Governmental policy and legislation report No. 12

When will the Supreme Court issue the final opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Care Organization? Speculation continues as to when the final order will be issued in the case that may reverse Roe v. Wade. The short answer is that no one outside the court knows for sure. We know that the court … Read more

Governmental policy and legislation report No. 11

Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Care Organization. In response to the widely discussed draft Supreme Court opinion on the Dobbs case related to overturning Roe v. Wade, Archbishop William Lori, USCCB Pro-life Committee chair, released an statement that emphasized the need for prayer, fasting and outreach to women in need.  Likewise, Archbishop Gregory Hartmayer of … Read more

Governmental policy and legislation report No.10

“Immigration reform and the church’s voice” is a new report out now from USCCB Migration and Refugee Services that highlights some of the challenges confronting efforts to bring about positive immigration reform and the church’s effort to bring meaningful reform. Read the report here. Ukraine updates Justice for Immigrants maintains a frequently updated resource page … Read more

Governmental policy and legislation report No.9

Blessed and happy Easter to all as we continue to pray for peace in Ukraine and other areas experiencing armed conflict around the world. Welcoming and protecting refugees. The world is experiencing rapidly increasing numbers of refugees. In the media, they may be portrayed as criminals, terrorists and worse, but through Christian eyes, they are … Read more

Governmental policy and legislation report No.7

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 … Read more

Governmental policy and legislation report No.6

The Georgia General Assembly continues to work through its agenda with some bills advancing, some bills changing and some bills falling by the wayside. “Cross-over Day is March 11 and last day of session (“sine die”) is April 4. Restrictions on Chemical Abortions. SB 456 has passed the Senate and moves to the House for … Read more

Governmental policy and legislation report No. 5

Congratulations to Bishop-designate Jacques Fabre, C.S. Read more about the new bishop of Charleston, SC, particularly his service in Georgia. Bishop-designate Fabre is a member of the Congregation of the Missionaries of St. Charles – known as Scalabrinians – an international community of religious serving migrants and refugees of different cultures, religions and ethnicities in … Read more

Governmental policy and legislation report No.4

Restrictions on chemical abortions. SB 456 (formerly identified as SB 315) imposes restrictions on the use of abortion-inducing drugs which may now be administered without professional medical supervision. The bill would require that a qualified physician examine the pregnant woman in person. No abortion pills or chemical could be delivered by courier, delivery or mail … Read more

Governmental policy and legislation report No.3

How to help refugees from Afghanistan. Catholic Charities Atlanta is actively engaged in resettling refugees from Afghanistan. Resettlement needs include financial contribution, donations of household items and volunteers. Get more information here. Also, read the Justice for Immigrants resource page for up to date information. Religious worker application backlog. Religious workers from other countries can … Read more

Governmental policy and legislation report No. 2

Human trafficking and COVID. Human trafficking is still with us and only made worse by the COVID pandemic. Learn about the impact of COVID on human trafficking in a free webinar offered by Catholic Hospital Association, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking. Register for Wednesday, February … Read more