Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
The Christian Institute: The president of a secular disability rights group has warned that legalising assisted suicide would lead to disabled people being coerced and abused.
The Christian Institute: Women in the US state of Oklahoma who are seeking an abortion will now have 72 hours to reflect on their decision, following the approval of new legislation.
Family Studies: Most times, men greeted the news of an unmarried pregnancy with a mixture of fright and excitement. Except in a few instances, men described the pregnancies as unplanned. They wanted to have kids someday, and becoming a father was something that many of them looked forward to. But they didn’t foresee it happening yet.
The Christian Institute: Spokesman for ADF Casey Mattox said: “Churches and other religious employers should not be coerced by the government into violating their fundamental beliefs by being party to elective abortion”.
WND: “Every innocent life deserves to be protected. We commend the House for putting the health and well-being of mothers and unborn children first,” said Steven H. Aden, senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom.
Associated Press: The national right-to-die group Final Exit Network Inc. was convicted Thursday of assisting in the suicide of a Minnesota woman who took her life in 2007 after years of suffering with chronic pain.
Life News: No sooner did the House of Representatives pass a bill to protect babies from late-term abortionsand ban them after 20 weeks than Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton fired off a statement slamming them for doing so.
The Wall Street Journal (Access via Google): Miryam Gerdine and her husband, both 44 years old, are expecting their first child in June, but the happy occasion comes with a price tag: The Maryland couple spent $30,000 on in vitro fertilization and other procedures.
89.3 KPCC: The California Senate Thursday approved a controversial bill that would abolish the personal belief exemption and require almost all children enrolling in daycare or school to be vaccinated.
Lozier Institute: In the months leading up to the passage of the Affordable Care Act (commonly referred to as “ObamaCare”), a number of pro-life policy analysts expressed concern that the legislation could increase the incidence of abortion.
US News (AP): Republicans finally won House approval Wednesday for a late-term abortion ban after dropping rape provisions that provoked a rebellion by female GOP lawmakers, forcing party leaders into an embarrassing retreat.
Life News: The House of Representatives today approved a pro-life bill that bans abortions from after 20-weeks of pregnancy up to the day of birth.
National Catholic Register: A battle is under way over conscience rights and health care in the Illinois Legislature that has pro-life groups on one side, the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood on the other, and the Illinois Catholic Conference standing neutral on the sidelines.
Illinois Family: I understand that you are considering passing SB 1564, a bill to amend the existing laws of Illinois that protect freedom of conscience. I urge you not to do so, as SB 1564 fatally weakens the conscience rights of Illinois citizens.
Aleteia: If you’re a Catholic who’s been involved in one way or another in the act of abortion—undergoing the procedure or performing one or encouraging someone to get one—and you happened to pick up the New York Post last week, you might have discovered some surprising ideas.
Aleteia: Sunday, May 10th, marked the 5th annual March for Life in Rome. Thousands of marchers gathered on the Via della Conciliazione in front of St. Peter’s Square to bear witness to the sanctity and inviolability of human life from conception until natural death.
National Law Journal (Subscription Required): As a number of state legislatures continue to push new restrictions on abortion clinics and providers, the U.S. Supreme Court soon will take a first look at two states’ efforts that failed in the lower courts.
Wisconsin Family Action: The House voted to PASS HR 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act 36 242-184. The bill will now go to the Senate and, if passed, on to President Obama who has stated he will veto such a bill.
Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Steven H. Aden: “Every innocent life deserves to be protected. We commend the House for putting the health and well-being of mothers and unborn children first. Not only does this law protect children in the womb who can experience horrific pain, it also protects mothers from the increased risk of physical harm and the tremendous psychological consequences that come with late-term abortions. The Senate, which will consider the bill next, can rest assured that this is good law.”
The Daily Signal: Today marks the second anniversary of the conviction of Kermit Gosnell, the late-term abortionist who brutalized women and routinely killed living, breathing infants in his rundown West Philadelphia clinic.
Townhall: The ACLU and Planned Parenthood are pursuing a surprising new agenda in Illinois: banning women’s reproductive choices.
Religion Clause: On Friday, after submitting a demand letter, a member of the Satanic Temple filed a lawsuit in state court in Missouri challenging as a violation of Missouri’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act the state’s waiting period and informed consent requirements imposed before a woman may obtain an abortion.
Life News: Alliance Defending Freedom attorney, Casey Mattox, explained why the ban hasn’t been to court.
One News Now: “… Basically [we are seeking] the right to put up our pro-life display in a bus advertising setting because many other groups have been allowed to put up various advertisements supporting their groups,” Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Jonathan Scruggs tells OneNewsNow.
Scientific American: On the heels of new research that revealed more infants born at 22 weeks are able to survive than was previously thought, Republican leaders in the U.S House of Representatives have dusted off a late-term abortion bill for a vote, although chances of it becoming law seem distant.
The Christian Post: According to Nick’s complaint filed with the Los Angeles County court, it’s not a matter of Sofia or Nick arguing over who gets the kids during future holidays, it’s whether these two children should be even given a chance to live at all.
The Heritage Foundation: No natural right to physician-assisted suicide exists, and arguments for such a right are indeed incoherent. A legal system that permits assisted suicide undermines the natural right to life for all of its citizens.
Care2: Religious freedom has been used frequently in a number of arguments about avoiding laws, from moral objections to filling birth control prescriptions to conscientious refusal to perform same sex marriages.
Christianity Today: Pro-life leaders are applauding the US House of Representatives for scheduling a vote this week on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which bans abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy.
The Global Dispatch: “The First Amendment protects freedom of speech for all people, regardless of their political or religious beliefs,” said Scruggs. “City officials cannot censor speech simply because it does not agree with it. Government has a responsibility to ensure that all organizations benefit from community advertising, and that includes Women’s Health Link.”
The Daily Signal: As Congress prepares to resume a debate over whether late-term abortions should be allowed in the U.S., a groundbreaking new study finds that infants are able to survive outside the womb earlier on in a pregnancy than the medical community once thought.
House will vote on bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks near anniversary of Kermit Gosnell conviction
Life News: Republicans in the House of Representatives will hold a vote on or around the anniversary of the murder conviction of late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell on a marquee bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy because unborn children feel intense pain in abortions.
ADF Media: Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Jonathan Scruggs will be available for media interviews Monday following a federal court hearing regarding the Fort Wayne bus system’s refusal to accept an ad from Women’s Health Link, a life-affirming health care referral service for women in need.
Baptist News: Joining the ELRC in the coalition were Alliance Defending Freedom, Americans United for Life, March for Life, Concerned Women for America and the Susan B. Anthony List. In February the ERLC joined the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in opposing both RHNDA and a new human rights amendment.
CNS News: Casey Mattox, senior counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom – one of the eight groups that issued a statement Wednesday vowing to fight the law – called it “unnecessary and unconstitutional.”
Live Action News: Roughly 10,000 lives have been saved from abortion due to the prayerful efforts of David Bereit’s 40 Days for Life campaign. Leah, a 4-year-old girl, is one of these lives.
Crux: With lawsuits from religious groups against certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act winding their way through the courts, one organization has a message for Catholics concerned about being forced to pay for plans that include contraception: Opt out of the insurance game altogether.
First Things: What role would that physician who delivered me have played in 1977? There is little doubt in my mind that the circumstances of my conception would today produce a poster child for abortion.
National Right to Life: When NARAL uses a piece of pro-life legislation to fundraise on, you can be sure it will act in exactly the negative manner it falsely attributes to pro-lifers. That is, the language will be inaccurate, intended to polarize, and wholly misleading.
National Right to Life: On Wednesday, the State Senate overwhelmingly approved on third reading Senate Bill 575 by Senator Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood) that reforms insurance coverage of abortion.
National Right to Life: What is a sonogram? A picture, produced by sound waves. It is a factual thing, a part of reality, difficult to manipulate. Which doesn’t mean that it doesn’t involve emotion.
The evolution of the contraceptive mandate and the ‘accommodations’ that failed to respect protected conscience rights
Constituting America: At issue in these cases were HHS regulations drafted under the Affordable Care Act of 2010, popularly known as “Obamacare.” In that act, Congress generally requires employers with 50 or more full-time employees to offer group health insurance coverage that provides a minimum level of essential coverage. Heavy fines may be levied on an employer that fails to comply with the law’s coverage requirements, including “preventive care and screenings” for women to be provided at no cost to employees.
The Global Dispatch: “Pro-life organizations in our nation’s capital should not be forced to pay for abortions or hire those who oppose their pro-life beliefs,” said ADF Senior Counsel Casey Mattox.
World Magazine (Subscription Required): The House of Representatives passed a resolution last week that would have blocked a Washington, D.C., measure some say violates religious freedom. But with President Barack Obama’s promised veto of the resolution, pro-life organizations are preparing to continue fighting the law.
The Christian Post: “Pro-life organizations in our nation’s capital should not be forced to pay for abortions or hire those who oppose their pro-life beliefs,” said ADF Senior Counsel Casey Mattox. “While the D.C. Council has retreated from this law’s original goal, which was to force pro-life organizations to pay for abortions in violation of their conscience, RHNDA remains an unnecessary and illegal attack on pro-life conscience that Congress must stop and that we will fight, if necessary, in the courts.”
National Right to Life: When reporting about The Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act, the mainstream media typically refuses to include the law’s definition of what is banned–“the use of clamps, grasping forceps, tongs, scissors or similar instruments [that], slice, crush or grasp a portion of the unborn child’s body in order to cut or rip it off.”
The New York Times: If you listen to party leaders, you might think that the nation is hopelessly divided on abortion. Recently, for example, three presidential candidates — Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul and Hillary Rodham Clinton — addressed the issue in very different ways.
Acton Institute: Many Muslims believe the use of tobacco products is forbidden (haram) because “tobacco is unwholesome, and God says in the Qur’an that the Prophet, peace be upon him, ‘enjoins upon them that which is good and pure, and forbids them that which is unwholesome’.” Similarly, the Quran prohibits the use of intoxicants, such as alcohol, and considers such use to be sinful. For these reasons, many Muslim shopkeepers consider it against their religious beliefs to sell alcohol and cigarettes.
Christian Times: “This bill is meant to respond to a tragedy,” Mike Norton, a lawyer for the Christian lobbying group Alliance Defending Freedom, said in a statement on Monday, as reported by The Colorado Independent.
Baptist Press: The measure, ADF Senior Counsel Casey Mattox said, constitutes “an unnecessary and illegal attack on pro-life conscience” his organization will fight in court if needed.
RH Reality Check: During an interview with Fox News, Casey Mattox, senior counsel for the right-wing group Alliance Defending Freedom, who spoke during a hearing for the bill, called DMHC’s decision “nonsense.” He said requiring abortion coverage in insurance plans constituted a “bureaucratic sneak attack on religious liberty from California.”
Life News: In a recent article in Red State, Casey Mattox, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom said, “I testified at an April 28 hearing in support of the bill along with Pastor Jack Hibbs of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills, one of the churches forced to cover abortions by this illegal mandate. I hoped to finally hear some explanation of how the California law did not violate the Weldon Amendment. Instead, the Democratic majority’s analysis of the bill didn’t even mention the federal law with which the bill was meant to bring California into compliance. A representative from Planned Parenthood of California and a constitutional law professor from Santa Clara University testified in opposition to AB1254, but neither offered any explanation as to how the California mandate they supported did not violate federal law.”
National Review: Over at Slate, Amanda Marcotte thinks it’s absolutely hilarious that Satanists are challenging abortion restrictions on religious liberty grounds, seeking to expand abortion access.
Life News:Just a few hours after the Pro-Life Action League’s Eric Scheidler revealed yesterday that the Albany Medical Surgical Center abortion facility in Chicago has been fined $50,000 and had its license revoked, NARAL Pro-Choice New York gave an award to Willie Parker—one of the clinic’s abortionists.
Aleteia: Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz , when recently questioned about what limits should be placed on abortion, side-stepped the question, repeating the old familiar mantra, “A women’s right to make her own decisions about her body should be between her and her doctor.”
Rome Reports (Translated via Google): “He asked permission to his family doctor, whom he knew for 20 years. The doctor told him that his request came too soon. It also asked a psychiatrist who dismissed his petition.” -Roger Kiska, ADF International
Casey Mattox testifies before California State Assembly’s Committee on Health regarding Assembly Bill 1254
Colorado Independent: “This bill is meant to respond to a tragedy,” said Mike Norton, a lawyer for the Alliance Defending Freedom, a national Christian lobbying group. “People know that what happened in Longmont was murder.”
Life News: “Despite the enactment of this unjust law, we will continue to hire employees who share our commitment to the dignity of every member of the human family,” reads the statement released by Alliance Defending Freedom, the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Americans United for Life and Americans United for Life Action, March for Life, Concerned Women for America, the Susan B. Anthony List, the Family Research Council and the Assoc. of Christian Schools International.
Heritage: Allowing physician-assisted suicide (PAS) would be a grave mistake for four reasons, as explained in a Heritage Foundation Backgrounder, “Always Care, Never Kill.”
The Becket Fund: Moments ago, for the sixth time in a row, the Supreme Court took steps to protect another religious objector from the contraceptive mandate.
National Right to Life: I read the anonymous letter you submitted to your school newspaper, The Harvard Crimson, sharing your personal abortion story. I wish I knew your name. I wish that instead of writing this letter on my laptop computer, I could be sitting with you, looking into your eyes and saying these words to your face. Sweetheart, you are valuable. Thank you for sharing your story. Thank you for being brave enough to write down the details of your romance, breakup, unplanned pregnancy, abortion and the painful aftermath.
The Harvard Crimson: All I desperately wanted was to have my boyfriend back. I wanted him to hold me and let me cry into his chest, for him to tell me that everything was okay even though it wasn’t. But by the time I found out the truth, it was too late to get him back. He had started dating another girl two months after we broke up. I couldn’t tell him. I couldn’t tell anyone. So I called the clinic and made an appointment for a week’s time.
ADF Media: Alliance Defending Freedom and other pro-life organizations released a joint statement Monday as a District of Columbia law is set to go into effect that could force such groups to operate contrary to their missions and beliefs.
Christian News Network: Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) Senior Counsel Casey Mattox testified in favor of the legislation before the Assembly’s Committee on Health on Tuesday.
Christian News Network: “The Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014 prevents religious institutions, other faith-based employers, and pro-life advocacy organizations from making employment decisions consistent with their sincerely held religious beliefs or their moral and ethical views about the sanctity of human life,” the ADF letter stated.
Red State: Last week in Sacramento, California, legislators and abortion advocates finally explained how they square the state’s new abortion insurance mandate with a federal law prohibiting it. They believe they can count on the Obama administration not to enforce the law.
National Catholic Register: As the pro-euthanasia lobby sets its sights on more than a dozen states, an unlikely coalition of socially conservative pro-lifers and liberal activists for the elderly and disabled in Connecticut has shown how to defeat the effort to legalize assisted suicide.
Red State: The D.C. law – the so-called “Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act (RHNDA)” – is in fact, discriminatory. It’s pro-abortion tyranny, it’s anti-conscience, and it’s anti-free speech.