Facts matter — pro-life faith leaders send letter to Congress on abortion funding restrictions in reform
Twenty five pro-life Catholic theologians and Evangelical leaders sent a letter to Members of Congress today urging them to examine the contents of Senate health reform legislation, dispelling misleading claims about abortion provisions in the bill, and emphasizing the historic opportunity to extend health care to millions of Americans who cannot afford it. The letter includes a page-by-page factual listing of all provisions related to abortion in the bill, and asks Members “to make an informed decision about this legislation based on careful deliberation guided by facts.”
The letter, which can be downloaded here, outlined 14 policy provisions, including numerous safeguards against federal funding of abortion, prohibition of federal preemption of state laws, conscience protections for health care providers, and funding for programs that reduce abortion by supporting pregnant women. With the House poised to vote on the Senate bill as soon as next week, and the fate of reform depending on votes from pro-life Representatives, clarifying the provisions of the legislation that pertain to abortion is critical. The contribution of these pro-life faith leaders can make a real difference in the outcome of the debate.