Legislation

MO ABLE program meets long-term savings needs of people with disabilities

A new program in Missouri allows people with disabilities to save for long-term disability-related expenses via tax-free savings accounts.

State Treasurer Eric Schmitt announced the launch of the MO ABLE program in April. Similar to the 529 college savings plan, Missourians who contribute to ABLE accounts will be eligible for a tax deduction of up to $8,000, or $16,000 if married and filing jointly.

Nation's budget is a 'moral document'; House bill puts poor in 'real jeopardy'

"A nation's budget is a moral document. "Congress should choose a better path, one that honors those struggling in our country." 

—Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House budget resolution "will place millions of poor and vulnerable people in real jeopardy" because it reduces deficits "through cuts for human needs" and by trying to slash taxes at the same time, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops' domestic policy committee.

"A nation's budget is a moral document," said Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development. "Congress should choose a better path, one that honors those struggling in our country."

Gov. Greitens calls for special session to address life issues

Sister Elsy Chencheril is a Salesian Missionaries of Mary Immaculate who volunteers at Our Lady’s Inn to watch children while their mothers are in classes. A special legislative session called by Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens will, among other items, consider pro-life legislation related to protections for pregnancy resource centers such as Our Lady’s Inn.

Missouri lawmakers convened for a special session June 12 to consider pro-life legislation related to protections for pregnancy resource centers and proposals for health and safety standards in abortion clinics, among other issues.

Generation Life teens proclaim the Gospel of Life at March for Life

Teens on the Generation Life pilgrimage shared their excitement at the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. About 2,100 teens and others attended the annual pilgrimage, sponsored by the Catholic Youth Apostolate.

As the crowd swelled and the chants rose, Jill Stinehart was feeling energized as the March for Life in Washington, D.C., commenced.

"I believe — we love life," chanted the teens with the Archdiocese of St. Louis' Generation Life pilgrimage filled the streets.

Archdiocese opposes proposed city ordinance affecting reproductive health decisions

A bill introduced in St. Louis would amend the city's anti-discrimination law and add pregnancy and reproductive health decisions, including abortion, as protected classes. The bill, sponsored by Alderwoman Megan E. Green (D-15th Ward), has been referred to the city's Housing, Urban Development and Zoning Committee. A separate bill, not yet introduced, would recommend a buffer zone around the Planned Parenthood facility on Forest Park Avenue, where coalition for Life intern James Germain approached to offer abortion alternative pamphlets to cars arriving and leaving Planned Parenthood Jan. 10.

A proposed city ordinance seeks to make the City of St. Louis a "sanctuary for abortion," said Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, who called the measure an attack on the "most deeply held moral and religious convictions of the people of this great city."

MCC urges citizens to speak out against MU involvement with Planned Parenthood

The Missouri Catholic Conference is urging Catholics to contact the University of Missouri to ask it revoke medical privileges for abortion doctor Colleen McNicholas, .

Last week, MU chancellor R. Bowen Loftin appeared before the Missouri Senate Interim Committee on the Sanctity of Life and acknowledged that a professor at the university had "facilitated" the granting of medical privileges to McNicholas, a St. Louis doctor who is providing medical abortions at the Planned Parenthood in Columbia.

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