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For Immediate Release
Troy, MI (September 29, 2020)

This year’s highly contested election will have great consequences for religious freedom in health care and pro-life health care that protects the dignity of the most vulnerable, born and unborn. Many in Congress are calling for a government takeover of health care that eliminates the Hyde Amendment prohibition on public funding of abortion, creates a federal abortion mandate, and shreds existing religious freedom protections for doctors, nurses, and hospitals. Meanwhile, federal courts have blocked two U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regulations that would have protected the rights of conscience and religious freedom and eliminated Obama-era provisions, coercing medical professionals to violate their conscience. This past summer, the U.S. Supreme Court in 
Bostock v. Clayton County  ‘redefined’ the meaning of sex under federal civil rights law despite serious constitutional, health related, and civil rights problems with the ruling. The domino effect of this decision was made clear just weeks later when St. Joseph Medical Center in Maryland was sued in federal court for refusing to perform a hysterectomy that violated its commitment to Catholic teaching. And earlier this month came news of a Catholic physician in Oregon who was fired in 2019 by a Catholic medical facility because she refused to refer patients for services that violated her Catholic beliefs. The currents in Congress, the Courts, and the healthcare industry pose incredible threats to religious freedom, Christ-centered and life-affirming medical care, and the right of medical professionals to freely care for the poor.

"Protecting religious freedom, the unborn, the health of the poor, and reforming the nation’s health care system are key issues in this presidential election. I hope reforms like those proposed in the pro-life 
Health Care Choices proposal will be examined," said Louis Brown, J.D., Executive Director of the Christ Medicus Foundation (CMF). Concerning the upcoming presidential debate, Michael Vacca, J.D., the head of bioethics for CMF CURO stated that "government centered health care that would expand abortion, undermine conscience, and imperil care for the vulnerable is not the answer. Religious freedom that empowers thousands of faith-filled health care workers and hundreds of faith-based hospitals to care for the vulnerable is key to securing care for the poor."

About the Christ Medicus Foundation The Christ Medicus Foundation (CMF) is a Catholic 501(c)3 non-profit founded in 1997, dedicated to sharing the love of God in health care through defending religious freedom in health care and building a Christ-centered Catholic health care economy that serves the Church, the laity, and the poor and vulnerable.

About CMF CURO : CMF CURO, a Catholic health care ministry and a member-representative to Samaritan Ministries International, provides Catholics an affordable alternative to medical insurance that is consistent with Catholic teaching whereby Catholics are members of a Catholic health care community. CURO, in Latin, means to care for, cure, heal, and watch over, and embodies the spirit of Christ-centered health care.

PRESS CONTACT: Becky Escher, Christ Medicus Foundation, Marketing & Communications Manager (817)-371-1979, bescher@christmedicus.org

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