Cardinal George pointed to President Obama’s executive order that said “it is necessary to establish an adequate enforcement mechanism to ensure that Federal funds are not used for abortion services."Not having followed this particular battle very closely, I can only go with what Cardinal George said during his last visit to the seminary: this legislation represents a real step back in the pro-life cause, and no one really knows what is going to happen as a result.
The need for such an order underscores deficiencies in the bill, Cardinal George said.
“We do not understand how an Executive order, no matter how well intentioned, can substitute for statutory provisions,” he said also.
Let's keep hopes high and expectations low. There is much work to be done on behalf of the weak and vulnerable of our society. Posterity will be our judge.
Read the rest of the USCCB's statement on the passage of this historic legislation.