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Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Heading to Senate

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The U.S. House of Representatives voted to repeal the Hyde and Helms Amendments. If the Senate agrees with these repeals, tax dollars would pay for abortions in the United States and overseas.

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House set to vote on pro-abortion appropriations bills

The House Committee on Appropriations voted to push through four extreme pro-abortion bills. These bills take away the pro-life policies that:

  • protect taxpayers from having to pay for elective abortions, both here and overseas
  • protect health care providers from being forced to perform abortions or refer for abortions against their beliefs
  • protect employers and insurance companies from being forced to pay for abortion.

The full House is expected to begin voting on these bills during the week of July 26.

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United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Vote to Write a Document on the Meaning of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church

Bishops to discuss the document draft in November 2021

Statement of Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

“Last week, my brother bishops and I voted overwhelmingly to issue a teaching document on the beauty and power of the Eucharist. The doctrine committee of the bishops’ conference will now begin drafting this document and, in the months ahead, the bishops will continue our prayer and discernment through a series of regional meetings and consultations. In November, the bishops will gather to discuss the document draft.

“The Eucharist is the heart of the Church and the heart of our lives as Catholics. In the Holy Eucharist, Jesus Christ himself draws near to each one of us personally and gathers us together as one family of God and one Body of Christ.

“As bishops, our desire is to deepen our people’s awareness of this great mystery of faith, and to awaken their amazement at this divine gift, in which we have communion with the living God. That is our pastoral purpose in writing this document.

“I invite everyone in the Church to pray for the bishops as we continue our dialogues and reflections. I pray that this will be a time for all of us in the Church to reflect on our own faith and readiness to receive our Lord in the Holy Eucharist.”

U.S. Bishops’ Pro-Life Chairman Reacts to President’s Removal of the Hyde Amendment in Federal Budget

Hyde Amendment has protected millions of unborn babies, and mothers in difficult circumstances from the tragedy of abortion.”

After the Biden Administration released its federal budget proposal today, Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, expressed deep concerns about its proposal to eliminate the Hyde Amendment and some related pro-life provisions.

 

U.S. Bishops Committee Chairmen Issue Varying Responses to President Biden's Policy Changes

USCCB Chairmen have issued numerous statements regarding executive actions by the Biden Administration.  To date, statements have commended actions related to COVIDImmigration, Food and Housing, Racism, Peace, and Care for Creation. Serious concerns have been raised regarding policies and statements related to Abortion and Marriage and Family Life.

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of Ohio's Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act

  • Posted: Apr. 13, 2021
  • Categories: Abortion

In a 9-7 decision the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against an injunction previously placed against Ohio’s Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act. This Act prohibits a doctor from performing an abortion if that doctor knows that the woman’s reason for having the abortion is that she does not want a child with Down syndrome.

The Court ruled that this Act does not create a substantial obstacle to a woman’s ability to choose or obtain an abortion, and that Ohio has legitimate interests in enacting such a law.

These interests include: (1) protecting the Down syndrome community from the stigma it suffers from the practice of Down-syndrome- selective abortions; (2) protecting women whose fetuses have Down syndrome from coercion by doctors who espouse and advocate the abortion of all such fetuses; and (3) protecting the integrity and ethics of the medical profession by preventing doctors from enabling such targeted abortions.

Governor DeWine Signs Executive Order on Ohio's Unborn Child Dignity Act

Allows Implementing rules to be immediately adopted in order that the Act can go into effect

  • Posted: Apr. 9, 2021
  • Categories: Abortion

The "Unborn Child Dignity Act" (SB 27) requires that the fetal remains from surgical abortions be humanely buried or cremated. Lawsuits had been filed seeking to prevent this Act from going into effect on April 6, 2021.   The Conference commends Governor DeWine for this life-affirming Executive Order.

Human Life Protection Act Introduced in the Ohio Senate

SB 123 bans abortions in Ohio when U.S. Supreme Court overturns the Roe vs. Wade Decision

The Human Life Protection Act (SB 123) would ban abortions in Ohio in the event that Roe v. Wade is overturned, and States are given the power to set abortion policy. 

The legislation applies felony penalties for abortionists but provides immunity to mothers.Criminal penalties in the bill apply only to “forced terminations” and would not punish doctors treating women who have experienced miscarriage or after-miscarriage care. The death penalty is not part of the sanctions.

The Catholic Conference of Ohio supports the intent and framework of this legislation. The promotion of laws and practices which allow the taking of human life through abortion stand in direct contradiction to the fundamental teaching of the Church.

U.S. Bishops Urge Letters of Concern Regarding House Passed American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

Act contains many positive provisions but could allow funding of abortions domestically and internationally.

The USCCB is imploring the Senate to fix the problem in the House passed American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 that could allow funding of abortions domestically and internationally. 

 The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued a letter to Congress. The letter supports additional COVID relief to help those in need stating that "the American Rescue Plan Act contains many positive provisions that are consistent with the USCCB’s priorities for additional COVID relief.  Unfortunately, in contrast to the previous COVID relief bills, the American Rescue Plan Act provides billions of dollars for health care services through various funding streams that are not subject to Hyde Amendment or Helms Amendment protections."  The Hyde Amendment is a legislative provision barring the use of federal funds to pay for abortion except to save the life of the woman, or if the pregnancy arises from incest or rape. The Helms Amendment has prohibited any US foreign aid from being used for the performance of abortion as a method of family planning.

U.S. Bishops Urge Opposition to the Federal Equality Act

Act discriminates against people of faith and threatens unborn life

The Equality Act may be voted on in the U.S. Senate. Instead of respecting differences in beliefs about marriage and sexuality, the Equality Act would discriminate against people of faith. 

Background on the Equality Act
USCCB Statement Opposing the Equality Act
USCCB letter to Congress

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