Our office has been tracking a number of major legislative and judicial actions that affect the public policy priorities of the Catholic Church.
The "Medical Aid in Dying Act" (A.10059/S.7579) is the pending bill in the New York State legislature that would legalize assisted suicide. We are currently working to prevent the legalization of assisted suicide in New York.
For more information, see the Stop Assisted Suicide tab.
See the NYSCC Catholic Action Network for the other current issues in New York.
The Hyde Amendment is a legislative provision that prevents the use of certain federal funds to pay for abortion, except in the cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother. The Hyde Amendment is not a permanent law, but is considered to be a rider. This means that it is attached to appropriations bills each year. Recently, there has been a push to repeal the Hyde Amendment. We are working to preserve the Hyde Amendment, so that taxpayers will not have to pay for abortion.
See the USCCB Action Center for the other current federal issues.
Zubik v. Burwell (also known as the "HHS Mandate case" or the "Little Sisters of the Poor case") is a consolidated lawsuit before the U.S. Supreme Court on whether religious non-profits, aside from churches, should be exempt from the contraception mandate under the Affordable Care Act. As of May 16, 2016, the Court decided to send the consolidated cases back to the Circuit Courts and instructed the lower courts to work out a resolution to ensure that religious non-profits would not have to facilitate in the provision of morally offensive services, such as contraception, beyond contracting with their insurance company for a policy that excludes them.
Our commentary on this decision is available here.
United States vs. State of North Carolina is a pending lawsuit about the constitutionality of North Carolina’s new law, House Bill 2. This law requires that transgender people in public schools and state buildings use only restrooms that correspond with their sex on their birth certificates. The law also changes the definition of "sex" in the state’s anti-discrimination law to “the physical condition of being male or female, which is stated on a person’s birth certificate.” Although we oppose any mistreatment of transgender people, we support the North Carolina law in recognizing the one’s gender cannot be discordant with one’s biological sex.
For more information on the Catholic position, see the Resist Gender Ideology tab.
Catholics, the Catholic Church in America, and Politics
November 20, 2016 @ 11:00am
We will be presenting for Sundays at JASA
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
524 W. 59th St, New York, NY 10019
Assisted Suicide in New York
November 19, 2016 @ 3:30pm
We will be presenting at the SFLA Northeast Leadership Conference
St. John Nepomucene
441 E. 66th St, New York, NY 10065
Questions? Contact us!
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