Anti-Family, Religious Freedom Bills Pass CA Legislature, Now Up to Governor Brown to Veto

SAN FRANCISCO, September 7, 2012 (Updated) -- This session, the CA Legislature has made the greatest attack in history on religious liberty, the unborn, marriage, the rights of parents, and women's health. Despite the efforts of so many of us, all of the bills that we have been fighting passed the Assembly and Senate and now await Governor Brown's signature or veto by September 30.

Now is the time to let the governor know that you are watching his action on these issues. Let him know how important it is for him to veto these outrageous bills. And, encourage others to do the same.

These bills present assaults on life, children, and religious liberty:

1. Please contact Governor Brown TODAY and ask him to veto:

SB 623
SB 1140
SB 1172

SB 1476
AB 1856
 
 Email Governor Brown here, using the list of bills provided under "Please choose your Subject"

2. Please let 5 of your friends or family members know about these bills.

Please take a few moments today to send a message to Governor Brown. The process is simple. Follow the link in the box to the right. You will be asked which bill you are writing about and whether you oppose or support. Scroll all the way through the list to find the bills. You'll need to send five separate emails, but the process takes seconds. Reference our talking points below to let Governor Brown know that you support religious freedom and the rights of children and parents.

SB 623

UPDATE: SB 623 has passed both the Assembly and the Senate.  Click on the links to find out how your representatives voted.

The bill will now make its way to Governor Brown's desk for signature or veto.

SB 623 threatens women's health by allowing non-doctors to perform abortions through the extension of a pilot program training nurses and nurse midwives to perform first trimester abortions, thereby reducing their cost and increasing profits to the abortion industry. Senator Kehoe, the bill's author, purports to be a great supporter of women's health. Yet, this bill shows a willingness to sacrifice the quality of women's health to pursue an agenda.

Earlier this year, Senator Kehoe proposed this legislation in SB 1338, which was unable to garner adequate support in Senate committee to bring it to the floor. Not to be defeated, she put the language in a marine environmental safety bill that had already passed the Senate. It is shocking that Senator Kehoe and her supporters are able to get away with such a blatant disregard for women's health.

SB 1140

UPDATE: SB 1140 has passed both the Assembly and the Senate.  Click on the links to find out how your representatives voted.

The bill will now make its way to Governor Brown's desk for signature or veto.

SB 1140
, the "Trojan Horse" marriage bill authored by San Francisco Senator Mark Leno, is the same bill the legislature passed in 2010 that was vetoed by then Governor Schwarzenegger. This bill appears to provide protection for religious institutions, but it is a deception. If the bill’s sponsors were truly concerned about providing protection for people of faith, they could provide conscience and freedom of religious expression provisions that would protect institutions and individuals from discrimination should they fail to make facilities available or provide services to people or events that conflict with their witness to the reality of marriage. What it really does is create two distinct types of marriage in California, conflicting with the California Constitution's marriage provision passed by the voters through Prop 8. It lays groundwork to redefine marriage to accommodate same-sex couple, and eventually remove from the law any public institution that unites kids with their moms and dads.

SB 1172

UPDATE: SB 1172 has passed both the Assembly and the Senate.  Click on the links to find out how your representatives voted.

The bill will now make its way to Governor Brown's desk for signature or veto.

SB 1172 is a contentious bill banning licensed therapists from providing therapy for children with same-sex attraction or gender confusion that does not affirm the behavior. This bill robs parents of their rights and obligations to seek the good for their children and act in their children's best interest.

Under SB 1172, licensed therapists would be banned from helping minors change their unwanted same-sex attractions, even if the child specifically asks for help. They are not allowed to say or suggest anything directed toward reducing gender confusion, or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same sex, even if they know it is necessary for the good of the child. Not only does it prevent parents from seeking the good for their children, it would ban Catholic psychiatrists and counselors, or those practicing in Catholic schools, clinics, and hospitals, from integrating the teachings of the Church in a way that treats the whole person—body, mind, and spirit.

SB 1476

UPDATE: SB 1476 has passed both the Assembly and the Senate.  Click on the links to find out how your representatives voted.

The bill will now make its way to Governor Brown's desk for signature or veto.

SB 1476 would allow children to have more than two legal parents. The bill assumes that children have no interest in their relationship with their moms and dads and sets the best interest of adults ahead of any concern for the best interest of the child. Nowhere in the bill is that interest for children defined. Additionally, the Association of Family Conciliation Courts, one of the bill's opponents, is concerned that there "is no limit on how many ... parents can be created by court order."

Imagine the competition between three or more parents attempting to determine the allocation of the child's time with each. What a disruption this would be for education and extra-curricular activities, not to mention the raising of the child according to faith and cultural values.

The Association of Certified Family Law Specialists argues that, "because parentage law is so complicated, (passage of this bill would have far-reaching effects on) citizenship, tax deductions, social security, wrongful death and ... implications in these myriad of other contexts."

AB 1856

UPDATE:  AB
1856 has passed both the Assembly and the Senate.  Click on the links to find out how your representatives voted.

The bill will now make its way to Governor Brown's desk for signature or veto.

AB 1856 would mandate that all foster parents receive instruction supporting all of their foster children's sexual choices. This bill violates the religious liberty of Catholic foster parents, and other people of faith, who would wish to teach their foster children the reality of love, marriage, and family. These parents would be encouraged, and possibly intimidated, to violate their own consciences.

Enough is enough.

Please act to oppose all of these bills from becoming law in California. Please forward this information to five friends right now and ask them to stand for marriage, family, and children today.

Please ask for the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Blessed John Paul as we work to evangelize the culture for marriage and family.



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