Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
Reuters: Chile is considering a bill to ease a complete ban on abortion that would allow the potentially life-saving procedure under certain circumstances and has a high chance of being passed by lawmakers, a rights group said.
National Right to Life: Hoffman knows that the “unformed” tissue she saw had significance beyond its appearance. Whatever he or she looks like, the preborn baby is still a human being in an early stage of development. A person is a person from the moment of his or her creation at conception. Previously, there are two cells, each with half the chromosomes that will make up a person. Afterwards, there is a whole new living organism that develops rapidly.
Yahoo News (AP): Senate Democrats blocked debate on stalled human trafficking legislation for a second day Wednesday as a Democratic senator’s office belatedly conceded that a staff aide knew weeks ago that the measure included a controversial abortion-related provision.
Yahoo News (AP): The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday asked a federal judge to block an Alabama law that allows a fetus to be represented in court when a minor is seeking judicial permission for an abortion.
The Washington Post: A Christian author and blogger with terminal cancer who tried to convince Brittany Maynard to reconsider her November decision to die through doctor-assisted suicide is facing her own death.
National Right to Life: In advance of a Friday Institute of Medicine conference in Washington, DC involving policymakers in implementation of its September 2014 report that urged promotion of “advance care planning,” the Powell Center for Medical Ethics at the National Right to Life Committee is issuing a report entitled, “The Bias Against Life-Preserving Treatment in Advance Care Planning.” (Advance care planning refers to counseling potential patients on deciding when to accept or reject life-preserving medical treatment and advising on legal documents embodying that decision.)
One News Now: ADF attorney Michael J. Norton alleges that Planned Parenthood threatened a lawsuit and misled the trustees into believing the hospital could lose its Medicare and Medicaid funding for failing to approve a transfer agreement.
Christian Today: “Americans should be free to live and work according to their faith without fear of punishment by the government,” the Alliance’s senior legal counsel, Matt Bowman, said.
WND: “The government has no business forcing pro-life and faith-based organizations to betray the very values they were created to advance,” Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Casey Mattox said.
The Daily Caller: “The government has no business forcing pro-life and faith-based organizations to betray the very values they were created to advance,” Casey Mattox, senior counsel for the conservative group Alliance Defending Freedom said in a statement. “D.C. officials had the opportunity to drop these laws, which clearly violate religious freedom and freedom of conscience, but they chose not to.”
The Washington Post: “These bills are serious violations of religious freedoms,” said Casey Mattox, senior counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative Christian legal group. “We are pleased members of Congress are taking them seriously.”
ADF’s YouTube Page: Matt Bowman discusses the Hercules Business case victory on CBN.
The Hollywood Reporter: Gosnell, a movie about an infamous abortion doctor convicted of murder that is being financed via a crowdfunding campaign, has hired, as its director, Nick Searcy.
Life News: In exclusive comments to LifeNews.com, Speaker John Boehner says House Republicans are committed to bringing the pro-life bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks back to the House floor for a vote.
Yahoo News (Reuters): France’s lower house of parliament passed a bill on Tuesday allowing patients near the end of their lives to stop medical treatment and request deep sedation until they die, a move that critics say is effectively a form of euthanasia.
Life News: Senate Democrats voted yet again today to block a bill to help victims of sex trafficking because it contains pro-life language to ensure that funds intended for women victimized by human trafficking are not used to pay for abortions. This time Democrats blocked passage of the bill to help women on a 57-41 vote.
Yahoo News (AP): Almost one in 20 people in northern Belgium died using euthanasia in 2013, more than doubling the numbers in six years, a study released Tuesday showed.
The Daily Signal: On Wednesday, Senators Ted Cruz, R-Tex., and James Lankford, R-Okla., introduced resolutions of disapproval that, if passed by Congress and signed by the president, would effectively overturn two bad pieces of legislation passed by the D.C. council earlier this year.
The Washington Times: The IRS is unable to answer most taxpayers’ calls this year because it’s had to put money into getting up and running for Obamacare, agency Commissioner John Koskinen told Congress on Wednesday.
The Weekly Standard: On Tuesday, 42 Senate Democrats prevented a vote on a bill to help the victims of sex trafficking because the bill does not provide federal funding for elective abortions.
The Christian Post: Live Action investigators traveled to five states – Texas, New York, Arizona, Hawaii, and North Carolina – and recorded evidence of abortion clinics’ willingness to participate in sex-selective abortions.
ADF Media: Two joint resolutions of Congress introduced Wednesday would, if approved, effectively “veto” two recently passed District of Columbia laws that force religious and pro-life organizations to operate contrary to their missions and sincerely held beliefs.
The Global Dispatch: “Planned Parenthood cares more about its abortion profits than it does about the people of El Centro, the majority of whom seem clearly to not want Planned Parenthood here,” said ADF Senior Counsel Michael J. Norton. “Planned Parenthood threatened the members of the board with a lawsuit and misled them into thinking they could loseMedicare and Medicaid funding as a result. That is nearly impossible in light of the abundance of existing abortion facilities in the area. Planned Parenthood simply used its typical bully tactics to get what it wanted.”
NC Register: “You’re not free if your beliefs are confined to your mind,” said Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel Kevin Theriot. “What makes America unique is our freedom to peacefully live out our beliefs, and the constitution protects that freedom.”
ADF Media: Planned Parenthood reportedly threatened to sue El Centro Regional Medical Center trustees in their personal capacity and falsely claimed the city-run hospital could lose public funding if it refused to sign an agreement that paves the way for Planned Parenthood to begin performing abortions in the city. El Centro is the seat of Imperial County, which borders Mexico.
Standard Newswire: “Young girls and women shouldn’t be sentenced to the horrors of human trafficking and sex slavery,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Casey Mattox. “Withholding help for these girls and women in desperate need for any reason is tragic, but holding that help hostage because it doesn’t include abortion funding is downright wicked.”
Life News: As usual, Planned Parenthood and NARAL close their eyes to pro-life women. So much so, this time, that they pretend these women don’t even exist.
CBN News: “Americans should be free to live and work according to their faith without fear of punishment by the government,” ADF Senior Legal Counsel Matt Bowman said. “In this country, citizens have always had the freedom to believe, the freedom to express those beliefs, and the freedom to operate their businesses in accord with those beliefs.”
ERLC: The U.S. Senate blocked an anti-human trafficking bill today over the use of anti-abortion language to which Senate Democrats objected.
ADF Media: The family business that was the first in the nation to obtain a preliminary court order against the Obama administration’s abortion-pill mandate has achieved final victory in its lawsuit. A federal district court issued a permanent injunction Monday in favor of Hercules Industries and its owners, who are represented by Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys.
The Federalist: Life can change in a moment. South Korean pastor Lee Jong-Rak had such a moment when his son, Eun-man, was born with cerebral palsy and a severely disfigured face in the mid-1980s. Lee sold his home and his family business to pay his son’s medical bills, and moved his small family into the hospital. Eun-man—whose name means “full of God’s grace”—was given only months to live.
Christian Concern: In a dramatic intervention, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has today informed lawyers representing Aisling Hubert that it will take over and drop the private prosecutions brought by Miss Hubert against doctors who were prepared to offer abortions on gender grounds.
Life News: “I’m pro-life. My position is consistent on that,” he said. “They’re taking an ad out there that talked about what the law did in the state which was endorsed by Wisconsin Right to Life, so it’s a pro-life law.”
Varlden idag (translated via Google): Last week Ellinor Grimmark and Ruth Nordstrom home from a trip to the UN headquarters in Geneva. While the twenty-eighth session of the United Nations Human Rights Council took place, arranged the Swedish lawyer organization Scandinavian Human Rights Lawyers, like Nordstrom leads, together with the organization Alliance Defending Freedom International seminar in the UN building of conscience. At the seminar, the duo Grimmark and Nordstrom on the so-called midwifery case.
Idaho Statesman: The group Abolitionists4Life sued last year in federal court in Boise after protesting university-imposed restrictions that members said violated the group’s free speech rights. The lawsuit was brought by the Alliance Defending Freedom.
Family Studies: In a study released this month investigating the source of class gaps in unintended births, Brookings Institution researchers found that low-income women are more likely to experience an unintended pregnancy because not only are they less likely to use contraception—they are also less likely to get an abortion.
The Daily Signal: The West Virginia legislature has passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, overriding the governor’s veto of the legislation.
National Right to Life: Sometimes a pastor wants to say and do more about abortion, but is opposed by influential leaders or factions within the congregation. How can we help in a situation like that?
National Right to Life: The pleas from individual members of the pro-life group, interspersed with personal stories from students who became pregnant, offer a compelling case of love and hope for a student considering abortion.
La Ley (translated via Google): In the document submitted with the support of the NGO Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), it argues that the controversial regulation of euthanasia has allowed “prime the personal autonomy of those who have a desire to die on the constitutional responsibility of the State to ensure.
One News Now: “The Iowa Board of Medicine found that because of all of the health risks associated with a medication abortion – they’re even greater than health risks affiliated with surgical abortion – that there should be a doctor physically present to examine that woman before administering those drugs,” Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Michael J. Norton says.
Associated Press: France’s Parliament started debate Tuesday on a bill aimed at allowing doctors to keep terminally ill patients sedated until death comes, amid national debate about whether to legalize euthanasia.
NPR: Like many of the thousands of crisis pregnancy centers across the U.S., the PDHC near Ohio State University is right next door to a Planned Parenthood. There’s a cozy room for private chats and a larger open space decorated in soothing colors.
Juicy Ecumenism: It’s a struggle, isn’t it? As Christian women we aim to be humanitarian and compassionate towards everyone. When we read about poor women in Malawi, ill from attempting to perform abortions on themselves, we hope to provide a solution. But if, in the process, we whitewash moral truths, historical facts and health effects, we ultimately cause more harm than help.
The Daily Signal: Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated a federal appellate court ruling against Notre Dame University in its challenge to the Obamacare mandate that forces employers to provide healthcare coverage of abortion-inducing drugs and devices.
The Daily Signal: The right-to-die debate is ramping up across the nation as a number of states consider passing legislation that would allow terminally ill adults to take their own life.
ADF International: ADF International will hold a parallel event at the 28th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva Thursday to call upon European nations to respect the fundamental right to freedom of conscience within the medical profession. Two ADF International lawyers will speak at the event and will be available for media interviews.
ADF Media: Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Michael J. Norton will be available for media interviews following oral arguments at the Iowa Supreme Court Wednesday regarding a ban on “webcam” abortions. In August 2014, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland appealed a trial court’s decision to uphold an Iowa Board of Medicine ban on the practice, in which women are provided with abortion-inducing drugs without any in-person examination by a licensed physician.
The State (AP): Michael Norton, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, a group that submitted documents in support of the board, reiterated those safety concerns outside of the courthouse. “The Iowa Board of Medicine got it right by passing a common-sense regulation,” he said.
First Things: This has been the cause of much celebration, with Mark Rienzi of the Becket Fund and Matt Bowman of the Alliance Defending Freedom both hailing the “GVR” (grant, vacate, remand) order as a sign that the Supreme Court is inclining to side ultimately with Notre Dame in its challenge to the mandate.
One News Now: “Willingness to commit an abortion cannot be a litmus test for employment,” Paul Coleman, an ADF International attorney based in Geneva states. “Medical clinics and hospitals need to respect the desire and conviction of a midwife or nurse to protect life – a desire that led Ellinor Grimmark and others like her to pursue the profession in the first place.”
Providence Journal: “That’s just not acceptable,” said Casey Mattox, senior counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian legal organization based in Arizona. “You have plenty of options on the exchange if you don’t have that conviction. … People should demand more than that.”
The Washington Times (CNA): “Five years into Obamacare, it is now evident that SBA List’s warnings were true. This law is forcing Americans to pay for abortions in numerous ways, and SBA List had a right to say so,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Casey Mattox. The legal group had filed a friend-of-the-court brief with Susan B. Anthony List.
NPR: Of the million or so women who have abortions every year in the U.S., nearly a quarter end their pregnancy using medications. But just as states have been passing a record number of restrictions on surgical abortion, more are trying to limit this option as well.
Vox: “We were increasingly sensing that really at any time the Supreme Court could dramatically alter the landscape of Roe,” Vermont State Senator Tim Ashe says.
World Magazine: The United States has historically upheld the right for businesses, organizations, and individuals to refuse funding abortions. But following the passage of Obamacare and its contraceptive mandate, threats against this right have increased.
National Review: On Monday, the Supreme Court reversed a 7th Circuit case concerning the HHS abortion-pill mandate. In so doing, it may also have reversed the narrative of the Obama administration’s defenders.
National Right to Life: If you were among the thousands of Irish pro-lifers rallying in Dublin to protest/lament/challenge media bias, it surely came as no surprise to you when local media dismissed the size of the crowd as “several hundred.” (Rather reminds you of the March for Life where no matter how many hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers show up January 22, the media invariably describes the attendance as in the “thousands.”)
Heritage: On March 6, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser transmitted to Congress two pieces of legislation that will seriously infringe on conscience rights and religious freedom in our nation’s capital. Congress now has 30 legislative days to pass a resolution of disapproval, which, if signed by the President, would effectively veto these bad laws and protect the rights of DC residents.
ERLC: The U.S. Supreme Court threw out a lower court decision that originally favored the federal government today. This action revives the University of Notre Dame’s religious objection to the requirement for contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
Reuters: The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday revived the University of Notre Dame’s religious objections to the requirement for contraception coverage under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, throwing out a lower court decision in favor of the federal government.
Acton Institute: Earlier today the Supreme Court threw out an appeals court decision that went against the University of Notre Dame over its religious objections to the Obamacare health law’s contraception requirement.
Life News: The Supreme Court has weighed in on the lawsuit Notre Dame filed against the HHS mandate compelling religious groups and businesses to pay for drugs for their employees that may cause abortions.
Christian Concern: Former Olympian Jaime Halsey and her husband Steve Halsey are proud parents of 2-year-old Florence, who several months ago asked for a little sister. They were astounded when, at Jaime’s 12 week pregnancy scan, they discovered they were expecting not one but three little girls.
Christian Concern: Bpas, Britain’s largest abortion provider, has delivered a petition to Downing Street asking the government to introduce “buffer zones” around abortion clinics intended to stop the display of images that show the reality of abortion.
Christian Concern: An arrangement whereby a woman carried her adult son’s child as a surrogate mother was “entirely lawful,” a High Court Judge has ruled.
Christian Concern: Scientists in the UK are offering women £500 for their eggs to enable them to create genetically modified children with three biological parents.
Secular Pro-Life Perspectives: I try to be an open-minded person. I obviously have strong beliefs about the right to life, but I am willing to have conversations with people who support abortion or are on the fence. I agree with Josh Brahm of the Equal Rights Institute when he emphasizes the importance of reasoned dialogue among people who disagree.
National survey of prolife pregnancy centers shows major influence of ultrasound on a mother’s choice for life
National Right to Life: The National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA), a national legal network of prolife pregnancy centers, has unveiled the results of a survey of its medical members indicating the powerful and effective impact of ultrasound upon an abortion-minded patient empowering her to choose life.
wPolityce (translated via Google): From the last correspondence we know that the Court began deliberations on this matter, which, we hope, is an indication that it has been treated as a priority because of the serious problems which raises. – Said one of the lawyers Mortier, Robert Clarke of the conservative Alliance Defending Freedom organization.
Cross Rhythms: However Alliance Defending Freedom have said that this legislation likely breaches a European Union directive to which the UK is obligated. To discuss this Heather Bellamy spoke with Robert Clarke, who serves as litigation staff counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom at its office in Vienna, Austria.
Des Moines Register: Michael Norton, a Colorado lawyer representing the Alliance Defending Freedom, is one of several national attorneys who filed “friend of the court” briefs in the Iowa case. Norton’s group opposes abortion, and he filed on behalf of the Iowa Right to Life Committee and several other parties. He plans to travel to Des Moines to hear the arguments.