Catholic Bishops Urge Congressional Email Effort to Keep Pro-Life Abortion Laws

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 4, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Catholic Bishops Urge Congressional Email Effort to Keep Pro-Life Abortion Laws

by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 4
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — On the heels of a national postcard campaign that saw millions of pro-life Americans contact members of Congress in opposition to FOCA, the nation’s Catholic bishops are now urging an email campaign to ask elected officials to oppose that bill and to keep current pro-life laws on abortion in place.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) says it wants Congress "to maintain widely-supported pro-life policies and to oppose the federal funding and promotion of abortion."

Deirdre McQuade, a pro-life spokeswoman for the bishops, explained the goal of the new supplemental email campaign.

“To guard against the erosion of current pro-life measures — and to keep abortion from becoming a federal entitlement — our voice is needed now more than ever,” McQuade told

“Tens of millions of cards have been distributed in parishes, schools, non-Catholic churches, and civic organizations across the country,” she said. “The e-mail campaign will give even more citizens the chance to participate.”

The e-mails urge a constituent’s Senators and Representative to “please oppose FOCA or any similar measure” and “retain existing laws against funding and promotion of abortion.”

They also state: “It is especially important that Congress retain these laws in the various appropriations bills, e.g., the Hyde Amendment in the Labor/Health and Human Services appropriations bill.”

Pro-life advocates looking to get involved in the next battles have two good chances this week.

Senator David Vitter of Louisiana is heading up an effort to prevent taxpayers from having their money sent from the federal government to the nation’s biggest abortion business. When the Senate considers its spending bill this week, he will propose cutting Planned Parenthood funding.

While the money Planned Parenthood receives from Title X funds doesn’t pay for abortions directly, Vitter says it still helps the abortion business.

Meanwhile, Sen Roger Wicker has introduced an amendment to the Senate omnibus spending bill that would reverse the language the House put in its bill funding the UNFPA.

Last month, the House restored funding to the United Nations Population Fund, the UN group which supports China’s forced abortion population control program.

ACTION: Contact your members of the Senate and urge strong support for the pro-life amendments to cut funding for the pro-abortion UNFPA and Planned Parenthood. You can find contact information for any senator at

Related web sites:
USCCB’s pro-life campaign –

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