Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
The Christian Institute: Eminent scientists have raised “grave concerns” about a controversial new procedure to genetically modify human embryos.
National Right to Life: The National Right to Life Committee, the nationwide federation of state right-to-life organizations, urges you to vote in favor of H. J. Res. 43, a resolution introduced by Congresswoman Black to nullify the so-called “Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act” (RHNDA) in the District of Columbia. NRLC intends to include the roll call on H. J. Res. 43 in our scorecard of key pro-life votes of the 114th Congress.
The Denver Post: A week before the legislative term ends, Republican lawmakers are pushing forward a far-reaching anti-abortion bill in the Senate to require an ultrasound and a 24-hour waiting period, a move that promises to finish the session on a bitter political note.
Red State: Today, Congress will take up House Joint Resolution 43 to disapprove of the D.C. Reproductive Health Nondiscrimination Amendment Act. Under the Constitution, the Congress has authority to govern the District. And under the Home Rule Act, the federal government retains the authority to effectively veto any act of the DC Council. While Congress has historically shown deference to the District, rarely disapproving its laws, the Reproductive Health Nondiscrimination Amendment Act betrays Congress’s patience and challenges Congress’s authority over the District. Congress should intervene and disapprove of this egregiously illegal law.
ADF International: ADF International filed a brief with the European Court of Human Rights Thursday that makes legal arguments in defense of unborn children. The court granted ADF International permission to intervene in the case of Lia Shioshvili, a Georgian national who gave birth to a stillborn child after Russian authorities mistreated her.
National Right to Life: A special event took place in Kansas today. Gov. Sam Brownback traveled to four cities for ceremonial signings of SB 95, The Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act.
The Global Dispatch: “Churches and other religious employers should not be coerced by the government into violating their fundamental beliefs by being party to elective abortion,” said Mattox. “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. California is blatantly ignoring federal law and pushing its abortion ideology on citizens while still receiving taxpayer money.”
National Right to Life: There’s no question. The 2015 National Right to Life Convention will be epic. It will bring together pro-life leaders and grassroots activists from around the country.
The Washington Post: The Manassas City Council and mayor voted 4 to 3 Monday evening in favor of sweeping changes to the city’s zoning code — changes that opponents said could threaten the survival of the city’s sole abortion clinic.
House Committee passes resolution disapproving local act threatening religious freedom in the nation’s capital
Catholic Standard: The bill is a resolution of disapproval pertaining to the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act (RHNDA). RHNDA, passed and enacted by the D.C. government, would force religious institutions and other organizations to hire or retain employees who publicly act in defiance of the mission of their employer.
Life News: The Supreme Court issued an order today preventing the Obama administration from forcing a Catholic group in Michigan to obey the HHS mandate that requires them to pay for abortion-causing drugs for their employees.
ADF Media: Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Casey Mattox will testify Tuesday before the California State Assembly’s Committee on Health regarding Assembly Bill 1254. The bill would reverse the California Department of Managed Health Care’s mandate that all employers, even churches, include elective abortion in their health insurance plans.
One News Now: Barack Obama knows unborn babies have enough life in them to kick their mothers – but he doesn’t believe they have enough life in them to have the right to live.
The Christian Institute: A doctor who was filmed offering an abortion on the grounds of the baby’s sex is to face a public hearing and could be struck off the medical register.
The Christian Institute: Sir Bruce Forsyth has spoken out in favour of assisted suicide but the Alzheimer’s Society and a medical ethics expert say the current law should remain unchanged.
Bizpac Review: The Alliance Defending Freedom has filed a petition with the U.S Supreme Court asking them to decide if the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services can keep public documents pertaining to the grant secret.
Religion News Service: When it comes to gay marriage, abortion, religious tension and other touchy issues today, we’re “there” for our friends, supportive rain or shine.
The Washington Post: The Senate passed legislation on Wednesday aimed at combating sex trafficking, ending a delay that stretched more than six weeks amid partisan sparring about abortion restrictions embedded in the bill.
Acton Institute: The recent human trafficking bill, officially known as theJustice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015, was originally introduced in in the Senate on January 2015 by Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX). The bill had 34 cosponsors in the Senate, 13 Democrats and 21 Republicans (Sen. Barbara Boxer initially signed on as a cosponsor but withdrew her support a day later.) However, after initially supporting the bill, Democrats launched a filibuster because of language in the bill related to abortion.
Aciprensa (Translated by Google): Alan Sears is a former US federal prosecutor who has held various positions in the departments of Justice and Home Affairs under President Ronald Reagan. He is currently the President and CEO of Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal nonprofit organization, construction of alliances, defending the right of people to freely live out their faith.
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.
Life News: With Republicans supporting the pro-life bill and Democrats voting against it 3-2 the Senate Judiciary Committee passed SB 268, the Offenses Against Unborn Children Act. Colorado Citizens for Life, along with Colorado Family Action, Alliance Defending Freedom and other local and national pro-life groups, stood in support of the legislation.
Life News: “Americans are already being forced to fund Planned Parenthood to the tune of more than $500 million in taxpayer dollars annually,” said ADF Senior Counsel Casey Mattox. “Government can at least be transparent about this money. Since Planned Parenthood is already the subject of repeated state and federal audits and whistleblower lawsuits for waste, abuse, and potential fraud of taxpayer dollars, the government should comply with the law and come clean about the funding.”
ADF Media: “Americans are already being forced to fund Planned Parenthood to the tune of more than $500 million in taxpayer dollars annually,” said ADF Senior Counsel Casey Mattox. “Government can at least be transparent about this money. Since Planned Parenthood is already the subject of repeated state and federal audits and whistleblower lawsuits for waste, abuse, and potential fraud of taxpayer dollars, the government should comply with the law and come clean about the funding.”
The Hill: The issue pertinent here is not whether the death penalty for convicted murderers is moral or not. The issue is whether the state should be able to force people to help facilitate an execution against their will. And it raises the greater question of when the government, in general, can compel people to act against their beliefs.
Aleteia: We’re falling down a rabbit hole, and we don’t seem to care about the dangers rushing up at us. We’re talking about transhumanism, which at its most basic, is the idea that the human condition can be fundamentally improved through the use of technology (transhumanists want us to become posthumans, but in order to project a more attractive aura to the general public, have chosen the term “human+” or “H+” instead).
The Hill: The Senate on Wednesday passed legislation aimed at curbing human trafficking, ending a monthlong fight over abortion that bitterly divided the parties and held up attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch.
New Hampshire Union Leader: The Washington-based Alliance for Defending Freedom joined with Tierney in the appeal, which was filed Tuesday. – See more at: http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150422/NEWS21/150429756#sthash.do1uZFqW.dpuf
Townhall: It seems the abortion industry never stops putting its positive spin on the bad news it continues to receive. Bad news for the abortion industry in recent years has been the fact that a growing number of Americans oppose abortion altogether or, if they support abortion, they want to see stricter limits on it.
Religion News Service: When Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul was asked about abortion in the tough cases of rape and incest, he volleyed back a question to Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Does she support the “killing” of a “seven-pound baby that is not born yet?” Schultz’s response: That is a decision for a woman and her doctor.
The Daily Herald (AP): Saline County State’s Attorney Michael Henshaw says he filed three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of intentional homicide of an unborn child.
Constituting America: Freedom of conscience is so important it is enshrined in the very first amendment to the United States Constitution. And our Founding Fathers thought freedom from government coercion so vital that they built it into the very structure of our government. Power is split between three coequal branches – legislative, executive, and judicial – to keep dictatorial officials like Herr Zeller in check.
Life Site News: Americans United for Life (AUL) is leading the national opposition to the change, along with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). An Illinois-based coalition of pregnancy help organizations is currently forming an informational website on the bill.
The Washington Post: Casey Mattox, senior counsel at the Alliance Defending Freedom, which opposed the law, said it was drafted in a way that could also require religious organizations to pay for abortions and other reproductive services that employers object to on moral grounds.
Christian News Network: Last Tuesday, approximately 80 people testified in opposition to the bill, while 24 supporters spoke in favor of its passage. Representatives from Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), California Coalition of Pregnancy Clinics and Centers, and Real Options Pregnancy Medical Clinics were among those who spoke against the proposal, as well as 13 nurses and four post-abortive women.
The Christian Institute: Northern Ireland’s Department of Justice is recommending weakening abortion law in the Province, despite overwhelming opposition shown in its own consultation.
The Christian Institute: A woman in the Republic of Ireland appeared in court this week, charged with assisting in the suicide of her friend.
National Right to Life: More than 40 Pennsylvania lawmakers have signed a letter to Governor Tom Wolf which raises serious questions about Secretary of State nominee Pedro Cortes.
The Daily Signal: In a nutshell: A reduction in the opposite-sex marriage rate means an increase in the percentage of women who are unmarried and who, according to all available data, have much higher abortion rates than married women. And based on past experience, institutionalizing same-sex marriage poses an enormous risk of reduced opposite-sex marriage rates.
The Federalist: Here are five positions of the party and many of its leaders (even if not necessarily all those who continue to vote for Democrats) that are arguably even more extreme.
Denver Post: Poor Michelle Wilkins. First she was attacked by a stranger who sliced out and killed her 8-month-old fetus and now she has become the central figure in a political fight over proposed fetal homicide legislation.
The Washington Post: The Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act makes it illegal for an employer to engage in what the act deems “discrimination” when it comes to “compensation, terms, conditions or privileges of employment” on the basis of an individual’s “reproductive health decision making” — including the “termination of a pregnancy.” In plain English, the bill could force employers in the nation’s capital to cover elective, surgical abortions in their health plans and require pro-life organizations to hire individuals who advocate for abortion.
Pro-abortionists have it backwards: Hiding abortion facts is ‘anti-woman,’ not a ban on dismemberment abortions
National Right to Life: The ground-breaking Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act is now on the books in two states, signed into law within this past week by Gov. Sam Brownback (Kansas) and Gov. Mary Fallin (Oklahoma). This law forbids a particularly gruesome method of abortion which (for that reason) abortionists do not honestly describe in detail to women.
The Washington Post: Last month, Pope Francis announced that the Catholic Church would celebrate a Holy Year of Divine Mercy. God’s mercy has been a theme of his pontificate.
Pregnancy Help News: Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is set to lead the bill’s opposition at a national level, with attorney Heather Gebelin Hacker lined up to testify as an expert witness, along with Mary Sterner Sosa M.D., an OB/GYN board member at Sacramento Life Center selected by the California Coalition of Pregnancy Clinics and Centers.
National Right to Life: Heather Gebelin Hacker, a lawyer affiliated with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), said in testimony the bill violates the First Amendment by forcing pregnancy centers to provide a government-mandated, pro-abortion message. Expert witnesses from California Coalition of Pregnancy Clinics and Centers and Real Options Pregnancy Medical Clinics also testified against the bill.
Trib Live: “We’re cautiously optimistic that Justice Alito will grant one to us as well,” said Gregory Baylor of Alliance Defending Freedom, the Washington-based law firm representing Geneva College.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Pro-life pregnancy centers provide compassionate medical care, material assistance, and emotional support to women experiencing unplanned pregnancies. But the abortion lobby continually paints this movement as deceitful, uncaring, religious fanatics.
The Becket Fund: For the fifth time in a row, the Supreme Court has stopped the federal government’s contraceptive mandate. In an order issued last night, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito prevented the federal government from enforcing its contraceptive mandate against a range of Pennsylvania-based religious organizations including Catholic Charities and other Catholic schools and social service organizations connected with the Diocese of Erie and the Diocese of Pittsburgh.
National Law Journal: A group of Pennsylvania religious nonprofits, challenging contraceptive insurance under the federal health care law, won temporary relief from an appellate court ruling after action by Justice Samuel Alito Jr. on April 15.
The Federalist: In Colorado this week, Republicans introduced a fetal homicide bill that would enable prosecutors to file murder charges when an unborn baby is killed against the mother’s wishes.
Mother Jones: Here’s how quickly the prospect of expanding abortion rights can kill a piece of legislation: In February, a group of state lawmakers introduced a bill that would require insurers to cover the full spectrum of women’s reproductive services at an affordable price. Just two months later, the same lawmakers have killed the bill. The section calling for abortion coverage proved just too controversial.
RH Reality Check: An Oregon bill that would have codified the right to affordable, full-spectrum reproductive health care was killed by the state’s Democratic leadership last week because of a provision that would have increased access to abortion.
Democratic National Committee Chair avoids answering when she believes life begins and whether aborting a seven-pound baby is okay
National Right to Life: Along the way, Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) must have been told to dial back her extremist position on abortion. Clearly, judging by her comments to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Fox News’s Megyn Kelly, Wasserman Schultz ignored the memo.
World Magazine (Subscription Required): California lawmakers are moving forward with a bill that would require pregnancy care centers to tell clients they can get abortions from state-funded facilities.
Life Site News: Expert witnesses from Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and California Coalition of Pregnancy Clinics and Centers, along with Valerie Hill, CEO for Real Options Pregnancy Medical Clinics—licensed by the California Department of Public Health—opposed the bill.
Life Site News: Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is set to lead the bill’s opposition at a national level, with attorney Heather Gebelin Hacker lined up to testify as an expert witness, along with Mary Sterner Sosa M.D., an OB/GYN board member at Sacramento Life Center selected by the California PRC Coalition, made-up solely of PRC Directors.
Life News: Expert witnesses from Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and California Coalition of Pregnancy Clinics and Centers, along with Valerie Hill, CEO for Real Options Pregnancy Medical Clinics—licensed by the California Department of Public Health—opposed the bill.
Christian News Network: “No one actually discloses to you that you are paying this separate abortion fee because they just roll it into the general premium, but everyone in Vermont is being required to pay this separate abortion fee in order to enroll in a plan,” Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) Senior Counsel Casey Mattox told reporters.
Charisma News: Ryan Bomberger: Our lawyers from Alliance Defending Freedom are very thorough. Chuck Allen, as a trademark attorney, understands the Lanham Act—which the NAACP is trying to use to crush our right to free speech.
Life Site News: “This incident sadly represents the intolerant attitude on college campuses today towards minority viewpoints expressed there. Rather than set up a counter exhibit to promote abortion, the ‘pro-choice’ activists choose instead to suppress and mock the pro-life display,” wrote Jordan Lorence, senior vice president and senior counsel at the Alliance Defending Freedom, after the 2011 incident. “It is tragic that these students have failed to learn this important truth at a university campus that is at that is supposedly a marketplace of ideas.”
World Magazine (Subscription Required): A school district in North Dakota has denied two high school students’ requests to start pro-life clubs, despite previously approving clubs for Fellowship of Christian Athletes and gay-straight alliances.
One News Now: “It violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the First Amendment,” Casey Mattox argues. “We’re hopeful that the court will see that this is an unnecessary burden on religious peoples’ right to deal with and enroll in ObamaCare plans and not have to actually violate their conscience to do it.”
The Christian Institute: A pro-life organisation has addressed the United Nations, calling for the medical establishment to discontinue the use of the term ‘incompatible with life’.
The Christian Institute: Medical ethics experts have robustly challenged the suggestion that an assisted suicide Bill is needed in Scotland because of a ‘lack of clarity’ in the law.
The Christian Institute: When mum Michelle Macaulay was 12 weeks pregnant she was told that her baby was “incompatible with life”.
The Heritage Foundation: Allowing physician-assisted suicide (PAS) would be a grave mistake for four reasons, as explained in a Heritage Foundation Backgrounder, “Always Care, Never Kill.” First, it would endanger the weak and vulnerable. Second, it would corrupt the practice of medicine and the doctor–patient relationship. Third, it would compromise the family and intergenerational commitments. And fourth, it would betray human dignity and equality before the law. Instead of helping people to kill themselves, we should offer them appropriate medical care and human presence.
Aleteia: Aborting a pregnancy in the second trimester carries risks, physicians say. Irregular bleeding is common for two weeks after the procedure and nine American women who have abortions after20 weeks gestation die every year, according to figures from medical and abortion-provider groups.
Burlington Free Press: Alan Lyle Howe of Guilford is suing the Department of Vermont Health Access, commissioner Steven Constantino and a host of federal officials. Howe’s lawyer, Casey Mattox, has said that Howe is deeply religious and believes the use of his money for abortion is a violation of his religious freedom.
The Federalist: Did you know that 71 percent of Americans support at least some protections for unborn children? That 71 percent of Americans, according to Gallup, support at least some restrictions on abortion?