27 08, 2014

Human Life and Dignity Committee to meet

  • August 27th, 2014

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 […]

19 08, 2014

Good news – judge rules in favor of webcam abortion ban

  • August 19th, 2014

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. Apparently Planned Parenthood will appeal the decision, which is set to take effect in 30 days.

Ample evidence was presented during the months-long process leading […]

14 07, 2014

NCHLA issues action alert on bill to limit religious liberty

  • July 14th, 2014

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 […]

14 07, 2014

Update from Midwest Catholic Education Advocates Conference

  • July 14th, 2014


Lucas Swanepoel, associate director for governmental relations at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Katherine Knight, associate director of public policy in the Secretariat of Education at the USCCB.        Photo: Reed Flood, […]

26 06, 2014

June 2014 ICC newsletter

  • June 26th, 2014

The Iowa bishops have released a statement on the humanitarian issue on the southern border of the United States.

It reads, in part: “We appreciate government officials for responding as best they can to this crisis and ask them to make sure that legal services are available to unaccompanied children. […]

26 06, 2014

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

  • June 26th, 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 […]

6 06, 2014

Immigration reform call-in days

  • June 6th, 2014

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 […]

29 05, 2014

National call-in day on immigration reform; Governor signs adoption tax credit

  • May 29th, 2014

To: Iowa Catholic Conference Legislative Network


Tomorrow, May 29, is a national “call-in day” to Congress in support of immigration reform. To participate, dial this toll-free number, 1-855-589-5698, to be automatically connected to your U.S. House Member and ask them to:

  • Vote for immigration reform,
  • Support a […]
13 05, 2014

Review of the 2014 legislative session

  • May 13th, 2014

This is our complete report on the 2014 Iowa legislative session from the perspective of the Iowa Catholic Conference. The following pages review our key legislative and advocacy work during the 2014 session. The amount of space taken to explain an issue does not necessarily correspond to its priority […]

10 02, 2014

2014 Legislative Concerns and Priorities

  • February 10th, 2014


  • Supports expanding tax credits for individuals, businesses, or financial institutions who contribute to a “school tuition organization” that provides scholarships to low- and middle-income children who want to attend a nonpublic school.
  • Supports the equitable participation of nonpublic school children in federal- and state-funded programs.
  • Supports full funding of public schools […]