Urge Congress to Protect Conscience Rights

I write to update you on our progress and to renew a call to action as we continue our efforts to urge Congress to enact common-sense protections for pro-life health care workers. The policy of the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act is now found in the Conscience Protection Act of 2016. The bill, introduced in the House on March 22, has recently been introduced in the Senate.

Please contact your members of Congress in the House and Senate now to urge them to co-sponsor the Conscience Protection Act of 2016 (H.R.4828/S.2927)Our earlier call to action was only directed to the House, so even if you responded to a prior alert, your help is still needed today.

Tell your members that you expect them to uphold the right of conscientious objection to abortion by enacting this much-needed legislation.

On May 16, Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Archbishop William Lori, chairing the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities and Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty respectively, wrote to Senate members urging them to support and co-sponsor S. 2927. In a March 31 letter to members of the House asking them to enact H.R. 4828, they explained “When government… mandates involvement in abortion as a condition for being allowed to provide life-affirming health care services,…it not only undermines the widely acknowledged civil rights of health care providers but also limits access to good health care for American women and men.” Most health care providers do not perform abortions and choose to respect vulnerable life at its earliest stages. The government must not force them from the healing profession.

Thank you for taking action and for sharing this alert with others who stand with us in defense of life and liberty.

Together we will be heard!

Amy McInerny
Executive Director

P.S. #StandwithCathy and hear her tell her own story here.

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