In a letter to members of Congress this week, U.S. bishops called on legislators to support policies that prioritize the well-being of families. The bishops, who chair committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) that focus on areas of concern for women and families, called for “‘radical solidarity’ with mothers, babies (born and preborn) and families throughout each person’s entire lifespan.”
The letter includes a list of policy recommendations the USCCB has supported that would improve the well-being of women and families. These include recommendations related to labor protections for pregnant and nursing women, support for pregnancy resource centers, the Child Tax Credit, parental leave policies, childcare, housing, maternal and child health, nutrition, education, adoption support, relationship education and safety, an end to marriage penalties, environmental policies, and care for immigrant families.
A copy of the bishops’ letter to Congress and policy recommendations can be found here.