Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Letter from Archbishop Kurtz on Informed Consent


Please forward to your email groups and school communities.

March 28, 2012

Dear Pastoral Leader:

I am writing to ask that you take immediate action on a very important bill that has been amended in the state Senate and returned to the House for concurrence. House Bill 274 now contains the language of SB 102, an informed consent bill that the Catholic Conference of Kentucky has supported for many years.

Informed consent requires abortion providers to ensure that patients are fully informed about this procedure in a face-to-face meeting, as done for other surgical procedures. The current practice of using a recorded phone message is inadequate and does not allow the patient to ask questions about the procedure or about how the surgery might affect her based on her personal health history. There is evidence that a percentage of women who seek abortions, but who are fully informed, change their minds and bring the baby to term. For that reason I urge you to call House leaders as soon as possible.

PLEASE CALL 1-800-372-7181 as soon as you can and leave the following message for the five House Democratic leaders (i.e. Representatives Stumbo, Adkins, Clark, Thompson, and Damron):  

The Senate has returned HB 274 to you for concurrence after amending it with language that clarifies Kentucky's informed consent law. This language makes it clear that there is to be a face-to-face in-person meeting with a health care professional prior to an abortion. Please honor your pledge to my Bishop to get a bill like this to the House floor for a vote. Now is the time. Thank you!

Thank you so much for your time and your willingness to be a true faithful citizen in making this important call.

                                                                                                Sincerely yours in our Lord,


                                                                                                Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz

                                                                                                Archbishop of Louisville

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