ADVOCACY & PUBLIC POLICY FOR LIFE

We advocate for policies at the state and federal level that protect a person’s life from conception until natural death. As legislative issues come up, we take part in advocacy campaigns for laws that reflect the sanctity of all human life. Your voice is needed. Sign up for updates on these campaigns.

You can watch the recent webinar “Roe and Dobbs, the Supreme Court, and What’s Next for California on Abortion,” featuring Bishop Michael Barber of the Diocese of Oakland, California Catholic Conference (CCC) Executive Director Kathleen Domingo, and CCC Respect Life Director Molly Sheahan.

Answering the questions: Is Roe likely to be overturned? What’s going on with the Dobbs case at the Supreme Court? What does this all mean for California? How can you get involved? 

Webinario: Roe y Dobbs, la Corte Suprema y lo que sigue en California en cuanto al aborto

Una conversación con con el Obispo Auxiliar Ramón Bejarano de San Diego, la Directora Ejecutiva de la Conferencia Católica de California Kathleen Domingo, la Directora de Cultura de Vida para la Diócesis de San Diego María de Lourdes Valencia y la Directora de la Oficina de vida, justicia y paz para la Arquidiócesis de Los Ángeles Gina Vides sobre las leyes y reglamentos que rigen el aborto en el país y en nuestro estado.

The California Catholic Conference (CCC) is at present supporting legislation to ensure pregnant homeless women receive unlimited hotel vouchers throughout their pregnancy, expanded paid leave to ensure low wage workers can take that time off to bond with their baby, increased visiting hours and family friendly visiting centers for incarcerated mothers and their children. And they have a budget request to ensure intensive family stabilization for loving, protective families at risk of child welfare involvement due to poverty, housing insecurity, etc., that will include funds for homeless pregnant women to ensure their newborns can stay with their moms.

Current Action Alerts

Oppose SB 1375 – Making Abortion More Dangerous for Women

This bill would permit a nurse practitioner to perform abortions without physician oversight, and remove current provisions requiring a nurse practitioner or certified nurse-midwife to have completed training, instead, permitting procedures so long as each had transitioned to practice.

We are, as always, opposed to abortion since it always takes the life of an innocent human being. Women deserve to be empowered with non-violent solutions to the challenges they face during pregnancy. However, this bill should also be rejected because it reduces the oversight of healthcare in abortion. Every abortion carries the risk of rare complications. Removing physician oversight of abortion does not serve the goal of women’s health and safety.

Oppose SB 1245 – Making Los Angeles an Abortion Destination for Out of State Women

This bill would establish the Los Angeles County Abortion Access Safe Haven Pilot Program, authorizing the county to expand access to sexual and reproductive health, especially abortion, using funds for abortion businesses to expand community information, training of health care workers, security infrastructure, coordination, and marketing of abortion. 

We are, as always, opposed to abortion since it always takes the life of an innocent human being, with nearly 44,000 lives lost in Los Angeles each year. Women deserve to be empowered with non-violent solutions to the challenges they face during pregnancy. However, this bill should also be rejected because marketing abortion without ensuring adequate services for parenting women is reproductive coercion. This bill prejudices one choice, abortion, over the choice of birth and parenting, serving to coerce marginalized, economically challenged women to have abortions they do not want. 

Support SB 1083 – Helping Homeless Families Find a Safe Place to Sleep

The Helping Families Out of Homelessness Act would: 1. Replace the current 16-day per year limit for families to receive hotel vouchers with 40 days per year; 2. Extend eligibility to families at risk of homelessness or eviction, replacing the requirement that the family be homeless or have received an eviction notice; 3. Remove any limit on hotel vouchers for pregnant homeless women; and 4. Require CalWORKS to refer pregnant homeless women to maternal home visiting programs. 

There are 8,000 homeless families in California, and more than 5,000 homeless pregnant women sleeping on the streets of LA County alone. While the hotel voucher program has helped get families off the streets during the pandemic, 16 days is not enough time to find permanent housing. Some families simply return to sleeping in cars, on the streets, or get split up into shelters. And throughout California shelters, priority housing is not given to homeless pregnant women until they are at least 7 months pregnant. Homeless families deserve a safe place to sleep at night while they find a more permanent solution.

Oppose SB 1142 – The Expansion of Abortion Research and Services

This bill would require HHS to create a website in six languages with information about abortion laws, procedures, locations that perform abortions, payment options for abortion including health coverage and public and private abortion funds, and options for all ancillary expenses for a woman seeking an abortion. The bill further requires the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls to establish the Abortion Practical Support Fund to provide grants to organizations that research abortion and to offer women airfare, lodging, ground transportation, gas money, meals, dependent childcare, and doula support as they seek an abortion. 

This bill should also be rejected because paying for every ancillary expense of a woman who has an abortion without ensuring adequate services for parenting women is reproductive coercion. This bill prejudices one choice, abortion, over the choice of birth and parenting, serving to coerce marginalized, economically challenged women to have abortions they do not want. 

Past Action Items

AB 2223

Following concerns over the language of this bill, AB 2223 was amended to make clear that it will not legalize infant deaths by abuse, neglect, or abandonment. The CCC’s full statement on the change is available here.

SB 245

Sadly, SB 245 was signed by the Governor on March 22, 2022. While abortions have been covered by MediCal and all health plans for many years in California, this bill will remove insurance co-pays or any other cost-sharing requirement for all abortion services and would prohibit cost-sharing from being imposed on a Medi-Cal beneficiary for those services.
 
This bill expands the prospects for more abortions in our state, particularly among low-income women. California already funds abortions and contraceptives through tax-payer money, making it incredibly easy for a mother to find abortion access, while prenatal care and post-natal services continue to have significant co-pays and deductible costs.
 
Women deserve better than abortion and government should instead fund life-affirming services in a patient’s health care plan. Let us pray. 

We believe that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is a “Gospel of life.”  It invites all persons and societies to a new life lived abundantly in respect for human dignity.
Living the Gospel of Life: A Challenge to American Catholics, A Statement by the Catholic Bishops of the United States