|March 24, 2010Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
As you know, the National Health Care Reform Act has been signed into law by President Barack Obama.
With the possibility of federal funding for abortion remaining in the act and in light of a few other deficient areas, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) opposed its passage. It was a difficult decision and came after decades of support for health care reform by the Bishops’ Conference.
So that you may understand exactly why the bishops chose not to support the health care reform act we direct you to a statement released by the USCCB. Click here to read the statement.
We would like to thank the thousands of Catholic Voice North Carolina participants who took the time to contact to their legislators in support of Catholic values in this bill.
Please be assured of our continued vigilance on this matter as health care reform is enacted in the coming days and months.
The Most Reverend Peter J. Jugis
Bishop of Charlotte
The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge
Bishop of Raleigh