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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.

 


Special Report - 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.

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. 

March 7, 2018 Abortion & Procreation, Bioethics, Health Care, Faith in the Public Square

Now is the time to contact your members of Congress and advocate for the protection of life and freedom of conscience. 

The Conscience Protection Act is common-sense legislation that will clarify federal law and ensure that those who provide health care and health coverage can do so without being forced by government to help destroy innocent unborn children.

February 7, 2018 Abortion & Procreation, Reverence for Life, Human Dignity

Bishop Jaime Soto, from the Diocese of Sacramento and president of the California Catholic Conference, delivered this homily during the Mass of Reparation on January 22, 2018, the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision:

January 19, 2018 Abortion & Procreation, Bioethics, End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, Health Care, Faith in the Public Square

WASHINGTON (from USCCB) - Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, chair of the USCCB’s Committee for Religious Liberty, offered the following joint statement in response to the creation of a new Division on Conscience and Religious Freedom within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights and other related administrative actions:

January 11, 2018 Abortion & Procreation, Bioethics, Death Penalty, End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, Health Care, Reverence for Life

Every year, near the anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade decision, people of faith around the United States gather to witness for life.  Several dioceses in California are planning major events or participating with other like-minded groups to promote a reverence for life:

One Life LA – Los Angeles, Saturday, January 20, 2018

Walk for Life West Coast – San Francisco, Saturday, January 27, 2018

January 2, 2018 Abortion & Procreation, Reverence for Life

A highly controversial bill that would require California public colleges to provide abortion-inducing medication to students is returning to the Legislature in 2018.  SB 320 (Leyva, D-Chino) was introduced last year but stalled in the Senate Education Committee.  As the Legislature operates on a two-year session schedule, SB 320 is eligible to be brought up again this year and will be heard in the Senate Education Committee on January 10th at the State Capitol.

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