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Congress continues to debate health care reform. The House passed a health care bill that prevents the federal government from funding elective abortions, and includes provisions making health care affordable and accessible for all. However, the Senate rejected this and passed a bill that requires federal funds to help subsidize and promote health plans that cover elective abortions, while forcing purchasers to pay directly for other people’s abortions. Congressional leaders are now trying to figure out how the rules of the House and Senate could allow the final passage of a modified bill that would satisfy disagreements between House and Senate versions. Final votes may take place as early as this weekend. The U.S. bishops continue to strongly oppose abortion funding, and call for critical improvements in conscience protection, affordability for the poor and vulnerable, and access to health care for immigrants.
Contact your Congressional representative today! Thank you for speaking out against abortion funding.