Ask What They Mean By Choice: HHS Punishes the U.S. Conference on Catholic Bishops over their Views on Abortion
by Krystle Gabele
January 22, 2012
Ask What They Mean By Choice was started last year as a response to NARALs Blog for Choice Day. Every year, NARAL uses the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision to praise the fact that women are allowed to have a choice. Last year, the pro-life community on Twitter and blogs joined together to ask what do pro-choice activists mean by choice.
Does NARAL believe that choice means punishing a non-profit religious organization from receiving a grant that would aid victims of human trafficking?
In October, the U.S. Conference on Catholic Bishops (USCCB) received notification from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that the funding for their program to aid victims of human trafficking would be ending. According to an article in the National Catholic Register, the decision fell on the hands of political appointees at HHS, who decided not to give the grant to USCCB due to their opposition of the Obama Administrations stances on abortion and contraceptive mandates within the new health care law.
Since this decision was made, HHS has come under scrutiny. The House Committee on Government Oversight held a hearing in December reviewing the politicization of grants by HHS. You can read the testimony by clicking here.
If choice means cutting aid to victims of human trafficking over the core beliefs of an organization, then this is going against the very grain of ensuring human dignity and rights for women. One would think that NARAL would be up-in-arms over the horrible acts of human trafficking, since many victims are women and young girls.