The fifty-five nuns who signed a missive supporting Congress now-passed healthcare legislation as life-affirming may have just gotten what they wantedor perhaps not quite what they wantedbut certainly what they asked for. Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, recently congratulated the women religious on their brave and important move of open defiance of the nations Catholic bishops, supporting measures thatin Richards own wordswill significantly increase insurance coverage of reproductive health care, including family planning. Richards has good reason to celebrate: Planned Parenthood will benefit greatly from the new insurance monies headed their way. But how the nuns can get around the fact of increased abortion coveragealong with the gleeful admission by pro-aborts that the bill bolsters their interestsis beyond imagination.
It may well be the case that some of the religious sisters involved in the letters synthesis really do believe the bill is life-affirming. Assuming they do not identify with Cecile Richards and her organization, called Murder, Inc. by some, one can only hope they now see that the wrong side is celebrating. And if they find themselves on the celebrating side, it is easier to see why Richards suggests we listen to themnot because of their gender, religious affiliation, or perspectivebut because theyre pro-abortion choice.