Dear Brother Knights,
Your immediate action is necessary to protect pro-life laws!
Tomorrow, the United States House of Representatives will vote again on the so-called “Women’s Health Protection Act,” deceptively named legislation that would cancel state pro-life laws and codify the now-defunct Roe v. Wade as the law of the land. Further, the law does not provide meaningful religious exemptions which may force Catholic medical professionals and hospitals to perform, or participate in, abortions.
With the ability to determine abortion laws returned to the people following the overturn of Roe v. Wade, your action is all-the-more necessary!
Not only is this proposed-legislation bad public policy, but its provisions are also deeply unpopular with the American people. Our 2022 Knights of Columbus/Marist Poll found that more than 70% of Americans would limit abortion to, at most, the first three months of pregnancy. Additionally, almost two-thirds of Americans agree with the recent Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization believing that abortion should either be illegal or determined at the state level (i.e. by the people’s elected representatives). Finally, 75% believe that doctors and nurses should be able to follow their consciences and not be forced to perform abortions.
Our bishops have asked everyone to contact their Congressman as soon as possible to speak out against this bill.
I urge you to visit the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ action center today and register your opposition to this bill which would make abortion-on-demand the law of the land.
Thank you for taking action to support life!
Patrick E. Kelly