Michigan Legislature Protects Taxpayers from Funding Abortion Insurance Coverage; Human Trafficking Legislation Progresses Before Winter Break; Religious Liberty Measures a Continued Priority; 2013 MCC Legislative Recap; Legislature Has Adjourned for 2013.
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U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Two Cases on HHS Mandate; Pope Francis Releases Evangelii Gaudium, Provides Vision for “Missionary Church”.
MCC Files New Lawsuit Against HHS Mandate; Senate and House Consider Human Trafficking “Safe Harbor” Legislation; The Word from Lansing: Catholics Lead Fight Against Evil of Human Trafficking; Abortion-Opt Out Petition Signatures Reviewed by Board of State Canvassers; New USCCB President and Vice President Elected at U.S. Bishops’ General Assembly; Senate Committee Approves Religious Censorship Bill.
“Shine a Light on Human Trafficking” Candlelight Vigil; Michigan Commission Releases Human Trafficking Report.
Federal District Judge Orders Bench Trial for Michigan’s Marriage Amendment; MCC Supports Work Visa Resolution; Governor Approves Increased Funding for Administrative Rates of Private Foster Care Agencies; The Word from Lansing: Preserving the Religious Liberty of Faith-Based Adoption Agencies.
Abortion Opt-Out Petitions Delivered to the Secretary of State.
Adoption Conscience Bills Pass House Committee; MCC Staff Joins Effort to Combat Human Trafficking; Common Core Standards Resolution Passes House of Representatives; Marriage and Religious Freedom Act Introduced in U.S. House of Representatives; Michigan Catholic Conference Launches The Word from Lansing.
MCC Testifies in Favor of Conscience Protections for Adoption Agencies; Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Needs Final Push, Deadline Set for Signatures; International Day of Prayer and Action for Human Habitat Coming October 6; U.S. House of Representatives Passes Cuts to Food Assistance.
Committee Hears Testimony on Conscience Rights for Faith-Based Child-Placement Agencies; Increased Funding for Private Foster Care Agencies Passes House.
Senate Passes Medicaid Expansion on 20–18 Vote; Testimony Begins on Juvenile Life Without Parole Legislation; Labor Day Statement Highlights Dignity of Work; America Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.