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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

State Issues (6/27/17 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."
"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."
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
"House Bill 250, which would increase tax credits available under the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program by $50 million (raising it to $175 million) and the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) program by $25 million (raising it to $75 million), overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives with bipartisan support....urge all lawmakers to invest in success and support the expansion of the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) programs by voting YES on a state budget that includes an increase in the programs' line items."
    What "Government School" Means (NYTimes, 7/31/17)
    While this article tries to associate any MODERN critiques of public schools with historical racism and "anti-Catholicism," it particularly fails to make the latter connection.
After passing both chambers, are we shamefully seeing SB 3 stalemated and HB 77 stalemated?
Federal issue - "Urge our [United States] Senators to support H.R. 7 to permanently protect our tax dollars from paying for or promoting elective abortions."
"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"

Pa Pro Life Federation 


Call your state rep now on an important pro-life issue (Pa Pro Life, 6/27/17)

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