Support the Protect Life Act today!

The following letter will be sent, along with your signature, to the current trustees of the Catholic Health Association:

Sister Carol Keehan, President and CEO
Catholic Health Association
1875 I St. NW, Ste 1000
Washington, DC 20006

Anthony R. Tersigni, EdD, FACHE, Chairperson
Ascension Health
4600 Edmundson Rd
St Louis, MO 63134

Robert V. Stanek, Vice Chairperson
Catholic Health East
3805 W Chester Pike, Ste 100
Newtown Square, PA 19073

M. Colleen Scanlon, RN, JD
Senior Vice President, Advocacy
Catholic Health Initiatives
1999 Broadway, Ste 4000
Denver, CO 80202

Dear Trustees of the Catholic Health Association,

We the undersigned write to urge you to join us in endorsing and supporting the Protect Life Act, introduced by Congressman Joe Pitts (R-PA), and co-sponsored by Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-IL) and a growing bipartisan coalition of legislators in the United States Congress.

We acknowledge the intense debate over the recently passed healthcare bill, including your public statements in support of the bill, despite opposition by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Your organization admitted that the bill ‘wasn’t perfect,’ and debates over whether taxpayer funds will be used to cover abortion continue today.

The Protect Life Act represents a genuine bipartisan effort to ensure that no taxpayer funds will be used for abortion, or abortion related services, and would add needed conscience protection for healthcare workers. The rest of the healthcare law remains untouched.

His Eminence Cardinal Daniel DiNardo recently said “Efforts to ensure that our health care system serves the life, health and conscience of all will be a legislative goal of the Catholic bishops in the months to come,” adding that the Pitts-Lipinski bill is “a significant contribution to this important task.”

As you know, Catholics still have strong opinions on the recently signed healthcare law. In fact, a Zogby poll reported that only 33% of Catholics support the new healthcare law, while 66% of Catholics oppose it.

But Catholics were even more united behind this foundational principle: No federal funding for abortion.

I join with Catholics and all people of good will across the country in asking you to use your influence to ensure that the Protect Life Act becomes federal law.


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