FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 28, 2021
Contact: Brian Reardon
Statement by Sr. Mary Haddad, RSM, President and Chief Executive Officer
Catholic Health Association of the United States
WASHINGTON, DC – While we appreciate that President Biden’s FY22 budget calls for critical investments in family support programs, health care coverage, public health, infrastructure, affordable housing, education, food and nutrition and the environment, we are extremely disappointed that it would allow for federal funding of abortion.
Since the founding of U.S. Catholic hospitals in the 19th Century, the sanctity of human life has been at the core our mission. At a time when our country has seen so much death resulting from COVID-19, we believe the President should be solely focused on supporting the lives of those most in need, including the lives of unborn children.
We call on Congress to preserve the long-standing prohibition of federal funding for abortion and maintain the Hyde Amendment.
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The Catholic Health Association of the United States is the national leadership organization of the Catholic health ministry, representing the largest nonprofit provider of health care services in the nation.
- 1 in 7 patients in the U.S. is cared for in a Catholic hospital each day.
- Catholic health care, which includes more than 2,200 hospitals, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, systems, sponsors, and related organizations, serves the full continuum of health care across our nation.