Catholic Conference of Ohio
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Issues - Catholic Conference of Ohio

Abortion

The right to life, from conception to its natural end, is the condition for the exercise of all other rights and, in particular, implies the illicitness of every form of procured abortion and of euthanasia. (Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, # 155).

Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person — among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.Catechism of the Catholic Church(#2270).

The Catholic Conference of Ohio encourages the enactment of effective laws that will provide maximum protection for unborn persons.

Legislation often involves prudential judgments as to the most effective and timely means for advancing the protection of unborn children. The Catholic Conference of Ohio remains committed to carefully reviewing such legislation, and 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.


 Resources


Ohio Supreme Court Upholds Abortion Restrictions

Two Cases Receive Rulings

In one case, the Court ruled the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) rightfully revoked the license of Toledo’s last abortion clinic -- Capital Care Network of Toledo -- because it violated a rule requiring written hospital transfer agreements. In the other, the Court ruled Preterm-Cleveland lacked standing to challenge the constitutionality of abortion restrictions in budget bill 130-HB59.

Both rulings were 5-2, with Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor and former Justice Bill O’Neill dissenting. 

Capital Care Opinion 

Preterm-Cleveland Opinion

Catholic Bishops’ Pro-Life Chairman Praises House for Passing Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, thanked and praised the House of Representatives for passing the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act today with a bi-partisan vote of 241-183.

"As Chairman of the United States Bishops' Committee, I offer gratitude and praise to the House of Representatives for passing the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 4712). This common-sense legislation offers a simple and widely supported proposition: a child born alive following an abortion should receive the same degree of care to preserve her life and health as would be given to any other child born alive at the same gestational age. I call on the Senate to pass this bill as well and ensure that the lethal mentality of Roe does not claim new victims – vulnerable human beings struggling for their lives outside the womb."

Chairmen Applaud New HHS Initiatives on Conscience and Religious Freedom

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, chair of the USCCB's Committee for Religious Liberty applaud HHS for its significant actions to protect conscience rights and religious freedom.

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

 What to Do When a Friend Is Considering Abortion

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 How to Build a Culture of Life

 PDF Version

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

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