Dept. on Health Affairs
Care for Creation
HB 258 passed the House by a vote of 60-35. This legislation generally prohibits an abortion after there is a fetal heartbeat detected; applies penalties to physicians violating this prohibition; allows for civil actions related to the "wrongful death of an unborn child"; establishes further ways to promote adoption; addresses other compliance measures.
The Senate is expected to consider this bill over the next several weeks.
The Conference supports the life-affirming intent of this legislation and will continue assisting in efforts aimed at resolving differences related to specific language and strategies. In the end, the Catholic Conference of Ohio desires passage of legislation that can withstand constitutional challenge and be implemented in order to save lives.
HB 228 recently passed the Ohio House by a vote of 65-32. The Senate is expected to hold hearings this November and December. The Catholic Conference of Ohio has a long-standing concern over changing provisions that may weaken one's "duty to retreat" in self-defense situations.
In a previous statement, the Ohio Bishops wrote: "[We] believe that the duty to avoid violence (retreat), when possible, is an essential component of self-defense and respect for life. Defending one’s life can, at times, justly require the use of lethal force, but the use of lethal force should be a last resort and of absolute necessity. Other criteria for deciding between retreat and force include the imminent threat to life and the need for a proportional response. Our Church’s teaching cautions that if a person in self-defense uses more than necessary violence, it is immoral [Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2264].
The Bishops also encourage that HB 228 be expanded to include provisions from the Governor's workgroup on addressing gun violence.
Watch the House floor debate here
Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the USCCB, and Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Chairman of the USCCB’s Committee for Religious Liberty, are applauding the Trump Administration’s decision to finalize regulations providing expanded religious and moral exemptions from the mandate requiring health insurance coverage of sterilization, contraception, and drugs and devices that may cause abortions.
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