A rising threat to the lives of unborn babies is the chemical abortion pill. The number of chemical abortions in the US has gone up dramatically, while the overall number of abortions has decreased. COVID-19 is expected to only make the problem worse, with more women (and teen girls) seeking chemical abortions at home—even illegally, by mail and without a doctor’s prescription. This is especially scary because chemical abortion can be more painful, traumatic, and risky for women than surgical abortion. But there is hope: a new bill has been introduced that could help protect mothers and babies from chemical abortion.
The Support and Value Expectant (SAVE) Moms & Babies Act (H.R. 4399 / S. 3072) could help improve regulation of chemical abortion pills. The SAVE Moms & Babies Act would codify current FDA (Food and Drug Administration) safety regulations requiring physicians to dispense the pills, prevent providers from dispensing these drugs remotely, by mail, or via tele-medicine, and prevent the (FDA) from approving new chemical abortion drugs or from making labeling changes to existing abortion drugs.
Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith introduced S. 3072. On September 22, Senator Hyde-Smith went to the Senate floor to ask the Senate to adopt the bill by “unanimous consent”. While this request did not succeed, it did provide an opportunity to talk about the dangers of chemical abortion and to raise awareness about the need for this bill. You can watch Senator Hyde-Smith’s request and other senators’ comments starting at 6:43:55.
Please TAKE ACTION NOW to urge your Senators and Representative to co-sponsor and work to enact S. 3072 or H.R. 4399 or to thank them if they have already done so.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Dream and Promise Act, H.R. 6, one year ago, which would give a path to citizenship for Dreamers. The USCCB/JFI support this bill, as well as efforts to introduce a Senate companion to H.R. 6. Additionally, they support the bipartisan S. 874, the DREAM Act of 2019.
Please express solidarity with Dreamers and contact your Senators requesting that they support S. 874, the DREAM Act of 2019, and encourage the Senate to introduce a companion bill to H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act.
To learn more and to send your message, please go to the USCCB/JFI Action Alert.
Stop Federal Executions
Four men — Daniel Lee, Wesley Purkey, and Dustin Honken — were executed over a four-day span in July 2020, in what became the first executions carried out by the federal government since 2003. The resumption of executions is notably out of step with the progress much of the United States has made toward abolishing capital punishment; ten states have abolished the death penalty during that time, and public support for the practice is at a historic low.
Learn more and take action to stop federal executions.
Among the dozens of vaccines currently in development, some are being produced using old cell lines that were created from the cells of aborted babies.
There is NO NEED to further exploit the bodies of aborted children.
Other cell lines or processes that do not involve cells from abortions are available!
In fact, they are regularly used for producing vaccines and are being used by some drug companies to develop a COVID-19 vaccine.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) along with leaders of many healthcare, bioethics, and pro-life organizations, is urging the Trump Administration to make sure that vaccines for COVID-19 are developed ethically and are free from any connection to the exploitation of abortion.
The coalition letter expresses strong support for efforts to develop an effective, safe, and widely available vaccine as quickly as possible, but also strongly urges the federal government to “ensure that fundamental moral principles are followed in the development of such vaccines, most importantly, the principle that human life is sacred and should never be exploited.”
Use this link to take action.
To view all of the signatories and to read the full text of the letter, click here.
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The North Dakota Catholic Conference acts on behalf of the Roman Catholic bishops of North Dakota to respond to public policy issues of concern to the Catholic Church and to educate Catholics and the general public about Catholic social doctrine.