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Viewpoint: Deny Dover’s death-dealing bills

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Spring, nature’s season of rebirth and growth, has taken on a deadly aspect in Dover’s Legislative Hall with the introduction of three bills this session that focus on ending lives in Delaware.

One bill, Senate Bill 5, would officially make the Federal legalization of abortion part of the Delaware code of laws. The move might seem redundant, but the bill is intended to create back-up law for the First State to invoke, should the Supreme Court ever reverse its 44 years of rulings regarding Roe v. Wade.

Bishop Malooly, in a statement on SB5, has reiterated in his opposition to the measure. He stated on May 1 that the right to life is the first and most fundamental human right, that abortion denies God’s gift of life and dignity to the most vulnerable, and that “the life and dignity of every person must be respected and protected at every stage and every condition. This applies to the unborn as well as the sick, the elderly and those on death row.” Read more »

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Del. Catholic Advocacy Network wants state’s school transportation subsidy saved

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The Delaware Catholic Advocacy Network (DCAN) is asking parents who send their children to Catholic schools to contact their representatives and Gov. Jack Markell to save the “minimal stipend” that reimburses part of the transportation cost for children in nonpublic schools.

According to an email sent May 11 by DCAN, Catholic school families “save the state millions of dollars while supporting Delaware’s public school with their taxes.”

But now, the transportation stipend for Catholic school families “may be cut from the budget.”

As the Delaware General Assembly decides on the state’s 2016 budget in the weeks ahead, the Catholic advocacy group is asking Catholic parents to “send an email to your representatives and the governor” urging them to keep the stipend.

Readers who support the transportation stipend for Catholic school families can click on the link below to send a message to the General Assembly:

https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/7OT-Vw5-L1nOnJtBlzZvYg

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Delaware Catholic advocacy group wants transportation stipends restored in state budget

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The Delaware Catholic Advocacy Network (DCAN) is asking Catholics to contact members of the state’s Joint Finance Committee to request the restoration the school transportation stipend for nonpublic school parents in the state’s 2015 budget.

In a Feb. 10 email to its members DCAN wrote: “Each year, parents who send their children to Catholic schools in Delaware save the state an estimated $150 million while supporting Delaware’s public schools with their taxes. LIBRARIAN HELPS STUDENTS OFF BUS ON FIRST DAY OF CLASSES AT NEW YORK SCHOOL“Catholic school parents pay the same taxes that neighboring public school parents pay, without the benefit.

In return, the Delaware gives these families a minimal stipend to reimburse them for a small percentage of their annual transportation costs.

For the second consecutive year, Gov. Jack Markell is trying to eliminate this modest stipend. Last year, the Delaware General Assembly Joint Finance Committee, at the urging of Catholic school families and supporters, restored funding for the stipend in the FY 2015 budget,

“Once again, we need your help to tell members of the Joint Finance Committee that families who sacrifice to send their children to Catholic schools deserve to keep their transportation reimbursement stipend.

Even if you sent an email to your representative in the past, we are asking you to do it again.”

DCAN provided the email link below for contacting legislators in Dover to support the restoration of the transportation stipend: https://www.votervoice.net/link/target/cdow/4NGNrM66E.aspx

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