The last mile of a long journey is always the most difficult.  This is the challenge before us now that the 2024 Kansas Legislature has completed
its regular session, with the “veto session” set to begin on Thursday, April 25.      

We are greatly encouraged by the passage of a number of Culture of Life measures supported by the Catholic Bishops of Kansas and the Kansas
Catholic Conference. But there is more work to do!

These measures will only become law if Governor Kelly signs them. Your voice is needed to help make that happen. 

If the past is any indication, we can expect the Governor to veto many of these common sense proposals. They can still become law despite a veto IF the legislature overrides any veto with 2/3’s margins from both the Senate (27 votes) and House (84 votes). 

It won’t be easy. 

But Catholics and other Christians are Easter people. We are people of hope who persevere. We know and trust that all things are possible with Our Risen Savior. “We know that all things work for good for thsoe who love God.” (Romans 8:28)

Our confidence in Divine Providence may be likened by some to the sentiment expressed in the Kansas state motto: Ad Astra per Aspera, translated from Latin: “To the stars, through difficulties.” Ad Astra is the title of the statue pictured above that sits atop the Kansas Statehouse, an image projecting aspiration and inspiration.

Let us be inspired to take action, working as though all depends on us, but praying as though all depends on God. Thank you for taking time to learn what’s happening at the Kansas Statehouse and how you can engage the process to help make Kansas a better place for generations to come. We persevere!

Chuck Weber, Kansas Catholic Conference