US Bishops Call on U.S. Senate to Keep Pro-Life Policies “We reiterate the fact that funding the destruction of innocent unborn human lives, and forcing people to participate, are grave abuses of human rights."
WASHINGTON - On Tuesday, the chairman of the U.S. Senate's Committee on Appropriations releases the text of several appropriations bills which, like their Houston counterparts, currently exclude several longstanding, bipartisan provisions like the 46-year-old Hyde Amendment and the Weldon Amendment. Eliminating these provisions would force taxpayers to pay for elective abortions and would have the effect of forcing health care providers and professionals to perform and refer for abortion against their deeply-held beliefs, as well as forcing employers and insurers to cover and pay for abortion.
"We recognize and appreciate that these bills also include many life-affirming provisions that help vulnerable people, including pregnant moms, refugees, low-income families, and the elderly. The laudable concern and support these provisions represent must also extend to our vulnerable brothers and sister in the womb.
The U.S. bishops have made previous statements on upholding the dignity of life in appropriations bills: