Catholic Conference of Ohio
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

News & Press - Catholic Conference of Ohio

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.

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.

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. 

U. S. Health & Human Services Expands Exemptions on Contraceptive Mandate

HHS Mandate Decision Represents "Good News"

The decision to expand the HHS mandate exemption is "good news for the Little Sisters of the Poor and others who are challenging the HHS mandate in court...[and] good news for all Americans,” according to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). 

Full USCCB statement

The U. S. Attorney General issued a guidance memorandum to all administrative agencies and executive departments regarding religious liberty protections in federal law. This memorandum affirms religious liberty and the RFRA Act of 1993 (Religious Freedom Restoration Act). 

In conjunction with the memorandum, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued two companion rules that provide conscience protections to Americans who have a religious or moral objection to paying for health insurance that covers contraceptive/abortifacient services. Under the first rule, entities that have sincerely held religious beliefs against providing such services would no longer be required to do so. The second rule applies the same protections to organizations and small businesses that have objections on the basis of moral conviction which is not based in any particular religious belief. 

Featured Respect Life Brochures 2017

  • Posted: Sep. 25, 2017
  • Categories: Abortion

 What to Do When a Friend Is Considering Abortion

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 How to Build a Culture of Life

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Respect Life Program 2017

"Be Not Afraid" is this Year's Theme

Respect Life Sunday is observed every year on the first Sunday in October (Respect Life Month). This year's theme, "Be Not Afraid," is featured October 2017 - September 2018.

NEW materials are produced each year to help Catholics understand, value, and become engaged with supporting the God-given dignity of every person—which naturally leads to protecting the gift of every person's life.

Digital Resources

Catholic Conference of Ohio Staff Testifies in Support of HB 214

Bill will Prohibit Abortions based on Down Syndrome

HB 214, pending in House Health and SB 164, pending in Senate Health, prohibit a person from performing, inducing, or attempting to perform or induce an abortion on a pregnant woman who is seeking the abortion because an unborn child has or may have Down Syndrome.

Conference testimony

Urge Congress to Pass the Conscience Protection Act of 2017

Defend Health Care Professionals Who Choose Not To Participate In Abortion.

Urge Congress to pass the CPA (H.R. 644) and S. 301) as part of must-pass appropriations legislation. The USCCB has joined with 32 other groups representing millions of Americans and tens of thousands of health care professionals with a profound concern about abortion, and particularly about the conscience rights of health care professionals and facilities who choose not to participate in the destruction of unborn lives.

Ohio Legislature Considering Further Protections for Unborn Children

Hearings Underway in Senate on Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act

The Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act (SB 164) seeks to prohibit abortions that are committed for the reason of a Down syndrome diagnosis. A companion bill, HB 214, is pending in the House. 

Conference staff member, Larry Keough, with his wife Jackie, and daughters Mary Kate and Sara Beth will be testifying in support of this legislation.


Other bills include:

SB 145: Dismemberment Abortion Ban. The legislation would prohibit dilation and evacuation abortions. The D&E abortion procedure is usually performed between thirteen and twenty-four weeks of pregnancy. (Passed the Senate) Conference Testimony

SB 28: Unborn Child Dignity Act, requiring that aborted fetal remains be either given earthly burial or cremation following an abortion.

HB 149: Abortion Trafficking Prevention Act, prohibiting fetal tissue trafficking.

HB 258: Heartbeat bill. Passed the legislature in last session, but vetoed by the Governor.(Conference remains neutral)

Senate Passes Legislation Prohibiting Dismemberment Abortions

Senator Lehner issues powerful floor speech

The Catholic Conference of Ohio testified that the proposed ban on dilation and evacuation abortions (SB 145)  is another important step in protecting unborn life. Dismemberment abortions are particularly gruesome.

The Catholic Church’s teaching concerning abortion is well known. We hold that every child, at every moment of existence, deserves love and the protection of the law. We do not believe any person or government has the right to take the life of an innocent human being – and we hold that the real problems that lead women to consider abortion should be addressed with solutions that support both mother and child. 

Full Testimony

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