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March 16, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Faith in the Public Square: A California Conversation

“The walls which divide us can be broken down only if we are prepared to listen and learn from one another,” said Pope Francis in his 2014 World Communication’s Day Message.   “We need to resolve our differences through forms of dialogue which help us grow in understanding and mutual respect.”

March 9, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Urge Congress to Enact the Conscience Protection Act

Now is the time to contact your members of Congress and advocate for the protection of life and freedom of conscience. 

The Conscience Protection Act is common-sense legislation that will clarify federal law and ensure that those who provide health care and health coverage can do so without being forced by government to help destroy innocent unborn children.

March 2, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

DACA Status and Call-in Day Response

Thank you to the hundreds of readers who called their lawmakers this past Monday for National Catholic Call-In Day, aimed at urging lawmakers to take action to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and “Dreamers” – children who were brought to the United States by their parents and are not U.S. citizens. 

February 23, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

National Catholic Call-In Day to Protect Dreamers

Join the Bishops of the United States on Monday, February 26, by phoning your Congressmember and asking them to protect Dreamers.

Unless Congress takes action soon, nearly 1.8 million young people who were brought to the United States by their parents as children will face deportation. We need to ask Congress to come to a bipartisan deal to protect them.

February 2, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

CA Senate Passes Bill Requiring Chemical Abortion Medication on College Campuses

The California State Senate voted to pass SB 320 this week, the bill that would require all UC, CSU, and community college campuses to provide the abortion pill to students by 2020.

SB 320 (Leyva, D-Chino) passed out of the Senate on a 25-13 vote, and will now head to the State Assembly. Take a moment now to send an alert to your lawmakers before any further action is taken.

January 26, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Questions Raised About State Data, Safeguards in Assisted-Suicide Law

Organizations opposed to physician-assisted suicide responded to an Assembly hearing held today which was called to evaluate the implementation of assisted-suicide by doctors in California but instead appeared to be more a call for expansion of the practice and a lessening of safeguards to protect the vulnerable:

January 19, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Tell Legislators to Vote ‘No” on Bill to Mandate Abortion Pills at College Health Centers – SB 320 (Leyva, D-Chino) would require the on-campus health centers of public universities in California to offer abortion-inducing drugs like RU-486 as advocates continue to promote abortions in any way they can.  The bill passed the two Senate committees and is now headed to the floor.  Please take action today!

January 12, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

DACA Recipients – Keeping the American Dream Alive

Since 2012, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, has granted work permits and protection from deportation to young undocumented immigrants who arrived to the U.S. as children. Today, more than a quarter of DACA’s 800,000 recipients, often referred to as “Dreamers,” live in California. Although their paths to the United States may have been different, the dedication to the community in which they live is quite similar.

January 9, 2018 Because We Are Catholic, Publications

 “...Let us consider this: we are all immigrants on the journey of life, none of us has a fixed abode in this land, we all must go.” – Pope Francis (03/21/2015)

January 5, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Legislation Mandating CA Public Colleges Provide Medical Abortions Returns

A highly controversial bill that would mandate California public colleges provide abortion-inducing medication to students is returning to the Legislature in 2018. 

SB 320 (Leyva, D-Chino) was introduced last year but stalled in the Senate Education Committee.  As the Legislature operates on a two-year session schedule, SB 320 is eligible to be brought up again this year and will be heard in the Senate Education Committee on January 10th at the State Capitol.

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