USCCB and Catholic Health Association Under Fire. From The Right.The position of CHA and its member hospitals puts them in direct opposition to the Catholic bishops, who have stated unambiguously that the Senate health-care bill leaves the door open for federal funds to be used for abortions. Bishop Robert F. Lynch of St. Petersburg is on the CHA board, while Bishop Kevin Vann of Ft. Worth is its episcopal liaison. Other board members include four CEOs and seven VPs of Catholic hospital systems.
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quaveringwavering pro-life Democrats who may welcome any sort of cover from a Catholic institution. Among the charges lodged against the Senate's abortion language by opponents is the idea that it weakens conscience protections for Catholic health providers. The CHA's statement makes no mention of this concern, and the organization has separately indicated that it is satisfied that conscience protections remain strong.