SCHIP Action Alert from USCCB

On January 14, 2009 Bishop William F. Murphy sent a letter about supporting and improving the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) to House and Senate members on behalf of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development. His letter is found at this link. (

The House voted on this issue yesterday, and the Senate vote will probably occur today or tomorrow. Join Bishop Murphy and the USCCB Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development in efforts to support and improve SCHIP by contacting your Senators today and urging others to do so. Go to the following links for telephone numbers and other contact information for Senators and for a USCCB action alert:  (contact Senators, ) (action alert,


Mexico City Policy Decried by USCCB

Let us stay vigilant in our efforts to support laws and initiatives that support life.  In a Jan. 26 article, the Zenit news agency reported that Cardinal Justin Rigali called President Barack Obama's decision on day 3 of his presidency to reverse the Mexico City Policy to be "very disappointing."  There had been an 8-year ban on U.S. funding of organizations that perform and promote abortion in developing nations.  President Obama has insisted during his electoral campaign that he wasn't for abortion but rather for reducing the number of abortions without making abortion illegal.  The Mexico City Policy had prevented the diversion of U.S. funds to groups that promote abortions.

Cardinal Francis George, president of the USCCB, and longtime Board member and Episcopal Moderator of NCPD until recently, wrote to Obama before his inauguration urging him to retain this policy: "'The Mexico City Policy, first established in 1984, has wrongly been attacked as a restriction on foreign aid for family planning. In fact, it has not reduced such aid at all, but has ensured that family planning funds are not diverted to organizations dedicated to performing and promoting abortions instead of reducing them.

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