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USCCB urges passage of ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act’

Catholic World News - February 09, 2011

Testifying before a House subcommittee on behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Richard Doerflinger called for the prompt passage of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (HR 3), which would write into law the Hyde amendment and the Hyde/Weldon amendment.

Passed annually by Congress since 1976, the Hyde amendment forbids federal funding of most abortions; passed annually since 2004, the Hyde/Weldon amendment protects the conscience rights of health care providers.

“HR 3 is a well-crafted and reasonable measure to maintain longstanding and widely supported policies against active government promotion of abortion,” said Doerflinger, who serves as associate director of the USCCB’s secretariat of pro-life activities. “It consistently applies to all branches of the federal government the principle that government can encourage childbirth over abortion through its funding power, and that it should not coerce anyone’s involvement in abortion. It merits prompt and overwhelming support by this Congress.”

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  • Posted by: unum - Feb. 10, 2011 8:12 AM ET USA

    HR 3 would not have been necessary if the USCCB had not backed the Obamacare bill. And, by doing so, they backed the corrupt double dealing in Congress and the lying from the White House that passed this bill over the strong objections of the American people. It will be a long time before the majority of American Catholics trust the teaching of our progressive bishops about moral issues. And Jesus wept.

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