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Our obligation is to become better informed on public issues, addressing the morals and human dimension, while supporting church teaching on human life, human rights, justice and peace.

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Action Required - Email from Helen

Forwarded is an alert received from the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment (NCHLA), part of the U.S..Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Included with the alert is background information which NCHLA has provided explaining a proposed rule change to clarify section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. As currently written, health care providers (doctors) and health plans (which you and I may have) are at risk of being charged with "sex discrimination."

Read the background information provided by the NCHLA. It is self-explanatory and easy to follow. If you agree that doctors should not be forced to perform abortions against their beliefs and that taxpayers should not be forced to pay for the abortions:

Contact the Department of Health and Human Services by clicking on the "send a comment" line on the alert. Advise them that doctors should NOT be forced to perform abortions against their beliefs and that taxpayers should not be forced to pay for the abortions.

It is important that the Department of Health and Human Services hears from individuals so they know we are in agreement with the proposed new rules to clarify Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. Be on the safe side: Submit comments to the Department prior to Tuesday, August 13, 2019.

As with all legislative issues, contact the Department as an individual -- not as a Catholic Daughter.

Thanks for your usual cooperation in responding to legislative issues.



Arizona Becomes 16th State to Recognize Public Health Harms of Pornography.

Arizona recently became the 16th state to pass a resolution recognizing the public health harms of pornography! Montana also recently passed this resolution! And Texas is gaining momentum on a resolution as well!

Similar to tobacco in the 1950s, research & science have caught up with the harmful impacts of a pervasive industry. That is why the National Center on Sexual Exploitation authored the model resolution that formally recognizes the impacts of pornography which is being passed around the country.

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has created a Research Summary highlighting findings from over 90 peer-reviewed studies on the harms of pornography. Further, the CDC recently told CNN that “Pornography can be connected to other public health issues like sexual violence and occupational HIV transmission.”

We hope you feel the rising hope as much as we do!

Finally, Conscience and Moral Convictions Will Be Protected

For many years you have probably heard reports of doctors, nurses and medical students being forced to choose between their consciences and their careers. This was wrong. Laws to prevent this kind of discrimination were in too many cases simply ignored. Good people suffered, even lost their jobs.

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) took a long-awaited step to provide relief to those brave people.

The official rule issued yesterday ensures that healthcare professionals and medical students will not be compelled to leave the practice of medicine because they decline to participate in actions such as abortion, assisted suicide or sterilization that violate their conscience, religious belief or moral convictions.

The new rule protects the right of diverse faith-based health care institutions from participation in procedures like abortion, sterilization, or assisted suicide. Also, and importantly, the new rules will also ensure that churches and others who oppose abortion are not compelled to cover elective abortion in their health plans.

Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Plan

Current federal policy insufficiently protects babies who are born alive following an attempted abortion. While current law recognizes that all infants born alive are “persons,” babies who survive an abortion attempt are left vulnerable because the law provides for no requirements that health care practitioners treat the infant with the same degree of care afforded to any other newborn. The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act would remedy this problem by requiring that proper medical care be given to infants who survive an abortion and establishing criminal consequences for practitioners who fail to do so.

Thanks to all of you, and there were thousands, who contacted your Members of Congress asking them to sign the discharge petition to bring about a vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Your combined action has gotten 199 House Members to sign the petition so far. We still need 19 more Members to sign the discharge petition in order to proceed to debate and a vote.

Our House Member, Scott Tipton, signed the discharge petition. Please send him a note of thanks for his brave stance, by using the form on the NCHLA website.

H.R. 5

According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops,congress will soon vote on H.R. 5, the Equality Act, sweeping legislation that would add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the definition of sex throughout federal law.

The designers of the Equality Act claim that this legislation protects people from discrimination. In reality, the Equality Act retracts religious freedom, endangers privacy, regulates speech, hinders quality health care, and threatens charitable organizations and those whom they serve.

The Church seeks to promote justice and human dignity, and so Catholics are opposed to unjust discrimination. But the Equality Act does not offer meaningful protections for individuals. In fact, its definitions remove women and girls from protected legal existence. Take Action

SB 19 182 Repeal the Death Penalty

SB 19 182 Repeal the Death Penalty - will be debated on the Senate floor during second reading tomorrow, Wednesday, March 20, 2019.

We believe that all people have a natural right to life, because every human being is made in the image and likeness of God, who alone is Lord of life from its beginning until its end (cf. Genesis 1: 26-28).

The state of Colorado has other means available to it besides the death penalty to exact justice and render a criminal unable to do harm. We need to continue the reform of our criminal justice system, and we need to impose punishment in a way that protects society from violence while avoiding further killing under official guise.

Take Action

Abolish the Death Penalty in Colorado

Please contact your State Senator and ask him or her to ABOLISH THE DEATH PENALTY IN COLORADO.

Click the link below to log in and send your message: votervoice.net

HB19 1223 Needs your attention

HB 19-1123 would address a misalignment between state and federal laws governing the usage of 529 college savings accounts. If this change is not made, parents who use their 529 savings for K-12 tuition payments could face potentially severe tax penalties as early as this year.

HB19-1123 is scheduled for a hearing before the House Education Committee at 1:30 on Thursday, February 14. If the bill does not survive that hearing, the chance to align Colorado and federal 529 law will be effectively lost this year.

If you or someone you know has a 529 account in the state of Colorado, it is critical that committee members hear from you about this bill.

Connect digitally with members of the House Education Committee using an online campaign in support of this important bill. Contact members of the House Education Committee and let them know how important it is to protect Colorado parents who choose to make use of the new federal 529 flexibility.

Take Action on HB19 1032 TODAY!

The Colorado Catholic Conference OPPOSES HB19 1032 - CONCERNING COMPREHENSIVE HUMAN SEXUALITY EDUCATION. The Colorado Catholic Conference believes that this bill further compromises the ability of local school districts to maintain a system of local control that allows communities and school districts to determine content standards for comprehensive human sexuality education. Local school districts, in conjunction with school boards and parents are the best vehicle to determine what content standards should be adopted for instruction regarding human sexuality; these groups are the best resources to govern what values and standards should be reflected in this type of instruction. Parents are the primary educators of their children and education policy must be crafted in a manner that places the needs of the children and parents first.

HB 19 1032 passed out of the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 on a party line vote of 7-4. The bill will now head to the House Floor for debate and discussion. PLEASE CONTACT YOUR STATE REPRESENATIVE AND ASK HIM/HER TO VOTE NO on HB 19-1032.

PROBLEMS WITH HB19-1032: 1) If pregnancy outcomes are covered, abortion and life must be presented as equal options. 2) The "age-appropriateness" of the curriculum is vague and the actual content of the curriculum is undefined. 3) Cannot teach abstinence as the primary or sole acceptable preventative method. 4) Creates a loophole where programming on gender, gender expression and sexual orientation can be taught outside of the human sexuality instruction without notification provided to parents 5) Charter schools may not apply for a waiver.