Protecting the Hyde Amendment

In 1977, Congress passed the Hyde Amendment with bi-partisan support, and since that time its action has protected millions of vulnerable human lives. An accelerating political movement to end Hyde requires the support of Catholics to preserve its defense of human life and dignity against the offense of abortion. The Hyde Amendment was created in [...]

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20-week abortion prohibition signed by Governor

Iowa Catholic Conference staff was pleased to be present when Gov. Terry Branstad signed Senate File 471 on May 5. The bill prohibits abortion after 20 weeks post-fertilization with exceptions to save the life of the mother or for a serious physical health emergency. The bill also contains a three-day waiting period before an abortion. [...]

By |May 5th, 2017|Abortion, Human Life and Dignity, Issues, News, News and Legislative Updates|Comments Off on 20-week abortion prohibition signed by Governor

Three pro-life bills continue to make their way in the 2017 session

The current legislative session presents an opportunity to take action on pro-life issues and ICC and our allies are lobbying to advance three bills that have survived the first funnel date. Each bill addresses an important element of ending the assault on life and dignity that abortion represents, and together would represent the most substantial [...]

By |March 27th, 2017|Abortion, News, News and Legislative Updates|Comments Off on Three pro-life bills continue to make their way in the 2017 session

Midwest March for Life 2016

Stand with us! March with us! In January, as hundreds of Iowans once again join hundreds of thousands on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. for the annual March for Life, there will also be a day-long opportunity for pro-life advocacy and education in downtown Des Moines. The Midwest March for Life will be held [...]

By |January 11th, 2016|Abortion, Human Life and Dignity|Comments Off on Midwest March for Life 2016

The abuse and destruction of God’s greatest gifts

“… a widespread mentality of profit, the throwaway culture, which has today enslaved the hearts and minds of so many.” Pope Francis, on the subject of abortion The recent revelations of Planned Parenthood’s practice of marketing fetal parts and bodies generated by abortion has shaken much of the nation. As Catholics, we know the common [...]

By |August 25th, 2015|Abortion, Bioethics, Human Life and Dignity, Issues, News, News and Legislative Updates|Comments Off on The abuse and destruction of God’s greatest gifts

Statement on decision by Iowa Supreme Court on telemed abortion

June 19, 2015 We are disappointed by the Iowa Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a rule prohibiting abortions by telemedicine. In 2013 the Iowa Board of Medicine approved a rule that required a physician to be physically present when abortion drugs are being provided, rather than pushing a button following a remote video consultation. [...]

By |June 19th, 2015|Abortion, Human Life and Dignity, News, News and Legislative Updates, Policy Briefs|Comments Off on Statement on decision by Iowa Supreme Court on telemed abortion

Iowa Supreme Court strikes down rule prohibiting telemed abortions

The Iowa Supreme Court has struck down the Iowa Board of Medicine’s rule that essentially prohibited telemedicine (“webcam”) abortions. In 2013 the board had approved a rule that required a physician to be physically present when abortion drugs are being provided, rather than pushing a button following a remote video consultation. A district court upheld [...]

By |June 19th, 2015|Abortion, Human Life and Dignity, News, News and Legislative Updates, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Iowa Supreme Court strikes down rule prohibiting telemed abortions

Cardinal O’Malley Welcomes House Passage of ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act’

The U.S. House of Representatives approved the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion" Act, which would codify a permanent, government-wide policy against taxpayer subsidies for abortion and abortion coverage. It also requires health plans offered under the Affordable Care Act to disclose the extent of their coverage for abortion and the amount of any surcharge for that [...]

By |February 4th, 2015|Abortion, Human Life and Dignity, Issues, Marriage and Family, News, News and Legislative Updates|Comments Off on Cardinal O’Malley Welcomes House Passage of ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act’

Good news – judge rules in favor of webcam abortion ban

A Polk County District Court judge ruled in favor of the Iowa Board of Medicine Aug. 19 and upheld its right to ban webcam abortions in Iowa. The decision is set to take effect in 30 days. Planned Parenthood has appealed the decision. Ample evidence was presented during the months-long process leading up to the Board’s vote last year [...]

By |August 19th, 2014|Abortion, Human Life and Dignity, News, News and Legislative Updates|Comments Off on Good news – judge rules in favor of webcam abortion ban

NCHLA issues action alert on bill to limit religious liberty

The U.S. bishops' partner organization, the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment, has issued an alert in opposition to S. 2578. The U.S. Senate may vote on this bill as early as this week. The "Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act" (S. 2578) would not only reverse the recent Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision, but go far [...]

By |July 14th, 2014|Abortion, Human Life and Dignity, News, News and Legislative Updates, Religious Liberty|Comments Off on NCHLA issues action alert on bill to limit religious liberty