Despite our efforts over many weeks, including your own significant efforts, the Conscience Protection Act (CPA) was not included in the Fiscal Year 2018 omnibus appropriations bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate and signed into law by President Trump last week.
Ultimately, there was no direct vote by Congress on whether to include CPA in the omnibus appropriations bill. Republican and Democratic leadership in the House and Senate, along with the White House, made the final decisions about what policies were included in the bill, including the decision about the CPA.
In a statement issued Thursday, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, chair of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, chair of the USCCB’s Committee for Religious Liberty, reacted with deep disappointment to the news saying:
“Those inside and outside of Congress who worked to defeat the CPA have placed themselves squarely into the category of extremists who insist that all Americans must be forced to participate in the violent act of abortion. We call on Congress not to give up until this critical legislation is enacted.”
You can read their full statement here.
We urge you to send a similar message to your lawmakers here