- Click here, to email Governor Tom Corbett, Rep. Paul Clymer, Rep. Tina Davis, Rep. Gene DiGirolomo, Rep. Frank Farry, Rep. John Galloway, Rep. Bernie O'Neill, Rep. Scott Petri, Rep. Marguerite Quinn, Rep. Steve Santarsiero, Rep. Kathy Watson, Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, Sen. Chuck McIlhinney, Sen. Bob Mensch, and Sen. Robert Tomlinson, asking for co-sponsorship / support of Admitting Privileges legislation and support of Pa's DOMA, as well as for opposition to HB 300 / SB 300 and opposition to SB 872.
Support Admitting Privileges legislation
Support Marriage / Family and HB 1349 - Oppose HB1647/SB719
While the Pa Catholic Conference calls HB 300 / SB 300 "intolerant and prejudiced against people of faith", as many as 28 original co-sponsors are identified as Catholic!
- Rep Brendan Boyle,
- Rep Thomas Caltagirone,
- Rep Mike Carroll,
- Rep Dominic Costa,
- Rep Paul Costa,
- Rep Tina Davis (???),
- Rep Frank Dermody,
- Rep John Galloway,
- Rep Patrick Harkins,
- Rep Joseph Markosek,
- Rep Michael McGeehan,
- Rep Thomas Murt,
- Rep Eddie Day Pashinski,
- Rep John Sabatina,
- Rep Mario Scavello,
- Rep Thomas Killion,
- Rep Robert Matzie,
- Rep Catherine Harper,
- Sen Patrick Browne,
- Sen Jay Costa,
- Sen Chuck McIlhinney,
- Sen Lisa Boscola,
- Sen Wayne Fontana,
- Sen John Blake,
- Sen Mike Stack,
- Sean Wiley,
- Sen John Yudichak,
- Sen Richard Kasunic.
- Cardinal Dougherty/LaSalle University alumnus Rep. Tina Davis,
- Bishop Egan alumnus Rep. John Galloway,
- OLMC parishioner Sen. Chuck McIlhinney,
- Bishop Conwell/St Joseph's University alumnus Rep. Marguerite Quinn,
- Holy Family alumnus Rep. Steve Santarsiero, and
- Villanova alumnus Scott Petri.
- People of good will need their senators to oppose ardently pro abortion judicial nominess. It is deeply troubling that Senator Casey was among those who voted on November 21, "to take away the ability...to use filibusters against judicial nominees, including those pro-life groups oppose" (www.lifenews.com/2013/11/21/senate-democrats-break-rules-to-take-away-filibuster-on-judges-from-republicans/). We have seen the immediate, deleterious impact in the confirmation of Georgetown law professor and abortion extremist Cornelia Pillard to the D.C. Federal Court of Appeals. As reported by the Catholic News Agency, she “has a record of advocating strongly for an unqualified right to access abortion and contraception, against the ability to teach abstinence education....Her views have also sparked religious freedom concerns....The confirmation was...celebrated by Reproductive Health Reality Check, a contraception and abortion advocacy group which predicted that ‘the impact of Pillard’s confirmation could last for decades.’”
Kudos to Mike Fitzpatrick for being among the 112 co-sponsors of HR 732. NEITHER of our “pro life” senators – NEITHER Bob Casey NOR Pat Toomey - are among the 6 co-sponsors of S.32. However, kudos to Pat Toomey for being one of the 28 co-sponsors of S.369.
De-Fund Planned Parenthood
Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013 (ENDA) - Oppose HR 1755 / S 815
As per the USCCB's 10/31/13 letter to the U.S. Senate, "the USCCB continues to promote the dignity of both work and marriage and to oppose unjust discrimination on any grounds, including those related to homosexual inclination or sexual identity. But we cannot support a bill, like ENDA, that does not justly advance the dignity of all workers and authentic non-discrimination, but instead:
- Lacks a BFOQ exemption. ENDA does not include an exemption for a 'bona fide occupational qualification' (BFOQ)....
- Lacks a status/conduct distinction. ENDA’s vague definition of 'sexual orientation' would encompass sexual conduct outside of marriage, thus legally affirming and specially protecting that conduct.
- Supports marriage redefinition....
- Rejects the biological basis of gender. ENDA’s definition of 'gender identity' lends force of law to a tendency to view 'gender' as nothing more than a social construct or psychosocial reality, which a person may choose at variance from his or her biological sex. This provision also fails to account for the privacy interests of others....
- Threatens religious liberty. ENDA could be used to punish as discrimination what many religions – including the Catholic religion – teach, particularly moral teaching about same-sex sexual conduct. Moreover, the bill’s religious freedom protection, which is derived from Title VII, covers only a subset of religious employers, and as a result of recent litigation, is uncertain in scope. Recent experience also shows that even exempted employers may face government retaliation for relying on such exemptions."
As per an 11/1/13 letter to the U.S. Senate's Farm Bill Conference Committee from Bishop Stephen E. Blaire (Chairman of the USCCB's Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development), Bishop Richard E. Pates (Chairman of the USCCB's Committee on International Justice and Peace), and others: "A just and fair Farm Bill will put poor and hungry people first, serve small and medium-sized family farms, promote sustainable stewardship of the land, and help vulnerable farmers and rural communities at home and abroad."
Federal Marriage Amendment - Support HJ Res 51
Health Care Conscience Rights Act - Support HR 940 / S 1204
Marriage and Religious Freedom Act - Support HR 3133/S1808
No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act - Support HR 7 / S 946
Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Support HR 1797/ S 1670 / S 886
To provide for the establishment of the Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom of Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia - Support HR 301 / S 653