Category Archives: Congress
There is news in Washington this morning that NARAL Pro-Choice America will endorse 22 House Democrats, two of which are running for the United States Senate this year, and two of which are Catholic. (NARAL stands for National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws)
The announcement this morning begins the NARAL political action committee’s 2012 activity with an event to honor supporters of abortion rights and to hand out $51,000 in donations to their campaign committees.
“The day after the March for Life the abortion lobby once again proves they don’t take a break,” said Catholic Advocate President Matt Smith. “Pro-life constituents for these Members of Congress need to remember on Election Day the fact they have been endorsed by a leading pro-abortion group.” (more…)
On Thursday, October 13, 2011, the House of Representatives passed the Protect Life Act. H.R. 358 amends the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to modify special rules relating to coverage of abortion services.
The bill received bipartisan support with 15 Democrats and 236 Republicans voting for the Protect Life Act. Two Republicans and 170 Democrats voted no. Three Republicans and seven Democrats did not vote. Continue reading to see how your Member of Congress voted. (more…)
It is well known the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) forces health care plans to provide coverage of abortion and use our tax dollars to pay for abortion. In addition, PPACA does not protect the conscience rights of health care insurers, providers, and personnel who decline to provide, pay for, provide coverage of, or refer for abortions.
In response, H.R. 1179, the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act of 2011, was introduced by Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R, NE-01) on March 17, 2011. The Senate companion legislation is S. 1467 by the same name.
The legislation amends PPACA “to permit a health plan to decline coverage of specific items and services that are contrary to the religious beliefs of the sponsor, issuer, or other entity offering the plan or the purchaser or beneficiary (in the case of individual coverage) without penalty.”
It also applies similar guidance to the state health insurance exchange programs and becomes retroactive to when PPACA was signed into law by President Obama as if the language was included.
President Obama and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sabelius, a Catholic, are rushing to ensure the people are not heard and this critical piece of legislation never reaches the President’s desk. On February 18, 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services used its regulatory power to remove what was left of conscience rights for health care professionals. On August 1, 2011, they also issued orders requiring health plans to cover contraception and sterilization and on January 20, 2012 that rule became official.
We must speak out and protect our conscience rights!
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Even though the votes are stacked against passing legislation in the Senate this Thursday to de-fund Planned Parenthood, Senator Roy Blunt (R, MO) is taking the opportunity to educate his colleagues about Planned Parenthood’s use of our tax dollars. (more…)
While on-going discussions occur regarding our efforts to De-Fund Planned Parenthood, Catholic Advocate wanted to also update you on the latest news regarding other key issues of importance in Washington D.C.: (more…)
Site Gives Grassroots Chance to Show Support for “Protect Life Act” to fix Abortion Funding & Conscience Protections in Health Care Reform Law
WASHINGTON – Catholic Advocate Voice today launched ProtectLifeAct.org to give Americans the opportunity to join together to demonstrate their support for H.R. 358 “The Protect Life Act.” “The Protect Life Act” is the topic of a hearing today in the House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Health. (more…)
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). (more…)
The early months of the new Congress will be a time for redemption on the health care law…but for who? “Watch what happens,” said Congressman Fred Upton on Sunday, January 2, 2011. “There will be a significant number of Democrats, I think, that will join us.” (more…)