A religious freedom update.
...religious freedom exists not to provide “special protections” for those who have lost the cultural or legal battles on foundational political issues. Religious freedom is so much more: it is the capacity of every human person to act on the truth as he or she understands it, without undue influence or coercion from the government.
As of May 31, the Nebraska Legislature adjourned sine die (a Latin term meaning without any further day of scheduled business). This marks the completion of the 106th Legislature, First Session.
Lauren provides a beautiful reflection on finding love in the ruins of a broken culture of death and seeing the face of Christ and allowing Him to transform our vision, so that we can assist Him in the work of building a culture of life. - Tom
With the passage of LB209 by the Nebraska Legislature today, the state is now guaranteeing a mother’s right to receive important, life-changing information when prescribed the abortion pill.
As you think about the Legislature winding down, you should consider this as another prime opportunity for grassroots advocacy. For example, reach out to your State Senator ask them how they think this legislative session went. Ask them to provide you a recap and to offer their perspective on what they believed were the highlights and challenges of the session.
Passing legislation like LB670 requires sustained courage, rooted in a strong will-gifts that we know God is willing to bestow upon us, if we but ask for the grace.
LB516 is a critical step forward for Nebraska in combating the modern-day slavery of human trafficking.
LB209 provides for what the introducing Senator, Joni Albrecht, calls a pro-life, pro-information, pro-science, and, yes, a pro-choice policy, as it empowers mothers with the medically accurate information they need to have a second chance at choosing life, if they come to regret their initial decision of abortion.
As we have for over the last 20 years, the Nebraska Catholic Conference voiced its support for the elimination of the death penalty and will continue to engage in public education and lobbying efforts to that end.
LB670 is a policy popularly known as scholarship tax credit legislation.
We ask for your continued prayers as we seek to bear the light of Christ in the public square.
The Nebraska Legislature Revenue Committee advanced LB670, the Opportunity Scholarship Act, from committee by a vote of 5-2-1.
...Our work in building a culture of life must always be met with vigilance. There is no greater cultural and political battle that garners our attention as the fight to protect unborn life.
"We are facing an enormous and dramatic clash between good and evil, death and life, the 'culture of death' and the 'culture of life.' We find ourselves not only 'faced with' but necessarily 'in the midst of' this conflict..."
This legislative session has witnessed an influx of legislative bills seeking to directly attack the life of unborn children, which the NCC has opposed.
...Why Nebraska needs to invest in kids by adopting scholarship tax credit legislation.
This year there has been a marked increase of legislative bills that would seek to redefine the government's conception of human sexuality.
The Nebraska Catholic Conference's annual advocacy day.
Answer the call to defend the dignity of the weakest, most vulnerable, most dependent person in society, the unborn child.
Getting involved makes a difference.
Pending legislation the Nebraska Catholic Conference is following.
Tom reviews the Opportunity Scholarship proposal in the Legislature.
January 18, 2019 - Tom Venzor, Executive Director, writes his weekly column for the Southern Nebraska Register
Abortion Pill Reversal Pill Reversal Informed Consent Bill (LB209)
Join the Catholic Bishops of Nebraska and fellow Nebraska Catholics for a special advocacy day hosted by the Nebraska Catholic Conference. Learn about the important issues facing the Nebraska Legislature, get trained on talking to your senator, and make your voice heard! Reserve your spot ahead of time and register here: http://necatholic.org/news-events/event-calendar.html/event/2018/02/15/catholics-at-the-capitol-/186131
David Hazen speaks with Archbishop George J. Lucas about the importance of supporting LB295, the Opportunity Scholarships Act, which would create tax credits for donations to nonprofit organizations providing scholarships to private and parochial school students.
Bishop Conley of Lincoln explains the value of Catholic education and gives support for LB295 - Opportunity Scholarships Act.
Bishop Hanefeldt reflects on his time at the Nebraska Legislature and expresses support for LB295 - Opportunity Scholarships Act.
Governor Ricketts proposes a provision in his 2018 budget to block federal Title X funds from going to health clinics that provide abortion services (refer for, counsel or perform abortions).
A Letter to the Editor from Marion Minor, Associate Director for Pro-Life and Family, appeared in the Lincoln Journal Star Opinions page on January 10, 2018.
Tom Venzor's Weekly Column 1.5.18
Choose Life license plates are now available to order.
This year’s Respect Life Program theme, “Be Not Afraid,” was recently announced.
This year’s Respect Life Program theme is “Be Not Afraid.” The Respect Life Program’s purpose is to “help Catholics understand, value, and become engaged with supporting the God-given dignity of every person—which naturally leads to protecting the gift of every person’s life.