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Catholic Teaching The Second Vatican Council declared, "[T]he human person has a right to religious freedom. This freedom means that all persons are to be immune from coercion on the part of individuals or of social groups and of any human power, in such wise that no one...
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BACKGROUND Deserving, carefully-vetted Syrian and Iraqi refugees who are being resettled to the United States are fleeing violence in Syria and Iraq. Catholics and other people of good will are generously contributing to help Syrian and Iraqi refugees abroad and...
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BACKGROUND The Abortion Non-Discrimination Act (ANDA) will close loopholes in existing law and provide a private right of action so that health care providers, whose freedom of conscience is denied, can defend their rights in court. ANDA would forbid discrimination...
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BACKGROUND In the richest and most prosperous country in the world, over 45 million people live in poverty. The younger children are, the more likely they are to live in poverty. One in five children live below the poverty line; and nearly a quarter of all children under...
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State Issues
BACKGROUND: In Washington State, nearly all people convicted of a crime receive at sentencing a notice of their Legal Financial Obligations (LFOs).  These obligations include victim restitution; crime victims' compensation fees; costs associated with the offender's...
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BACKGROUND: A sex-selection abortion is used to prevent the birth of a child of an undesired sex. The victims of sex-selection abortion are overwhelmingly female. Seven states currently ban abortions for the purpose of sex selection as does Canada. The...
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BACKGROUND: The Washington Legislature is considering HB 2545 which would ban the sale of children's products and residential upholstered furniture containing certain toxic chemicals. In 2013, the Washington State Catholic Conference (WSCC) provided testimony in support of...
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