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Support the Human Life Protection Act

The bill would ban abortions in Ohio if Roe v. Wade is overturned

The Catholic Conference of Ohio testified in support of S.B. 123, the Human Life Protection Act.  The passage of this legislation would ban abortions in Ohio in the event that Roe v. Wade is overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, and states are given the power to set abortion policy.  We hold that every child, at every moment of existence, deserves love and the protection of the law.

Action Alert:  Urge your state legislators to support the Human Life Protection Act

Conference Testifies on Bill to End Death Penalty

There is a better way to carry out justice and mercy

The Cathoic Conference of Ohio testified in support of HB 183  legislation to end Ohio's death penalty. The message to the House Criminal Justice Committee:  "It is time for the State of Ohio to abolish the death penalty."  Conference testimony also highlighted that "the Catholic opposition to the death penalty is ultimately rooted in mercy and is eminently pro-life."  

Take Action:  Contact your Ohio Representative.  A companion bill, SB 103 is expected to have more hearings in the fall.  Read Cinciannati Archbishop Schnurr's letter to the faithful in support of SB 103.

U.S. Bishops’ Migration Chairman Welcomes Inclusion of Immigration-Related Instructions in Senate Budget Resolution, Reaffirms Need for Integration

Included is funding for the Committee on the Judiciary to provide “lawful permanent status to qualified immigrants.”

Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, auxiliary bishop of Washington and chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Migration, issued the following statement in response to the Senate’s adoption of the budget resolution:

“While Catholic social teaching is implicated by many components of the budget resolution, we are pleased that the resolution sets up an opportunity for many undocumented persons to receive legal status. For decades, the bishops of the United States have been proponents of such reforms..."

TAKE ACTION! Contact Your Senators and Representative Today

Tell Congress NO MORE DELAY! Urge your senators and representative to support the enactment of immigration reform this year by completing these action alerts:

 SENATE action alert
 HOUSE action alert


Contact your Member of Congress this August to Support Vulnerable Families!

Catholic Charities USA urges action on multiple issues

Members of Congress have returned home for the August recess and are ready to hear what issues are the top priorities for their constituents. It is a critical time to make our voices heard on the issues that matter to vulnerable people in need. This year is particularly important because members of Congress are in the midst of crafting landmark legislation that will fund many key programs that impact Catholic Charities and the people they serve in areas such as housing and homelessness, health care, hunger, poverty alleviation and others.

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Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Heading to Senate

Action Needed

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.

Contact Your U.S. Senator. Tell Congress not to take innocent lives!

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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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U.S. Bishops’ Migration Chairman Urges Congress to Act After Court Ruling on DACA

U.S. District Court ruled the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to be unlawful

Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, auxiliary bishop of Washington and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration, issued the following statement in response to the court’s ruling:

“While we are disappointed with this ruling, we know that DACA was never meant to be a permanent solution for Dreamers. This ruling is simply the most recent development in a long list of events warranting action by Congress. The Senate currently has multiple bills before it that would grant permanent relief to Dreamers, including the American Dream and Promise Act passed by the House of Representatives in March...

Conference Testifies on Bill to End Death Penalty

Death penalty is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person

The Cathoic Conference of Ohio testified in support of SB 103: legislation to end Ohio's death penalty. The Conference highlighted the various church statements issued over the years calling for an end to the death penalty. 

"...[In 1977] the bishops of Ohio issued a statement stating that more destruction of human life through capital punishment would not enhance people’s respect for the sacredness of the life of every person. Since then, our Conference has issued six more statements. Over the years our opposition has grown stronger and clearer.

We now unequivocally state that the death penalty should no longer be used - that it is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person – and that we should work with determination for its abolition worldwide..."

A companion bill, HB 183, is expected to have proponent testimony later in June, 2021.

 Letter to the Faithful in support of Ohio State Bill 103
 Archbishop Schnurr, Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Chairman of the Board, Catholic Conference of Ohio

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.


Conference Testifies on Pending State Legislation

Public Assistance, Immigration, and Education Issues Addressed

The Conference testified on the following legislation:

Sub SB 17: Placing additional requirements for receiving public assistance benefits.  Testimony

HB 75: Possible amendment denying workers' compensation to undocumented workers.  Testimony  

HB 110: Education provisions in the budget impacting Catholic schools and students.  Testimony

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