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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Catholic Conference staff and others interested in education are traveling to Iowa today for the Midwest Catholic Education Advocates Conference. We’re looking forward to hearing from representatives of the Iowa Alliance for Choice in Education, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, The […]
Supreme Court rules on religious freedom; Action alert on funding for refugees and unaccompanied minors
This week began with a positive decision of the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court ruled that closely-held family corporations will not be required to provide insurance coverage for certain drugs. The Hobby Lobby stores had a religious objection to paying for drugs which may cause abortions.
The Court said the […]
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. […]
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 […]
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.
To: Iowa Catholic Conference Legislative Network
NATIONAL CALL-IN DAY FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM
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 […]
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 […]