FBI Monitoring Scott Roeder’s Visitors
Alleged killer of Dr.
George Tiller Scott Roeder, while in Kansas’ Sedgwick County jail, has
been visited by a number of anti-abortion extremists, including "two
convicted clinic bombers and several activists who once signed a
declaration that defended the killing of abortion doctors," reports the Chicago Tribune,
and the FBI is now monitoring and talking to those visitors. The
anti-choice activists who have visited him insist that there is no
conspiracy afoot. Roeder’s trial is scheduled for September 21.
"Death Panel" Rumors False
"There is nothing in any of the legislative proposals that would call
for the creation of death panels or any other governmental body that
would cut off care for the critically ill as a cost-cutting measure," the New York Times explains,
despite a rash of right-wing pundits and politicians recently
circulating the "death panel" myth. The myth has a "mainstream
provenance, openly emanating months ago from many of the same pundits
and conservative media outlets that were central in defeating President
health care proposals 16 years ago, including the editorial board of
The Washington Times, the American Spectator magazine and Betsy McCaughey,
whose 1994 health care critique made her a star of the conservative
movement (and ultimately, New York’s lieutenant governor)," the Times
US Conference of Catholic Bishops Says Capps Amendment Not Enough
Despite yet another clear-sighted analysis of the status of abortion coverage post-health care reform — ABC News reports,
"One version of the House reform bill, by the House Energy and Commerce
Committee, would allow health plans to cover abortions, as long as they
were paid for entirely with private funds.
That provision is made in an amendment by Rep. Lois Capps, D-Calif." —
the "U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has released a letter
condemning the House Democrats’ healthcare plan, alleging that the plan’s purported prohibition on federal funds for abortion is a ‘legal fiction,’" Dan Gilgoff reports on US News & World Report. According to the USCCB, funding coming from the government is "fungible" and would therefore end up supporting abortion care, even if plans in the health insurance exchange paid for abortion care through privately-paid premiums.
Other News to Note
August 14: Catholic Exchange: Position Statement of the National Association of Pro-life Nurses on Health Care Legislation
August 14: Medical News Today: Many Women Not Using Safest Brands Of Contraceptive Pill, UK
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