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 [...]

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ICC opposes “doctor-prescribed suicide” bills

Bills have been introduced in the Iowa House and Iowa Senate to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide, also called "physician-assisted suicide.” The Iowa Catholic Conference opposes the bills. Click on the link for a flier regarding our opposition to the bill along with the Iowa Coalition for Ethical Care. Iowa-AssistedSuicide-final 2017 The Iowa Catholic Conference opposes the legalization [...]

By |January 22nd, 2015|Bioethics, End of Life, Human Life and Dignity, News, News and Legislative Updates|Comments Off on ICC opposes “doctor-prescribed suicide” bills

U.S. Bishops’ Labor Day Statement

As we approach Labor Day, we would like to highlight the 2014 Labor Day statement from the U.S. bishops. It focuses on unemployment among young people. The statement was released by the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami. It draws on Pope Francis’ teaching [...]

By |August 28th, 2014|Economic Concerns, News, News and Legislative Updates|Comments Off on U.S. Bishops’ Labor Day Statement

Human Life and Dignity Committee to meet

The Iowa Catholic Conference Human Life and Dignity Committee will meet on Sept. 4 in Ankeny to consider legislative priorities ahead of the 2015 legislative session. The committee replaces the former Pro-Life, Social Concerns and Family Life Committees to speak with one voice in support of the needs of the most vulnerable and marginalized. Members will focus [...]

By |August 27th, 2014|Human Life and Dignity, News, News and Legislative Updates|Comments Off on Human Life and Dignity Committee to meet

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 [...]

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‘Vocation of the Business Leader’ helps men and women meet the challenges of business life

“Vocation of the Business Leader: A Reflection” is designed to guide, encourage and inspire men and women as they meet the challenges of business life. Published in 2012, the 32-page document is introduced by Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, which worked in collaboration with the John A. Ryan [...]

By |July 15th, 2014|Economic Concerns, Uncategorized|Comments Off on ‘Vocation of the Business Leader’ helps men and women meet the challenges of business life

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

Iowa bishops’ statement on humanitarian situation at the border – June 2014

A November 2013 report from the U.S. Catholic bishops’ Committee on Migration alerted us to the ongoing increase in migration of unaccompanied children across the border. More than 52,000 unaccompanied children have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border since the beginning of the year. The report found a “perfect storm” of reasons leading to this phenomenon, including [...]

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Immigration reform call-in days

Here's some new information regarding upcoming Justice for Immigrants national call-in days. Next Wednesday, June 11th is a “Leadership Call-in Day” that will send calls to the House offices of Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader Cantor, and Majority Whip McCarthy. On Friday, June 13th there will be another national call-in day directed to Members’ district offices. The toll-free number to [...]

By |June 6th, 2014|Immigration and Refuges, News, News and Legislative Updates|Comments Off on Immigration reform call-in days

Immigration and Refugees

A bill to set up a pilot program in Iowa to assist refugees, Senate File 2270, has been sent to the Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration. The bill would allocate about $2.2 million to help community organizations train refugees to help other refugees access community resources.First, refugees are present in the U.S. legally. They are [...]

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