Bills to help vulnerable persons need immediate attention25 Feb

With just 13 days left in this regular meeting of the General Assembly, proposed legislation regarding good medical care for patients considering abortion and a bill to protect young victims of human trafficking need your attention.

SENATE BILL 4: REGARDING IN-PERSON INFORMED CONSENT PRIOR TO SURGICAL ABORTION. House Health and Welfare Committee Chairman, State Rep.Tom Burch, has scheduled a hearing on Thursday, February 28 for Senate Bill 4 and a host of other abortion related measures. BUT HE IS WORKING HARD TO KILL THEM. IN A CLOSED DOOR MEETING HE URGED ALL DEMOCRATS TO STICK TOGETHER AND DEFEAT THESE BILLS.

Another member of the committee, State Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, told at least one person who called her that she was doing all she could to stop their passage.
It is still possible to pass SENATE BILL 4.

Dr. Watkins

Last year State Rep. David Watkins, a physician, voted YES for a similar bill. With his YES vote this year the bill will clear the committee and go to the House floor where an overwhelming number of State Representatives support it.

So even if Dr. Watkins is not your State Representative please call 1.800.372.7181 as soon as possible and leave a message for him:
Dr. Watkins, I thank you for your past support of informed consent legislation. Please be consistent and vote YES for Senate Bill 4 this Thursday. Thank you.
Or copy the above message and paste it in an email to him as soon as possible: David.Watkins@lrc.ky.gov.

Trafficking victim

Young Trafficking Victim in California

HUMAN TRAFFICKING VICTIMS’ RIGHTS ACT: HOUSE BILL 3 – After a unanimous vote on the House floor HB 3 went to the Senate and, instead of being assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee, it has ended up in the Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee.  Please call 1.800.372.7181 and leave a message for your State Senator.

Dear Senator, HB 3, a victims’ rights act, is now in your chamber. It got there with a unanimous House vote. Children who are victims of human trafficking need protection and treatment. Please support passage of HB 3 before time runs out this year by pressing your leadership to bring HB 3 to the floor for a vote. I ask that you vote YES at every opportunity. Thank you.
Catholic Charities in Louisville has actively worked with the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to address the issue of human trafficking in the state of Kentucky. For more information visit the Kentucky Rescue and Restore website.
Blessed John Paul II has written:
The trade in human persons constitutes a shocking offense against human dignity and grave violation of fundamental human rights. Already the Second Vatican Council had pointed to ‘slavery, prostitution, the selling of women and children, and disgraceful working conditions where people are treated as instruments of gain rather than free and responsible persons’ as ‘infamies’ which ‘poison human society, debase their perpetrators’ and constitute ‘a supreme dishonour to the Creator’ (Gaudium et Spes, 27). Such situations are an affront to fundamental values, which are shared by all cultures and peoples, values rooted in the very nature of the human person. … Who can deny that the victims of this crime are often the poorest and most defenseless members of the human family, the ‘least’ of our brothers and sisters? … The disturbing tendency to treat prostitution as a business or industry not only contributes to the trade in human beings, but is itself evidence of a growing tendency to detach freedom from the moral law and to reduce the rich mystery of human sexuality to a mere commodity.
Photos courtesy Kentucky Legislative Research Commission and Change.org
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