Each year Catholics from around the state gather in Tallahassee to participate in Catholic Days at the Capitol. This two-day event provides the opportunity to put into action our faith's call to political responsibility and allows us to strengthen the presence of our Catholic values in the public square. By joining with Floridians who share our faith to advocate for laws that protect and defend human life and dignity, we can give a voice to some of the most vulnerable and marginalized populations in our state and help promote the common good for all of Florida's residents.
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Catholic Days activities include:
- A legislative briefing on select policy issues
- Pre-scheduled meetings with lawmakers or their staff
- A luncheon for Catholic Days participants, Florida's bishops and legislators
- Group photos of each diocesan delegation with their bishop
- Tours of the current and historic capitol buildings
- The opportunity to view the legislative process in action during committee meetings or floor sessions
- Annual Red Mass of the Holy Spirit celebrated by the bishops of Florida to pray for those working in the legislative, judicial and executive branches of government
Catholic Days at the Capitol is a yearly event that occurs in Tallahassee, Florida. For two days, the faithful come together to advocate for laws that defend the sanctity of human life.
Due to last year's advocacy efforts HB 1411 / SB 1722 – Admitting Privileges/Transfer Agreements/Public Funding for Abortions was signed into law.
This legislation protects the health and safety of women who choose abortion. Abortion doctors will be held to the same standard as all other physicians who perform invasive procedures in a non-hospital setting by the requirement to have admitting privileges or a transfer agreement with a nearby hospital. Additionally, the new law prohibits funding of abortion providers and their affiliates with certain exceptions, which allows monies to be redirected to health centers and private physicians that are willing and able to provide comprehensive health care services to women.
The Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA) is still developing rule changes to implement the reasonable proximity requirement. Prohibiting public funding of abortion providers has been enjoined.
Also last year HB 7101 / SB 7068 – Unanimous Jury in Capital Sentencing was signed into law after a modification to allow a Super Majority (10-2) jury decision. The jury must also unanimously find the existence of an aggravating circumstance.
On October 14, 2016 the Florida Supreme Court in Hurst v. Florida found that this new law requiring a 10-2 jury decision to impose a death sentence was unconstitutional. The Court noted that unanimous juries provide the highest degree of reliability. The court has yet to release an opinion addressing whether the Hurst ruling will apply retroactively. The Bishops of Florida and the Florida Catholic Conference would like to abolish the death penalty altogether; however, if the State continues its use, then the Bishops and the Conference still advocate for a unanimous jury.
For more information about the 2017 Catholic Days at the Capitol directly from the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops, please visit this link.
updated Mar. 13, 2017