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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!
Click here to contact Congress today.
By Deal Hudson
These remarks were made on August 27 in New York City at the rally sponsored by the Catholic League to protest the decision of Mr. Anthony Malkin, owner of the Empire State Building, not to turn on blue and white lights to honor the 100th anniversary of the birth of Mother Teresa. Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, presided at the event held on 39th St. in front of the Empire State Building.
By Matt Smith
Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled Wednesday, August 4, 2010, that California’s Proposition 8, which outlawed same-sex marriages in California after the state Supreme Court legalized them, is unconstitutional.
Proposition 8 passed with 52 percent of the vote in November 2008 and has been under siege ever since. The court’s ruling today will certainly green light same-sex marriages to proceed in California and other states will be forced to recognize them.
H.R. 5111, the Protect Life Act, has been introduced in the House of Representatives to fix the abortion language in the recently signed Obama health care bill. Read more about this important effort to continue fighting for life!
On Thursday, April 22, 2010, Congressman Joe Pitts (R, PA-16) announced the introduction of H.R. 5111, the Protect Life Act, to fix the abortion language in the recently signed Obama health care bill. The Protect Life Act already includes a bi-partisan list of 50 co-sponsors. The Catholic Advocate community might remember the original pro-life effort to the health care legislation was the Stupak-Pitts amendment. While Congressman Stupak has announced his retirement, Congressman Pitts is demonstrating his commitment to life by continuing the fight.
According to Congressman Todd Tiahrt (R, KS-04):
“Specifically, the Protect Life Act amends the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) to prevent federal funding for abortion or abortion coverage through government exchanges, community health centers, or any other program funded or created by PPACA. Additionally, the bill protects the right of conscience for healthcare professionals and ensures that private insurance companies are not forced to cover abortion.”
Thursday’s action follows on the heels of Catholic Advocate joining with 52 other pro-life organizations to send a joint letter to all Members of Congress on Monday, April 19, 2010 detailing the flaws in the Obama Health Care Executive Order.
The letter concludes by saying:
“The deadly effect of the new health care law will not go unnoticed by the American public. Pro-life organizations are working together to ensure that the anti-life policies included in the Act and reiterated by the Executive Order are removed and that the Hyde amendment principles are restored. We will not cease in our pursuit to respectfully and deliberately advance the right to life and protect the vulnerable unborn.”
The introduction of H.R. 5111, the Protect Life Act is a positive step in restoring the Hyde amendment language to the health care bill and protecting the unborn.
Thank you Congressman Pitts and the 50 original co-sponsors!
Sign the Petition to
Repeal Health Care
There are only two facts Catholics need to know about the health care bill to decide it must be repealed. The bill signed by the President includes federal funding for abortion, and the Executive Order does nothing to remove that funding. Read more at Why Catholics Should Work to Repeal the Health Care Bill.
Then sign Catholic Advocate’s Petition to Repeal Health Care!
Final Push for
Health Care Reform
President Obama and Congress are working overtime on the health care reform legislation. Visit Catholic Advocate’s Health Care Reform Central for the latest all the way through the upcoming votes.
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Catholic Advocate has created a Daily Action Alert Center to educate our community about how they can be involved in on-going debates in our Nation’s Capital. Check back daily to learn how you can make a difference in Washington.
Collection for Life
Catholic Advocate has called upon the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to launch a National Collection for Life to be held in January the weekend before the annual March for Life. Read the press release.
Catholic Advocate recommends proceeds from the collection be used to support the programs of the USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities. While awaiting the weekend of January 22/23, 2011 to arrive, Catholic Advocate has begun exploring ways to raise money for the collection in the coming months and will then present those funds to the USCCB.
Health Care Summit
On February 25, 2010, the White House invited Members of Congress to a Health Care Reform Summit at the Blair House. On Monday, the President released his own 11-page health care proposal. Read Catholic Advocate Vice President Matt Smith’s commentary on the President’s proposal which closely resembles the Senate version passed on Christmas Eve and similarly expands abortions. Catholic Advocate has created a summary of those attending the event who might have some influence when the cameras finally roll on Thursday. Click here to see the list and pray Congress and the President make the right decisions on the sanctity of life.
By Deal W. Hudson
My recent articles on the problems at the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, for example, “Is It Time for a Catholic Tea Party” elicited some strong words about me from four different “Catholic” journalists in the last two weeks. Some used words stronger than others, but what they all had in common was a complete avoidance of the arguments and evidence about the problems at CCHD.
Three of the four dismissed my arguments on the grounds I am a Republican — how silly! If arguments could be dismissed on those grounds, only bona fide independents could be trusted.
I ask for your prayers as we at Catholic Advocate, and others, push ahead with the effort to keep Catholic money from being spent on organizations who support or advocate abortion or same-sex marriage. Please take a moment to sign the petition to Reform CCHD NOW!