- The U.S. House passed health care reform that reaffirms the essential, longstanding and widely supported policy against using federal funds for elective abortion coverage.
- The U.S. Senate has rejected this policy and passed health care reform that requires federal funds to help subsidize and promote health plans that cover elective abortions. All purchasers of such plans will be required to pay for other people's abortions through a separate payment solely to pay for abortion.
The U.S. bishops have asked that an updated Nationwide Bulletin Insert (Spanish) on health care reform be printed or hand-stuffed in every parish bulletin and/or distributed in pews or at church entrances as soon as possible. Pulpit announcements and prayer petitions have also been made available (in English and Spanish) as final House and Senate votes may take place soon.
Catholics need to make their voices heard insisting that health care reform protect the lives, dignity, consciences and health of all. If you've yet to do so, please take a brief moment to send a message to your local Congressperson and two U.S. Senators through the Catholic Legislative Advocacy Network below. If you prefer to call rather than email, the Capitol switchboard number is (202) 224.3121.
Thank you for your continued support of health care reform that protects and upholds the sanctity of human life!
- Michigan Catholic Conference
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