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Outreach requested to U.S. Congressmen on three current pro-life bills

This is a legislative alert from Br. Steve Herro, diocesan social concerns director.

Please consider contacting your Congressman to express your positions on several pro-life bills pending in the U.S. House of Representatives. The three bills have been endorsed by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, chairman of the Committee on Pro- Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (see http://www.usccb.org/comm/archives/2011/11-021.shtml).

H.R. 358, the Protect Life Act, is co-sponsored by two Wisconsin Congressman, Paul Ryan and Tom Petri. The will would address deficiencies in the new health care reform law by 1) preventing taxpayer funds from subsidizing abortion or health care plans that cover abortion; 2) protecting the consciences of health care providers who do not wish to participate in abortions; and 3) ensuring that the law does not override state laws on abortion and conscience.

The Abortion Non-Discrimination Act (H.R. 361) would codify the Hyde/ Weldon amendment and give health care entities that do not provide abortions legal recourse when faced with government-sponsored discrimination. The bill currently has no Wisconsin co-sponsors.

No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 3) would prohibit government funding of elective abortions. The bill is co-sponsored by Wisconsin Congressmen Duffy, Ribble, Petri, Sensenbrenner, and Ryan. It prohibits the expenditure of funds authorized or appropriated by federal law or funds in any trust fund to which funds are authorized or appropriated by federal law (federal funds) for any abortion.

Whether a Congressman is a co-sponsor or not, he needs to hear from his constituents. If you agree with his position, affirm him. If he is yet to decide or is opposed to your position, ask him to consider your position. You may determine his phone number, email address, or postal address by searching “Who are my legislatures?,” http://legis.wisconsin.gov/w3asp/waml/waml.aspx.

Thank you for your consideration.

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