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Emergency Contraception and Religious Freedom

In Harrisburg, a legislative mandate for hospitals to provide emergency contraception (EC) to victims of sexual assault is being considered. This drug treatment is confusing. How does it work? Where does the Catholic Church stand? Why should citizens care? EC is a high dose of birth c
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Election 2006 Special Edition of Viewpoint

The candidates for U.S. senator, governor and lieutenant governor received a written questionnaire from the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference (PCC) asking for their positions on issues important to Catholics. The candidates’ responses are are listed in this special voter guide ed
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Faithful Citizenship

America’s Catholic Bishops remind us that, “in the Catholic tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue; participation in the political process is a moral obligation. All believers are called to faithful citizenship, to become informed, active, and responsible participants in the p
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Committee Reviews “Pro-life” Concerns about Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Stem cells are in the news again. In July, President George Bush vetoed a bill that would have provided federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Proponents of this controversial research will now pressure state government to support their efforts. Rep. Tom Tangretti (D-Westmo
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Fair Wages for Work

Working families in Pennsylvania are getting a raise. The minimum wage in Pennsylvania will increase from the current $5.15 per hour to $6.25 on Jan. 1, 2007, then to $7.15 on July 1, 2007. Qualified employers with the equivalent of 10 or fewer full-time employees have until July 1, 2
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Cover All Kids…Support CHIP

Health insurance tops the list of concerns for many if not most Pennsylvania families. As the cost of coverage rises faster than most incomes, some working families are finding themselves in a crisis situation. How will they afford insurance coverage, especially for their children? Cu
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Commission Proposed to Investigate Wrongful Convictions

After serving 19 years behind bars, Thomas Doswell was released after DNA evidence clearly proved his innocence in a brutal rape case. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident. Nationally, 175 people have been exonerated through post-conviction DNA testing. At least eight invol
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