Last Friday, President Biden released his Fiscal Year 2022 budget in which he proposes to eliminate the Hyde Amendment and some related pro-life provisions. Calling for elimination of Hyde in a president’s budget is unprecedented.
Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, Chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities issued a statement expressing deep concerns, saying:
“I call on all government leaders to work toward a budget that truly builds up the common good of all. This should include the many proposals in the President’s budget submission that seek to protect vulnerable people. And it must also preserve the Hyde Amendment and related provisions which have protected millions of unborn babies, and mothers in difficult circumstances, from the tragedy of abortion.”
Archbishop Naumann’s full statement can be read here.
Without the Hyde Amendment and related policies, billions of taxpayer dollars could be used to pay for abortion in the United States and throughout the world.
Don’t let our government make you pay for the taking of innocent human life.
Contact the President and express your strong disagreement with his decision to force taxpayers to fund abortion on demand. At the same time, tell Congress to keep the Hyde Amendment and related policies and to oppose any bill that expands taxpayer funding of abortion.
PROTECT LIFE RULE
On April 15, the Department of Health and Human Services – announced that it would eliminate the Protect Life Rule, which kept federal Title X money for family planning away from abortion businesses.
Actually, that “rule” simply implements what has been in the law from the inception of Title X in 1970. Past Presidents supported this rule and the Supreme Court upheld those efforts of both Presidents – efforts that the majority of Americans agree with.
The Protect Life Rule made it mandatory for abortion businesses to be physically and financially separated from family planning clinics. Now abortions clinics will get that money again regardless.
The Protect Life rule also encouraged minors to involve a parent in their plan to seek birth control, which can be harmful and even deadly.
Also, under Protect Life, Title X clinics were forbidden to refer patients for abortions; now they are mandated to do just that. Yet federal law (the Weldon amendment) forbids discrimination against healthcare agencies that choose not to refer for abortion.
If you don’t like everything you just read – and I know you don’t – you have an opportunity to be heard. A change in this type of rule requires a period of public comment, which is already underway. By submitting a comment on the HHS website, you can tell the administration that you do not want your hard-earned money going to abortionists. Comments will be accepted until May 17, so please submit one as soon as possible. And ask every like-minded person you know to submit a comment as well. Let’s make sure this administration knows how Americans feel about being forced to subsidize abortion.
Please act today, and please pass along this email to as many others you know who may be interested.
The Equality Act discriminates against people of faith and threatens unborn life. Tell your elected officials to oppose it!
Everyone deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. The Equality Act, which is being voted on in the U.S. House of Representatives soon, in many ways does the opposite and needs to be opposed. Instead of respecting differences in beliefs about marriage and sexuality, the Equality Act would discriminate against people of faith. The Equality Act would: punish faith-based organizations, such as charities and schools who serve everyone in their communities, simply because of their beliefs; force girls and women to compete against boys and men for limited opportunities in sports, and to share locker rooms and shower spaces with biological males who identify as women; risk mandating taxpayers to fund abortions; force people in everyday life, and especially health care workers, to support gender transition; and expand what the government considers a “public” place, forcing even some parish halls to host functions that conflict with Catholic beliefs.
EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT(ERA)
The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was passed by Congress in 1972, with the stated purpose of enshrining equality between the sexes in our Constitution. However, it failed to be ratified by three-fourths of the states (38) within the 7-year time limit established by Congress. Now, abortion activists in Congress, among others, are trying to revive it by passing a resolution to eliminate the deadline for ratification by the states (H.J. Res. 17). The House plans to vote this week and needs to hear from you now!
Catholic teaching, and recent popes, speak very clearly and strongly about the equality of men and women based upon their equal dignity as children of God. And, although many advances were made for women’s equality in the years immediately following passage of the amendment, the Church recognizes the need to do more to address unjust inequities between women and men. However, the ERA in its current form poses very serious problems, including likely requiring federal funding for abortions, overturning pro-life and conscience protection laws, and even undermining government programs designed to promote women’s advancement in education and the workplace. More information about the ERA and its consequences is presented in this fact sheet.