Chairmen Call Faithful to Prayer and Action Urging Congress to Enact the Conscience Protection Act

March 6, 2018 By Public Affairs Office
WASHINGTON–Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York,chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Pro-LifeActivities, and Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, chair of the USCCB'sCommittee for Religious Liberty urge the faithful to flood Congress with emailsand calls asking for enactment of the Conscience Protection Act as part of the2018 funding bill and to pray for this outcome. Congress is currentlyconsidering whether to include the Conscience Protection Act in must-passgovernment funding legislation, and a decision on the Conscience ProtectionAct's inclusion will be made prior to March 23, 2018.

The joint statementfollows:

"Increasing andfierce attacks on conscience rights regarding abortion cry out for an immediateremedy. Nurses and other health care providers andinstitutions are being forced to choose between participating in abortions or leavinghealth care altogether. Churches and pro-life Americans are being forced toprovide coverage for elective abortions—including late-term abortions—in theirhealth care plans. Opponents and supporters of abortion should be able to agreethat no one should be forced to participate in abortion. Congress must remedythis problem by enacting the Conscience Protection Act now as part of the FY2018 funding bill.

We call on allthe faithful to pray and to act by emailing and calling Congress in the comingweek especially on Monday, March 12 with the message that enacting theConscience Protection Act is urgently needed to protect Americans from beingforced to violate their deeply held convictions about respect for human life. Yourcalls and emails to your Members of Congress really do make a difference, soplease act now to protect conscience rights!"

Members of Congress can be reachedby calling the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and asking to be connected with your representative orsenator.

Or you can email and call your Membersof Congress quickly and easily at

The USCCB has also created a videoavailable on its YouTube channel and

For additional information and videos featuring nurseswho were forced by their employers to choose between their jobs andparticipating in abortions go to

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Judy Keane