Catholics Step Up Fight Against ‘Unacceptable’ Healthcare Bill

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Almost 13 percent of the nation’s 4,897 community hospitals are Catholic-run and often provide a higher percentage of public health and specialty services than other healthcare providers. Catholic healthcare facilities accounted for 20 percent of hospital admissions in 21 states and the District of Columbia last year, according to CNSNews.com. 

Last year, Catholic healthcare providers saw more than 16.9 million emergency room visits and 92.7 million outpatient visits, and they admitted more than 5.5 million patients.

The bishops have forcefully stated their opposition to healthcare reform that does not specifically exclude abortion and allow for conscience protection.

Advancing their arguments is Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia, who chairs the pro-life committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Rigali told Congress in an Aug. 11 letter that healthcare reform must “respect human life and rights of conscience in the context of abortion.”

The bishops believe HR 3200, the healthcare reform legislation making its way through the House, could mandate abortion coverage.

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