Dept. on Health Affairs
Care for Creation
Despite the continued global need, the number of refugees resettled by the United States has plummeted this year. For Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, our country set an annual goal to admit 45,000 refugees, the lowest target in the history of the refugee program. In addition to this low resettlement target, it is deeply concerning that at the halfway point of FY18, the U.S. has resettled a mere 9,616 refugees. At this rate, the program is not even on pace to reach 20,000 refugees, half of the year's low refugee admissions target.
Please sign-on to a Catholic partners letter to the Department of Homeland Security and Department of State, expressing your support for refugees and robust refugee resettlement. CLICK HERE
The Ohio Parole Board recommended that Gov. John Kasich show mercy toward William T. Montgomery by a vote of 6-4. Mr. Montgomery is scheduled for execution on April 11, 2018.
The Catholic Bishops of Ohio have sent a letter urging Governor Kasich to commute Mr. Montgomery's sentence to life without parole.
Link to Ohioans to Stop Executions regarding case documents and background materials
Ohio's new Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act was blocked by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black over questions of constitutionality. The law would prohibit abortions after prenatal tests reveal Down syndrome in a fetus, or if there's "any other reason to believe" the fetus has the genetic condition. A person performing an abortion in such a case could face a fourth-degree felony charge, and physicians could lose their licenses. The woman seeking the abortion would not be held accountable.
Larry Keough, an Associate Director with the Catholic Conference of Ohio, and his wife Jackie testified in favor of this legislation. The Conference is disappointed in this ruling.
Further Court Appeals are expected.
In a letter sent to the Ohio Medicaid Director, the Catholic Conference of Ohio offered comments regarding an 1115 Demonstration Waiver Application. The proposed waiver considered by the Ohio Department of Medicaid establishes new work and community engagement requirements in order to qualify for Medicaid. As currently crafted, it is complicated and targets a population already at serious risk for health and welfare. It also undermines the physical and mental health and self-sufficiency of a population that has shown significant improvement since expanded access to Medicaid was made possible.
The Catholic Bishops of Ohio call upon Ohio’s elected leaders to adopt prudent policies to help curb gun violence. Now is the time for action. Now is the time to promote the culture of life.
We urge open and civil discourse that will result in the enactment of bipartisan reforms. We pray that Ohio’s leaders will set aside political agendas and achieve solutions that promote the common good and safety of all people. We believe just solutions can be found that will not violate the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
We commend state leaders who are actively seeking solutions to the pressing issue of gun violence. We applaud Governor Kasich for calling together persons with differing perspectives and for his leadership in seeking points of common agreement...
Governor Kasich's Recommendations
On March 1, 2018, Governor John R. Kasich offered the Ohio General Assembly recommendations to help reduce gun violence. A group of leaders from a variety of backgrounds and with a range of views came together to search for common ground on such policies. The Catholic Conference of Ohio participated in this process. Through this process, the group reached unanimous agreement on several proposals.
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Start Talking! is a website with resources to give parents, guardians, educators and community leaders the tools to start the conversation with Ohio’s youth about the importance of living healthy, drug-free lives.
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