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June 29, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Pregnancy Centers

This week, faith-based pregnancy centers celebrated a victory when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that a California law requiring the clinics to inform patients about abortion violates the First Amendment.

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 22, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Search for “Better Way” during Border Chaos

The Trump Administration, after days of saying it had no choice, reversed its policy of forcefully separating families at the border.   Massive public outrage, accompanied by the voices of religious leaders and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, forced the President on Wednesday to alter his policy even though significant questions about what happens now remain unanswered.

June 15, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Governor and Lawmakers Move 2018-2019 Budget Forward

Governor Brown and Democratic legislative leaders have agreed on significant items in a $190 billion dollar budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. 

Lawmakers voted to approve the budget bill late Thursday, which will now go to the Governor who has until June 30 to sign. Though it is largely approved, the Governor still has the authority to reduce or eliminate any appropriation contained in the budget. 

June 1, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

CA Appellate Court Upholds Ruling Against Physician-Assisted Suicide

An appellate court’s judge ruling released last week means that physician-assisted suicide will remain illegal in California at least until an upcoming hearing by the fourth appellate court at the end of June.

May 18, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

End-of-Life Option Act Unconstitutional

The following statement is from Edward ‘Ned” Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference, on the ruling by a Riverside Superior Court judge that the End-of-Life Options Act is unconstitutional:

May 11, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Analysis of Propositions on June 2018 Ballot Released

In 1911, in an effort to wrestle control of the legislature away from the railroads, California was one of the first states to introduce the initiative process. 

Allowing citizens to place policy directly on the ballot with an initiative is an “experiment” in direct democracy that the citizens of the Golden State still seem to hold dear.

May 4, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Bishops Call for Elimination of Stigma and Closer Ties between Faith and Medicine

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the California Catholic Conference of Bishops used the opportunity to release an extended pastoral letter on the culture of mental health and the critical need to attend to those who suffer.

April 27, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Successful Catholic Advocacy Day

This past Tuesday, over 100 Catholic Advocacy Day delegates representing nine California dioceses gathered in Sacramento to be the Catholic voice and speak with lawmakers at the Capitol. This year’s participants included deacon candidates and students from Newman Centers.

April 20, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Be a Virtual Catholic Advocacy Day Participant

This year’s Catholic Advocacy Day (CAD) will take place next Tuesday, April 24. CAD brings people from dioceses throughout the state to the Capitol on one day. The advocates – two for each legislative district – will meet with their elected representatives and be a voice for life and dignity in a world that often does not seem to value either.

April 19, 2018 Because We Are Catholic, Publications, Restorative Justice

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation manages more than thirty prisons in the state with a combined inmate population of over 130,000. The California Department of State Hospitals also runs five state hospitals, housing mental health patients who have some involvement in the criminal justice system.

As part of restorative justice, it is important that people living in these facilities have their religious needs met. Catholic Chaplains do just that.           

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