Thursday, January 21, 2010
Although the situation has continued to be a struggle to get health care reform. Interfaith Worker Justice has continued to be involved and to put pressure on our representatives to make the right decision. The day before Senator Nelson made the historic decision to be the 60th vote to stop debate and vote for the health care reform, the Interfaith Worker Justice sent a letter with 24 signatories of faith leaders in support of the Casey Amendment, since Nelson's version of the house's Stupak did not get enough votes to pass in the Senate. The Casey Amendment still segregated public funds from being used from abortions, but also provided funding for low-income pregnant women. In those two essential days we let Senator Nelson know that there are progressive faith leaders that care about health care reform. We got an Op-Ed in the Omaha World Herald and an article in the Lincoln Journal Star providing our support as shown below.
Some of our faith leaders, Fr. Jack McCaslin (below) and Rev. Frederick McCullough, AME, (soon to be released) were willing to support Senator Nelson's decision by being part of a TV ad from the Nebraskan Democratic Party in support of Nelson's vote.
We must keep up the work for Health Care Reform. Call your Representatives today!!