Catholic Conference of Ohio
Wednesday, September 28, 2022

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Current Legislation

Labor Day Statement 2022

Statement Focuses on Promoting the Welfare of Working Families

The USCCB recently issued their annual reflection on the world of work and the importance of upholding the dignity of all laborers. In the reflection, Archbishop Coakley reiterated support for improved public policy to support working families, such as expanding the Child Tax Credit and passing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. Join us in Ohio by advocating for state policies that are pro-women, pro-family, and pro-worker. This unique time calls us to witness emphatically for authentic, life-affirming social policies. 

Read the full statement HERE.

Postpartum Medicaid Coverage expanded up to a Full Year

The Conference commends the General Assembly and DeWine Administration

With approval from federal agencies, Medicaid coverage for postpartum mothers in Ohio increases from 60 days to a full year – the maximum allowable by federal law. The Conference commends the General Assembly and the DeWine Administration for enacting this measure in the current state budget under HB 110. According to Catholic Social Teaching, legislation and budget priorities promoting a preferential option for the poor and vulnerable, including mothers and babies, is essential for a flourishing society. The Catholic Conference of Ohio continues advocacy for initiatives that allow all Ohioans to thrive and contribute to the common good, regardless of their income level or stage of life.

Conference testifies in support of the Human Life Protect Act

HB598 supports the dignity and worth of human life from conception to natural death

Catholic Conference of Ohio Executive Director Jerry Freewalt testified in support of HB 598, the Human Life Protection Act. This legislation would help Ohio further a culture of life and a community of care that allows each person to flourish no matter their circumstance or stage of development. With representatives from other pro-life organizations, medical, and legal professionals proponents of the legislation offered their support for a bill that would ensure that every child, at every moment of existence, receives love and the protection of the law. 

Use our Action Alerts to get involved and let your elected officials know that you support life from conception to natural death.

Conference Applauds Passage of Sacred Spaces Act in Ohio House

HB 504 the Sacred Spaces Act will allow all Ohioans to worship in peace 

The Catholic Conference of Ohio applauds the passage of HB 504 the Sacred Spaces Act that has been passed unanimously by the Ohio House of Representatives, and looks forward to the bill’s consideration in the Ohio Senate. We encourage you to reach out to your State Senator to support the passage of this bill. The Conference prays that the adoption of the Sacred Spaces Act will allow all Ohioans to worship in peace. 

Ohioans of all faiths deserve to worship in peace

Sacred Spaces Act increases the penalty for disturbing a religious worship meeting.

Conference testifies in Support of SB 46

The Catholic Church worldwide calls on communities to welcome, protect, promote and integrate immigrants,

Governor DeWine Delays Three Executions Scheduled for Summer 2022

The Catholic Conference of Ohio appreciates Governor DeWine’s recent decision to delay the executions of three death row inmates scheduled for this summer. 

In promoting a culture of life and following the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Conference continues advocacy for SB 103 and HB 183, both of which would abolish the death penalty in Ohio. Since 1977, and reiterated six more times in statements since then, the bishops of Ohio have stated that capital punishment does not enhance respect for the sacredness of human life. 

Take action here to contact your state legislators and express your opposition to the death penalty. The Catholic Conference of Ohio looks forward to when the death penalty is only remembered as part of Ohio’s history.

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


U.S. Bishops’ Chairman Grateful to Senate for Passing Infrastructure Bill, Signals Need for Additional Action

Package affects those on the margins of society and protects God’s creation

Following passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act in the U.S. Senate, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the U.S. Conference of the Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, issued a statement of support. 

"...We are pleased that the legislation reflects an integral ecology, with historic investments in public transit, rail, bridges, and clean drinking water, and emphases on climate change mitigation, carbon capture and climate resilience. It is also very good to see expanded broadband internet access and the creation of new jobs..."

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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