Conscience Protection

USCCB Deep Healthcare Bill Concerns
Bishops Praise Reps for Pro-Life Vote
Not Supporting Any Specific Legislation

WASHINTON, DC, November 10, 2009 -- While the US bishops expressed appreciation to the Representatives that supported the Stupak Amendment blocking federal funding of abortions in the House-passed healthcare bill, they expressed deep concern with other aspects of the legislation. US Catholic Conference of Bishops strongly supports reform that provides affordable universal access to healthcare, however, contrary to some news reports, they are not supporting any specific legislation.


Kansas Senator Sam Brownback, sponsor of 1st amendment protections to the Hate Crimes Amendment to the DOD Authorization bill

U.S. Senate Adopts Hate Crime Amendment
Brownback Strenghtens Speech Protection
WASHINGTON, DC, July 16, 2009 -- Late tonight, the U.S. Senate adopted the "Leahy Hate Crimes Amendment" to the Department of Defense Authorization Bill, but not before an amendment to the amendment was offered by Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS), and adopted that added and strengthened first amendment protections.


Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago and President of the USCCB

Major Threat to Religious Liberty
Stop Effort To Rescind Conscience Regulation
Hear Message from Cardinal George

The Obama Administration has proposed to rescind regulations protecting healthcare workers and institutions from coercion or discrimination because the refuse to cooperate with abortion, sterilizations, or unethical research.  You can help oppose this effort by sending comments by email or mail by April 9. Background, instructions, and talking points follow.


CA Supreme Court Denies Doctor's Rights of Conscience 
Refusing Artificial Insemination to Lesbian Woman Not an Option 

SACRAMENTO, August 19, 2008-- In a case of a lesbian woman seeking artificial insemination, the California Supreme Court ruled unanimously that doctors don't have the right to refuse to provide nonessential care to patients, even when the sought procedure conflicts with their religious beliefs.


CA Court of Appeal Reverses Decision on Homeschooling
Parents Have the Right to Homeschool Their Children

LOS ANGELES, August 12, 2008-- The California Court of Appeal decided that parents are allowed to homeschool their children according to the CA Education Code. This overturned the previous ruling of the court which banned hoomeschooling in California.


Conscience Rights Under Threat
Health Issues Spark Conflicts

ROME, June 1, 2008 -- The attempt to limit religion to the purely private sphere is a major area of conflict in many countries. One of the areas of battle involves Christians and Church-based institutions active in health care.


California Governor Signs SB 777
Anti-Family Viewpoint Discrimination Now Law

CCG press release: California Governor Signs SB 777

SACRAMENTO, Calif., October 13, 2007 -- California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed SB 777 into law late on Friday evening.
"I am honestly shocked that Governor Schwarzenegger signed SB 777, an anti-family viewpoint discrimination bill" said William B. May, Chairman of Catholics for the Common Good. "He vetoed a similar bill last year before the election."




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