Deacon Keith Fournier, writing for Catholics Online, applauds the USCCB and faithful Catholic Congressional Representatives for their work toward last night's vote in the House of Representatives. Deacon Fournier writes, "The Stupak/Pitts Amendment was strongly supported by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops who worked with admirable persistence and courageous clarity in order to force its passage." Fournier also mentions "the determined and courageous efforts of Congressman Bart Stupak, a Pro-Life Catholic Democrat".
I appreciate our bishops, who I think have been taking the right position through this national debate, and whose influence for life has been recognized in the national media with the passage of this bill. With their support, pro-life Democrats stood their ground in helping to amend the healthcare bill to remove federal funding for abortion, and then passed the healthcare bill with the pro-life amendment.
Catholic News Agency also has an article about the bill's passage, discussing the celebration by pro-life organizations and the remaining risks in the legislative process.