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Bill introduced: No abortion coverage in health insurance exchange

In March of 2010, the U.S. Congress passed a sweeping health care reform law – the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Under the Act, states are required to operate and maintain “health insurance exchanges” to provide a menu of low cost, government subsidized insurance plans to help otherwise uninsured people get access to necessary health care.

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Thousands to pray for end to abortion

Over 10,000 worshippers, many of them youth from schools around the nation, are expected to gather in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to pray for an end to abortion at the Opening Mass of the National Prayer Vigil for Life, Sunday, January 23, at 6:30 p.m., the eve of the 2011 March for Life. January 22 marks the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.

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Archdiocese of Philadelphia statement about abortion doctor criminal charges

Philadelphia’s District Attorney released a grand jury report this week detailing criminal charges against an abortionist and nine of his Philadelphia area clinic staff members. The charges include eight counts of murder: one a botched abortion of a 41 year old woman and seven babies that were reported born alive and killed shortly after birth.

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School choice action alert – January 7, 2011

The time to act is now!!! A co-sponsorship memo regarding Senate Bill 1 (School Choice legislation) was circulated to all Senators. Senators Jeffery E. Piccola (R-Dauphin) and Anthony H. Williams (D-Philadelphia) are seeking co-sponsors for SB 1. Please visit, call, write or fax your Senator immediately and ask them to consider co-sponsoring SB 1, or follow the link below right now to send a convenient e-mail message directly to him or her.

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International successes in the last Congress

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued this report on advocacy activities in Washington, DC during the last Congress.

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News for Advocates for Catholic Education in Pennsylvania January 5, 2011

Happy New Year!!!

ACTION ALERT:

National School Choice Week is January 23-29, 2011. We anticipate that just in time for the celebration, school choice legislation will be introduced in Pennsylvania. To mark the occasion a pro-school choice group called Students First has scheduled a rally at the State Capitol in Harrisburg on January 25, 2011, at 2:00 pm.

If you are interested in attending, more details will be available at http://www.studentsfirstpac.org/ or call Students First at 717.340.6030.
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2011-2012 Pennsylvania General Assembly sworn in

The recently elected members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly were sworn into office today marking the beginning of the 2011-2012 Legislative Session.

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Everybody counts, even the unborn

The results are in. Two recent reports reveal interesting statistics about Pennsylvania – the 2010 Census and the 2009 Abortion Statistics.

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Happy New Year!

Blessings and good wishes for a Happy New Year from the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference!