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California bill would forbid employee codes of conduct on abortion

July 13, 2017

The California Catholic Conference has announced its strong opposition to AB 569, a bill that forbids employers from firing or taking other adverse action against employees who have abortions.

The bill “targets religious employers who expect faithful public and workplace conduct by their employees, including those who teach at religious schools and are reasonably expected to model the principles of that faith,” the conference said in an action alert.

The state assembly has passed the bill in a 54-17 vote. The legislation awaits a vote in the state senate.

The bill also forbids “requiring an employee to sign code of conduct or similar document that purports to deny any employee the right to make his or her own reproductive health care decisions, including the use of a particular drug, device, or medical service.”


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  • Posted by: - Jul. 15, 2017 3:08 PM ET USA

    This is another "abridgment of an employee's right of conscience". All Californians should protest this exceedingly evil bill. While I'm not a resident, I hope that my fellow Catholics will vehemently oppose this.

  • Posted by: unum - Jul. 14, 2017 10:04 AM ET USA

    A cleat attack on our freedom of religion. I predict it will end up in the Supreme Court.

  • Posted by: Chestertonian - Jul. 13, 2017 6:27 PM ET USA

    The point is, this is another encroachment on our 1st Amendment right to the free exercise of our religious beliefs. At this rate, California will soon have a state Patriotic Church similar to China's. Anyone violating this law in good conscience will be thrown in jail. Obviously, most of the CA Assembly need a refresher course on the US Constitution.

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jul. 13, 2017 1:45 PM ET USA

    Scripture in Genesis 38 calls the sin of Onan "a detestable thing." The traditional Catholic interpretation of verse 9 is intervention with the conjugal embrace for the purpose of contraception. Another interpretation considers it an act of fratricide of his brother's name. Either way, the misdeed violates the procreative end of the marital act. Genesis 1:28 orders marital relations toward procreation, while Genesis 2:24 orders these relations toward the unification of the spouses.

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jul. 13, 2017 9:03 AM ET USA

    Pray that these legislators would pick up the Scriptures and learn that it is an abomination to offer our children to the false god Moloch (e.g., Leviticus 18:21, etc., Douay OT spelling).