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Abortion & Procreation

From both divine revelation and natural law, we know that there is something special about human life. We are made in the image of God. Protection of human life and dignity is a natural instinct of all people and stands at the core of Catholic social teaching.

 


Funding the Abortion Industry

Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry receive millions of tax dollars but the funding carefully obscured.  But funding is only the start of the special treatment received by the industry. This three part series examines Federal and State funding of abortion and also takes a look at the special treatment the industry  given it under state law.  With a new majority in Washington, not only must funding be addressed but also the protection of individuals and institutions that object to abortion must be solidified.

October 12, 2019 Abortion & Procreation, Reverence for Life

Andy Rivas, executive director of the California Catholic Conference, issued the following statement on the signing of SB 24:

“Governor Gavin Newsom has signed SB 24 (Leyva), a bill the California Catholic Conference had urged him to veto.  This bill will require all University of California and California State University campus health care clinics to make abortion-by-medication available to students by state paid campus staff; not because such a mandate will advance the welfare of college women and children but rather to promote a political ideology.

September 16, 2019 Abortion & Procreation, Reverence for Life

Andrew Rivas, executive director of the California Catholic Conference, issued the following statement today in response to the passage of SB 24: 

“The California legislature has passed SB 24 (Leyva, D-Chino), a bill that will require all UC and CSU campus health care clinics to make abortion-by-medication available to students by state paid campus staff. 

September 12, 2019 Abortion & Procreation, Reverence for Life

In a late addition to a budget trailer bill, California lawmakers added $10 million dollars in funding for the California Health Center Security Grant Program earmarked specifically for health centers that provide abortion services. 

The California Catholic Conference opposed the funding in a letter to the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee. 

September 11, 2019 Abortion & Procreation, Reverence for Life

In a late addition to a budget trailer bill, California lawmakers added $10 million dollars in funding for the California Health Center Security Grant Program earmarked specifically for health centers that provide abortion services. 

The California Catholic Conference opposed the funding in a letter to the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee. 

September 10, 2019 Abortion & Procreation, Economic Justice, Reverence for Life, Human Dignity, Education

Governor Newsom has signed into law a bill aimed at providing help to single parents in college as they balance classwork and parenting.  One of our Catholic Advocacy Day bill, the Conference has been working diligently on the passage of AB 809 for the entire session.

April 24, 2019 Abortion & Procreation, Faith in the Public Square

SACRAMENTO, CA – A string of emails from a religious freedom case have detailed how Planned Parenthood urged California regulators to force religious employers to include abortions in their employees' health insurance coverage even though the rule-makers did not seek or allow any other public comment. 

April 9, 2019 Abortion & Procreation, Reverence for Life

Written by Bishop Robert Barron, orginally posted on Word on Fire

We stand at a pivotal point in the great moral debate over abortion in our country—not because new arguments have emerged, but rather because laws so breathtaking in their barbarism have been passed, and a film so visceral in its presentation of the reality of abortion has found a wide audience. As John Henry Newman reminded us, assent to a proposition is rarely a matter of acquiescing to rational demonstration alone; instead, it often has to do with the accumulation of argument, image, impression, experience, and witness.

June 26, 2018 Abortion & Procreation, Reverence for Life, Faith in the Public Square

The Most Rev. Jaime Soto, Roman Catholic Bishop of Sacramento and President of the California Catholic Conference, released the following statement today concerning a US Supreme Court ruling overturning a California law restricting the free speech rights of crisis pregnancy centers.  The law, called the “California Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency Act” (“FACT Act”), singled out crisis pregnancy centers and required them to post signs and provide information about the availability of abortion services. 

June 7, 2018 Abortion & Procreation, Bioethics, Health Care, Reverence for Life

Next month marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most significant papal encyclical letters in recent history – Humanae Vitae – which was issued by Blessed Pope Paul VI on July 25, 1968. 

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