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Bishop Burbidge, Bishop Jugis issue letter on Conscience Protection Act of 2016

4-22-2016
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
 
Today we ask you to join the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and twenty-five other major pro-life, religious, and health care organizations in urging the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the Conscience Protection Act of 2016 (H.R. 4828).
 
Federal laws protecting conscientious objection to abortion have been approved for decades by Congresses and Presidents of both parties. Even many 'pro-choice' Americans realize that the logic of their position requires them to respect a choice not to be involved in abortion.
 
The Conscience Protection Act (H.R. 4828) addresses several "loopholes" in current federal laws that have allowed violations of conscience rights to continue. For example, a recent California mandate for almost all health plans in the state to pay for elective abortions, and the government's failure to vindicate the rights of New York nurse Cathy DeCarlo after she was pressured to assist at a late-term abortion.
 
This bill is modest in nature, explaining that it would mean almost no change in the substantive policy of Congress but would be an enormous step forward in assuring Americans who serve the sick and needy that they can do so without being forced by government to violate their most deeply held convictions on respect for innocent human life.
 
Please click on the link below to send a message to your representative.
 
You can read the full text of the letter here.
 
Sincerely yours in Christ,
 
The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge
Bishop of Raleigh
 
The Most Reverend Peter J. Jugis
Bishop of Charlotte