Month: March 2012

Kansas House Passes Two Critical Conscience Protection Bills

March 29, 2012 Today the Kansas House overwhelmingly passed a religious freedom bill 91-33 and a health care conscience protection bill 95-29.  They now await action by the Kansas Senate. Religious Freedom Preservation Act — H Sub for SB 142 Yeas: Alford, Arpke, Aurand, Billinger, Boman, Bowers, Brookens, Brown, Bruchman, Brunk, Burgess, Calloway, Carlson, Cassidy, Collins, …

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School Choice Bill Defeated in Kansas House

March 27, 2012 The Kansas House of Representatives voted 55-66 against legislation that would establish a school choice program in Kansas geared towards low-income families. Under the bill, individuals and corporations would be able to receive a tax credit for making donations to nonprofit scholarship organizations.  The nonprofit scholarship organizations in turn would use the …

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KU Medical Center Wants Residents Trained in Abortion

Important Pro-Life legislation supported by the Kansas Catholic Conference is facing opposition from the Kansas University Medical Center.  While KU Med officials did not testify against HB 2598 at its committee hearing, they have been contacting members of the Legislature to oppose language in the bill that prevents state employees from participating in the abortion …

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US Senate Defeats “Blunt Amendment” Protecting Religious Liberty

March 1, 2012 The US Senate voted 51-48 this morning to kill the “Respect for Rights of Conscience Act,” also known as the “Blunt Amendment.”  This critically important legislation would have protected religious individuals and institutions from the Obama Administration’s “contraceptive mandate.” The President of the United States and a majority of US senators believe that Catholic …

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