The National Catholic Partnership on Disability expresses extreme dismay at the apparent wholesale disregard for the protection of conscience, including the consciences of those working to assure respect for all persons, including those with disabilities, exhibited in the final regulations which implement the rules for group health plans and health insurance coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Health Care Reform).
Comments on Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Proposed Rule on Eligibility Changes under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, 2011
Work has not only an objective dimension, through which the sustenance of individuals and their families is secured, but, even more importantly, a subjective one, through which humans actualize their creativity and imprint their personalities on the world they inhabit. In short, work is a vital way human beings manifest their dignity. No safety-net, no matter how secure, that deprives disabled people of the opportunity to work can be justified. Regrettably, CMS’ proposed rule may do just that.
There are no safeguards to ensure that such patients, when conscious, are competent to make donation decisions. There are no safeguards to ensure that such patients are not clinically depressed. There are no safeguards to ensure that members of the local OPO or primary health care team are trained to identify such depression. In fact, there are virtually no safeguards at all to ensure that the donation decision is voluntary. It is difficult to avoid the conclusion that such safeguards were thought unnecessary because such patients were considered more valuable when dead.
"[Prenatal testing and diagnosis] techniques were developed to enhance the well-being of mother and child and foster the ability to deliver healthy babies. Yet, when the goal is achieved by delivering only healthy babies and denying life to those deemed less than perfect, a Machiavellian distortion of the good these techniques intended is effected."
"The National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD) applauds the 240 members of Congress who supported The Stupak-Pitts Amendment in the US House of Representatives’ Health Care Reform proposal (H.R. 3962). This amendment would permanently prevent the funding of abortion within the public option of the plan."
"On behalf of NCPD and the 14 million disabled Catholics it represents, I urge you not to promulgate the draft NIH guidelines on human stem cell research. Rather than aiding disabled people, the guidelines will ultimately compromise their lives by advancing the proposition that human beings with disabling conditions are expendable."
"We oppose the initiative because it is cynically misleading. We oppose the initiative because it substitutes lethal prescriptions and illusory safeguards for compassionate care. We oppose the initiative because it does not mandate family involvement. Finally, we oppose Initiative 1000 because its supporters aim to include people with disabilities and we emphatically reject assisted suicide as a response to disability."