Wheeling Jesuit University hosted a townhall discussion on the “moral and constitutional aspects” of the Affordable Health Care Act earlier this week. “The legislation would benefit millions of people, especially those who are poor,” Jessica Wrobleski, a professor of theology at WJU, said to about 30 audience members, according to The Intelligencer. Fr. Brian O’Donnell, S.J., superior of the Jesuit community and executive secretary of the Catholic Conference of West Virginia, reportedly said, “From ‘womb to tomb’ we should be supporting our brothers and sisters.” He noted that Catholic bishops and scholars generally support the idea of universal accessibility to health care, but added that federal funding should not be used to cover abortions. Fr. O’Donnell reportedly said it is frustrating to see how some Catholics agree with Catholic teaching about caring for the poor, yet disagree with Church ideals on abortion — while others agree with the Church in opposing abortion, yet seem to have no regard for the poor.
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