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Cardinal George Urges Catholics to Tell Administration: Keep Conscience Protections for Health Care Workers
Date:3/16/2009

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Don't Move From 'Democracy to Despotism,' Cardinal Francis George Warns

Alert Health, Human Services to Danger in Rescinding Conscience Protections

WASHINGTON, March 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Cardinal Francis George is urging Catholics in the United States to tell the Obama Administration to retain Health and Human Services regulations governing conscience protections for health care workers.

This is vital to keep the government from "moving our country from democracy to despotism," said Cardinal George, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. He delivered the message via video available on the Web at http://www.usccb.org/conscienceprotection and on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NoCRwMqVzQ.

Those who want to protect conscience rights can speak out through an action alert at http://www.usccb.org/conscienceprotection.

"Respect for personal conscience and freedom of religion as such ensures our basic freedom from government oppression. No government should come between an individual person and God--that's what America is supposed to be about," Cardinal Francis George said. "This is the true common ground for us as Americans. We therefore need legal protection for freedom of conscience and of religion--including freedom for religious health care institutions to be true to themselves."

"I ask you please to lLet the government know that you want conscience protections to remain strongly in place. In particular, let the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington know that you stand for the protection of conscience, especially now for those who provide
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