August 8, 1994
To the Editor:
In two recent open letters to President Clinton and in a July 13 press conference in
Louisville, Ky., Cardinal O'Connor made it clear that any health care bill that includes
abortion coverage is morally unacceptable.
First of all, such a bill violates the preborn child's right to life. If allowing
healthy children to be dismembered in the name of health care is called "universal
coverage," one has to wonder what "universe" is referred to. It is
certainly not one of right reason, justice or compassion.
Secondly, to force Americans to pay for child-killing is a moral insult beyond all
As pro-life leaders we join our voices to those of the cardinal and the majority of
Americans who oppose the inclusion of abortion coverage in a health care bill. We will not
contribute in any way to the destruction of innocent children. We do not acknowledge that
the government has any authority to force a citizen to pay for the destruction of children
We call upon civic and religious leaders to speak out clearly, firmly and swiftly
against abortion coverage in a health care bill, and to work for an end to abortion
We further alert all citizens that the president's health care bill would require the
establishment of a multitude of new abortion centers, and would prevent states from
We can tolerate no "compromise" on abortion. To stop this bill is the most
important pro-life action on the federal level since Roe vs. Wade.
Father Frank A. Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life