Bishops' lobbyists have the clout of the NRA

When it comes to lobbying Congress, the U.S. Catholic bishops have as much influence as the National Rifle Association, a congressional Democratic staffer who worked on President Obama's health care reform bill told the Huffington Post for the story, The Men Behind The War On Women. "The bishops carry a lot of clout," said Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.), a member of the House Pro-Choice Caucus.

The artilce talks with Richard Doerflinger, the bishops' conference point man on pro-life issue for some 30 years. Doerflinger talks about helping write such pieces of legislation as the anti-abortion Stupak amendment in 2009 and this year's Protect Life Act, nicknamed the "Let Women Die Act" by opponents.

The article also outlines the reasons behind and strategies of the bishops' new ad hoc committee on Religious Liberty.

The Men Behind The War On Women is a must read.

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