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Catholics Asked to Urge Congress to Oppose Abortion Funding

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In a nationwide call to Catholics to prevent healthcare reform from being derailed by the abortion lobby, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is encouraging Catholics to contact their senators and representatives to urge them to keep longstanding restrictions against federal funding of abortion and protection of conscience rights. The request is being made in a bulletin insert being sent to parishes throughout the country for distribution this weekend.

The insert describes the difference between the House and Senate versions of the healthcare reform bill, noting that the Senate version requires federal funds to help subsidize and promote health plans that cover elective abortions.  With Congress now working on a compromise proposal to present to both chambers for a final vote, the US Bishops say that final version must not include taxpayer money for abortions.

In supporting the urgent request, The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge says it is essential that our elected representatives hear feedback from the Catholic faithful on this critical issue.

“We ask for the intercession of Mary, Our Mother to guide our lawmakers to act with justice and mercy by protecting the life, dignity, and health of all people,” Bishop Burbidge says, “especially the poor and the most vulnerable, the unborn.”

The bulletin insert and pulpit announcement can be found in English and in Spanish at www.usccb.org/healthcare. Catholics can contact their legislators online by going to www.usccb.org/action.