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        Reverence for Life

    We hold life sacred from conception to natural death. We support policies and services that assist pregnant women to make life-affirming choices.

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        Human Dignity

    We believe that each person has a right to access the basic necessities of life. We advocate for food and income security for all and pay special attention to the needs of women and children.

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        Restorative Justice

    We believe that the dignity of the human person applies to both victim and offender. We advocate for restorative justice policies for all impacted by the criminal justice system.

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    We support—as a matter of justice—access to a high quality education for all children.  We affirm that all parents have both the right and the responsibility to be involved in their childrens' education.

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       Family & Marriage

    We support and defend the institution of marriage as the basic foundation of society.  We advocate for tax, workplace, welfare and divorce policies that enhance family unity.

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        Religious Liberty

    We affirm our religious liberty, which is guaranteed in both the U.S. Constitution and the California state constitution.

Catholic Leaders Urge Rejection of HHS Mandate

on . Conscience Rights

The statement appeared as an ad in two Capitol Hill newspapers, Politico and The Hill, on October 11 with the headline: “Support access to health care? Protect conscience rights.”

Signatories include Archbishop Timothy Dolan, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and heads of Catholic universities, health care associations, domestic and international agencies that serve refugees and the poor, and lay associations. Many signers represent Catholic employers and service organizations who will be affected if the law is not reformed. Others represent lay Catholics who would face coercion under the same HHS rule because they participate in private health insurance plans.

In addition to Archbishop Dolan, the co-signers were   Robert B. Aguirre, President, Catholic Association of Latino Leaders; Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight, Knights of Columbus; F. DeKarlos Blackmon, OblSB, Supreme Knight/CEO, Knights of Peter Claver; William J. Cox, President/CEO, Alliance of Catholic Health Care; Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, Chairman, Migration and Refugee Services; Michael Galligan-Stierle, PhD, President /CEO, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities; John Garvey, JD, President, The Catholic University of America; Sheila Gilbert, President, National Council of the U.S. Society of St. Vincent de Paul; John M. Haas, PhD, STL, President, National Catholic Bioethics Center; Ken Hackett, President, Catholic Relief Services; Jan R. Hemstad, MD, President, Catholic Medical Association; Father John Jenkins, CSC, President, University of Notre Dame; Patty Johnson, President, National Council of Catholic Women; James G. Lindsay, Executive Director, Catholic Volunteer Network; Stephen L. Mikochik, JD, Chair, National Catholic Partnership on Disability; Karen M. Ristau, EdD, President, National Catholic Educational Association; Geralyn C. Shelvin, Supreme Lady, Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary; Father Larry Snyder, President, Catholic Charities USA; and Joanne Tomassi, National Regent, Catholic Daughters of the Americas.

The full-page ad featuring the joint statement is posted on the USCCB’s conscience protection web page: www.usccb.org/conscience.



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