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Cincinnati-area Catholics United Members Defend Congressman Steve Driehaus’ Vote on Health Care Reform Bill
Posted August 10, 2010
People of Faith Aim to “Set the Record Straight” about Abortion Funding Myth
Local members of the group Catholics United joined other members of the faith community at a public gathering today to support Congressman Steve Driehaus' vote for health care reform, and to debunk the false claim that the reform act allows federal funding of abortion. This event responded to an earlier event held by the Republican-affiliated Susan B. Anthony List, which falsely claims that elective abortions are being funded through health care reform legislation passed earlier this year. Numerous health care policy experts, including the Catholic Health Association, have determined that health care reform does not permit abortion funding.
Charlottesville Catholics United Members Defend Congressman Perriello's Vote on Health Care Reform Bill
Posted August 02, 2010
People of Faith Set the Record Straight about False Claim that Reform Funds Abortion
Local members of the group Catholics United joined other members of the faith community at a press conference today to support Congressman Tom Perriello's vote for health care reform, and to debunk the false claim that the reform act allows federal funding of abortion. This event responded to an earlier event held by Tea Party and anti-reform voices falsely claiming that elective abortions were being funded through high-risk health insurance pools in several states. Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued clear directives prohibiting such funding. Multiple independent analyses and fact checks have concluded that abortion funding claims are baseless. The health care reform act supported by Rep. Perriello not only prevents federal funding of abortion, but also extends quality, affordable health care to 30 million uninsured Americans and provides needed supports to pregnant and parenting women.
Catholics United Announces $500,000 Campaign To Defend Health Care Reform Supporters from Religious Right Attacks
Posted July 21, 2010
Organizing and Paid Media Effort will Focus on Congressional Districts in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Virginia
The social justice group Catholics United today announced that it is mounting an innovative, multifaceted campaign to defend the records of several Members of Congress who voted for final passage of health care reform. The Members are now facing a coordinated misinformation campaign from a host of self-proclaimed pro-life groups intended to perpetuate the misconception that the health care reform bill passed earlier this year allowed for federal funding of elective abortion. Catholics United's unprecedented effort, which they are raising $500,000 to support, will educate constituents of John Boccieri (OH-16), Kathy Dahlkemper (PA-03), Steve Driehaus (OH-01), and Tom Perriello (VA-05) about health care reform and a number of other issues. Activities will expand to other Congressional districts throughout the summer and fall.
Posted July 01, 2010
President Obama Must Continue to Push for Congressional Action
Catholics United executive director Chris Korzen issued the following statement in response to President Obama's speech today calling for comprehensive immigration reform:
“For far too long, the American people have lived with a broken immigration system as leaders in Washington offer strong words and scant results. While we welcome President Obama's call for Congress to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill, his words must be matched with action. Tough, practical, and fair immigration reform will only succeed with the president's unrelenting leadership.”
“Comprehensive immigration reform means securing our borders, cracking down on illegal employers, and requiring illegal immigrants to pay taxes, learn English, and become law-abiding citizens. Absent an approach that achieves these objectives, our nation will continue to face an ever-growing crisis.”
Posted May 27, 2010
More Than 5,000 Members Call on Cardinal Sean O'Malley to Allow Children of Same-Sex Couples to Attend Catholic School
On Wednesday, May 26th, Boston-area members of the social justice group Catholics United delivered more than 5,000 petition signatures to the Archdiocese of Boston asking Cardinal Sean O'Malley not to allow discrimination in his Catholic schools on the basis of the lifestyles of students' parents. The move comes some two weeks after St. Paul Elementary School in Hingham, Massachusetts denied admission to an 8-year-old boy because his parents are in a same-sex relationship.
The archdiocese initially signaled strong opposition to such discrimination and promised to craft a policy to preempt future controversy. Recent statements from Cardinal O'Malley and other archdiocesan officials, however, appeared more supportive of the school's admissions decision.
Posted May 21, 2010
Catholics United executive director Chris Korzen issued the following statement today in response to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' decision to leave the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (LCCR). The bishops withdrew their membership after the well-respected human rights coalition endorsed President Obama's nomination of Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court. The decision to leave LCCR comes in response to a pressure campaign by right wing Catholic groups and individuals, including former Bush Catholic advisor Deal Hudson.
“The U.S. Catholic Bishops' withdrawal from LCCR is part of a disturbing pattern of church leadership kowtowing to conservatives who are opposed to President Obama and the progressive agenda. Whether they know it or not, the bishops have become accomplices to the Republican Party and its allies. We witnessed this with health care reform, and now we see it with the Supreme Court nomination.”
Posted May 13, 2010
More than 2,500 Catholics United Members Call for Acceptance of Student Denied Entrance over Parents' Same-sex Relationship
Catholics United today collected more than 2,500 petition signatures asking Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley to ensure that Catholic schools in his diocese allow all children to have access to a Catholic education. The move comes a day after news reports that an 8-year-old boy's acceptance to St. Paul Elementary School in Hingham, Massachusetts was rescinded by school officials, allegedly because the boy's parents are in a same-sex relationship.
“We humbly ask Cardinal O'Malley to intervene in this matter and allow this child to attend St. Paul Elementary School,” said Chris Korzen, executive director of Catholics United. “In making this request, we do not intend to challenge the church's teaching on marriage and relationships. Rather, we simply believe that no one should be denied the benefits of a Catholic education on the basis of their parents' background.”
Ask Cardinal Sean O'Malley not to allow discrimination in the Archdiocese of Boston's Catholic schools
Posted May 13, 2010
A couple of months ago, a Catholic school in Boulder, Colorado prevented a student from re-enrolling - just because his parents were in a same-sex relationship. We hoped this was an isolated incident. Sadly, it's not. Now an 8-year-old boy's acceptance to St. Paul Elementary School in Hingham, Massachusetts has been rescinded for the same reason.
We still have an opportunity to put a stop to this. Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley has yet to take a position on the school's action. If he hears from enough of us, we think he could be convinced to do the right thing and reverse the decision.
Discrimination has no place in our nation's Catholic schools. Help us send a message that every child is worthy of a Catholic education, regardless of his or her family composition.
Posted April 20, 2010
Catholics United calls on the FRC to honor truth and suspend misleading campaign
The social justice group Catholics United today expressed its grave disappointment over a misleading advertising campaign by the political wing of the Family Research Council. The campaign is explicitly aimed at defeating Democratic members of Congress who supported health care reform. Despite its claim to be a non-partisan organization which bases its action on Christian principles, two of the Council's "FRC Action PAC" targets are Democrats who voted AGAINST final passage of health care reform, but who also happen to be in tight races for re-election.
Yesterday's announcement that the Family Research Council will spend $500,000 on the upcoming elections also falsely claims that the legislation "uses taxpayer funds for abortion on demand." In response, Catholics United is calling on Family Research Council president Tony Perkins to swear on the Bible that he believes he is doing God's will by working to defeat these candidates with dishonest advertisements.
Catholics United Condemns National Republican Congressional Committee's Effort to Defeat Pro-Life House Democrats
Posted April 19, 2010
NRCC shamelessly uses abortion issue to mislead voters
The social justice group Catholics United is denouncing a new Web site sponsored by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) aimed at defeating 15 House Democrats who voted for final passage of the health care reform bill. The Web site falsely claims that the new health care law funds abortion and suggests that Congressman Bart Stupak (MI-01), the leader of the Democratic pro-life caucus, sold out his principles by voting for health care reform.
Readers of the site are asked to sign a petition that reads, "Tell the Stupak Sellouts that the federal funding of abortion is wrong." This generalized statement is not supported with any corroborating evidence and suggests that the true intention of the NRCC is to use the life issue for political gain. Multiple news outlets and policy experts have verified that that the new health care reform law does not include federal funding of elective abortion.
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