The face of the dissident LCWR

The Leadership Council of Women Religious(LCWR), a group speaking for 80% of women religious groups in the United States, has come out supporting the pro-abortion health care legislation(WaPo) now before congress. 

The LCWR claim the current healthcare legislation will not fund abortion and awkwardly offer no explaination.
And despite false claims to the contrary, the Senate bill will not provide taxpayer funding for elective abortions. It will uphold longstanding conscience protections and it will make historic new investments – $250 million – in support of pregnant women. This is the REAL pro-life stance, and we as Catholics are all for it.
The full letter

The pro-choice crowd think it does fund abortion and should fund abortion.  So does the pro-life crowd thinks it does fund abortion and it should not.  See In 150 words, how the current legislation funds abortion.(AmPapist)

The president of the LCWR(and also president of the local FSPA) made sure to sign the document not once, but twice.  In case you were not aware, she resides in La Crosse, WI. 
Marlene Weisenbeck, FSPA (FSPA president 2002-2010)

Sister Marlene Weisenbeck, has been the FSPA president since 2002. She also serves as president for the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Prior to that, she served the La Crosse Diocese in the Office of Consecrated Life, and as chancellor. Before she studied canon law she taught music at the high school and college levels. She holds a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a master's degree from George Peabody College, Nashville, Tenn., and a bachelor's degree from Viterbo University, La Crosse. She currently lives in La Crosse.

If you would like to contact Sr. Marleen Weisenbeck to express your disappointment for her pro-choice stance, you can contact her at

Fr Z 
American Papist
Creative Minority Report

UPDATE: This letter is NOT supported by all religious.  USCCB issues corrective statement.

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