Above all, pray for Ukraine. Pope Francis invited all bishops and all the faithful to “solemnly entrust and consecrate ourselves, the Church and all humanity, especially Russia and Ukraine” to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
The Georgia General Assembly is now approaching its final full week of the 2022 session and still anticipates April 4 as its final day.
Restrictions on chemical abortions. SB 456, which has passed the Senate, is assigned to the House Health and Human Services Committee but no hearing has been scheduled. The Georgia Catholic Conference continues to support the bill and encourages everyone to contact their state representatives and ask that the bill be brought to the floor and passed without amendments.
School Choice. HB 517 proposes to make changes in the statute governing student scholarship organizations (SSO’s) such as G.R.A.C.E Scholars. The bill is being assigned to a conference committee of three members from the House and three from the Senate to work out differences in the positions of the two houses. The Conference supports this bill which will expand opportunities for G.R.A.C.E. Scholars.
Death Penalty. HB 1426 proposes to prohibit or restrict imposition of the death penalty against persons with intellectual disabilities by changing the standard of proof needed to prove intellectual disabilities from beyond a reasonable doubt to preponderance of the evidence. The Georgia Catholic Conference supports this legislation; however, passage in this session is doubtful.
Ukraine. War in Ukraine has resulted in thousands of migrants into Europe. President Biden has announced that the United States will accept 100,000 displaced Ukrainians into the United States in Fiscal Years 2022 and 2023. Justice for Immigrants has a resource page of information related to Ukraine.
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