The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is urging Catholics to press U.S. legislators to pass the Conscience Protection Act, which would ensure that health care personnel and others could not be coerced into participating in actions such as abortion that violate their moral conscience.
On Monday, the Catholic bishops sponsored a national congressional call-in day in an attempt to mobilize Catholic citizens to get politically engaged over religious liberty and conscience rights.
In a tweet, the USCCB asked followers to “take a moment to call your representatives and ask that they enact the Conscience Protection Act,” while also providing specific instructions on how to do so.
The Act focuses specifically on the right to participate in or provide material assistance to abortions, stating that no State or local government that receives Federal funding may “penalize, retaliate against, or otherwise discriminate against a health care provider” on the basis that the provider does not “perform, refer for, pay for, or otherwise participate in abortion” or “provide or sponsor abortion coverage.”
“Nurses and other health care providers and institutions are being forced to choose between participating in abortions or leaving health care altogether.