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Bishops' Pro-Life Office hails House Committee move to Protect Life

National Catholic News

February 17, 2011

The Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) welcomed the approval in committee of the Protect Life Act (H.R. 358).  Sponsored by Rep. Joseph Pitts (R-PA) and Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL) and 123 co-sponsors, the Protect Life Act would apply longstanding federal policies on abortion funding, and conscience rights on abortion, to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) passed last March. On February 15, the full House Energy and Commerce Committee approved H.R. 358 in a bi-partisan vote (33 to 19), and rejected three amendments that would have weakened the bill.

?The committee?s action is an important step toward authentic health care reform that respects the dignity of all, from conception onward,? Deirdre McQuade, USCCB pro-life spokeswoman, said.

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