Catholics urge bishops to end relationship with Catholic Health Association

February 9, 2011 09:00 AM

Washington, DC (9 February 2011) – American Life League is urging the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to dissolve its relationship with the Catholic Health Association, following a series of reports linking CHA to support for abortion.

American Life League cited the following reasons for the USCCB to end its ties with CHA:

• CHA fully endorsed pro-abortion Obamacare, in direct opposition to the U.S. bishops

• CHA member Catholic Healthcare West gives millions of dollars to pro-abortion, pro-same-sex marriage organizations

• CHA's recent Chairman of the Board was a "co-architect" in the creation of Healthy San Francisco, which covers birth control and abortion on demand

• CHA president, Sr. Carol Keehan, maintains a duplicitous position in claiming that local bishops have the authority to interpret the U.S. bishops' ethical and religious directives (ERD), while maintaining that St. Joseph's Hospital properly applied the ERDs in approving and performing an abortion in 2009.

"It's clear that CHA is more interested in politics and money than maintaining Catholic teaching," said Michael Hichborn, director of American Life League's project, Defend the Faith.

Last month, in an online video report entitled, "Nun-Catholic Healthcare," ALL revealed that CHA spends one fourth of its annual budget to pay its six highest paid employees, including Sr. Keehan's $900,000 salary. "When one considers that the mission of the USCCB is to ‘support the ministry of bishops with an emphasis on evangelization,' maintaining a relationship with a group like CHA can only hinder that mission," said Hichborn.

American Life League was cofounded in 1979 by Judie Brown. It is the largest grassroots Catholic pro-life organization in the United States and is committed to the protection of all innocent human beings from the moment of creation to death. For more information or press inquiries, please contact Jim Sedlak at 540.659.7685. FOR MORE INFORMATION:

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Jim Sedlak
Vice President and Acting Director of Communications
American Life League
1179 Courthouse Road
Stafford, Virginia 22554

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