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Life and Dignity

State Budget Round Up for 2017-2018

Governor Tom Wolf announced his decision to let the General Assembly’s $32 billion FY 2017-2018 spending plan become law without his signature, despite the legislature’s unresolved negotiations for the revenue to back it up. The governor said he hopes that lawmakers “will come togethe
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Bishop Zubik Releases Statement on Senate’s Proposed Health Care Plan

Bishop David A. Zubik of the Diocese of Pittsburgh recently released a statement urging members of the U.S. Senate to remove a provision in the proposed healthcare reform bill that would severely limit health care access for those most in need. Calling access to health care a basic hu
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Greensburg Bishop Responds to “The Crisis That is Upon Us.”

Bishop Edward C. Malesic of the Diocese of Greensburg recently held a news conference to outline the Catholic Church’s local response to the statewide heroin and opioid crisis. Specifically, Bishop Malesic released a pastoral letter calling on people in the diocese to take action agai
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Act Now to Support Increasing Education Tax Credits!

Pennsylvania’s constitutional deadline of June 30 to pass a state budget is quickly approaching. House Bill 250, which would increase tax credits available under the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program by $50 million (raising it to $175 million) and the Opportunity Schol
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Life of Cardinal William H. Keeler Honored by State Legislature

The life of Cardinal William H. Keeler was honored and celebrated on Monday, June 12, 2017, by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives with the unanimous adoption of House Resolution 345. The resolution was introduced by state Rep. Frank Ryan of Lebanon County. Cardinal Keeler, who
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Advocates, Lawmakers ‘Stand up for Life’ at Capitol Rally

Standing  united on the steps of the state’s Capitol, pro-life advocates and lawmakers renewed the call to stand up for life by urging passage of legislation (House Bill 77 or Senate Bill 3) which would reform Pennsylvania’s Abortion Control Act. State Rep. Kathy Rapp, who was inspire
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Physician Assisted Suicide: The Real Effects

The Patients Rights Action Fund (PRAF) has released a new video “Physician Assisted Suicide: The Real Effects.” Featuring Dr. Brian Callister of Nevada, it addresses one of the most compelling dangers of legalizing assisted suicide – the denial of life-extending/-sav
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What’s on the PCC Legislative Agenda?

The 2017-2018 session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly is now fully underway and the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference and the Pennsylvania Catholic Health Association are tracking a number of different legislative proposals. See what bills are on the radar screen PCC and PCHA form
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Growing Vegetables & Awareness in the State Capitol’s Hunger Garden

Some of Pennsylvania’s politicians play dirty at the State Capitol – literally. Several members of the Legislative Hunger Caucus led by Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) and Representative Jake Wheatley (D-Allegheny) got into the dirt and planted tomatoes, pepper
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