Bishops on Health Care Reform

November 06, 2009

The following was provided by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:

Congress is preparing to debate health care reform legislation on the House and Senate floors. Genuine health care reform should protect the life and dignity of all people from the moment of conception until natural death. However, the U.S. bishops have concluded that all committee-approved bills are seriously deficient on the issues of abortion and conscience, as well as on access to health care for immigrants and the poor. In their letter of October 8, the U.S. bishops state:

“No one should be required to pay for or participate in abortion. It is essential that the legislation clearly apply to this new program longstanding and widely supported federal restrictions on abortion funding and mandates, and protections for rights of conscience. No current bill meets this test…. If acceptable language in these areas cannot be found, we will have to oppose the health care bill vigorously.”

The bishops have prepared a special USCCB nationwide bulletin insert for use by parishes, urging people to contact their Representative and two Senators immediately. It is imperative that Congress remove abortion funding and mandates from needed health care reform.

For more information and a link to contact your representative,visit the USCCB health care reform website.

Susan Gibbs
Director of Communications
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