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Catholic bishops of Ohio neutral on State Issues 1 and 2 Print E-mail
Friday, 20 October 2017 13:01

The Catholic Conference of Ohio (the state’s bishops’ conference), the official representative of the Catholic Church in public matters affecting the Church and the general welfare of the citizens of Ohio, has announced that it is neutral on the two statewide issues on the Nov. 7 ballot.

Issue 1 is a constitutional amendment addressing the rights of crime victims.

Issue 2 is a voter initiated law-change addressing the cost of prescription drugs purchased by the state of Ohio.


Catholic Conference of Ohio’s Position on State Issue 1


Amends Ohio’s Constitution to expand the rights of victims and require that such rights be protected as vigorously as the rights of the accused.


The Catholic Bishops of Ohio are neutral on Issue 1. Here is their statement:

“A voter’s position on Issue 1 involves a prudential judgment where people of good will may differ as to the specifics of this proposal.

“We are keenly aware of the anger, pain and grief experienced by victims of crime and their families. Their sense of loss and outrage can be overwhelming. As Christians, we are called to help victims and their families bear these burdens, so that even amid their suffering, they can experience the comfort and support of a caring Christian community.

“We applaud the intent of Issue 1. We encourage voters to consider whether the concerns of victims are being adequately addressed through this constitutional amendment.”

Catholic Conference of Ohio’s Position on State Issue 2


To require state agencies to not pay more for prescription drugs than the federal Department of Veterans Affairs, and require state payment of attorney fees and expenses to speci?c individuals for defense of the law.

The Catholic Bishops of Ohio are neutral on Issue 2. Here is their statement:

“A voter’s position on Issue 2 involves a prudential judgment where people of good will may differ as to the specifics of this proposal.

“For many decades, the Catholic Bishops of the United States have affirmed that affordable and accessible health care is an essential safeguard of human life and a fundamental human right. Affordable prescription drugs are an important component of a just system of health care.

“We encourage voters to prayerfully consider whether passage of Issue 2 will effectively help reduce the cost of state-purchased prescription drugs. We hope our reflection questions and links to the arguments (see below) will be of some assistance.

“It is important to be mindful of the limitations of this issue.  It does not reduce the price of drugs that are purchased through an individual’s private/employee health plan.  It only addresses the costs associated with drugs purchased by the state.

“There have been numerous campaign ads addressing the effectiveness of this proposal.  We urge voters to carefully discern their veracity.

“Regardless of the outcome, we strongly encourage all interested parties to come together in a bi-partisan way to pass legislation that reduces the cost of prescription drugs, and addresses the common need for affordable and accessible health care for everyone.”


Reflection Questions Regarding State Ballot Issues


The Catholic Bishops of Ohio are recommending that voters consider these questions in deciding how to vote on Issues 1 and 2:

Will passage of an issue promote the value and dignity of the human person and advance the common good of persons in the state, especially the poor and vulnerable?

Is the issue needed?

Is the issue well-conceived and clearly stated?

If proposed as a constitutional amendment (Issue 1), is this an issue that belongs in Ohio’s Constitution? If proposed as an initiated petition (Issue 2), is this a matter that voters, rather than the Ohio legislature, should decide?


Does the Issue appear to have a good chance of being implemented and enforced?

Are the proponents and opponents of the issue being fair, clear, and transparent in their advocacy around the issue?

 
 

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