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March 20, 2010

Media Contacts:

Steve Krueger
Ph: 617-817-8617

Today - Media Conference Call Regarding Catholic Controversy Over Health Care Reform and Abortion

Catholic Democrats Will be Joined by Policy Analyst from the Center for American Progress Action Fund

Today, Saturday, March 20, 2010, 3:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. EDT
  • Ellen-Marie Whelan, NP PhD, associate director of health policy and senior health policy analyst, Center for American Progress Action Fund
  • Patrick Whelan, MD PhD, president, Catholic Democrats
  • Steve Krueger, national director, Catholic Democrats

3:45 p.m.
Saturday, March 20, 2010

Phone Number:     1-517-417-5000
Access Code:        222199

Experts on the relationship of the pending health care reform legislation, scheduled to be voted upon on Sunday, March 21st, to Catholic social teaching and to abortion will be speaking to members of the media about new data.  Much attention has been paid to how Catholic members of Congress and Catholic constituencies view the legislation.

This week, the New England Journal of Medicine published an article Patrick Whelan, the president of Catholic Democrats, that demonstrated the abortion rate in Massachusetts went down after the implementation of universal health care.  Additionally, Catholic Democrats recently published a policy brief by national director Steve Krueger that discusses the status quo in relation to private health insurance and Medicaid coverage and exposes the misinformation that supporters of the Stupak Amendment are promoting regarding the Senate bill.  

At the same time, Ellen-Marie Whelan, associate director of health policy and senior health policy analyst for the Center for American Progress Action Fund, will be on the call to discuss her recent policy paper that looks at how the pending health care legislation reflects the criteria of health reform established by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

About Catholic Democrats
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To schedule an interview with Catholic Democrats please contact Steve Krueger at or by phone at 617-817-8617.

To Schedule an interview with Representative Rosa DeLauro, please contact Adriana Surfas, at or by phone at 202-225-3661.

To Schedule an interview with Representative Jim McGovern, please contact Michael Mershon, at or by phone at 202-225-6101.

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