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SB 598 passed 10-8

Repeal of DOMA Hearing Set for Nov. 10
Threatens Marriage Nationally
Call or Write U.S. Senate Committee Members

WASHINGTON, DC, October 26, 2011 (updated Nov 4)-- The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has called a hearing for November 10 on California Senator Diane Feinstein's bill to repeal the U.S. Defense of Marriage Act. It is important to understand the consequences of this bill and its impact on marriage across the country. (NOTE: the hearing and vote has been changed from November 3 to November 10.)


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Attack on Pregnancy Centers in San Francisco
NARAL Caught in Lie
Large Turnout Sought fo
r Oct. 18 Vote

SAN FRANCISCO, September 29, 2011(update) -- The San Francisco Board of Supervisors, City Operations and Neighborhood Services Committee met on September 26, to consider legislation to put severe restrictions on pregnancy resource centers in the city. However, they ended up rejecting  NARAL's claims that pregnancy resource centers engage in false and misleading advertising, the justification for the draft ordinance. They are unwilling to make a recommendation to the full board that will consider the matter on October 18. It was a small victory, but a large fight looms. A large show of support is needed at the upcoming hearing. Read further about what action is needed.


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Bill Signed by Governor
Gardasil AB 499 California parental rights issue similar to the one Rick Perry faced in Texas

Veto on AB 499 a Realistic Possibility
If Enough People Call the Governor Now
New Research Reveals Waste and Subterfuge
SAN FRANCISCO, September 15, 2011-- These days, Governor Brown’s phone (916-445-2841) is often busy as thousands are calling for his veto of AB 499. It is an outrageous attack on parental rights and responsibility that would let interest groups like Planned Parenthood go, without their parents’ knowledge, directly to children as young as 12 years old and talk them into being vaccinated with Gardasil, a vaccine for preventing 4 strains of the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus.


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HHS's Contraceptive Mandate
Violates Conscience Rights
Send Comments Before September 30

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 1, 2011 -- In implementing the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently issued guidelines requiring almost all private health plans to cover FDA-approved contraceptive methods and sterilization as “preventive services” for women. On August 3, HHS published an interim final rule that references these guidelines, and allows HRSA to implement a very narrow and inadequate religious exemption. This action poses an unprecedented threat to the religious freedom of individuals and institutions. Until now, no federal law has required private health plans to cover these services.


Gov Signed Bill

CA Bill Redefines Fatherhood
Governor Signs into Law
SAN FRANCISCO, Updated August 6, 2011-- AB 1349, a bill that is intended to redefine fatherhood for children born to unmarried mothers was signed into law by California Governor Edmund Brown, Jr on August 5. It undermines the entire notion of natural parenthood. It also undermines the rights of fathers and the internationally recognized right of every child to know and, as far as possible, be cared for by his or her biological mother and father.


Gov Signed Bill
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CA SB 48 to Sexualize K-12 Public School Students
Ask for Governor's Veto
Must Decide by July 19
SACRAMENTO, updated July 11, 2011 -- SB 48, a bill that would change California textbooks and curriculum to bring the sexuality of gay, lesbian, transgender, and bisexual people to the attention of students K-12 in social studies is so bad, even the LA Times has editorialized against it. It has passed the Senate and landed on the Governor's desk today. He must sign or veto it by July 19.


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Aborted Baby Cells Used
for Product Development

LARGO, Florida, March 29, 2011– Pepsico, Kraft Foods, and Nestlé are among the corporations partnered with a biotech company found using aborted fetal cell lines to test food flavor enhancers, according to a pro-life watchdog group. 


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Ask U.S. House to Take Over Defense of DOMA
Sign Letter Today!
Since the President is no longer willing to defend Federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) against court challenges, it is critical that the U.S. House take over responsibility for its defense. Please sign a petition-letter today to request that the Speaker take this action and let him know of your ongoing support for preserving DOMA and marriage between a man and a woman.


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Hospital’s commitment to reversing abortions
Opportunities for Pregnancy Center/
Catholic Hospital Alliances

CHICAGO, February 11, 2011  - Chicago’s Resurrection Hospital is making national news with its new commitment to reversing mid-term abortions for women who have changed their minds and wish to have their babies.


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Action for World Marriage Day
2nd Sunday in Februrary
What is Your Parish Planning?
What Can You Do?

In 1993, his Holiness, Pope John Paul II, imparted his Apostolic Blessings on World Marriage Day, which is celebrated on the 2nd Sunday of February. The USCCB has encouraged this celebration as a way of supporting their mission to promote the reality of marriage, their top priority for 2011. It comes just before Valentine's Day, a traditional time to celebrate love, friendship, and romance. In addition, Valentine's Day is becoming a day for politics and contention. The media will be full of reports of same-sex couples seeking marriage licenses across the country, advocating that marriage be redefined as merely a committed relationship for the benefit of adults. However, this is a reminder that events provide educational opportunities.


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Follow Cardinal George's Lead
Ask President to Help Protect Iraqi Christians

BALTIMORE (November 15, 2010) — The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) affirmed by acclamation during their annual Fall General Assembly a November 9 letter from Chicago Cardinal Francis George, OMI, USCCB president, to President Obama regarding the recent violence against Christians in Iraq.


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Sign Petition: Stop Latest Attempt to Undermine Prop 8
Demand Veto of California “Trojan Horse” Marriage Bill
 SACRAMENTO, September 1, 2010 – The California legislature has sent to the Governor's desk SB 906, a Trojan horse marriage bill designed to help undermine Prop 8. Join thousands of California voters by signing a petition to send a strong message for the Governor to veto this latest slap at the more than 7 million voters who passed the initiative to define marriage between a man and a woman in November 2008.


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Do You Know What is Being Taught to Your Children?
Exercise Your Right To Opt Out

California parents have a narrow window to opt their children out of objectionable "educational" content at the beginning of every school year. It is tricky, so parents must pay close attention. While this article pertains to California public schools, it provides good information that could be helpful to parents of children in private schools and schools in other states. Check private school policies or laws in other states.


New Bill Introduced to Combat Child Sex-Trafficking within U.S.
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 24, 2010 – New legislation designed to aggressively address the sexual exploitation of children by sex-traffickers was introduced into the House of Representatives this week by U.S. Representatives Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) and Chris Smith (NJ-04). The bill would add $45 million to law enforcement and victim-assistance efforts.


haiti devastated by earthquake, Archbishop killed

Haiti Devastated by Earthquake
Archbishop Dies
How You Can Help

BALTIMORE, MD, January 13, 2010– The U.S. Geological Survey reports that a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti 10 miles southwest of the capital of Port au Prince at 4:53 p.m. Eastern, Tuesday, Jan. 12.Catholic Relief Services is readying food and other aid to help families affected by a powerful earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12. CRS has committed an initial $5 million (US) to help survivors of the devastating quake.




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