The "Affordable Care Act" and the United States Supreme CourtAs per the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference (6/29/12): "The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is renewing its plea to Congress to repair the Affordable Care Act after the United States Supreme Court issued a decision upholding the law. In a statement released on June 28, 2012, the Bishops...reminded us of the several reason why they ultimately opposed final passage....Now that it is known that the Affordable Care Act will stand, Pennsylvania must take action...."
HR 361 (Abortion Non-Discrimination Act) and HR 1179 (Respect for Rights of Conscience Act)As per a 7/17/12 letter from Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to the United States House of Representatives:
- "As you prepare to mark up the Labor/HHS appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2013, I urge you to ensure that this legislation will protect the right of millions of Americans to participate in and access the health care system without violating their deeply held moral and religious convictions on respect for human life....
Pennsylvania Senate Bill 3More than 13 months ago, Pennsylania SB 3 passed the Senate. Rather than simply put SB 3 up for a vote in the House, a separate version was introduced. More than 7 months ago, Pennsylvania HB 1977 passed the House. Subsequently, both bills have simply languished!
- •Clymer (145th) firstname.lastname@example.org,
- •DiGirolamo (18th) email@example.com,
•Farry (142nd) Ffarry@pahousegop.com,
•Galloway (140th) RepGalloway@pahouse.net,
•O'Neill (29th) firstname.lastname@example.org,
•Petri (178th) email@example.com,
•Quinn firstname.lastname@example.org, &
(Representatives Tina Davis (141st) and Steve Santarsiero (31st) voted AGAINST HB 1977.)
Pennsylvania HB 2405As per the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference (5/24/12), "Legislation to prohibit Planned Parenthood and other abortion-on-demand providers from receiving taxpayer funding was introduced yesterday as House Bill 2405 – the Whole Woman’s Health Funding Priorities Act."
Pennsylvania SB 1134The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference (6/19/12) asks, "did you know that a classic church-state struggle is underway in Pennsylvania regarding the authority of the state government to influence religious childcare ministries, including Catholic childcare?....Senate Bill 1134 corrects this overreach....This important legislation passed the Senate Education Committee with a vote of 9-2. The following Senators voted in favor of the bill -
- Browne, Patrick M. (R-Leigh, Monroe, Northampton)
Corman, Jake (R- Centre, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry, Union)
Dinniman, Andrew E. (D – Chester, Montgomery)
Folmer, Mike (R-Berks, Chester, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon)
Piccola, Jeffrey E. (R- Dauphin, York)
Scarnati, Joseph B., III (R – Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, Potter, Tioga, Warren)
Smucker, Lloyd K. (R-Lancaster, York)
Tomlinson, Robert M. (R- Bucks)
Williams, Anthony H. (D- Delaware, Philadelphia)