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Senate vote allows states to redirect funds away from abortion clinics

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WASHINGTON — The Senate voted late March 30 to override a rule change made by in the last days of the Obama administration that prevented states from redirecting Title X family planning funding away from clinics that performed abortions and to community clinics that provide comprehensive health care.

People pass a Planned Parenthood clinic March 17 in New York City. The U.S. Senate voted March 30 to let states cut off funds for Planned Parenthood. (CNS photo/Justin Lane, EPA)

People pass a Planned Parenthood clinic March 17 in New York City. The U.S. Senate voted March 30 to let states cut off funds for Planned Parenthood. (CNS photo/Justin Lane, EPA)

“The clear purpose of this Title X rule change was to benefit abortion providers like Planned Parenthood,” said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, who is chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities.

“Congress has done well to reverse this very bad public policy, and to restore the ability of states to stop one stream of our tax dollars going to Planned Parenthood and redirect it to community health centers that provide comprehensive primary and preventive health care,” he said in a March 31 statement.

Midday March 30, Vice President Mike Pence, as president of the Senate, cast a tiebreaking vote that allowed Senate action to proceed on a joint resolution to block the Obama-era regulation that went into Jan. 18, two days before President Barack Obama left office.

Pence also had to cast a second tiebreaking vote so the Senate could pass the measure.

The joint resolution, H.J. Res. 43, was introduced in the House by Rep. Diane Black, R-Tennessee. It passed 230 to 188 on Feb. 16, a vote that was largely along party lines.

In the Senate, the measure was introduced by Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa. Her fellow Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska voted against allowing the legislation to move forward and then against the bill itself.

Republicans control the Senate by only a 52-48 margin, so Pence was called on twice to break a 50-50 tie. Now the measure goes to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it into law.

Title X of the Public Health Services Act was passed by Congress in 1970 to control population growth by distributing contraceptives to low-income families. Planned Parenthood is the largest recipient of Title X funding. Planned Parenthood also is the nation’s largest abortion network — performing over a third of all abortions in the U.S. It receives more than half a billion dollars in federal funding each year.

Under the Hyde Amendment, federal funding for abortion already is prohibited, but federal family planning funds were allowed to go to clinics and facilities for other health services.

States have been acting on their own to prohibit Title X funding to agencies performing abortions.

The joint resolution is one of a series of bills Congress has passed under the Congressional Review Act, which allows federal regulations put in place during the final days of the previous administration to be rescinded by simple majority passage.

In a letter to House members urging them to vote for H.J. Res. 43, National Right to Life wrote: “Long-standing objections to the massive governmental funding of PPFA (Planned Parenthood Federation of America) have been reinforced by widely publicized undercover videos, which illuminate the callous brutality that occurs daily in these abortion mills.”

After the House vote, Ernst said in a statement she was “committed to restoring our states’ ability to make their own decisions about the best eligible Title X providers for folks.”

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Our Lenten Journey, Monday, April 3, 2017

April 3rd, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Monday Mystery Meditation

Today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/040317.cfm

 

Mon.April 3

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Girls sports feature key showdowns in busy week

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The third week of the girls spring season is loaded with key showdowns.  The weather has produce a lot of rain with more coming this week but I hope they are able to play. Read more »

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Boys sports gets cranking in third full week of baseball, lacrosse

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The third week of the season for boys spring sports is loaded with big games involving top-10 teams. Read more »

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Our Lenten Journey, Sunday, April 2, 2017

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/040217.cfm

 

Sun.April 2

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Oblate provincial to be president of DeSales University

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Father James J. Greenfield has been leader of the Wilmington-Philadelphia Province since 2008

 

Father James J. Greenfield, provincial of the Wilmington-Philadelphia Province of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales since 2008, has been elected the fourth president of DeSales University in Center Valley, Pa., effective next Jan. 1, the university announced March 16.

Father Greenfield, 55, a member of the university’s board of trustees for nearly 15 years, will be the first alumnus of DeSales to become its president. He graduated from what was then called Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales in 1984 with a degree in politics. He succeeds Oblate Father Bernard F. O’Connor, who has served since 1999. Read more »

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Glavin’s six-goal effort paces Auks lax past Tower Hill

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CLAYMONT – Archmere trailed Tower Hill, 4-3, after one quarter of the teams’ nonconference boys lacrosse game on April 1. But a natural hat trick from senior Xavier Glavin to open the second gave the Auks a lead they would not relinquish in a 12-7 win.

Glavin’s first goal, and his second of the game, came 4:16 into the second quarter when a pass toward the net hit his stick and deflected past Hillers goalie Michael Gianforcaro. Glavin struck again just 26 seconds later. This time, on a delayed penalty call on Tower Hill, he slipped one through an opening into the net. Read more »

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Just call him ‘Captain Jack’

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St. Elizabeth senior Newswanger played four years of hockey for Middletown, wore ‘C’ this season

 

WILMINGTON — When Jack Newswanger was an eighth-grader at Christ the Teacher, he was playing recreational ice hockey, and St. Elizabeth, his high school of choice, had a team. So far, so good.

By the time he entered the school, however, the program had been shelved, so Newswanger and several other St. Elizabeth students connected with the Middletown High School team. So began four years of being a Viking most of the time and a Cavalier when he strapped on the skates. Read more »

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Our Lenten Journey, Saturday, April 1, 2017

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Monday Mystery Meditation

Today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/040117.cfm

 

Sat.April 1

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Padua cheerleading wins fourth straight state title

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Padua Academy won a state championship in March that flew a bit under the radar. The Pandas captured their fourth straight state cheerleading title at Smyrna High School on March 5.

The championship capped another successful campaign for the cheerleaders. They kicked off their competition season in the first week of February with a first-place showing at the Christiana High School Invitational, winning for best dance and best stunts. They also placed first in a competition at Dover High School and also at Cheer for Charity at the University of Delaware, an event that included 13 teams. Their fourth event, Reach the Beach in Ocean City, Md., resulted in a third-place showing, and they also took third in the Grand Finale in Virginia Beach, Va. Read more »

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