Our office has been tracking a number of major legislative and judicial actions that affect the public policy priorities of the Catholic Church.
The "Medical Aid in Dying Act" (A.2383/S.3151) is the pending bill in the New York State legislature that would legalize assisted suicide. We are currently working to prevent the legalization of assisted suicide in New York.
For more information, see the Stop Assisted Suicide tab.
See the NYSCC Catholic Action Network for the other current issues in New York.
The Hyde Amendment is a legislative provision that prevents the use of certain federal funds to pay for abortion, except in the cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother. The Hyde Amendment is not a permanent law, but is considered to be a rider. This means that it is attached to appropriations bills each year. Recently, there has been a push to repeal the Hyde Amendment. We are working to preserve the Hyde Amendment, so that taxpayers will not have to pay for abortion.
See the USCCB Action Center for the other current federal issues.
Myers v. Schneiderman is a lawsuit that is seeking to overturn New York's ban on assisted suicide. The lawsuit was unanimously rejected by lower courts, but is now before the New York State Court of Appeals for decision. The New York State Catholic Conference opposes this lawsuit, and has filed friend of the court briefs ("amicus curiae briefs") arguing against it. Briefs opposing the lawsuit have also been filed on behalf of doctors and disabled people.
For more information, see here.
Zubik v. Burwell (also known as the "HHS Mandate case" or the "Little Sisters of the Poor case") is a consolidated lawsuit before the U.S. Supreme Court on whether religious non-profits, aside from churches, should be exempt from the contraception mandate under the Affordable Care Act. As of May 16, 2016, the Court decided to send the consolidated cases back to the Circuit Courts and instructed the lower courts to work out a resolution to ensure that religious non-profits would not have to facilitate in the provision of morally offensive services, such as contraception, beyond contracting with their insurance company for a policy that excludes them.
Our commentary on this decision is available here.
GG v. Clocester School District is a pending lawsuit about the constitutionality of the U.S. Department of Education's order that students in public schools must be allowed to present themselves as their chosen "gender" and must be permitted to use whatever restrooms and locker room they wish. that correspond with their sex on their birth certificates.The case is now before the Supreme Court. Although we oppose any mistreatment of transgender people, we support the North Carolina law in recognizing the one’s gender cannot be discordant with one’s biological sex.
For more information on the Catholic position, see the Resist Gender Ideology tab.
Information Session on Assisted Suicide
February 18 @ 9-11:30am
St. Catherine of Siena Church
411 E 68th St, New York, NY 10065
Co-sponsored by the Faith and Ethics Forum, the Dominican Friars Healthcare Ministry of NYC, the Frassati Fellowship, and the Respect Life Office of the Archdiocese of New York
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