Catholic Advocate Voice Applauds Reintroduction of Two Major Pieces of Pro-Life Legislation
WASHINGTON – Catholic Advocate Voice enthusiastically endorses the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” and “Protect Life Act” re-introduced today by Bipartisan Congressional Pro-life Caucus Co-chairs Congressman Chris Smith (R, NJ-04) and Congressman Dan Lipinski, (D, IL-03), and Congressman Joe Pitts (R, PA-16).
“Overwhelming majorities of Americans have consistently voiced opposition to federal funding for abortion,” said Matt Smith, Catholic Advocate Voice Vice President. “We view the ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act’ as a common sense step forward to pull together the multiple policies required annually to prevent tax dollars from being used to fund abortion.”
“We believe this is an important and needed comprehensive approach to preserve and promote the sanctity of life in our country,” added Smith. “Last year, our community contacted 87 Members of Congress urging them to co-sponsor the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act to establish a consistent government-wide prohibition on abortion funding.”
Also re-introduced in the House of Representatives today was “The Protect Life Act”, an effort to fix the abortion language in the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” (PPACA).
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has acknowledged the PPACA “was profoundly flawed in its treatment of abortion, conscience rights,…” In a May 20, 2010 letter announcing support for the Protect Life Act, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities, implored Members of Congress to “…help give us a reformed health care system that respects the life, health, and conscience of all.”
“We have said for months relying on an Executive Order is not effective in protecting the sanctity of life in the health care law and the President’s former chief of staff has now confirmed it himself,” said Smith. “’The Protect Life Act’ is a positive step in restoring the Hyde amendment language to the health care bill and protecting the unborn.”