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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Sanctity of Life and Marriag/Family Update

  • BREAKING: Trump admin keeps Obama rule requiring Little Sisters of the Poor to pay for contraception ... for now (LifeSitNews, 4/25/17)
  •  Freedom Caucus endorses revised ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill (TheHill, 4/26/17) 
  • Freedom Caucus and Pro-Life Groups back Republican Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood, Repeal Obamacare (LifeNews.com, 4/26/17
  •  FW: PA Pro-Life Urges You to Protect Your Right to Vote (4/26/17)  
  • FW: National ProLife Event on Trump's 100th Day 4/29; DefundPP Pray and Protest; Hamilton NJ info (ProLifeEducators, 4/26/17)



  • Legal War Against Catholic, Christian Hospitals In Hands of United States Supreme Court (Thomas More Society)


Federal Issues of Concern to Our Bishops

There are current alerts for the White House:

There are current alerts for our representative and senators in D.C.:

On the right side of the home page are links to send a combined email to the offices of Pa's congressional delegation and the White House, regarding most of the above positions.

    • In addition, as per the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment/Human Life Action (an affiliate agency of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops), "the Senate passed the resolution of disapproval to override a rule change made late in the Obama Administration that prevented states from redirecting Title X family planning funding away from abortion providers like Planned Parenthood to community health centers that provide comprehensive primary and preventive health care. The House passed it in mid-February.... it is important to say, 'thank you' when a member votes for life as they often only hear criticism after a courageous vote. It is equally important that those who did not vote with us be aware that we are paying attention and that we expect better in the future" (https://www.humanlifeactioncenter.org/take-action).

State Issues of Concern to the Pa Catholic Conference, the Pro Life Coalition of Pa, and/or the Pa Pro Life Federation

  • On the right side of the home page is a link to send a combined email to all of Bucks County's representatives and senators in Harrisburg:
    • In addition, as per the Pa Pro Life Federation,
      • Let your state Senator know you don't want your right to vote for judges to be taken away (2/16/17)
      • Oppose HB 111 (3/6/17
      • "House Bill 643, sponsored by state Rep. Matthew Baker (R-Bradford, Potter, Tioga Counties), would ensure that there are no time limits for prosecuting infanticide. The measure would also expand the window of opportunity for prosecuting illegal late-term abortions to five years after the alleged crimes occurred.  The legislation stems from recommendations made by the grand jury in abortionist Kermit Gosnell's 'House of Horrors' case....House Bill 643 is one additional legislative effort to ensure that the horrors of Gosnell are not repeated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania" (3/13/17) 
  • Please also note that the Pro Life Coalition of Pa (4/21/17) supports 
    defunding PP in Pa. through the passage of S.B.300 in the 2017-2018 term.  The Pa. Senate Finance Committee has scheduled a vote on S.B.300 at its 10:00 AM, Wednesday, April 26, 2017 meeting.  The members of this Committee are

    Republican
    Scott Hutchinson (Chairman)
    John DiSanto (Vice-Chairman)
    David Argall
    Ryan Aument
    Patrick Browne
    John Eichelberger
    Kim Ward
    Joe Scarnati (ex‑officio)

    Democrat
    John Blake (Ranking Member)
    Jay Costa
    Art Haywood
    Vincent Hughes.

    Please urge constituents of these Senators to contact them and request that they vote for S.B.300....

    [Regarding the Dismemberment Abortion Ban, already passed by both chambers:]  To the best of my knowledge, all the other pro-life organizations in Pa. also support running S.B.3 in the Pa. House instead of H.B.77.  We wish to prevent another 'pride of authorship' stalemate in which the Senate will not run the pro-life House Bill and the House will not run the pro-life Senate Bill....
    Please contact the following Pa. House leaders and urge them to run S.B.3 in the House as soon as possible.
    Speaker Mike Turzai
    mturzai@pahousegop.com
    717-772-9943

    Majority Leader Dave Reed
    dreed@pahousegop.com
    717-705-7173

    Health Committee Chairman Matt Baker
    mbaker@pahousegop.com
    717-772-5371....
    PP's evils include the routine and extensive cover-up of sexual assaults against minors by failing to make legally required reports on the abortions that they commit on minors....our Legislative Director, Ted Meehan, has been attempting to persuade Pa. DOH Secretary Karen Murphy to take the proper corrective actions....A response from an assistant to Sec. Murphy indicated that DOH would not be taking any actions against PP.  So, Ted has led an effort to persuade members of the Pa. General Assembly to request certain records from the DOH that would indicate the extent of the failure of PP (and other abortion committers) to make legally required reports regarding suspected sexual assaults against minors.  Ted's efforts have resulted in a letter from Rep. Matt Baker to Secretary Murphy that requests these reports....Please ask your State House member to add his or her name to this letter....
    Our organization has scheduled another Stand Up For Life Rally on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 from 11:00 AM-12:00 noon in our State Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg." 

Additional Alerts

 

We need to be authentic witness to the sanctity of human life proclaimed by Catholic medical ethics. 

http://www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/key/DzTInf3iLxHfSe

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Our representation in D.C....

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https://www.congress.gov/member/brian-fitzpatrick/F000466?q={%22search%22:[%22brian+fitzpatrick%22]}&r=1

To check U.S. House votes:

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Contacts:

Bucks County in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Bucks County in the Pennsylvania Senate

Contacting Our Governor

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Contacting Our Bishops