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Disappointment in Senate health bill

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops urged the Senate to make essential changes its health reform bill in order to keep in place federal law on abortion funding and conscience protection on abortion, protect access to health care for immigrants and include strong provision
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UPDATED Nationwide Bulletin Insert on Health Care Reform

On November 7, the U.S. House of Representatives passed major health care reform which reaffirmed longstanding and widely supported policy that no federal funds will be used to pay for elective abortions (the Stupak Amendment). The efforts of the hundreds of thousands of grassroots su
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Health reform that respects life, a victory and a challenge

On November 7, Congress gave many observers a big surprise. On a vote of 240 to 194, the House of Representatives approved an amendment to maintain longstanding policies against federal abortion funding in proposed health care reform legislation. What’s more, the House then pass
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Abortion ban spells success for health bill

In the end, the successful battle to include strict language prohibiting funding for abortions, led by pro-life congressional Democrats with the strong support of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, is what made the difference in the Nov. 7 House vote to pass a sweeping health ca
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Bishops urge passage of anti-abortion amendment for health reform bill

The U.S. bishops November 7 urged members of the House of Representatives to vote for an anti-abortion amendment to the health care reform bill now being considered. “The Stupak-Ellsworth-Pitts-Kaptur-Dahlkemper-Lipinski-Smith Amendment will keep in place current federal law on
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Prayer resources for health care reform

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has released some additional resources in conjunction with it Nationwide Bulletin Insert about health care reform, including the following prayers:
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Federal abortion funding:what some people want to “Hyde”

Addressing health care reform in his September 9 speech to Congress, President Obama assured the American public that “under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions.”This was truly a welcome pledge. Up to this point, one Congressional committee after an
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Tell Congress: Remove abortion funding & mandates from needed health care reform

Congress is preparing to debate health care reform legislation. The Catholic bishops of the United States strongly support genuine health care reform that protects the life and dignity of all, from the moment of conception until natural death. However, all current bills are seriously
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Contact Congress about health care reform

Visit, call, send a fax, write a letter or e-mail your Congressman or woman and our U.S. Senators about health care reform.  Look up his or her contact information or send an e-mail directly. Learn more about the latest news about health care reform at pacatholic.org/current_issues/he
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