Testimony

Comments Regarding Proposed Rulemaking on Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act

Re: Department of Health and Human Services

Docket ID: HHS-OS-2022-0012

Non-Discrimination in Health Programs and Activities

September 26, 2022

The New York State Catholic Conference submits this comment on behalf of the Respect Life Directors of the Catholic dioceses of New York State. We work and advocate for the fundamental human right to life of all people, regardless of their age or condition, and for religious liberty for health care providers. This is based on our faith’s teaching about the inherent dignity of every human person.

We strongly oppose the proposed rule. This rule would endanger the lives and health of vulnerable persons and force health institutions and professionals to violate their religious beliefs.

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Comments on the Draft Scoping Plan by Climate Action Council

The New York State Catholic Conference submits the following comments on the draft Scoping Plan developed by the Climate Action Council, which was created by the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act of 2019 (CLCPA).

June 30, 2022

General Position of the Catholic Church

The perspective of the Catholic Church with respect to the environment is encapsulated in the 2015 encyclical letter of Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, on the Care for the Common Home. This landmark encyclical acknowledges our relationship with our common home – the earth – and “the harm that we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her.”

In fact, the Church has expressed its concern over the ecological damage caused by unchecked human activity for more than 50 years, particularly during the pontificates of the last three popes – Francis, Benedict XVI, and St. John Paul II. The Church’s statements on ecological harm acknowledge and have been enriched by the reflections of numerous scientists, philosophers, theologians, and civic groups. Generally speaking, Laudato Si’ calls for us to work together for sustainable development with a critical emphasis on reversing environmental degradation that affects the poorest among us. More