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1 URGENT: USCCB NATIONWIDE BULLETIN INSERT on Tue Jan 12, 2010 11:38 am

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United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
3211 FOURTH STREET NE WASHINGTON DC 20017-1194 202-541-3103 FAX 202-541-3166

URGENT: USCCB NATIONWIDE BULLETIN INSERT


Stop Abortion Funding in Health Care Reform!
Protect Conscience
Ensure Affordable Health Coverage
Allow Immigrants to Purchase Private Health Insurance


As long-time advocates of health care reform, the U.S. Catholic bishops continue to make the moral
case that genuine health care reform must protect the life, dignity, consciences and health of all,
especially the poor and vulnerable. Health care reform should not advance a pro-abortion agenda in
our country.

• On November 7, the U.S. House of Representatives passed major health care reform that
reaffirms the essential, longstanding and widely supported policy against using federal funds
for elective abortions and includes positive measures on affordability and immigrants.

• On December 24, the U.S. Senate rejected this policy and passed health care reform that
requires federal funds to help subsidize and promote health plans that cover elective
abortions. All purchasers of such plans will be required to pay for other people’s abortions
through a separate payment solely to pay for abortion.

• Outside the abortion context, neither bill has adequate conscience protection for health care
providers, plans or employers.

• These two bills must now be combined into one bill that both the House and Senate will vote
on in final form. Provisions against abortion funding and in favor of conscience protection,
affordability, and immigrants’ access to health care must be part of a fair and just health care
reform bill, or the final bill must be opposed.

ACTION: Contact your Representative and Senators today by e-mail, phone or FAX.
• To send a pre-written, instant e-mail to Congress go to www.usccb.org/action.
• Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at: 202-224-3121, or call your Members’ local offices.
Contact info can be found on Members’ web sites at www.house.gov & www.senate.gov.

MESSAGE—HOUSE:
“I am pleased that the House health care bill maintains the longstanding policy against
federal funding of abortion. I urge you to work to uphold essential provisions against
abortion funding, to include full conscience protection and to assure that health care is
accessible and affordable for all. Until and unless these criteria are met, I urge you to oppose
the final bill.”

MESSAGE—SENATE:
“I am deeply disappointed that the Senate health care bill fails to maintain the longstanding
policy against federal funding of abortion and does not include adequate protection for
conscience. I urge you to support essential provisions against abortion funding, similar to
those in the House bill. Include full conscience protection and assure that health care is
accessible and affordable for all. Until and unless these criteria are met, I urge you to oppose
the final bill.”

WHEN: Votes in the House and Senate on the final bill are expected in January.

Act today! Thank You!


Updated 1/7/10


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2 Re: URGENT: USCCB NATIONWIDE BULLETIN INSERT on Tue Jan 12, 2010 11:40 am

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U.S. Bishops Call on Parishes to Help Stop Abortion Funding in Health Care Reform

WASHINGTON—In a nationwide call to Catholics to prevent health care reform from being derailed by the abortion lobby, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has sent bulletin inserts and pulpit announcements to almost 19,000 parishes across the country.

“As long-time advocates of health care reform, the U.S. Catholic bishops continue to make the moral case that genuine health care reform must protect the life, dignity, consciences and health of all, especially the poor and vulnerable,” the insert says. “Health care reform should not advance a pro-abortion agenda in our country.”

As Congress negotiates a final health care bill, the insert encourages Catholics to contact their Senators and Representatives, urging them to keep longstanding restrictions against federal funding of abortion and full conscience protection in the legislation. If these criteria are not met, Catholics are asked to urge Congress to oppose the final bill.

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.
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