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The Iowa Catholic Conference

The official public policy voice of the bishops of Iowa.

At the state legislature we advocate for policies that respect the life and dignity of the human person, and apply the principles of Catholic social teaching to critical issues of the day.

We encourage Catholics to inform their conscience and participate in the political process. Sign up for our newsletter and follow us in social media to stay informed and add your voice to that of many Catholics from around the state.

With your help we can change the course of public debate on issues at the core of Catholic social and moral teaching.

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“In the Catholic tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue and participation in political life is a moral obligation.”

− Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

July 21, 2021

ICC Newsletter, July 21, 2021

U.S. BISHOPS’ MIGRATION CHAIRMAN URGES CONGRESS TO ACT AFTER COURT RULING ON DACA A U.S. District Court has found the DACA program to be unlawful. With this decision, the program…
July 8, 2021

ICC Newsletter – July 8, 2021

HYDE AMENDMENT NEEDS SUPPORT NOW The U.S. bishops are asking us to contact our members of Congress in support of retaining the Hyde Amendment and similar policies that prevent taxpayer…
Iowa Public PolicyNews
June 25, 2021

ICC Newsletter, June 25, 2021

IOWA COURTS TAKE ACTION ON ABORTION, ‘BAN THE BOX’ An Iowa district court has stopped the “24-hour waiting period” abortion law passed last year from going into effect. The governor…
NewsPolicy Briefs
June 23, 2021

Bishops respond to release of report by the Iowa Attorney General

NEWS RELEASE The following is a statement from the Catholic bishops of Iowa regarding the release of a report from the state Attorney General: Two years ago, the Iowa Attorney…
June 10, 2021

ICC Newsletter, June 10, 2021

HYDE AMENDMENT If you have a few minutes, the bishops could use your help with advocacy that is needed to ensure the Hyde Amendment is maintained in the federal budget.…
Iowa Catholic ConferenceNews
May 21, 2021

Legislative session concludes, May 21, 2021

The legislative session ended this week with resolutions on several issues of concern to the Iowa Catholic Conference. During the last day of the session lawmakers passed HF 847, which…
May 16, 2021

ICC Newsletter, May 16, 2021

LEGISLATORS RETURNING TO DES MOINES It appears there is progress in negotiations between the House and Senate on budget bills, so some legislators have returned to Des Moines. In the…
May 9, 2021

ICC Newsletter, May 9, 2021

IN A HOLDING PATTERN It appears the Iowa House or Senate won’t be doing much floor debate this week as leaders negotiate policy, tax, and budget issues to end the…
May 2, 2021

ICC Newsletter, May 2, 2021

SENATE PASSES EDUCATION OMNIBUS BILL By a vote of 42-6 the Iowa Senate has passed HF 847, which would raise the Tuition and Textbook Tax Credit for many school parents…
AbortionBioethicsHuman Life and Dignity
May 1, 2021

In support of the Protect Life Amendment

The Iowa Catholic Conference prepared testimony in support of the Protect Life Amendment for an Iowa Senate subcommittee held this past February, but COVID-19 restrictions in place at the Capitol…
April 25, 2021

ICC Newsletter, April 25, 2021

WORKING THROUGH BUDGET ISSUES The target for the end of the Iowa legislative session is the day legislators stop getting paid for their daily expenses - this year it’s Friday,…
April 16, 2021

ICC Newsletter, April 16, 2021

Legislators wrapped up this week’s work a little early as the chambers began to focus on budget bills. For action alerts from the ICC, go to We’re asking legislators…