In Congressional testimony, Richard Doerflinger, Associate Director of the USCCB Secretariat of ProLife Activities, voiced the U.S. Bishops' support for H.R. 7. The bipartisan bill was introduced by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) to prevent every federal program from funding abortion and abortion coverage on a permanent basis.
"While Congress's policy has been consistent for decades, its implementation in practice has been piecemeal, confusing and sometimes sadly inadequate," said Doerflinger. "Gaps or loopholes have been discovered in this patchwork of provisions over the years, highlighting the need for a permanent and consistent policy across the federal government." The passage of H.R. 7 would prevent problems and confusion on abortion funding in future legislation.
H.R. 7 embodies a principle that has consistently had the support of the American people. Even courts insisting on a constitutional right to abortion have said this alleged right implies no limitation on the authority of a State to make a value judgment favoring childbirth over abortion. In 1980 the U.S. Supreme Court said the Hyde amendment is an exercise of the legitimate congressional interest in protecting potential life... Abortion is inherently different from other medical procedures, because no other procedure involves the purposeful termination of a potential life.
We cannot simultaneously commit ourselves to human rights and progress while eliminating or marginalizing the weakest among us. Nor can we practice the Gospel of life only as a private piety. American Catholics must live it vigorously and publicly, as a matter of national leadership and witness, or we will not live it at all. - Living the Gospel of Life, USCCB
While at times human law may not fully articulate the moral imperative-full protection for the right to life-our legal system can and must be continually reformed so that it will increasingly fulfill its proper task of protecting the weak and preserving the right to life of every human being, born and unborn. - Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities: A Campaign in Support of Life, USCCB