This message was received by the Parish Office, via email, on February 23:
Call to Action
On Monday, February 28, the Senate will vote on the Women’s Health Protection Act, H.R. 3755. This deceptively-named, extreme bill would impose abortion on demand nationwide at any stage of pregnancy through federal statute. Even worse, it would eliminate modest and widely supported pro-life laws at every level of government -- the federal, state, and local level -- including parental notification for minor girls, informed consent, and health or safety protections specific to abortion facilities. It would force all Americans to support abortions here and abroad with their tax dollars. It would also likely force health care providers and professionals to perform, assist in, and/or refer for abortion against their deeply-held beliefs, as well as force employers and insurers to cover or pay for abortion.
We need to send an unmistakable message to the Senate that this horrible bill must never be enacted. Join Archbishop Lori, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities and Cardinal Dolan, chairman of the Committee for Religious Liberty in urging the Senate to oppose H.R. 3755.
Check out the chairmen’s letter and this fact sheet to learn more about this radical bill.
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KANSAS IS NO LONGER PROLIFE!
HERE’S WHAT HAPPENED AND WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT:
It’s almost too gruesome to believe, yet true. According to official records of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, an average of nine preborn babies lose their lives each week in Kansas through a horrific procedure known as live dismemberment abortion.
There is more shocking news about abortion in Kansas.
Did you know the legal path is now open for taxpayer-funded/Medicaid-funded abortion in Kansas? Did you know that under current Kansas law, a 14-year-old girl (or any minor) can get an abortion without the knowledge or consent of her parents? Did you know that virtually every prolife Kansas law on the books is now “presumed unconstitutional?” including bans on brutal late term birth abortion, informed consent and even basic clinic sanitation standards?
All these appalling facts—and much more—are the result of a devastating decision recently made by the Kansas State Supreme Court in the abortion case Hodes & Hauser v. Schmidt.
You probably haven’t heard much about this decision, but overnight it changed Kansas into one
of the most radical pro-abortion states in the country. In fact, Kansas abortion law is now even
more extreme than states like New York.
WHAT IS "VALUE THEM BOTH?”
What can Kansas Catholics do to change this injustice?
VALUE THEM BOTH is the proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution that will safeguard both women and babies from what could soon be an unregulated abortion industry.
VALUE THEM BOTH restores to the people of Kansas, through their elected officials, the ability to regulate the abortion industry in a way that protects both women and babies.
Unlimited abortion hurts women and babies. VALUE THEM BOTH places the power to regulate the abortion industry back in the people’s hands where it belongs.
Passing VALUE THEM BOTH is a two-step process.
First, a “super majority” of the Kansas Senate and House must vote to approve placement of the amendment on a statewide ballot. Once that happens, citizens will vote. The amendment becomes part of the Kansas Constitution if it receives a simple majority of votes. Passage of VALUE THEM BOTH will again make our abortion laws enforceable and constitutional.
THE UPCOMING STATE ELECTION MATTERS!
This past Legislative Session, VALUE THEM BOTH passed the Senate, but came four agonizing votes short in the House. Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry cheered.
The Catholic Bishops of the United States have declared abortion to be the pre-eminent issue of our day. The Catholic Bishops of Kansas call VALUE THEM BOTH their #1 legislative priority.
Before casting your vote this election, become informed about this and other issues. Then exercise your responsibility of faithful citizenship and VOTE!
Chuck Weber is the executive director of the Kansas Catholic Conference and can be reached at: Chuck@KansasCatholic.org
The Kansas Catholic Conference is the official voice on public policy matters of the Kansas Catholic Bishops. The web site is: www.kansascatholic.org
The web site of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops can be found at: www.USCCB.org
Photograph is by Swedish photograph Lenart Neilson.
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