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In the face of mounting court losses, the Obama administration Wednesday abandoned its appeals in several abortion-pill mandate lawsuits. The surrender means that existing court orders which protect family businesses in those cases from violating their religious beliefs will stand while the lawsuits proceed.
Life News: There are a host of rationales for abortion — ranging from supposedly protecting women’s health to arguments that an unborn child is somehow not a human being or doesn’t become one until later in pregnancy or after birth. But another pro-abortion argument is seen in the anti-child mentality displayed by some abortion proponents.
Life News: The main web site behind Planned Parenthood’s attempt to lure students with a sex educational campaign that leads to abortion now points those teenagers to a web site promoting pornography.
It wasn’t just the Nazis: Now doctors [in Belgium and the Netherlands] can euthanize sick children, mentally disabled
Life News: It wasn’t “the Nazis” that caused the mass euthanasia deaths of disabled infants and adults. It was the eugenics ideology of the era that denied human exceptionalism. We are heading in the same direction–although certainly not mass murder of the kind that happened in Germany circa 1939-1945.
The Christian Institute: A columnist whose elderly mother has advanced Alzheimer’s says she is “shocked and horrified” that TV chef Mary Berry wants assisted suicide if she becomes a “burden”.
The Christian Post: Why do Catholics who are aligned with Democrats on social welfare and Republicans on abortion usually vote Democrat? Recent political science research suggests an answer.
Aleteia: I did not watch the PBS documentary “After Tiller” celebrating the late-term abortionist George Tiller that aired on September 1st. In my work with couples who aborted late-term pregnancies due to an adverse diagnosis, some of whom went to Tiller’s clinic, I’ve had a front row seat to the “After” of those who went to Tiller.
Life News: An appeals court today told Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott that he can’t enforce a pro-life law credited with closing multiple abortion clinics and cutting abortions 13 percent, saving an estimated 9,900 babies from abortion.
Nathan Cherry: A group of four researchers at the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University say that very young adolescents (VYA) – kids between the ages of 10 and 14 – have a right to contraception and abortion. But that is the least troubling conclusion of this new report, published in Global Public Health.
Calif. covers only ‘medically necessary’ abortions for state employees, but forces Catholics to cover elective abortions
The Cardinal Newman Society: The Cardinal Newman Society, represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom and the Life Legal Defense Foundation, recently warned the Department and California insurers of the violation of federal law.
MedPage Today: Steve Aden, senior counsel at the Alliance Defending Freedom, a religious freedom advocacy group that opposes abortion, said that while some states have imposed outpatient surgery center-type regulations on the clinics for years, the issue of “chemical abortions” using drugs such as RU-486 (mifepristone) adds a new wrinkle.
Life News: “Everyone deserves a fighting chance to live. All this mother is doing is fighting for that chance for her baby,” said ADF Senior Counsel Steven H. Aden. “This mother’s parental rights should not be ignored; no one has the authority to deny her the right to save her daughter’s life.”
Aleteia: Before answering that question (and there IS an answer to it) a couple of points need to be addressed that explain why there’s so much confusion about Plan B’s mechanisms of action (MOAs).
The Washington Times (AP): Wisconsin medical facilities performed nearly 7 percent fewer abortions last year, continuing a five-year decline, according to a state report released Wednesday.
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys have filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in support of a mother pleading with the state for her child’s life after the father allegedly shook her and caused significant injury. The Maine Department of Health and Human Services is fighting the mother in court because she wants to give the baby a fighting chance to live while the state wants to hasten her death by withdrawing critical life support.
The Christian Post: An appeals court has rejected Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s effort to allow for the enforcement of a key provision of the state’s recently passed abortion law.
Alliance Defending Freedom filed an application with the European Court of Human Rights Wednesday on behalf of Tom Mortier, who is challenging Belgium’s laws that allow doctor-prescribed death. Mortier’s mother was put to death by a doctor for “untreatable depression” even though she was not terminally ill. Mortier did not find out what had happened until he received a telephone call the day after her death.
The Christian Institute: A Labour MP has warned against legalising controversial GM baby techniques because of moral, ethical and public safety concerns.
Law and Religion UK: On Monday 1 September, MPs took part in the debate Mitochondrial Replacement (Public Safety), scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee and led by Fiona Bruce, (Congleton, Con). The introduction of Regulations to permit the selective use of mitochondrial transfer was discussed in the Westminster Hall debate on 12 March 2014, reported here, where for the government, Jane Ellison, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, confirmed that that the regulations will be subject to the affirmative procedure and will be debated it in full on the Floor of the House.
SCOTUS Blog: Nine months after the Supreme Court allowed enforcement of a Texas law that led to the closing of a third of all clinics in that state, a new courthouse battle over that same law is rapidly developing. In a rushed motion filed on Sunday, the state of Texas took the issue back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit after a federal judge in Austin struck it down on Friday afternoon. The issue may not stop at the appeals court level.
Live Action News: Casey Mattox of Alliance Defending Freedom, the legal group defending Thayer, said that American deserve to know whether their tax dollars are being abused, regardless of their stance on abortion: “No matter what people believe about abortion itself, everyone can agree that Planned Parenthood should play by the same rules as everyone else. We look forward to continuing our defense of the American taxpayer in this case.”
Life News: “Federal law prevents California from mandating that a health insurance plan include abortion coverage,” the Life Legal Defense Foundation, Alliance Defending Freedom and Cardinal Newman Society said in a letter to the state Department of Managed Health Care.
One News Now: Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel Michael J. Norton tells OneNewsNow that Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper later overturned the decision, prompting the lawsuit by Jane Norton – the attorney’s wife.
News Review: Two groups opposing abortion, the Life Legal Defense Foundation and Alliance Defending Freedom, threatened to file a federal civil rights complaint unless the state’s previous determination is reinstated.
The Des Moines Register: “Americans deserve to know if their hard-earned tax money is being funneled to groups that are abusing it,” the group’s senior counsel, Casey Mattox, said in a press release. “No matter what people believe about abortion itself, everyone can agree that Planned Parenthood should play by the same rules as everyone else. We look forward to continuing our defense of the American taxpayer in this case.”
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit Friday reinstated a former Planned Parenthood facility director’s lawsuit against Planned Parenthood of the Heartland. Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing Susan Thayer filed suit in 2011, alleging fraud and abuse of taxpayer dollars. A district court judge had dismissed the lawsuit in 2012.
The Christian Institute: The number of babies who survive after being born at 23 weeks is rising, new figures have shown. According to freedom of information requests at least 120 babies born at 23 weeks, one week before the legal abortion limit, have survived in the last four years.
The Interpreter: Despite a dramatic decline in the number of abortions in the Russian Federation since 1991 and claims that it has overcome “the culture of abortion” as the primary means of birth control, nearly one third – some 29.3 percent – of Russian pregnancies still are being aborted.
KWWL (AP): A federal appeals court says a former Planned Parenthood clinic director may go forward with a lawsuit against the organization, reinstating portions of the case dismissed in 2012 by a judge. Thayer filed suit in 2011 represented by the nonprofit Christian group Alliance Defending Freedom.
Life News: “Americans deserve to know if their hard-earned tax money is being funneled to groups that are abusing it,” said ADF Senior Counsel Casey Mattox.
Zenit: The Internet has been awash, if you will forgive the pun, with videos of people the world over tipping a bucket containing ice cold water over their heads in the name of charity.
Via Catholic News Agency: Amid backlash from religious liberty and education advocates, Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration has ordered abortion coverage in health insurance plans for two Catholic universities. [...] The Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal religious liberty …
Life News: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing several New Mexico legislators and a medical association have filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the New Mexico Court of Appeals in favor of reversing a state judge’s decision to allow doctor-prescribed death.
The Washington Times: Among those speaking at the press conference were Republican state Sens. Kevin Lundberg and Vicki Marble, Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life, and Michael Norton, senior counsel at the Alliance Defending Freedom.
The Hill: “What we see here is another revised attempt to settle issues of religious conscience with accounting maneuvers,” the group’s president, Russell D. Moore, said in a separate statement. The Alliance for Defending Freedom, the Family Research Council and a handful of conservative lawmakers agreed.
National Review: Dutch euthanasia gets ever more extreme. And now the euthanasia Life Clinic killed a woman because she didn’t want to live in a nursing home.
The Christian Post: A large Catholic pro-life organization is demanding that the PBS cancel its airing of the controversial pro-abortion documentary “After Tiller.”
Alliance Defending Freedom: So much that is so dark and wrong is happening all around us this summer, in the U.S. and around the world – so much violence and misinformation and political maneuvering and upheaval. And all of it with the potential to impact our lives, our children, and our churches.
National Review: Last week, the abortion-advocacy group NARAL Pro-Choice America released the results of a poll that they’re using to claim a strong majority of Americans espouse “pro-choice” views and support access to abortion. Their conclusion has been picked up by a range of media outlets including the Hill, Politico, and Salon.
Aleteia: I’ve been working on a project about healing after abortion and part of that has included listening to the stories of post-abortive women who have experienced God’s healing and forgiveness. Each woman’s story is unique and yet they all contain two common threads. First, each women suffered a long and difficult journey from the darkness of abortion into the light of reconciliation and peace. Second, the key component in all of their journeys was their eventual belief in God’s love for them despite their past conduct.
Life News: When last we wrote about Martin Haskell’s Sharonville, Ohio, abortion clinic, a judge had ruled that it is the Ohio Department of Health’s “sole discretion” whether it gives a variance to the requirement that abortion clinics have a transfer agreement with a nearby hospital in cases of emergency.
Life Site News: Alliance Defending Freedom “will likely appeal” a Monday court decision dismissing their suit alleging Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains illegally used state funds to pay for abortions, an ADF lawyer told LifeSiteNews.
Denver Catholic Register: Students for Life of America are hosting a “Summer of Life” rally at the Colorado State Capitol building from noon to 1 p.m. Aug. 26 related to federal Senate Bill 1670, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protect Act.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Suffering is not pleasant—most of us can agree on that. Suffering though, no matter how unpleasant, is something we all share. We all have moments of pain and sorrow to different degrees. One might say it’s a part of what makes us human and able to identify and sympathize with each other.
National Review: In the wake of the Australian couple–and other cases–of biological parents who abandoned disabled children born of a surrogate, comes another story.
Aleteia: “The Giver,” the new movie by Walden Films, is a powerful cautionary tale that everyone should make the time to see. Released a few weeks ago, it has received praise and acclaim from critics and the public alike. Some are even calling it the “most pro-life film ever made.”
One News Now: Many Americans are eligible for taxpayer subsidies to offset the cost of the health insurance that the government now requires virtually all Americans purchase.
Life Site News: Any time there’s a pro-life law, you can be sure pro-abortion activists will be on-hand to protest with vile and obnoxious signs; dramatic chanting of “abortion-on-demand without apology;” and their go-to symbol, a bloody clothes hanger. I witnessed this behavior firsthand when debates raged over pro-life legislation in Texas last summer.
The Federalist: This mandate has been presented by a slavish and servile media as being necessary to address a crisis of inadequate “access” to contraceptives in the country.
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing several New Mexico legislators and a medical association have filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the New Mexico Court of Appeals in favor of reversing a state judge’s decision to allow doctor-prescribed death.
Campus Reform: “When Congress enacted the Weldon Amendment, it sought to ensure that the government could never strong-arm pro-life employers into paying for abortion coverage,” ADF Senior Legal Counsel Matthew Bowman told Christian News.
World Magazine: The Life Legal Defense Foundation (LLDF) and Alliance Defending Freedom, sent a letter to Rouillard on Friday saying that under federal law, California cannot force employers to cover elective abortions. The groups said they would file a civil rights complaint with the federal government unless the state reinstated its previous policy.
One News Now: Alliance Defending Freedom Kerri Kupec was in the courtroom for the hearing on the city’s demands. She tells OneNewsNow: “The city had dragged in a number of pro-life pregnancy centers, demanding that they release documents from their private files, and they were doing this to help the city defend the ordinance that is currently forcing pregnancy resource centers in Baltimore post signs discouraging women from using their services.”
The Denver Post: Today’s speakers include former Congressman Marilyn Musgrave of Fort Morgan, vice president of government affairs for the Susan B. Anthony list, which works to elect pro-life candidates. Also speaking is Michael Norton, former Colorado U.S. attorney and husband of 2010 Senate candidate Jane Norton, with the Alliance Defending Freedom.
Town Hall (Baptist Press): Gregory Baylor, senior counsel for ADF, said the administration “has failed to extend its existing religious exemption to the religious owners of family businesses and to religious non-profits other than churches. That would have been the best way of respecting freedom for everyone.”
The Christian Post: “The government should not force religious organizations, family businesses, or individuals to be complicit in providing abortion pills to their employees or students,” Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Gregory S. Baylor said in a statement. “Notably, the administration has failed to extend its existing religious exemption to the religious owners of family businesses and to religious non-profits other than churches. That would have been the best way of respecting freedom for everyone.”
Insurance News Network: “The government should not force religious organizations, family businesses, or individuals to be complicit in providing abortion pills to their employees or students. We will consult with our clients to determine how the government’s actions affect their sincere objections to the mandate. Notably, the administration has failed to extend its existing religious exemption to the religious owners of family businesses and to religious non-profits other than churches. That would have been the best way of respecting freedom for everyone.”
Christian News Network: But Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and the Life Legal Defense Foundation assert that the department’s mandate violates federal law, and sent a rebuttal letter on Friday calling for a retraction under threat of a federal lawsuit.
Insurance News Net: “Faith-based organizations should be free to operate according to the faith they espouse and live out on a daily basis,” said ADF Senor Legal Counsel Matthew Bowman. “When Congress enacted the Weldon Amendment, it sought to ensure that the government could never strong-arm pro-life employers into paying for abortion coverage; therefore, California’s decision is illegal No state can ignore federal law in a pursuit to conform everyone to the state’s own ideology on abortion.”
SF Gate: “Federal law prevents California from mandating that a health insurance plan include abortion coverage,” the Life Legal Defense Foundation, Alliance Defending Freedom and Cardinal Newman Society said in a letter to the state Department of Managed Health Care.
California Healthline: However, the antiabortion groups Alliance Defending Freedom and Life Legal Defense Foundation sent a letter to Rouillard on Friday saying that they plan to file a civil rights complaint about the new directive.
Denver Westword: Norton is being represented by her husband, Michael Norton, senior counsel for the pro-life Alliance Defending Freedom. In a statement e-mailed to Westword, Michael Norton says the group will likely appeal the judge’s decision.
Christian News Network: “The government should not force religious organizations, family businesses, or individuals to be complicit in providing abortion pills to their employees or students,” said Senior Legal Counsel Gregory S. Baylor. “We will consult with our clients to determine how the government’s actions affect their sincere objections to the mandate.”
National Review: Here’s the advocacy con advanced by suicide promoters in the UK to bludgeon Parliament into legalizing doctor-prescribed death.
The Washington Times: Pro-life groups are attacking Democrats in some of the most watched Senate races, criticizing them for opposing legislation that would ban most abortions nationwide after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
National Right to Life: It is widely acknowledged that euthanasia is out of control in Belgium: a 500% increase in cases in ten years; one third involuntary; half not reported; euthanasia for blindness, anorexia and botched sex change operations; organ transplant euthanasia; plans to extend euthanasia to children and people with dementia.
Aleteia: It’s déjà vu all over again. The Friday afternoon dump has become a fixture of the Washington scene in the past decade and so. That’s when the Administration chooses to release information about its latest controversial action to the media.
Aleteia: The “pro-choice” slogan served the abortion industry well for decades, capped off with its adoption by NARAL in 2003, when it became NARAL Pro-Choice America, abandoning a commonality in its three earlier names, all of which included the “A” word. From that point, many of the NARAL ads and promotional pieces prominently featured American flags and the head of the statue of liberty (which is still in their logo). Really, what could be more American than having a dizzying array of choices? Just check out the cereal aisle.
Life Site News: The Catholic pro-life organization American Life League (ALL) is launching a campaign calling for the Catholic Church to declare Planned Parenthood an “enemy of the Church.”