Understanding and responding to “anti-sanctuary city” legislation

With the passage of Senate File 481, the state of Iowa has changed the relationship of local law enforcement with the Immigration Control Enforcement agency. The bishops of Iowa opposed the legislation, known as the "anti-sanctuary city" bill, and encourage Catholics throughout Iowa to learn more about their own Fourth Amendment rights and how they [...]

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Public policy and informed consent

By Joan Thompson The Catholic Church opposes all abortions, no matter the method, but when abortions are taking place, the safety and informed consent of the women involved should be among our chief concerns. Women and girls in the United States have been legally entitled to end their pregnancy through abortion for over 40 years. [...]

By |April 10th, 2018|Abortion, Bioethics, Human Life and Dignity, Issues|Comments Off on Public policy and informed consent

Bishops ask for veto of immigration enforcement legislation – Senate File 481

We, the Catholic Bishops of Iowa, have voiced principled opposition to Senate File 481 and are profoundly disappointed that it was passed by the Legislature. We ask Governor Reynolds to do the right thing and veto the bill. This is the right thing to do, because Iowans should be looking to help immigrants, not to harass them. [...]

By |April 8th, 2018|Human Life and Dignity, Immigration and Refuges, Issues, News, News and Legislative Updates|Comments Off on Bishops ask for veto of immigration enforcement legislation – Senate File 481

Death penalty bills fail

Bills to bring back the death penalty in Iowa have failed to advance.  Keep an eye on our Action Center at www.votervoice.net/icc/home for any action alerts if proposals "come back to life". Click here to download a quick fact sheet on the issue. The Catholic bishops of Iowa have issued a statement in opposition to the [...]

By |March 19th, 2018|Death Penalty, Human Life and Dignity, Issues, News, News and Legislative Updates|Comments Off on Death penalty bills fail

Tax reform proposals

The Iowa Senate and House will be negotiating on tax reform provisions during the next several weeks on the 2018 session. The bishops of Iowa have said there are two basic moral principles that should govern the collection and distribution of taxes as they benefit the State of Iowa and its people. Legislators should practice [...]

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ICC supports bill to prevent ‘wrongful birth’ claims

This week the Iowa Senate Judiciary Committee may consider HF 2405, a bill that will prevent a cause of action that allows a parent to bring a lawsuit claiming a child should have been aborted because of a disability. The “wrongful birth” claim did not exist in Iowa before it was created by the Iowa [...]

By |March 12th, 2018|Abortion, Bioethics, Human Life and Dignity, Issues, News, News and Legislative Updates|Comments Off on ICC supports bill to prevent ‘wrongful birth’ claims

ICC comments on “heartbeat” legislation following Senate passage

The Iowa Catholic Conference supports the life-affirming intent of “heartbeat” abortion legislation such as Senate File 2281. We appreciate legislators for their efforts to advance the protection of unborn children and we remain committed to helping with efforts aimed at resolving questions regarding the bill’s constitutionality. Science shows that life begins at conception. May we [...]

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ICC comments on House tax reform bill, HSB 671

The Iowa Catholic Conference offers these comments on House Study Bill 671 based on the principles of taxation found in Catholic social teaching. There are two basic moral principles that should govern the collection and distribution of taxes as they benefit the State of Iowa and its people. Legislators should practice distributive justice wisely, so [...]

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ICC comments on Senate File 2383, the “Iowa Working Families Tax Relief Act”

Lawmakers are proposing a set of wide-ranging and complex changes to Iowa’s tax code and approaching the process at a pace that makes it difficult even for experts to analyze the total effect of the legislation. Given the process now underway, the Iowa Catholic Conference offers these comments on basic principles of taxation and a [...]

By |February 23rd, 2018|Economic Concerns, Human Life and Dignity, Issues, News, News and Legislative Updates|Comments Off on ICC comments on Senate File 2383, the “Iowa Working Families Tax Relief Act”

ICC opposes Constitutional amendments making regulation of guns more difficult

The Iowa Catholic Conference opposes state Constitutional amendments that would make the regulation of guns more difficult. The amendments would need to pass both chambers of the legislature in two successive General Assemblies before being submitted to a vote of the people. Senate Study Bill 3155 and House Joint Resolution 2009 have passed the respective [...]

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