Conscience Protection Act

"I join my voice with all the bishops of our conference in asking the faithful of the Diocese of Wichita to pray for the passing of the Conscience Protection Act which if included in the spending bill and passed, will legally protect the rights of citizens to not participate in those actions which assist or promote abortion. Everyone, including doctors, nurses and other health care professionals, should be able to abide by their freely and properly formed conscience when it comes to matters of life and death. I urge all our citizens to contact their elected representatives in the Congress to make their voices heard on or before
March 12, 2018. Our fundamental freedom to act or not to act according to conscience is at stake.
Thank you and God bless you." -Bishop Carl Kemme

Health care providers and trainees, churches, and others are being forced to participate in abortions or provide coverage for it in their health care plans. Federal conscience laws prohibit such coercion, but these laws continue to be violated—mostly because they don’t provide victims with the ability to defend their rights in court.

The Conscience Protection Act of 2017 (H.R. 644, S. 301) would address loopholes in current laws and provide victims with the right to sue in court. Congress will decide soon (most likely during the week of March 12) whether to include the Conscience Protection Act in must-pass government funding legislation.

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