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US Bishops Support Life Issues in Health Care Reform Debate

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The Chairman of the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities wrote a letter to members of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee urging them to retain longstanding government policies on abortion and conscience rights in any health care reform bill put forth by the committee.

In his letter, Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia reaffirmed the US bishops support for health care reform, but added it must not be undermined by abandoning widely supported policies against public funding of abortion and the abolition of conscience rights for health care workers. The Cardinal pointed to criteria for reform set forth by Bishop William Murphy, Chairman of the Bishops Committee on Domestic Policy in a July 17 letter to Congress.

Cardinal Rigali urged the House committee to support amendments being offered by Reps. Bart Stupak of Michigan and Joseph Pitts of Pennsylvania that address the bishops’ concerns.

If you wish to send a message to North Carolina’s two US senators and your US representative asking them to oppose any effort to include in health care reform government funding of abortion or the elimination of conscience rights protection, click here.