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1/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Rally set for health care access
Health Care for All photo
Jerry Carlton of McMinnville stands for a photo petition.
Health Care for All photo
Jerry Carlton of McMinnville stands for a photo petition.

Members of Catholic parishes will be part of a rally for health care access set for 11:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4, on the steps of the Oregon Capitol. The “Rally for Health Care as a Human Right” will include visits to legislators to discuss current and future plans to promote and ensure health care for all Oregonians.

John Kingery, a member of St. Juan Diego Parish, helps lead Justice at the Table, a social justice group that has highlighted Catholic teachings on health care.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church says: “Society has a responsibility, as a matter of justice, to ensure that each person has the health care they need for their growth and flourishing.”

Last November, Pope Benedict told the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry that health providers must see what they offer as "a universal good to be guaranteed and defended" as opposed to a product subjected to the laws of the market.

Follow-up activities included a meeting of the Washington County Healthcare for All, set for 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Vose Room of the Beaverton Community Center. The Beaverton Vicariate is planning a health care forum with date, time and location to be determined. Also with time and placed to be announced, St. Juan Diego Parish will sponsor a screening of the documentary "The Healthcare Movie," which compares how American and Canadian health care systems have evolved.

For more information, go to hcao.org or contact Kingery at [email protected]

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