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U.S. Bishops: Current Health Care Bills Violate Essential Principles; Will Seek Changes or Have to Oppose
Date:10/9/2009

Bishops' concerns include abortion, conscience, immigrants, affordability

Reaffirm commitment to work for reform that respects life and dignity of all

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Three chairmen of the bishops' committees working on health care reform urged the U.S. Congress to improve current health care reform legislation, expressing their "disappointment that progress has not been made on the three priority criteria for health care reform" cited in their previous letters.

The October 8 letter from Bishop William Murphy, Cardinal Justin Rigali and Bishop John Wester reiterated the bishops' main concerns: that no one should be forced to pay for or participate in an abortion, that health care should be affordable and available to the poor and vulnerable, and that the needs of legal immigrants are met.

Bishop Murphy, Cardinal Rigali and Bishop Wester chair the U.S. bishops' committees on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Pro-Life Activities and Immigration, respectively.

The bishops reaffirmed their commitment to working with Congress and the Administration toward genuine health care reform, but stated, "If final legislation does not meet our principles, we will have no choice but to oppose the bill."

"We sincerely hope that the legislation will not fall short of our criteria," wrote the bishops. "However, we remain apprehensive when amendments protecting freedom of conscience and ensuring no taxpayer money for abortion are defeated in committee votes."

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has advocated for health care reform for decades. The bishops wrote that "Catholic moral tradition teaches that health care is a basic human right, essential to protecting human life and dignity. Much-needed reform of our health care system must be pursued in ways that serve the life and dignity of all, never in ways that undermine or violate these fundamental values. We will work tirelessly to remedy these central problems and help pass real reform that clearly protects the life, dignity and health of all."

The full text of the letter can be found online at:

www.usccb.org/sdwp/national/2009-10-08-healthcare-letter-congress.pdf

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SOURCE U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities


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SOURCE U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities
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