You know the stereotype of the Catholic nun with a ruler? While I'm sure they exist, I've never actually met one of those nuns. But, the nun who stood with my college's Women's Resource Center to say "rape is not about sex, it is about violence," - I met her. The nuns who turned their backs to the Pope (John Paul) because the of the Vatican's stance on condoms? Met those. So, while totally awesome, I wasn't too surprised when the Catholic Sisters came out in favor of healthcare reform. From a letter, they sent to every member of Congress:
We have witnessed firsthand the impact of our national health care crisis, particularly its impact on women, children and people who are poor. We see the toll on families who have delayed seeking care due to a lack of health insurance coverage or lack of funds with which to pay high deductibles and co-pays. We have counseled and prayed with men, women and children who have been denied health care coverage by insurance companies. We have witnessed early and avoidable deaths because of delayed medical treatment.Way to be awesome, sisters.
The health care bill that has been passed by the Senate and that will be voted on by the House will expand coverage to over 30 million uninsured Americans. While it is an imperfect measure, it is a crucial next step in realizing health care for all. It will invest in preventative care. It will bar insurers from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions. It will make crucial investments in community health centers that largely serve poor women and children. And despite false claims to the contrary, the Senate bill will not provide taxpayer funding for elective abortions. It will uphold longstanding conscience protections and it will make historic new investments – $250 million – in support of pregnant women. This is the REAL pro-life stance, and we as Catholics are all for it.