Catholic Conference of Ohio
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

News & Press - Catholic Conference of Ohio

Catholic Conference of Ohio Addresses Numerous Legislative Issues

Seeks to Protect and Enhance the Dignity and Rights of All People from Conception through Natural Death

In the Ohio General Assembly the Catholic Conference of Ohio is addressing issues related to :

  • Life
  • Human Trafficking
  • Criminal Justice
  • Immigration
  • Gun Violence 
  • Education
  • Care for Creation

Ohio House Passes Budget Bill

Bill Receives Strong Bipartisan Support

Substitute HB 166 as passed by House

Comparison Document

Catholic Conference of Ohio Budget Backgrounder for the Senate 

Ohio House Considers State Budget: HB 166

Action expected by early May

HB 166: State Budget
House Budget Language
Governor's Proposal
LSC Analysis



Catholic Conference of Ohio Budget Backgrounders

Health and Human Services
Defend and Protect Human Life
Promote Care for Creation
Support Families Who Choose Catholic Schools

Catholic Conference of Ohio Page on the State Budget

Governor DeWine Signs the Human Rights & Heartbeat Protection Act

Catholic Conference of Ohio commends the Governor, legislators, and advocates who supported this Protection Act

Governor DeWine

Senator Kristina Roegner, Sponsor of SB 23

On April 11, 2019, Governor DeWine signed the Human Rights and Heartbeat Protection Act (Sub HB 23). On April 10, 2019, the House approved this bill by a vote of 56-40. The Senate concurred on the measure 18-13.

The Human Rights and Heartbeat Protection Act prohibits the abortion of an unborn child with a detectable heartbeat.  The Ohio Department of Health is directed to write rules within 120 days of enactment following standard medical procedures for heartbeat detection.

Violations of the measure would be a fifth-degree felony for the provider.  Additionally, the State Medical Board can assess a $20,000 fine against providers. The funds collected will support adoption and foster care services.

The Catholic Conference of Ohio was among the many supporters of this legislation. The Conference commends the Governor, legislators, and advocates who supported this Protection Act. The Catholic Church teaches 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.

Watch the House floor debate
Watch the Senate floor debate

Governor DeWine Releases Executive Budget Proposal

Proposes Priority Funding Increases for Programs Related to Children, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatments, Workers, Lead Paint Abatements & Clean Water

The Ohio House will begin deliberations on the Executive Budget proposal presented by Governor DeWine.  A House version will be proposed, followed by a Senate version.  In June a conference committee will deliberate and propose compromises based upon the three versions.  A balanced budget must be enacted by July 1, 2019.

The Catholic Conference of Ohio will be elvaluating and offering recommendations throughout the process.

Steps Taken in Ohio Protecting Unborn Life

Ohio Senate Passes the Heartbeat Bill & Resolution for Congress to Support the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

The Ohio Senate passed SB 23 by a vote of 19-13.  The bill generally prohibits a physician from performing an abortion on an unborn child whose fetal heartbeat has been detected (usually around 10 weeks).  The Catholic Conference of Ohio testified in support of this legislation.

The Senate also passed SR 41 by a vote of 32-0.  This resolution urges Congress to enact the “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act,” which would guarantee adequate medical care is given to babies born after surviving an attempted abortion. The Catholic Conference of Ohio testified in support of this resolution.

Watch the Senate floor debates

Catholic Conference of Ohio Urges Support for Ohio's Heartbeat Legislation

Conference and many others testify in support of SB 23

The Catholic Conference of Ohio supports passage of SB 23, the Heartbeat bill. This version of the bill generally prohibits a person from aborting an unborn child whose fetal heartbeat has been detected (usually around 10 weeks). The bill also establishes the Joint Legislative Committee on Adoption Promotion and Support. The bill is pending in the Senate Health and Human Services and Medicaid Committee.

The Catholic Church teaches 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.

The Heartbeat bill will challenge the current legal precedents to abortion. With new changes in the United States Supreme Court, it is our sincere hope that this legislation will withstand constitutional challenge and be implemented in order to save lives.

Sponsor Testimony by State Senator Kristina D. Roegner

February 19, 2019 Proponent Testimony on SB 23

Catholic Conference Action Alert

Catholic Conference of Ohio Urges Support for the "Protect Trafficked Minors Act": SB 13

Bill will help protect children up to age 18 from human traffickers

The Catholic Conference of Ohio supports passage of SB 13, the "Protect Trafficked Minors Act". This bill will help protect minors up to age 18 years old from being “trafficked”. Currently, only children up to age 16 years old are fully protected under Ohio law. The bill is pending in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The Catholic Conference of Ohio believes it is important for Ohio to continue strengthening protections for victims of human trafficking. SB 13 provides yet another series of helpful changes. Such changes will help ensure that minors up to age 18 will have a greater degree of protection under Ohio law.

Sponsor Testimony from Senator Teresa Fedor

Catholic Conference of Ohio Action Alert

Church Leaders Welcome Passage of the FIRST STEP Act Through Congress

The First Step Act is a true first step towards long-term criminal justice system reform.

The FIRST STEP Act provides meaningful reform to our nation’s mandatory minimum sentences and “three-strike” policies. This reform provides a more just and equitable criminal justice system. In addition, the Act provides valuable incentives for prisoners to participate in vocational and rehabilitative programs helping to prepare them for reintegration into society. The Act also reauthorizes the Second Chance Act which provides access to meaningful local and faith-based programs that help returning citizens contribute to their communities and families.

Ohio Legislature Overrides Governor's Veto on the Gun Bill; Fails to Override the Heartbeat Bill

While the Ohio House voted to override the Governor's veto of the Heartbeat bill by a vote of 61-28, the Senate vote failed 19-13 (20 votes were needed for an override).  The bill will be reintroduced in the next General Assembly.

The Governor did sign legislation that prohibits dismemberment abortions: SB 145

Both the House and Senate voted to override the Governor's veto of the Gun Bill, HB 228.

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