WASHINGTON -- Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo called on members of the U.S. Senate to remove four provisions "that pose a direct threat to innocent human life" from a package of three appropriations bills for fiscal 2012.
"At a time when Congress is tempted to reduce even vitally important programs that serve the poorest and neediest people here and abroad, the moral wrong of expanding subsidies for direct violations of human life and dignity is especially egregious," said the archbishop of Galveston-Houston, who chairs the U.S. bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities.
The Senate was debating H.R. 2354, which covers FY 2012 funding for energy/water, financial services and state/foreign operations, during the week of Nov. 14.
Cardinal DiNardo said four senators had agreed to propose amendments to remove the four objectionable provisions:
-- Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., was to offer an amendment restoring Congress' long-standing ban on coverage of elective abortions in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, which the financial services bill would permit as currently written.