USCCB News Release
March 4, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pro-Life E-Mail Campaign to Congress Expands National Postcard Effort
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has launched an e-mail campaign urging Congress to maintain widely-supported pro-life policies and to oppose the federal funding and promotion of abortion. The e-mail campaign augments the massive national postcard campaign launched in dioceses throughout the country in late January. Both efforts are being coordinated through the USCCB's partner organization, the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment (NCHLA).
Since 1993, NCHLA has coordinated national postcard campaigns equipping citizens to express their pro-life views clearly and respectfully to Congress. The current campaign is unprecedented in scope, exceeding those sponsored by the Catholic bishops in the past.
Deirdre A. McQuade, Assistant Director for Policy and Communications at the USCCB's Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, explained the supplementary e-mail campaign. "Tens of millions of cards have been distributed in parishes, schools, non-Catholic churches, and civic organizations across the country," she said. "The e-mail campaign will give even more citizens the chance to participate."
The e-mails urge a constituent's Senators and Representative to "please oppose FOCA or any similar measure" and "retain existing laws against funding and promotion of abortion." They also state: "It is especially important that Congress retain these laws in the various appropriations bills, e.g., the Hyde Amendment in the Labor/Health and Human Services appropriations bill."
"To guard against the erosion of current pro-life measures—and to keep abortion from becoming a federal entitlement—our voice is needed now more than ever," McQuade said.
For more information on the USCCB's pro-life e-mail campaign visit: www.usccb.org/postcard.