Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Health Care Passes House

The House of Representatives passed the health care reform bill Saturday night, but not before passing an amendment to prohibit funding of abortions:

Earlier, the House passed an amendment to pending health care legislation that prohibits federal funds for abortion services in the public option and in the insurance “exchange” the bill would create.

The vote passed 240-194.

64 Democrats voted for that amendment. I’m bothered by something said in an earlier article on the CNN website about this:

Several Democrats, including Rep. Jason Altmire, D-Pennsylvania, said they are in touch with their Catholic bishops back home. Altmire said he must have the approval of his bishop in Pittsburgh before he can vote yes.

Since when do religious leaders have veto power over legislation in this country? Remember the controversy over JFK running for president, when some worried that he would give the Catholic Church authority over policy? It seems some of our legislators are doing exactly that. I’ll make a deal with the Catholic Church: We won’t tell you how to pray and you don’t tell us how to govern.