ICC comments on ‘heartbeat’ abortion ban

The ICC provided the following comments to a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Feb. 8, 2018 regarding SSB 3143, a bill to stop abortion after a heartbeat can be detected: The Iowa Catholic Conference supports the life-affirming intent of “heartbeat legislation.” In fact, science shows that life begins at conception. We acknowledge the efforts of legislators [...]

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Iowa bishops oppose death penalty – Feb. 6, 2018

2018 statement on death penalty final We speak in opposition to the use of the death penalty in any form and to its possible reinstatement in Iowa. Marking the 25th anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church last fall, Pope Francis said the death penalty is, in itself, “contrary to the Gospel, because a [...]

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Bills introduced to bring back the death penalty

While the House’s bill to bring back the death penalty, House Study Bill 569, passed out of a subcommittee, it looks like there aren’t enough votes to bring it out of the full House Public Safety Committee. Our attention now will turn to the Iowa Senate, where a new bill to bring back the death penalty [...]

By |January 20th, 2018|Death Penalty, Human Life and Dignity, Issues, News, News and Legislative Updates|Comments Off on Bills introduced to bring back the death penalty

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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ICC Youtube video on immigration policy issues

With the help of the Diocese of Des Moines, the Iowa Catholic Conference has produced a short video about current federal and state immigration policy issues and what you can do to help. Take a look at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85E43w7bjqQ&feature=youtu.be. To send a message to your members of Congress, click here: https://votervoice.net/ICC/home.

By |January 8th, 2018|Immigration and Refuges, Issues, News, News and Legislative Updates|Comments Off on ICC Youtube video on immigration policy issues

Iowa bishops support DACA youth – Sept. 1, 2017

The Catholic bishops of Iowa have contacted Iowa’s congressional delegation in support of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) youth and the Dream Act of 2017. You are encouraged to contact our members of Congress on the issue as well at https://votervoice.net/ICC/home. The text of the Iowa Catholic Conference letter is as follows: The Iowa Catholic Conference supports [...]

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Freedom for mission and space to do good

  The USCCB has announced the Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom for Mission, which will be celebrated from June 21-July 4. The bishops ask Catholics to pray for the prudential judgment of our nation’s leaders as they consider the important issues before them. Religious freedom is “our first, most cherished liberty” and the one on which [...]

By |June 19th, 2017|Human Life and Dignity, Issues, Religious Liberty, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Freedom for mission and space to do good

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. [...]

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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

Legislature to discuss funding for mental health services

As Pope Francis has said, “Health, indeed, is not a consumer good, but a universal right which means that access to healthcare services cannot be a privilege." One of the ways the issue of healthcare is showing up in the Iowa Legislature this year is through a discussion about government-funded mental health services. In 1996, [...]

By |March 22nd, 2017|Healthcare, Human Life and Dignity, Issues, News, News and Legislative Updates|Comments Off on Legislature to discuss funding for mental health services