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Caritas criticized on partnership that would provide abortions


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(UPDATE: Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley released a statement' target='_blank'>www.thebostonpilot.com/article.asp?ID=10080">statement March 5 reassuring the public that Caritas Christi "will not be engaged in any procedures nor draw any benefits from any relationship which violate the Church’s moral teaching as found in the Ethical and Religious Directives.")

BRIGHTON -- Caritas Christi Health Care reaffirmed its commitment to Catholic moral teaching after Catholic and pro-life activists criticized the Catholic health system for its planned association with an insurance company that would provide abortion services to its members.

Last week it was announced that Caritas is considering a minority investment in an insurance company, Commonwealth Family Health Plan (CFHP), that is seeking approval to participate in Commonwealth Care, a state run health insurance program for low income residents.

Caritas, the second largest health care system in Massachusetts, would partner in CFHP with St. Louis-based Centene, Inc.

According to a Feb. 26 Boston Globe story, a board member of the state agency that grants approvals for insurers to participate in the plan publicly questioned the ability of CFHP to provide the full range of services required by the state because of Caritas’ restrictions on performing abortions.

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