Dept. on Health Affairs
Care for Creation
There is one statewide issue on the May 8, 2018 ballot. Issue 1 is a constitutional amendment creating a bipartisan, public process for drawing Ohio congressional Districts. A somewhat similar amendment addressing redistricting for Ohio legislative districts passed in 2015.
As in 2015, the Catholic Conference of Ohio has taken a supportive position on this issue.
"We appreciate that this issue was well debated in the Ohio General Assembly and that it was placed on the ballot with strong bipartisan support.
Legislative districts should be fairly established, facilitate active citizen participation, assure effective accountability and accessibility to both voters and elected officials, and ensure the common good of all in society. Issue 1 provides a prudentially viable process for achieving these goals."
The Ohio Supreme Court denied a request from a Northwest Ohio abortion clinic to reconsider a ruling that backed the state's decision to deny it a license to operate. The ruling arose from the Ohio Department of Health's determination that the Capital Care Network of Toledo clinic lacked a suitable transfer agreement. Lawmakers in 2013 enacted requirements for such transfer agreements and barred public hospitals from maintaining them with clinics. The University of Toledo Medical Center subsequently declined to renew its agreement with the clinic. ODH determined an agreement Capital Care later signed with a Michigan hospital wasn't suitable because the hospital was too far away to provide emergency treatment.
The Ohio Department of Health is encouraged to continue with proceedings to close the Capital Care Network of Toledo's abortion clinic.
Ohio Right to Life Statement
HB 461, the Protect Trafficked Minors Act, sponsored by Representative Fedor (D - Toledo) and Representative Galonski (D - Akron), would mirror Ohio law with federal law in cases involving the human trafficking of minors aged 16 and 17-years-old. This bill will increase the penalties for people who traffic 16 and 17-year-olds. Additionally, HB 461 will require a juvenile court to appoint a guardian ad litem for a minor child if the court has reason to believe that the crime charged is prostitution or human trafficking-related. The bill is pending in the House Criminal Justice Committee.
HB 585, sponsored by Representative Henne (R - Clayton), and SB 288 sponsored by Senator Eklund ( R - Munson Township) and Senator Kunze (R - Hilliard), are companion bills that reflect the recommendations made by Governor Kasich's responses to gun violence workgroup. The Catholic Conference of Ohio staff participated in the workgroup.
Recommendations from the Workgroup
Catholic Bishops of Ohio Statement on the Workgroup Recommendations
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.
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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