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The joint statement follows:
"Increasing and fierce attacks on conscience rights regarding abortion cry out for an immediate remedy. Nurses and other health care providers and institutions are being forced to choose between participating in abortions or leaving health care altogether. Churches and pro-life Americans are being forced to provide coverage for elective abortions—including late-term abortions—in their health care plans. Opponents and supporters of abortion should be able to agree that no one should be forced to participate in abortion. Congress must remedy this problem by enacting the Conscience Protection Act now as part of the FY 2018 funding bill.
We call on all the faithful to pray and to act by emailing and calling Congress in the coming week especially on Monday, March 12 with the message that enacting the Conscience Protection Act is urgently needed to protect Americans from being forced to violate their deeply held convictions about respect for human life. Your calls and emails to your Members of Congress really do make a difference, so please act now to protect conscience rights!"
Members of Congress can be reached
by calling the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and asking to be connected with your representative or
Or you can email and call your Members of Congress quickly and easily at www.bit.ly/support-cpa.
The USCCB has also created a video available on its YouTube channel and Facebook.com/USCCB.
For additional information and videos featuring nurses who were forced by their employers to choose between their jobs and participating in abortions go to www.usccb.org/conscience.
Keywords: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Committee on Pro-Life Activities, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, Committee for Religious Liberty, Conscience Protection Act (H.R. 644), FY 2018 funding bill, Human Life Action, Members of Congress, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, pro-life, abortion, conscience rights, medical profession, nurses, health care providers, integrity, Hippocratic oath
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