Letter from Archbishop to Congress seeks support for freedom of conscience

Writing on behalf of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty, Archbishop William E. Lori has asked Congress to pass measures in an appropriations bill.  One “clarifies current nondiscrimination laws to improve protection of individuals and institutions that decline involvement in abortion, allowing the victims of discrimination to vindicate their rights in court.”  The other merges the Hyde/Weldon amendment with a 1996 law that prevents people from being forced to participate in abortion training.

“We assume no one in Congress opposes the idea that people whose civil rights have been violated have a right to go to court. So this provision should be accepted without serious controversy,”  [Text of letter]


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