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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Bishops' Stand on Universal Care

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has taken its position on universal health care to the Internet with the launch of a Web page, www.usccb.org/healthcare/.

The site promotes the bishops' support of a "truly universal health policy with respect for human life and dignity" through videos, lists of facts and statistics, letters written by bishops to members of congress, and links that make it easier for people to contact their representatives.

"The bishops feel that the debate on health care is at a critical point, and they want to call on Catholics to speak with a united voice and say clearly and strongly that we support health-care reform that protects the life and dignity of every person," said Don Clemmer, spokesman for the conference. He said the site is being promoted through Twitter and MySpace.

Poll: 51% Say They Are Pro-Life

A Gallup poll found for the first time that a majority of Americans identify themselves as pro-life.

A May survey, just released, asked the question: With respect to the abortion issue, would you consider yourself to be pro-choice or pro-life?

In 1995, 33 percent of respondents identified themselves as pro-life and 56 percent as pro-choice. But in May, 51 percent said they were pro-life and 42 percent said pro-choice.

Just a year ago, 50 percent of Americans surveyed identified themselves as pro-choice and 44 percent as pro-life.

Washington Post religion reporters Jacqueline L. Salmon, Michelle Boorstein and William Wan blog regularly on religion, politics and policy at http://washingtonpost.com/onfaith.

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