Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
The Dignity of Life ministry does engage in activities to influence public policy and promote legislative change. We recognize that legislative change is incremental, and so we work closely with the Archdiocese advocating for pro-life legislation. See case law related to abortion below.
USCCB Legislative and Public Policy Interests
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Information concerning the US Health Care Bill: resources from the USCCB
Annual Rally for Life, Austin Texas: This coincides with the March for Life in Washington on January 22nd every year. It is organized by the Texas Catholic Conference.
Respect Life/Family Life Day: This event, also organized by the Texas Catholic Conference, is held bi-annually when the Texas Legislature is in session. The purpose is to vist with all our state senators and legislators regarding various bills being considered during that session that promote and further the cause for Life in the State of Texas.
Petitions and Post Card Campaigns: The ministry is encouraged to be involved in petition and post card campaigns as viable methods to voice our support or oppostition to various legislative actions whether local, state national or international.
Despite the recent setback at the federal level in the attempt to defund Planned Parenthood, here in Texas during the last session, several laws were passed to maintain the dignity of life. Here are a few.
1. A requirement that abortion chamber workers and volunteers must undergo training to recognize and assist victims of human sex trafficking. As you know, several Planned Parenthood chambers were caught performing abortion on minors who were victims of sex trafficking or who were forced by an older male to get an abortion.
2. A law to create a right to food and water at the end of life if the patient's family desire it. And maintain conscience protection for doctors so they are not forced to provide harmful or unethical treatments.
3. Excluding Planned Parenthood from the Breast and Cervical Cancer Service (BCCS) program resulting in the organization losing 1.4 million dollars. Funds go instead to legitimate breast and cervical cancer service organizations.