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US Bishops Issue Call to Action on Health Care Reform

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As both chambers of Congress prepare to debate the important issue of health care reform, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is asking Catholics to join the nation’s Bishops in calling on Congress “to protect the life and dignity of all people from the moment of conception until natural death.” The Bishops’ request is based on concern regarding the committee-approved bills that will be under consideration in the House and Senate. In a nationwide action alert, the Bishops point out the proposed bills “are seriously deficient on the issues of abortion and conscience protection and do not provide adequate access to health care for immigrants and the poor.”

The Bishops reaffirm their strong support for genuine health care reform, but state unless the bills are changed to protect life and provide health care for all, they will oppose them.

The Bishops are asking Catholics to immediately contact their two Senators and House member to urge them to support amendments that address and affirm pro-life concerns.

Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge is asking parishes to include the USCCB action request in parish bulletins this weekend or next.

“As we continue to work for reform in our nation’s health care delivery system,” Bishop Burbidge says, “let us be guided by the truths of Catholic faith and the intercession of all the saints that we may create a society where the gift of life is truly welcomed with love and preserved always and at every moment.”

To learn more about the Catholic teaching and position on health care reform go to www.usccb.org/healthcare.

To send a pre-written, instant email to Congress go to www.usccb.org/action.