The General Assembly has completed the 2021 session.
Legislation of Interest
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URGENT ACTION NEEDED!
U.S. House Appropriations Committee passes budget without Hyde Amendment - Reversing a restriction on federal tax dollars being used to fund abortions that has existed since the 1970's.
This week, the House Committee on Appropriations - chaired by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut - advanced the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) appropriations bill, excluding the 46-year-old Hyde Amendment. It also excludes the long-standing Weldon Amendment, which protects the right of medical professionals to not participate in abortions. Eliminating these provisions would force taxpayers to pay for elective abortions and force health care providers and professionals to perform and refer for abortion against their deeply-held beliefs, as well as force employers and insurers to cover and pay for abortion.
URGENT ACTION NEEDED!
Equality Act Threatens Religious Liberty. The federal legislation has passed the House and is being considered in the U.S. Senate
Human dignity is central to what we believe as Catholics. Every person is made in the image of God and should be treated accordingly, with respect and compassion. That means we need to honor every person’s right to be free of unjust discrimination.
The Equality Act purports to protect people experiencing same-sex attraction or gender discordance from unjust discrimination. Although this is a worthy purpose, the Equality Act does not serve it. And instead of respecting differences in beliefs about marriage and sexuality, the Equality Act discriminates against people of faith precisely because of those beliefs. In the process, the Equality Act codifies the new ideology of “gender” in federal law, dismissing sexual difference and falsely presenting “gender” as only a social construct.
The Equality Act explicitly exempts itself from the requirements and protections of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. This would be unprecedented, as no federal law has ever done so before, and it demonstrates the Equality Act’s radical denial of tolerance to people of faith who do not agree to the government’s view of sexuality as established by the Act.