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Will Abortion Derail Health Care Reform?

The Senate moves closer to a vote on health care reform, groups argue over presidential appointments, and the Family Research Council issues a correction.

Sojourners: "Don't Walk Away!"

When the House voted to ban abortion funding in the health care bill, most Christian advocacy groups reacted swiftly with cheers. Sojourners did not join them. This week, Sojourners' founder Jim Wallis finally broke the silence in a letter nearly as long as the legislation itself.

His message: Don't let abortion disagreements "derail and sabotage" health care reform.

For Wallis, the infusion of abortion politics into the health care debate is a problem that could have—and should have—been avoided. He preferred an "abortion neutral" bill that would leave the interpretation of the Hyde Amendment, which bans federal funding of abortion, for the courts to sort out.

Wallis called on both pro-life and pro-choice groups to continue work on a compromise.

"Either make an agreement or live with the outcome of the vote. But don't walk away!" he said. "Health-care reform is fundamentally an issue of social and economic justice—one of the most critical moral ...

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