from NCHLA: Human Life Action
This Friday, the U.S. House will vote on H.R. 5, the misnamed “Equality Act.”
This bill undercuts pro-life laws, conscience protections for health care providers, and would require taxpayer funding of abortion.
By redefining “sex” to mean “pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition,” the bill will mandate that no hospital, doctor, employer, or government can “discriminate” against a woman by not allowing “services” that are unique to women, i.e. abortions.
Lawsuits could be brought against all kinds of reasonable abortion regulations, potentially overturning laws like the Hyde Amendment that prevent taxpayer funds from paying for abortion through Medicaid, and undercut time-tested conscience protection laws.
The Church seeks to promote justice and human dignity, and so Catholics are opposed to all unjust discrimination. But the “Equality Act” does not offer meaningful protections for individuals and instead undermines important laws and protections for people.
News Release and letters from the four USCCB committees leading opposition to this bill: U.S. Bishops’ Chairmen Reaffirm Authentic Human Dignity and Rights in Letter to Congress Opposing Equality Act http://www.usccb.org/news/2019/19-055.cfm