much one-issue group, object to health care reform because they say that in addition to other medical services, it will also improve access to abortions. Were there any other things to take into account? If you’re a bishop, probably not. But the nuns thought of one or two.

“…this isn’t a question of faith and morals,” said Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of Network, a national Catholic social activism lobby. “We are the ones who work every day with people who are suffering because they don’t have health care. We cannot turn our backs on them, so for us, health care reform is a faith-based response to human need.”

If Congress only had the courage of these sisters, we’d have been done with all this dithering months ago.