Planned Parenthood and its Favored Treatment under California Law
Public Policy Insights
State and Local Funding of Planned Parenthood
Part two in a three part series: Why did California boost funding for abortion services during the Great Recession but eliminate funding for life-saving mammograms? How does Planned Parenthood continue to be funded into the millions in the state despite the fact that public polls show Californians do not want to pay for abortions? While this financial information is startling, it is only one part the elaborate web of political privilege that Planned Parenthood has weaved.
Federal Funding of Planned Parenthood
How is Planned Parenthood funded? What special legal exemptions have been carved out for the industry? As the new Republican-controlled Congress takes up the question of defunding Planned Parenthood, understanding the specifics is critical – but funding is only part of larger concerns that must be addressed. This piece is the first in a three part series examining the funding mechanisms and special treatment Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry has received.
California Legislature Back in Session
California lawmakers returned to the State Capitol this week to begin the next two-year legislative cycle.
This year’s class of elected officials includes more than 20 new members who have not previously served as a state lawmaker. While there are now more Latino and Asian members than in the past, there are four fewer female lawmakers.
Syria Crisis: Assistance for Refugees
Syria’s escalating civil war has killed more than 400,000 since the unrest began in March 2011. Tragically, the death toll continues to rise, and more than 6.6 million people are now internally displaced. Thousands of people have fled to neighboring countries and Syrian families struggle daily to survive.
CCC Expresses Surprise and Disappointment in Loss of Prop 62
The following statement was released by Edward “Ned” Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference of Bishops:
“Yesterday’s elections were the culmination of a long and contentious election season marked by cynicism and alienation. Nevertheless, California’s voters fulfilled their civic duty and placed their votes. The democratic process, once again, demonstrates that the will of the people is sovereign.
California Bishops Urge Respect and Calm During Election Season
Bishop Jaime Soto, President of the California Catholic Conference, issued the following statement on behalf of his fellow Bishops in California:
Animosity and hyperbole has characterized the current election season. This should give all people pause. The natural and healthy exchange of ideas, critical to our democratic system has devolved into anger, intolerance and increasing alienation.
Bishops Ballot Recommendations Focus on Restorative Justice, Mercy -
November’s ballot contains multiple propositions dealing with California’s criminal sentencing system. As the Extraordinary Year of Mercy comes to a close, California voters have a tremendous opportunity to live out mercy in the Golden State.
The California Catholic Conference of Bishops are urging support for Prop 62, which would end the use of the death penalty, and are opposing Prop 66, which would streamline the legal process in capital cases and weaken critical safeguards against executing an innocent person.
Being Catholic and Voting in 2016
The U.S. is in the midst of a contentious presidential election. The major candidates for the presidency have deeply divided opinions on numerous issues and neither come close to fully supporting important principles in Catholic social teaching. Additionally, Californians are facing significant ethical questions on the November ballot in issues like repealing or altering the death penalty, marijuana legalization, and gun control. This quagmire has led many Catholics to the unfortunate temptation to remain passive and not vote at all.