News from u.s. conference of catholic bishops, secretariat for pro-life activities A wide array of domestic and global news stories; news topics include politics / government, business, technology, religion, sports/entertainment, science/nature, and health/lifestyle. Articles that appear in this section may be written in English or other languages, as well.

Jan 21, 2011, 15:33 ET

Thousands to Pray for End to Abortion at National Prayer Vigil for Life

Over 10,000 worshippers, many of them youth from schools around the nation, are expected to gather in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the...

Sep 20, 2010, 14:04 ET

USCCB Officials Urge HHS Not to Require Coverage of Contraception and Sterilization

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) should not require coverage of contraception or sterilization in group and individual health...

Sep 16, 2010, 18:35 ET

Americans Want Taxes Used for Ethical Stem Cell Research

76% oppose cloning human embryos for research NEW POLL: AMERICANS CONTINUE TO OPPOSE TAX FUNDING FOR EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH, SUPPORT ETHICAL...

Aug 25, 2010, 13:29 ET

Bishops Welcome Ruling Against Embryonic Stem Cell Funding, Urge Government to Pursue Ethical Stem Cell Research

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops,...

Aug 20, 2010, 14:31 ET

Cardinal DiNardo Urges Support for Law Preventing Federal Funding of Abortion

Law would apply Hyde amendment policy to all federal funds Would protect health care providers from retaliation for not assisting with abortions...

Jul 15, 2010, 17:32 ET

Pro-Life Chair Welcomes HHS Exclusion of Abortion From Federal Insurance Program, Calls for Permanent Law

Following public criticisms of new federally-funded health insurance plans that would have covered elective abortions in Pennsylvania and New...

Jun 29, 2010, 15:43 ET

Bishops Urge Senate to Remove Abortion Amendment From Defense Bill

A Senate committee amendment that would authorize the performance of elective abortions at military hospitals in this country and around the world...

Jun 17, 2010, 19:02 ET

Pro-Life Chair Voices 'Grave Concern' over FDA Plan to Approve Abortion Drug for 'Emergency Contraception'

The chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities voiced "grave concern" to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over its...

May 20, 2010, 13:25 ET

Bishops Urge Congress to Support Bill to Remedy Abortion, Conscience Flaws in Health Care Reform Law

Act Applies Hyde Amendment to New Funds Fixing Health Care a Legislative Goal of U.S. Bishops Congress should support a bipartisan bill that...

Mar 18, 2010, 13:43 ET

U.S. Bishops Provide Resources Explaining Flaws in Senate Health Care Bill

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has made available several new resources explaining its calls for essential changes to the...

Dec 09, 2009, 16:43 ET

Bishops Deeply Disappointed by Senate Vote to Table Nelson-Hatch-Casey Amendment

Bishops Call Vote a Grave Mistake and Serious Blow to Genuine Reform Say the Senate Should Not Support Bill in its Current Form Hope...

Nov 06, 2009, 17:20 ET

Bishops to House: Keep Abortion Funding Out of Health Care Reform, Make Health Care Available to Vulnerable

The U.S. bishops sent an urgent message to the U.S. House of Representatives November 6, as House members steeped themselves in debate over...

Oct 09, 2009, 10:22 ET

U.S. Bishops: Current Health Care Bills Violate Essential Principles; Will Seek Changes or Have to Oppose

Bishops' concerns include abortion, conscience, immigrants, affordability Reaffirm commitment to work for reform that respects life...

Oct 02, 2009, 17:11 ET

Senate Committee Addresses Some Issues On Affordability, Fails To Correct Abortion Problems And Immigration Concerns, Say USCCB Officials

Officials of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) saw mixed results when the Senate Finance Committee completed voting on...

Sep 22, 2009, 15:29 ET

New Survey: Most Americans Want Health Care Reform, Oppose Abortion Coverage, Support Conscience Protection Laws

Two to one: U.S. adults favor 'reform to provide affordable health insurance for all' Sixty-eight percent do not want abortion coverage...

Jul 07, 2009, 17:54 ET

Cardinal Rigali Criticizes Final NIH Guidelines for Destructive Stem Cell Research

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Chairman of the U.S. Catholic Bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities, reacted today to final guidelines for human...

Jun 30, 2009, 14:18 ET

Cardinal Rigali Protests Move to Fund Abortion in District of Columbia

Public funding of abortion rejected by Americans Lawmakers cannot both fund abortion and claim to reduce abortions 'Worst of all times' to...

May 22, 2009, 17:51 ET

Cardinal George Praises President Obama's Promise to Support Conscience Clauses, Seeks to Work with Administration on Goal

Cardinal George grateful for Obama promise to support conscience clauses Conscience rights will strengthen health care Church looks forward...

May 22, 2009, 17:39 ET

USCCB Submits Comments to NIH on Proposed Guidelines for Stem Cell Research

USCCB General Secretary urges respect for human life at all stages Says science and ethics have been ignored in proposed policy Cites...

May 15, 2009, 17:12 ET

Cardinal Rigali Applauds Senate Re-Introduction of 'Pregnant Women Support Act,' Urges Passage

Pregnant Women Support Act provides life-affirming support for pregnant women and their unborn children Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia,...