The USCCB Starts a "Full-Court-Press" to Stop Federal Abortion Funding
As a follow-up to their nationwide campaign against federal funding of abortion, the USCCB is, again, placing inserts in Church bulletins, calling for a prayer campaign, and asking parish priests to make announcements to their flocks encouraging the faithful to let their lawmakers know that federal funding of abortion is unacceptable.
Though the House version of the health care reform bill includes the Stupak Amendment prohibiting the use of federal funds for abortion, the Senate version allows for federal funding in the form of subsidies to insurance companies. In fact, the Senate version “requires” the use of federal funds to cover “preventative care” which includes abortion.
The U.S. bishops realize that little time is left before the small group of House/Senate Democrat members present a final health care reform bill. Therefore, the bishops are pressing hard to educate Church attending Catholics, and to encourage them to contact their senators and representatives, whether Catholic or not, to protest “any” funding of abortion.
This is precisely the kind of action the Catholic laity needs from their bishops in the face of the threat to unborn life.
U.S. Bishops Reactivate Nationwide Campaign Against Federal Abortion Funding
Washington D.C., Jan 11, 2010 / 05:57 pm (CNA).- With House and Senate leaders meeting behind closed doors to forge a health care overhaul bill, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has reactivated its grassroots campaign to encourage Catholics nationwide to tell lawmakers they oppose federal funding of abortion.
Bulletin inserts, a prayer campaign and pulpit announcements are all part of the effort to help ensure that the final version of the health care reform bill sent to President Obama will include Hyde amendment protections explicitly preventing the use of federal money in promoting, performing, or paying for abortions.
The bulletin insert, distributed to over 19,000 parishes, notes that the House health care bill, passed on November 7, 2009, “reaffirms the essential, longstanding and widely supported policy against using federal funds for elective abortions and includes positive measures on affordability and immigrants.”