Catholic Conference of Ohio
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Issues - Catholic Conference of Ohio

Current Legislation

Ohio Senate Committee Passes the Unborn Child Dignity Act

Full Senate Vote Pending

This legislation, SB 28,  requires the humane burial or cremation of unborn children following an abortion. The legislation also increases informed consent for women seeking abortions. 

The Conference supports passage. The bodies of the dead must be treated with respect and charity, in faith and hope of the Resurrection.  The burial of the dead honors the children of God, who are temples of the Holy Spirit. Catechism of the Catholic Church #2300.

Action Alert on Payday Lending Legislation

Catholic Conference of Ohio encourages support for HB 123

The Catholic Conference of Ohio supports continued reform of Ohio’s payday lending practices. House Bill 123 provides consumer protections consistent with the intent of Ohio’s 2008 Payday Reform Act. HB 123 will help protect borrowers from excessive payday lending fees while allowing lenders to maintain reasonable cost-of-business fees. Please contact your state Representative and encourage a YES vote.

Thousands of Ohioans Tell Congress to Protect Young Immigrants

Catholics throughout Ohio send 15,000 letters to elected officials to pass the DREAM ACT

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the many churches, schools, faith communities, advocacy groups, and other people of goodwill who united in support of DREAMers,” said the Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr, Archbishop of Cincinnati and Chair of the Catholic Conference of Ohio.

 “We are deeply concerned by the many years of failure by Congress, whether controlled by Democrats or by Republicans, to address the plight of immigrants who were brought to the United States as children in the arms of their parents and who have no legal means to regularize their status.  With such an outpouring of support from thousands of Ohioans, we urge Congress to finally provide a solution to this crisis and a path to citizenship for DREAMers.”

Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act Heads to Gov. Kasich

Bill aiming to protect babies with Down syndrome approved by Ohio Senate

The Ohio Senate passed HB 214, the Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act, 20-12. This legislation prohibits abortions for the sole reason of a Down syndrome diagnosis. Similar legislation, SB 164, also passed, but the House bill is the bill going before the Governor for signature.

Larry Keough, an Associate Director of the Conference, and his wife Jackie testified in favor of this legislation.

Advance Final Tax Reform Bill Only if it Meets Key Moral Concerns, Says USCCB Chairman

Letter Offers Recommendations for the Tax Proposals

Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, insisted that Congress should advance a final tax reform bill only if it meets key moral concerns.

Bishop Dewane's letter highlighted various strengths and weaknesses of the pending tax proposals.

U.S. Bishops’ Chairman Calls For Senate To Amend Tax Proposal To Ensure Just Moral Framework

Senate proposal is fundamentally flawed as written and requires amendment.

Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, called for amendments to the Senate tax reform proposal to "ensure a just and moral framework for all."

"...Congress must take adequate time to analyze the complexities of these proposed reforms, and make certain that the nation does not further enshrine indifference toward the poor into law. The Senate should act now to amend its legislation to better ensure a just and moral framework for all..."

Ohio Senate Passes Prohibition on Abortions due to Down Syndrome

SB 164 passes 20-12

SB164 would prohibit a doctor from performing the medical procedure if they know the woman is seeking an abortion because of a test result indicating Down syndrome in the fetus, a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome or any other reason the woman believes the fetus has Down syndrome. Doctors who violate the prohibition would face a fourth-degree felony, revocation of their medical license and possible civil penalties. 

Church Leaders Call House Tax Reform Bill "Unacceptable," "Unconscionable" as currently written

Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Bishop George V. Murry, SJ of Youngstown, Ohio call for amendments

“Doubling the standard deduction will help some of those in poverty to avoid tax liability, and this is a positive good contained in the bill,” wrote the Bishops of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.  “However, as written, this proposal appears to be the first federal income tax modification in American history that will raise income taxes on the working poor while simultaneously providing a large tax cut to the wealthy.  This is simply unconscionable.”

USCCB Domestic Justice Chairman Urges True Debate On Gun Violence

Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the USCCB's Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development Calls for "Reasonable Steps"

Excerpt from the Statement:

"...Violence in our society will not be solved by a single piece of legislation, and many factors contribute to what we see going on all around us. Even so, our leaders must engage in a real debate about needed measures to save lives and make our communities safer. The USCCB continues to urge a total ban on assault weapons, which we supported when the ban passed in 1994 and when Congress failed to renew it in 2004..."

Support the Dream Act

Contact your Congressional Officials

The Dream Act is intended to protect immigrant youth who entered the United States as children and know America as their only home. The Act will provide conditional resident status for young people who were eligible under the DACA Program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).

We need your letters and calls to Congress, and the President, in support of this Act.

House Bill H.R. 3440 and the Senate Bill S. 1615 both establish the Dream Act.  Please take a moment today to send an email to your legislators asking them to sponsor and vote for these bills or similar legislation.

USCCB Action Alert

What You Need to Know About Existing DACA Requirements and DACA Advocacy

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