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New Battle on Taxpayer Funding of Abortion
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Efforts to save the Hyde Amendment are continuing, but now there’s ANOTHER, huge battle shaping up over taxpayer funding of abortion.
Congress is moving forward on a “human infrastructure” bill, which is likely to include things that many Catholics support, including expanded health care coverage. But there is serious concern that such health care proposals will include funding for elective abortion
Congressional leadership is using a rare process for this bill, known as “budget reconciliation,” that requires fewer votes to pass it than most laws.
That is why Congress must hear from YOU now! Tell your representatives that any health care proposals MUST NOT fund elective abortion. 
Call to Action
There’s another huge battle shaping up in Congress over taxpayer funding of abortion. We need your help! As you know, we are fighting to preserve the Hyde Amendment in government spending. The Hyde Amendment protects Americans from being forced to pay for abortion with our tax dollars. But the House and Senate are moving forward on a “human infrastructure” bill. The bill is likely to include things that many Catholics support, including expanded health care coverage. But there is serious concern that such health care proposals will fund elective abortion.  


Democratic leadership is using a rare process known as “budget reconciliation”, which would allow this “human infrastructure” bill to become law with a simple majority vote (most legislation requires 60 votes in the Senate to move forward).   That is why we need your voice NOW to tell Congress that Americans do NOT want their tax dollars to pay for abortions in ANY bill, much less a bill promoted as a “human infrastructure” bill. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops just wrote to Congress asking for policies that will: help those on the margins of societystrengthen familiesprotect religious freedompromote care for creation,and respect the rights and dignity of every human life.The letter insists that health care proposals in this “human infrastructure” bill be governed by the Hyde Amendment principle of NOT funding elective abortions.  And our bishops made it clear that “should this bill expand taxpayer funding of abortion, the USCCB will oppose it.” Congress must hear from YOU now!  Tell your representatives that any health care proposals MUST NOT fund elective abortion. 


The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. This belief is the foundation of all the principles of our social teaching.

Life and Dignity of the Human Person

The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. This belief is the foundation of all the principles of our social teaching. In our society, human life is under direct attack from abortion and euthanasia. The value of human life is being threatened by cloningembryonic stem cell research, and the use of the death penalty. The intentional targeting of civilians in war or terrorist attacks is always wrong. Catholic teaching also calls on us to work to avoid war. Nations must protect the right to life by finding increasingly effective ways to prevent conflicts and resolve them by peaceful means. We believe that every person is precious, that people are more important than things, and that the measure of every institution is whether it threatens or enhances the life and dignity of the human person.

Option for the Poor and Vulnerable

A basic moral test is how our most vulnerable members are faring. In a society marred by deepening divisions between rich and poor, our tradition recalls the story of the Last Judgment (Mt 25:31-46) and instructs us to put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first.

Call to Family, Community, and Participation

The person is not only sacred but also social. How we organize our society — in economics and politics, in law and policy — directly affects human dignity and the capacity of individuals to grow in community. Marriage and the family are the central social institutions that must be supported and strengthened, not undermined. We believe people have a right and a duty to participate in society, seeking together the common good and well-being of all, especially the poor and vulnerable.

The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers

The economy must serve people, not the other way around. Work is more than a way to make a living; it is a form of continuing participation in Gods creation. If the dignity of work is to be protected, then the basic rights of workers must be respected–the right to productive work, to decent and fair wages, to the organization and joining of unions, to private property, and to economic initiative.

Care for God’s Creation

We show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation. Care for the earth is not just an Earth Day slogan, it is a requirement of our faith. We are called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationship with all of Gods creation. This environmental challenge has fundamental moral and ethical dimensions that cannot be ignored.

Rights and Responsibilities

The Catholic tradition teaches that human dignity can be protected and a healthy community can be achieved only if human rights are protected and responsibilities are met. Therefore, every person has a fundamental right to life and a right to those things required for human decency. Corresponding to these rights are duties and responsibilities–to one another, to our families, and to the larger society.


We are one human family whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences. We are our brothers and sisters keepers, wherever they may be. Loving our neighbor has global dimensions in a shrinking world. At the core of the virtue of solidarity is the pursuit of justice and peace. Pope Paul VI taught that if you want peace, work for justice.1 The Gospel calls us to be peacemakers. Our love for all our sisters and brothers demands that we promote peace in a world surrounded by violence and conflict.