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Saturday, May 20, 2017

State Issues (5/20/17 update)

Pa Catholic Conference

Prioritize Funding for Women's Primary Health Care
"Health care facilities that provide a wide range of women's services should have priority for receiving our limited federal and state tax dollars over those that offer limited services and focus on abortion....Please support Senate Bill 300."

Support Positive Reform for Sexual Abuse Statutes of Limitation
"The positive, prospective changes in SB 261 will hold more abusers accountable for their crimes and will require all organizations, public and private, to improve their vigilance for keeping the children in their care safe. The Senate determined that amendments to allow retroactive lawsuits to be filed would be unconstitutional in Pennsylvania.  Regardless, it is definitely unfair to today's individual Catholics. Bankrupting my parish, Catholic school, or diocese today penalizes the wrong people for the crimes of the past."

Support a Better Life for Human Trafficking Victims
While the Pa Catholic Conference is supporting SB 554, the  fact that Senator Daylin Leach is one of its prime sponsors suggests that there should be careful assessment of  whether this legislation and its implications are truly consistent with Catholic teaching

Invest in Success: Expand EITC and OSTC Scholarships

End Brutal Dismemberment Abortions
"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

Majority Leader Dave Reed

Health Committee Chairman Matt Baker
717-772-5371" (Pro Life Coalition of Pa, 4/21/17)

Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Religious Liberty
"proposals which seek to add 'gender identity or expression' and 'sexual orientation' to Pennsylvania's non-discrimination law....[are] intolerant and prejudiced against people of faith"
As per, "The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) is proposing a dangerous end-run around the legislature that seriously threatens your personal privacy and religious liberty....The PHRC, which consists of nine unelected officials appointed by the governor, is looking to effectively redefine 'sex discrimination' to include'“sexual orientation' and 'gender identity or expression' - broad-ranging phrases with imprecise definitions that would spur expensive lawsuits and undermine our freedom....PHRC is taking public comment on their proposed changes through Friday, May 26. Please use the action alert below to contact by email their office with your concerns" (

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)

Pro Life Coalition of Pa (4/21/17)

"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." 

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