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Welcome to the Iowa Catholic Conference

The Iowa Catholic Conference is 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, 2011

Comprehensive legislative report

statehouseFind out about the ICC’s work during the 2015 legislative session.

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No Child Left Behind

The Elementary and Secondary School Act, or ESEA, was passed in 1965 as the education component of President Johnson’s “War on Poverty.” It was designed to address the achievement gap between children from low-income families and their higher-income peers and was the most expansive federal education bill ever passed.

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Religious Freedom and RFRA

shutterstock_115422538Recent headlines reflect competing interpretations of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA, and the implications of enforcing the current law. The USCCB has published “Why the Freedom Restoration Act Works” to address some of the basic questions surrounding the issue.

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Providing Assistance, Not Suicide

medical handsThe state of Iowa is rapidly being drawn into the debate over state-sanctioned assistance with suicide. The experience of other states and countries and the application of Catholic social teaching can provide insight for meeting the needs of the most vulnerable.

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