Navigation Links
Bishops Urge Passage of Stupak-Ellsworth Anti-Abortion Amendment for Health Reform Bill
Date:11/7/2009

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. bishops November 7 urged members of the House of Representatives to vote for the Stupak-Ellsworth Amendment to the health care reform.

"The Stupak-Ellsworth-Pitts-Kaptur-Dahlkemper-Lipinski-Smith Amendment will keep in place current federal law on abortion funding and conscience protections in the Affordable Health Care for America Act (H.R. 3962)," they said.

The letter was signed by Cardinal Justin Rigali, chair of the bishops' Committee on Pro-life Activities, and Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Centre, New York, chair of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.

The letter follows.

Dear Representative:

On behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), we strongly urge you to vote for the Stupak-Ellsworth-Pitts-Kaptur-Dahlkemper-Lipinski-Smith Amendment and to support a fair process in the House of Representatives to consider this essential improvement in health care reform legislation. The Stupak-Ellsworth-Pitts-Kaptur-Dahlkemper-Lipinski-Smith Amendment will keep in place current federal law on abortion funding and conscience protections in the Affordable Health Care for America Act (H.R. 3962).

Despite some claims to the contrary, H.R. 3962 does not reflect the status quo on abortion. It fails to explicitly and clearly include the longstanding policy prohibiting federal funding of elective abortion and plans which include elective abortion (Hyde Amendment), Medicaid, Medicare, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and other federal health legislation include this provision. Currently H.R. 3962 has some helpful provisions on conscience protection and non-preemption of state laws, but it utterly fails to maintain current prohibitions on abortion mandates and abortion funding. Instead it creates elaborate measures requiring people to pay for other people's abortions with their taxes, private premiums or federal subsidies. Significantly, the Federal Employee Heath Benefit Program, which covers all members of Congress and their families, has long been governed by the Hyde amendment in all its aspects and is widely seen as a model for reform.

Additionally, H.R. 3962 allows the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to mandate that the "public option" will include unlimited abortions. Millions of purchasers will be forced to pay an "abortion surcharge," which requires purchasers of many plans to pay directly and explicitly for abortion coverage. This is unprecedented in federal law.

The Stupak-Ellsworth-Pitts-Kaptur-Dahlkemper-Lipinski-Smith Amendment will not affect coverage of abortion in non-subsidized health plans, and will not bar anyone from purchasing a supplemental abortion policy with their own funds. Thus far, H.R. 3962 does not meet President Obama's commitment of barring use of federal dollars for abortion and maintaining current conscience laws.

If the Motion to Recommit focuses on denying immigrants needed health care, as reported, we strongly urge Members to oppose the Motion to Recommit.

Our Bishops' conference has been working for many years to support health care reform legislation that truly protects the life, dignity, health and consciences of all. Adopting this amendment will help move us move toward this essential national priority and moral imperative.

Sincerely,

    Bishop William Murphy                    Cardinal Justin Rigali
    Diocese of Rockville Centre              Archdiocese of Philadelphia
    Chairman                                 Chairman
    Committee on Domestic Justice and        Committee on Pro-life Activities
    Human Development

SOURCE United States Conference of Catholic Bishops


'/>"/>
SOURCE United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Connecticut Bishops Back Down over Provision of Emergency Contraception
2. U.S. Catholic Bishops Pro-Life Secretariat to Congress: Support the Mexico City Policy
3. Bishops Conference Praises Senate Introduction of Pregnant Women Support Act
4. Catholics Reject Influence of US Bishops in Congressional HIV/AIDS Funding Battle
5. Catholic Bishops Welcome New Bill for Global HIV/AIDS Relief
6. Catholic Bishops Official Available for Interview/Comment During Popes U.S. Visit
7. Lutheran, Episcopal Church Presiding Bishops Urge Prayers for Peace in Sudan
8. Coalition Asks Bishops to Take Politicians to Task
9. Bishops Urge New President to Keep Laws on Conscience Rights, Foreign Aid for Abortion, Embryonic Stem Cell Research
10. American Life League: Vatican Says Bishops Must Refuse Communion to Pro-Abortion Politicians
11. Bishops Pro-Life Official Gravely Concerned Over Threat to HHS Conscience Protection Regulation
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Regenerative Medicine Solutions (RMS) scored 94.8124 out of ... them second place for Tampa’s Best Places to Work. They were ranked in the ... great accomplishment for our team,” says RMS Human Resources Manager Irene Miller. “We work ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... 29, 2016 , ... The infertility specialists at HRC Fertility/Orange County (HRC/OC) -- ... A. Potter -- are proud of the recent release of their 2014 in vitro ... SART published the latest verified data for 375 U.S. member clinics. *Preliminary data ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... Natren, Inc. recently sent representatives ... Petbiotics ™, as they fondly call them. As animal lovers, they were ... their non-profit organizations. Animal rescues across the nation face huge hurdles rescuing animals ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... HEALTHCAREfirst , the ... services, and Deyta Analytics, recently announced the recipients of the fourth annual Hospice ... as measured from the caregiver’s point of view. The official list of recipients ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... , ... April 29, 2016 , ... ... study detailing the company’s use of Microsoft Dynamics GP for one their long-term ... a solution that integrated Dynamics GP with key clinical management systems, and delivered ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/27/2016)... 2016 Global  urinalysis market ... by 2022, according to a new report by ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150105/723757 ) , Automation ... and accuracy delivered by the new generation urinalysis ... urinalysis instruments and consumables. For instance, the automatic ...
(Date:4/26/2016)... Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO) is pleased ... Pharm D., to Vice President of Education and Quality. ... will continue to lead and oversee Diplomat University, an ... and training to Diplomat employees and external professionals on ... also houses the quality assurance department, which focuses on ...
(Date:4/26/2016)... -- Research and Markets has announced the ... report to their offering.      (Logo: ... market is projected to grow at a CAGR of ... is a technique that involves measurement and analysis of ... changes in biochemical pathways. The aim of performing these ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: