Public Policy

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May, 2021

From the New York State Catholic Conference:
We are urged to send an email to the Governor and our Legislators to oppose “medical aid in dying” or the Physician-Assisted Suicide bills In both the Assembly and Senate. (See April 22 Evangelist Article, “Assisted suicide bill: Bad policy, poor legislation”) Cardinal Dolan is quoted in this article: “The answer to those who are suffering, Is not to help them end their life. The answer is true compassion and presence with those who suffer.” Find the link at www.nyscatholic.org and “Latest Action Alerts.” If you are not a member of the Catholic Action Network (CAN), please join. Thank you for your advocacy. From the Alzheimer’s Association: The annual federal investment for Alzheimer’s and dementia research rose to $3.1 billion after a $300 million increase at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) was recently signed into law. Congress, also passed the “Improving HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act and approved $15 million to fund the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act. To advocate for public policies that increase critical research funding and support all those affected by this disease, visit alz.org/publicpolicy.

From USCCB:
Asking Catholics to send letters to pharmaceutical companies urging them to stop the use of abortion-derived cell lines in the development and testing of vaccines. Go to USCCB.org/resources/letters-pharmaceuticalcompanies. (See April 22 Evangelist article, “The Write Stuff, USCCB asks Catholics to pen letters to companies using abortion-derived cell lines”)

From USCCB/MRS/JFI:
On May 3, 2021, the Biden administration announced that it will increase the number of refugees who can be resettled in the United States during the current fiscal year to 62,500. From AARP: Urging President Biden to continue his policies that will help older Americans afford their life-saving medications, as prescription drug prices continue to soar. Requesting policies that allow Medicare to negotiate the price of medications, especially brand-name drugs, as well as cap what Medicare beneficiaries pay out-of-pocket for their drugs in the Part D Prescription Drug Program. Bills presently in the House: Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act and the Lower Cost, More Choice Act.

From Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns:
Ask Congress to reduce military spending. “When human society is threatened like never before, we need to end wasteful spending on military projects and invest in human needs.” https://bit.ly/3vxDmS-Y Marie A. Copeland, Chair

Thank you for your advocacy.
Marie Copeland, Co-­‐chair