Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
Kansas Health Institute (Heartland Health Monitor): “It’s always great when you can score a win for religious liberty, especially when you have an attempt to force these owners of companies that have sincere religious convictions to violate those convictions under threat of severe penalties,” said Kevin H. Theriot, an attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom who represented Randy Reed and Sioux Chief.
Life Site News: “It’s always great when you can score a win for religious liberty, especially when you have an attempt to force these owners of companies that have sincere religious convictions to violate those convictions under threat of severe penalties,” said Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Kevin H. Theriot, who represented the businesses.
The Christian Institute: Legalising assisted suicide would increase pressure on vulnerable people to ask for help to kill themselves, the House of Lords has heard.
Alliance Defending Freedom: ADF opened our first international office in 2012, in Vienna, Austria. Here are our top ten cases.
Life News: The Planned Parenthood abortion business in Michigan has closed an abortion referral clinic because it didn’t get enough business.
Life News: The New Jersey Assembly today passed a bill to legalize assisted suicide and it will now send the measure to Governor Chris Christie, who has promised to veto it.
Life News: In August, leaders in the North Carolina legislature petitioned the United States Supreme Court to review a decision by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals that prohibited the state from issuing “Choose Life” license plates.
Life News: Fresh from their overwhelming victory on Election Day, handing them control of the Senate over pro-abortion Democrats led by Harry Reid, Senate Republicans have unanimously elected pro-life Senator Mitch McConnell as their leader.
Life News: After Wendy Davis rose to near stardom when she staged an 11-hour filibuster to block a pro-life bill in the Texas Senate, the Texas Democratic Party tried to use her candidacy in the Texas gubernatorial election to rebuild party infrastructure that had dissipated during their nearly-two-decades-long absence from statewide office. She was subsequently held up as a new paradigm of a supposed abortion consensus though it was apparent that she stood in direct opposition to the actual consensus of the people of Texas.
One News Now: Many pro-life legal groups have submitted briefs to the court in support of the law, and Alliance Defending Freedom is one of them. Natalie Decker, litigation counsel for ADF, tells OneNewsNow Texas should have the right to protect the health and safety of women, not enhance the profit margin of abortionists.
Life Site News: However, the Alliance Defending Freedom’s Matt Bowman, who represents Pregnancy Care Centers of New York, the Borough Pregnancy Counseling Center, and Good Counsel Homes in their case against the law, said that “free speech is protected in the First Amendment; surgery is not protected in the First Amendment.”
Life News (Live Action News): Alliance Defending Freedom called the DMHC requirement an “assault” on the most fundamental American freedoms. In a statement, ADF Senior Counsel Casey Mattox explained that the DMHC mandate directly violates the 2004 Weldon Amendment, a law passed by Congress that protects religious organizations from being forced to pay for abortion in health insurance plans. Life Legal Defense Foundation’s Legal Director Catherine Short said the DMHC mandate is political kowtowing to the big abortion lobby.
Pastor’s defiant response to California’s abortion mandate: ‘We will take this to the point of being jailed if necessary’
The Blaze: Casey Mattox, senior counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom, told TheBlaze last month that the regulatory amendment requiring abortion coverage took effect August 22, with the government giving 90 additional days for the language in health care plans to officially change.
One News Now: Alliance Defending Freedom is representing March for Life in the case. Elissa Graves, the ADF attorney on hand for arguments in federal district court in Washington, DC, tells OneNewsNow, “March for Life is an organization that holds 100-percent pro-life views based on science and ethics instead of religion. It advocates for life at all stages which includes from conception until death. Some of these drugs do have effect after conception.”
ADF Media: Alliance Defending Freedom and other pro-life organizations and physicians filed a friend-of-the-court brief Monday that urges the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit to uphold the remainder of a Texas abortion law, House Bill 2.
Life News: Federal Court Judge Timothy Black, who formally served on the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood in Cincinnati, has been appointed to hear a suit brought by that same abortion facility challenging Ohio’s law that requires abortion clinic to maintain hospital transfer agreements.
Life News: This doctor said there was no way the baby would live and if for some reason the baby did, that the lungs would be so premature that there would be nothing they could do. We were devastated and shocked. Our primary doctor was still unavailable so we went upstairs to another doctor.
BBC: Alana Saarinen loves playing golf and the piano, listening to music and hanging out with friends. In those respects, she’s like many teenagers around the world. Except she’s not, because every cell in Alana’s body isn’t like mine and yours – Alana is one of a few people in the world who have DNA from three people.
NPR: But the idea of scientists manipulating a human being’s DNA in this way is very controversial. It would be the first time genetic changes have been made in human DNA that would be passed on, down the generations, through the germline. Any baby born this way would have genes from three different people.
Public Discourse: If it’s okay to buy and sell sperm, eggs, and wombs, then why is it not okay to sell other human tissues or organs? If it’s okay to sell one’s reproductive parts, why is it not okay to sell one’s sexual parts, as in prostitution? If it’s okay to pre-sell and pre-order children via third-party reproduction, what is so wrong with buying and selling children who are already born or conceived?
Pro Life Blogs: “Pro-life organizations must be free to operate according to the beliefs they espouse,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Matt Bowman.
The Christian Institute: MPs have voted almost unanimously for a motion which would make sex-selective abortion explicitly illegal, after growing concern that the law is unclear.
One News Now: In light of a high-profile, media-hyped assisted suicide in recent days, a Christian apologist says moral principles – not emotions – should prevail when people face life-ending decisions.
Christian News Network: The case of a mother who petitioned a United Kingdom judge to allow her to kill her 12-year-old daughter by depriving her of hydration and nutrition is raising international concerns from disability advocates and others around the world.
Life News: Paul Knoepfler, a vocal stem cell researcher, has penned an open letter to the UK Government asking for them to put the breaks on the three-parent embryo. I post it in its entirety because the whole thing needs to be read.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Ryan Bomberger is a staunch pro-life advocate. He and his wife, Bethany, founded The Radiance Foundation in 2009, a life-affirming, educational organization. He is also black. You can imagine his surprise when, in 2013, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) sued not only the foundation he worked so hard to build, but also him personally.
Pro-life Democrats to Democratic leadership: You cannot win when you alienate 21 million people in your base
Democrats for Life: Democrats For Life of America is urging the Democratic National Committee, once again, to relax its pro-abortion position and open its doors to welcome and support pro-life Democrats. In addition to election results, Democrats For Life of America points to polls that consistently show that Democratic Party insiders are out of touch with the rank-and-file Democratic voter across America.
Life News: Over the last few months, pro-life candidates have been accused of many ridiculous things. But, hands down, the most outrageous accusation has been that they want to take away everyone’s birth control.
Breakpoint: Last night’s election saw plenty of victories for the pro-life movement. Not only were there significant pro-life gains in both houses of Congress, but candidates who ran on heavily pro-abortion platforms, like Wendy Davis and Mark Udall, were soundly defeated.
The Tennessean: Tennessee voters by a solid margin backed Amendment 1, a measure that gives state lawmakers more power to restrict and regulate abortions.
Aleteia: Republican candidates gained the six seats necessary to recapture control of the United States Senate Tuesday, raising pro-lifers’ hopes of passing legislation but dealing a blow to supporters of immigration reform.
Aleteia: Student pro-life activists are reporting an alarming trend at college campuses: a growing acceptance among students of something called “post-birth abortion.”
ADF Media: Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Matt Bowman will be available for media interviews immediately following his oral argument in federal court Wednesday on behalf of March for Life in its lawsuit against the Obama administration’s abortion-pill mandate. Bowman will argue in favor of March for Life’s request for a permanent injunction against the mandate.
The Telegraph: MPs have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a motion declaring that sex-selection abortion is illegal.
Students For Life: Death is inevitable. For some, it comes way too soon and for people like Brittany Maynard, it was a deliberate choice. And those of us left behind often are left to pick up the remnants of our lives and somehow move on.
Life News: A lot of pro-life advocates are fed up with politics, especially in a state like California where it seems like the pro-life vote doesn’t matter. I have a lot of empathy with people who feel apathetic about the entire political process, but I want to offer a few reasons to stay involved.
Life News: NBC’s Today and CBS This Morning both led their broadcasts on Monday with euthanasia advocate Brittany Maynard’s drug-induced suicide. The morning shows’ anchors sang the praises of the “beautiful, brave young woman,” as Gayle King labeled Maynard.
Reuters: The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left intact part of a controversial New York City law that forces crisis pregnancy centers to inform clients whether they have a licensed medical provider on staff.
Aleteia: Terry O’Neill, President of the National Organization for Women (NOW), was correct in citing the shameful facts about the high rates of preterm birth, infant mortality and maternal mortality in the U.S. in yesterday’s Huffington Post. But she could not have been more wrong about what’s causing these rates.
WND: Attorneys with the Alliance Defending Freedom are representing the Association of Christian Schools International, Samaritan Ministries International, Taylor University and Indiana Wesleyan University in the case against Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and others.
One News Now: Elissa Graves is an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom, which had argued the law violated the freedom of speech rights of pro-life pregnancy care centers.
Life Site News: According to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Casey Mattox, this means pro-life groups such as the Family Research Council and March for Life must fund abortions. In June, ADF and seven leading pro-life organizations signed a letter to the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety opposing the bill. Mattox, who testified at a hearing on the bill, wrote a subsequent letter on October 23 that was signed by six pro-life groups opposing the legislation.
Life News: The abortionist that was responsible for the late-term abortion death of Tonya Reaves has shut down her All Women’s Health abortion facility in Chicago, the Pro-Life Action League has confirmed.
U.S. News (AP): The Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal challenging the constitutionality of a Colorado law that prohibits people from obstructing entry to abortion clinics.
The Global Dispatch: “School districts must follow the law and provide students with a curriculum that supports positive, life-affirming choices,” said ADF Legal Counsel Natalie Decker. “We commend Gilbert Public Schools for taking the necessary steps to comply with a law designed to protect children and the state’s strong interest in promoting childbirth and adoption.”
Western Journalism: “Forcing a church to be party to elective abortion is one of the most unimaginable assaults on our most fundamental American freedoms. California is flagrantly violating the federal law that protects employers from being forced into having abortion in their health insurance plans. No state can blatantly ignore federal law and think that it should continue to receive taxpayer money.” -ADF’s Casey Mattox
ADF Senior Legal Counsel Matt Bowman: “Pro-life pregnancy care centers, which offer free help and hope to women and their children, shouldn’t be punished by political allies of abortionists. Most of the government’s mandatory pro-abortion messages were struck down on appeal, but part of the law still forces pro-life centers to speak a message designed to scare women away. That ruling was only preliminary, so we will continue our efforts in this case to make sure free speech is fully protected for centers that offer free and caring help to women.”
Red State: On Tuesday Tennessee voters will decide whether the Tennessee Constitution will remain more pro-abortion than the U.S. Constitution. Fourteen years ago the ACLU of Tennessee convinced the Tennessee Supreme Court to find a right to abortion under the state constitution. In Planned Parenthood of Middle Tennessee v. Sundquist,the ACLU argued that Tennessee’s Constitution, although its text is just as silent on abortion as its U.S. counterpart, actually provided a right to an abortion much more extreme than anything invented in Roe v. Wade.
Red State: This week NARAL launched what may be the most hysterical – in both meanings of the term – ad of the cycle.
Life News: This week nearly a dozen MPs, from across party lines, are introducing a bill that would “make it explicitly illegal for doctors to abort foetuses on grounds of gender alone.” Canada is not exempt from this extreme form of misogyny.
Time: Long before the world knew of Brittany Maynard’s wrenching decision to end her own life Saturday at 29 rather than continue treatment for terminal brain cancer, Eli Stutsman, an Oregon lawyer, began meeting with a group of physicians and businesspeople in Portland who shared his belief that the terminally ill should be able to decide how and when to die.
These women begged Brittany Maynard not to choose an earlier death. And they will die with dignity, too
The Daily Signal: Brittany Maynard has died. Maynard, 29, died as she said she would in her video released last month: at the time of her choosing, an option she had because of her move to Oregon, a state with right-to-die laws. Maynard, who was suffering from terminal brain cancer, used her last month to advocate for “death with dignity.”
The Christian Post: North Dakota’s highest court upheld a state law that restricts the usage of medication abortions, reversing a lower court ruling.
National discussion over Brittany Maynard’s decision to end her life prompts family to release 13-Y-O son’s video message for his friends before dying
The Christian Post: The family of Ethan Hallmark of Midlothian, Texas, whose four-year battle with terminal cancer before succumbing to his illness late last month at age 13, was made public through video, and has released a clearly different message than the one Brittany Maynard is giving in video in which she shares her desire to end her life on her own terms, drawing national attention.
One News Now: A private university in Florida has won temporary relief from paying fines after it refused to comply with the Obama administration’s birth control mandate.
Life News: For a “women’s health” organization, Planned Parenthood doesn’t think too highly of women. We can’t be trusted to take responsibility for our sex lives, or even to get ourselves to the polls Nov. 4. The abortion giant wants to know our plan for voting — and isn’t above using children to make sure we go out to vote for the destruction of children.
Life Site News: Alliance Defending Freedom is fighting for my civil rights against a “civil rights” group that is out of touch with what truly advances people of any color.
Life Site News: Van Loenen explains how euthanasia has expanded in the Netherlands, not only in the number of yearly deaths by euthanasia, but also the reasons for euthanasia.
Raw Story: In a letter to the school board, the faith-based Alliance Defending Freedom complained that the textbook contained a passage acknowledging the existence of RU486 which can be used to end a pregnancy up to seven weeks after conception. The ADF also disputed the safety of so-called “morning after” pills.
WICU 12: The discussion in Gilbert was first brought up by a conservative Christian law organization called the Alliance Defending Freedom. According to board member Jill Humpherys, Alliance Defending Freedom had complained to GPS Superintendent Christina Kishimoto over the summer.
Baptist Press: “The government should not force organizations to violate their religious convictions by providing abortion pills to their employees or students,” ADF Senior Counsel Gregory Baylor said. “The administration has once again failed to extend its existing religious exemption to all organizations with sincere religious objections to the mandate. That would have been the best way of respecting freedom for everyone.”
The Cardinal Newman Society: Last November, Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a federal lawsuit against the Obama administration on behalf of Ave Maria School of Law, challenging the HHS Mandate’s requirement for religious employers to provide contraceptive and abortifacient insurance coverage to employees.
ADF Media: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a lawsuit Friday against the Obama administration on behalf of four Christian organizations. The recent rule changes issued by the administration for the abortion-pill mandate do not address the religious objections to coerced participation in providing life-ending drugs, devices, and counseling. This is the latest lawsuit to challenge the mandate since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against it on behalf of two for-profit family businesses in Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Burwell and Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores.
Public Discourse: From an issue-framing perspective, Brittany Maynard’s sudden emergence as the face and voice of the campaign to legalize assisted suicide could be considered a textbook example.
ADF Media: An Alliance Defending Freedom letter and presentation to the Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board prompted it to vote 3-2 in favor of requiring Gilbert Public Schools to comply with Arizona law and provide curriculum to students that encourages to child birth over elective abortion.
North Dakota Supreme Court upholds abortion restrictions – a welcome win, despite ‘splintered’ opinions
Thomas More Society: Just two days ago, nearly on the eve of next Tuesday’s Election Day when North Dakota voters are due to vote on a proposed “human life” amendment to their state constitution (called “Measure 1”), North Dakota’s Supreme Court finally handed down its decision, rejecting a long-pending constitutional challenge, based on the state constitution rather than on federal abortion law, targeting a 2011 state law regulating so-called “chemical” abortions.
NewsBusters: Casey Mattox, an attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom, explained the bizarre nature of this new California law to The Blaze. Churches “don’t have to provide contraception, but they have to provide abortion.” He explained in The Federalist that the origin for the decree was the American Civil Liberties Union’s pushing California officials to reclassify elective abortion as “basic health services.”
Life News: Earlier this month, The Huffington Post published an excerpt of Katha Pollitt’s new book, “Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights.” The excerpt is titled “The Abortion Conversation We Need to Have”and starts with Pollitt”s statement that abortion “is a common, even normal, event in the reproductive lives of women.”
Life News: Brittany Maynard has officially decided to delay her decision to kill herself under Oregon’s assisted suicide law on November 1. She says it “doesn’t seem like the right time now” to end her life.
Campus Reform: “Nearly all state-based schools that have challenged this have received protection of these courts. We hope this will help with other impending cases, even those at the Supreme Court”, Matt Bowman, Senior Legal Counsel for ADF, told Campus Reform.
One News Now: “Doctors routinely describe to patients what diagnostic imaging represents – x-rays, colonoscopies,” ADF Senior Counsel Steven H. Aden explains. “Images like that are routinely explained to patients but not in abortion facilities,” which is what the law addresses, he says.