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About the Respect Life Initiative of the Social Justice Consortium

The Respect Life initiative assists parishes in understanding and implementing the concept of the Consistent Life Ethic, whereby the respect and dignity of all persons is embraced from the moment of conception to natural death. A consistent life ethic means being pro-life across the board: opposing abortion, capital punishment, assisted suicide and euthanasia.


Support the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act
The Respect for Rights of Conscience Act is a measure that will ensure that the rights of conscience of all participants in our nation’s health care system will be respected. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), poses new risks to religious freedom and rights of conscience. Specifically, the “preventive services” mandate requiring private health plans to cover female surgical sterilization and all drugs and devices approved by the FDA as contraceptives, including drugs which can attack a developing unborn child before and after implantation in the mother’s womb. The PPACA will require that all insurance plans cover these controversial practices without a co-pay from recipients.


What you can do? The Iowa Catholic Conference is encouraging citizens to contact their members of Congress in support of the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act. Go to for a sample message on this issue and others. Your response to these alerts would be most appreciated. Learn more here.



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Contact: Ken Bresnan