Circle of Love - Legislation

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President Biden’s budget proposes forcing taxpayers to fund abortion on demand!

Dated: June 1, 2021

From Julie Hatch and the UCCB

Last Friday, President Biden released his Fiscal Year 2022 budget in which he proposes to eliminate the Hyde Amendment and some related pro-life provisions. Calling for elimination of Hyde in a president’s budget is unprecedented.

Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, Chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities issued a statement expressing deep concerns, saying:

“I call on all government leaders to work toward a budget that truly builds up the common good of all. This should include the many proposals in the President’s budget submission that seek to protect vulnerable people. And it must also preserve the Hyde Amendment and related provisions which have protected millions of unborn babies, and mothers in difficult circumstances, from the tragedy of abortion

Without the Hyde Amendment and related policies, billions of taxpayer dollars could be used to pay for abortion in the United States and throughout the world.

Don’t let our government make you pay for the taking of innocent human life.

Contact the President and express your strong disagreement with his decision to force taxpayers to fund abortion on demand. At the same time, tell Congress to keep the Hyde Amendment and related policies and to oppose any bill that expands taxpayer funding of abortion.

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Action Needed to Stop Infanticide!

Dated: April 12, 2021

From Julie Hatch and the UCCB

The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 619) has again been introduced in Congress to protect babies from infanticide.

But efforts to bring the bill to a vote in the House are being blocked. Your action is needed to urge your Representative to sign a discharge petition that would allow this vote to occur.

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Some states have passed laws to expand abortion and to repeal laws providing specific protections for babies born alive after surviving an attempted abortion. The Born-Alive Act would provide these specific protections nationwide to help prevent newborns from being killed or left alone to die.

must continue to push Congress to pass the Born-Alive Act, so babies born alive following an abortion attempt are treated the same as any other newborn baby. PLEASE ACT TODAY!!!

Message to Julie Hatch from the UCCB

Dated: March 31, 2021

Call to Action

Contact your State Representatives and Senators to Vote "No" on HB 1108

The proposed “Gender Identity Expression Anti-discrimination” Colorado House Bill (HB) 1108 forces Coloradans to conform to government-mandated beliefs about human sexuality that pose a great threat to religious freedom and freedom of conscience. It is the “Colorado-version” of the federal Equality Act H.R.5.

The Catholic Church teaches that each person should be treated with dignity, respect, and compassion, as each person is made in the image of God. HB 1108 claims to ban discrimination based on “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” and “gender expression.” However, it actually codifies discrimination against anyone with a different belief about human sexuality and forces them to conform to government-mandated beliefs about sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression under threat of criminal and financial penalties.

While HB 1108 contains some religious institution exemption clauses, it is unclear that these clauses will truly allow religious organizations to both profess and practice their well-founded convictions on human sexuality and marriage without being prosecuted for violating the law.

For instance, religious exception to the public accommodation anti-discrimination requirement is narrow. Although it does not apply to “a church, synagogue, mosque, or other place that is principally used for religious purposes,” the exemption may be interpreted to not apply to religious-affiliated institutions like schools or hospitals.

This means that Catholic schools, Catholic hospitals, homeless shelters, adoptive care agencies and other ministries of the Church may be forced to conform to these government-mandated beliefs on gender identity and gender expression, or be prosecuted, impacting their ability to serve vulnerable populations.

Additionally, the bill affords no protections for private individuals to practice their well-founded convictions on human sexuality in the public sphere.

This ignores the 2017 US Supreme Court case, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, in which Masterpiece owner Jack Philips was sued for politely refusing to design a wedding cake for a same-sex marriage due to his religious beliefs on marriage. The Colorado Civil Rights Commission found Jack violated anti-discrimination law; however, in a 7-2 ruling, the US Supreme Court found that Colorado was wrong to punish Jack for peacefully living out his beliefs in the marketplace.

If enacted, HB 1108 gives authority to that same Colorado Civil Rights Commission to enforce this new law and decide how “religious expression” and “worship” are applied for religious institutions and private citizens, which means it actually codifies discrimination against anyone with a different belief about human sexuality.

First Amendment protections for religious freedom and freedom of conscience require that the government make “no law prohibiting the free exercise of religion; or abridging the free of speech…” Colorado HB 1108 is a direct violation of Coloradans' freedom of conscience and free exercise of religion.

Please contact your House Representatives and Senators to vote “NO” on HB 1108.

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Message to Julie Hatch from UCCB Pro-Life

Dated: March 15, 2021

Call to Action:

The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was passed by Congress in 1972, with the stated purpose of enshrining equality between the sexes in our Constitution. However, it failed to be ratified by three-fourths of the states (38) within the 7-year time limit established by Congress. Now, abortion activists in Congress, among others, are trying to revive it by passing a resolution to eliminate the deadline for ratification by the states (H.J. Res. 17). The House plans to vote this week and needs to hear from you now!

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Catholic teaching, and recent popes, speak very clearly and strongly about the equality of men and women based upon their equal dignity as children of God. And, although many advances were made for women’s equality in the years immediately following passage of the amendment, the Church recognizes the need to do more to address unjust inequities between women and men. However, the ERA in its current form poses very serious problems, including likely requiring federal funding for abortions, overturning pro-life and conscience protection laws, and even undermining government programs designed to promote women’s advancement in education and the workplace. More information about the ERA and its consequences is presented in this fact sheet.

Because of these serious problems, the Bishops are urging members to oppose the ERA in its current form, and to vote “no” on H.J.Res.17. Please join the bishops and contact your member today!

Message to Julie Hatch from the Colorado Catholic Conference

Dated: February 25, 2021

Call to Action:

The U.S. House of Representatives will vote on a new COVID relief bill, called the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 that addresses the needs of many vulnerable people related to the pandemic. The Senate is expected to vote as soon as next week. Unfortunately, unlike previous COVID relief bills, this bill appropriates billions of taxpayer dollars that are not subject to longstanding, bi-partisan pro-life protections that are needed to prevent this funding from paying for abortions.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is communicating to Congress its strong opposition to any taxpayer funding of abortion as part of this legislation, saying that the Hyde Amendment policy must be included before this bill moves forward. Your voice is critically needed today to tell your representatives in Congress to support amendments that prevent abortion funding and to work for their inclusion in the final bill.

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