Religious Liberties currently under debate in CA Legislature AB 569

The Issue: Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D- San Diego) introduced AB 569, a bill that would prohibit churches, religious universities, schools, hospitals and religious business owners from imposing any standards of conduct relating to their religious beliefs about abortion, sex outside of marriage and contraception. The Assembly passed the measure on May 31, so AB 569 will now go to the State Senate. Of note, there are NO substantiated claims of discrimination to date behind this attempt to “free” employees from a reasonable expectation that they model the principles of faith of their employers. The bill is sponsored by the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL).

Church Teaching: Catholic doctrine is absolutely clear in its precepts regarding sex, abortion and contraception. As stated in the Pastoral Letter of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (Nov 17, 2009), “Conjugal love, the love proper to marriage, is present in the commitment to the complete and total gift of self between husband and wife.” And further, “Marriage has two fundamental ends or purposes towards which it is oriented, namely, the good of the spouses as well as the procreation of children. Thus, the Church teaches that marriage is both unitive and procreative, and that it is inseparably both.” Only Natural Family Planning is sanctioned for the timing of pregnancy, and support for life from conception to natural death is sacrosanct.

Christ manifests the love with which He has loved her [the Church] by giving himself for her. That love is an image and above all a model of the love which the husband should show to his wife in marriage, when the two are subject to each other out of reverence for Christ. - Pope Saint John Paul II, “Theology of the Body”

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