Month: March 2010

Bishops Conference Releases Analysis of Executive Order’s Inadequacies

March 30, 2010 The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has released an analysis of the executive order negotiated by Michigan Congressman Bart Stupak.  There is virtual unanimity within the Pro-Life community that the executive order will not be able to overrule the provisions on the new health care law that open the door to …

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Congress, President End Milestone School Choice Initiative

March 24, 2010 A federal program that gives low-income, mostly minority children a chance to attend private schools has been effectively killed by Congress.  The wildly popular and successful DC Opportunity Scholarship Program gives kids trapped in some of the nation’s worst schools the opportunity to receive a good education in a safe environment.  However, …

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Bill Regulating Sexually Oriented Businesses Moves Forward

March 24, 2010 The Kansas House passed legislation today regulating sexually oriented businesses: “adult” bookstores, video stores, arcades, nightclubs, theaters, etc. Currently, small towns in Kansas are left to fend for themselves when a sexually oriented business decides to move in and set up shop wherever and however they like.  If these towns attempt to …

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Stupak-Negotiated Executive Order Insufficient

March 22, 2010 For months Michigan Congressman Bart Stupak had led a group of Pro-Life Democrats who declined to support the health care reform bill unless it contained language applying existing  protections against federal funding of abortion to the bill.  Unfortunately, Congressman Stupak and his remaining holdouts negotiated a deal with the White House.  Under …

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US House Approves Historic, Deeply Flawed Health Care Legislation

March 22, 2010 Late last night, the US House of Representatives passed a health care reform bill that is both monumental in its scope and profoundly controversial in its substance.  While the Catholic Church has for decades supported health care reform and the expansion of access to care that this bill purports to have as …

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Bishop Coakley Urges Catholics Not to be Misled

March 19, 2010 On the heels of the Catholic Health Association’s endorsement of health care legislation opposed by the nation’s Catholic bishops, a letter with 55 Catholic signatories claiming to represent 59,000 women religious has been released also in support of the bill. In response, Bishop Coakley has issued a statement urging Catholics not to be …

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House, Senate Leaders Plan to Proceed Without Fixing Abortion Concerns

March 12, 2010 It appears that negotiations over abortion language between Pro-Life Democrat Bart Stupak and leaders of his party have broken down.  News reports today indicate that the White House and congressional leaders are prepared to move forward with the health care legislation developed in the Senate without addressing the concerns of Pro-Life members …

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Health Care Bill’s Immigration Provisions a Concern

March 11, 2010 Immigration advocates and concerned lawmakers are increasing the volume of their objections to language in the health care reform bill that would prevent illegal immigrants from being able to purchase health insurance in the new exchanges with their own money.  Without such access, it is feared that many immigrant families would be …

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Church Hit Hard by DC Same-Sex Marriage Law

March 9, 2010 The Catholic Church in Washington has been hit hard by the D.C. Council’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage in the the nation’s capital city.  In order to be in compliance with the new law, which failed to provide satisfactory religious exemptions for the Catholic Church, the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington had to …

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