LINCOLN—Nebraska's Catholic bishops are turning up the heat on Gov. Dave Heineman to reverse his opposition to government-funded prenatal care for low-income, illegal immigrants.
In a letter Wednesday to the governor, Omaha Archbishop George Lucas, Lincoln Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz and Grand Island Bishop Thomas Dendinger expressed their "high level of concern and disappointment" with Heineman's position.
"This is an important and urgent pro-life matter," the letter stated. "Denying prenatal coverage care in these circumstances of family poverty is an affront to human dignity and pro-life principles."
Last week, Heineman announced his opposition to a bill that would restore government-funded prenatal services to low-income pregnant women who are in the U.S. illegally. He called it a difficult issue but said he opposes government-funded services for illegal immigrants.
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