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Womenenews via Reuters: On May 22, the Alliance Defending Freedom, a nonprofit center based in Scottsdale, Ariz., is hoping that the 7th Court of Appeals in Chicago will issue an injunction so its client, Grote Industries, won’t be subjected to fines for not providing the contraceptive coverage required by law since Jan. 1. (newly added to Reuters)
Womensenews.org: “Nonprofit centers like ours that depend on donations are representing these small businesses pro bono because in addition to the fines, the cost of lawyers, travel and other expenses in pursuing these cases would wipe out the assets that took generations for the owners of these small businesses to accumulate,” said Matt Bowman, senior legal counsel of the Alliance Defending Freedom, in a phone interview. His group has 44 in-house attorneys and more than 2,400 volunteer attorneys.
World Magazine: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys who argued on behalf of the two researchers said the success of adult stem cell research has made federally funded research on embryonic stem cells “irrelevant.”
Adult Stem Cell Researchers Represented by Jubilee Campaign’s Law of Life Project Express Great Disappointment that the U.S. Supreme Court Declined Today to Hear Their Case to Enjoin Destructive Human Embryo Research
Christian Newswire: Today, on behalf of the adult stem researchers it represents, the Jubilee Campaign’s Law of Life Project and their co-counsel at the Alliance Defending Freedom and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, expressed great disappointment that the United State Supreme Court declined to hear their petition for certiorari.
LifeNews: Thomas G. Hungar, one of the lawyers for the plaintiffs, which includes the Alliance Defense Fund and the Christian Medical Association, said in 2009 when the lawsuit was filed, “the language of the [Dickey-Wicker] statute is clear” that it “bans public funding for any research that leads to the destruction of human embryos.” . . . Sam Casey, General Counsel of Advocates International’s Law of Life Project, a public interest legal project involved in the case, pointed out that NIH officials have admitted they violated the public comment process by ignoring the majority of comments coming from pro-life advocates opposed to destroying unborn children for their stem cells.
“Americans should not be forced to pay for experiments that destroy human life, have produced no real-world treatments, and violate federal law–especially in burdened fiscal times like these. Congress designed a law to ensure that Americans don’t pay any more precious taxpayer dollars for needless research made irrelevant by adult stem cell and other research. That law is clear, and we had hoped the U.S. Supreme Court would uphold its clear intent.”
FRC Blog (1/4 – links to filings): If you’ve lost track of where things are with the federal lawsuit to stop taxpayer funding of destructive embryonic stem cell research, here’s the update. | also posted at LifeNews
Christian Newswire: Attorneys for Jubilee Campaign’s Law of Life Project and Thomas More Society await decisions by federal and state courts on their motions for preliminary injunction to stop the State of Illinois and the Federal Government from imposing confiscatory fines and other legal sanctions on a Roman Catholic health management company for exercising their state and federal free exercise of religion rights not to be forced to pay for abortifacients, sterilization, contraception and the related counseling now being imposed upon non-exempt businesses by state and federal law.
One News Now: Alliance Defending Freedom is asking the court to review an appeals court decision that allows federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research to continue. . . . “Americans shouldn’t be forced to pay for experiments that destroy human life, have produced no real-world treatments and violate federal law, especially in economic times like these,” contends ADF senior counsel Steven H. Aden.
FRC Supports Alliance Defending Freedom, Jubilee Campaign Cert Petition To Supreme Court On Stem Cell Funding
FRC: Alliance Defending Freedom and the Jubilee Campaign together with Tom Hungar of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher today filed a petition for certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case Sherley v. Sebelius, which seeks to end federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research. Of the petition David Prentice , Ph.D., senior fellow for life sciences at the Family Research Council’s Center for Human Life and Bioethics, made the following comments . . . | Also at Meldicka.net
Supreme Court appeal seeks to stem Obama admin.’s illegal research funding | Alliance Defending Freedom
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys together with Samuel B. Casey of the Jubilee Campaign’s Law of Life Project and Tom Hungar of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP, asked the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday to review an appellate court ruling that allows federal funding of embryonic stem cell research to continue.
Ken Connor at Townhall: This week, another of the President’s infamous “compromises” is in the spotlight, namely his executive order expanding federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Stymied by existing law limiting the government’s involvement in this ethically troubling area of “scientific” work, the President crafted a workaround based on rhetorical hair-splitting, issued his order, and the dollars began flowing. The Alliance Defense Fund filed suit to enjoin the funding and in 2010 a federal judge issued a temporary injunction blocking the executive order. [also available at Renew America]
Available for media interviews following oral arguments in Sherley v. Sebelius, a lawsuit challenging an Obama administration policy that authorized the National Institutes of Health to fund additional research projects that destroy human embryos even though a federal law known as the Dickey/Wicker Amendment specifically prohibits such funding.
Austin passes new anti-crisis pregnancy center ordinance; pro-lifers promise fight | LifeSiteNews.com
LifeSiteNews.com: Attorneys representing the centers immediately notified the council of their objections. In October the Alliance Defense Fund, the Law of Life Project, and the Texas Center for Defense of Life (TCDL) filed a federal lawsuit in U.S. District Court.
Adult stem cell researchers seek district court ruling reversal on human embryonic stem cell research
Prof Life Blogs: Today, on behalf of the adult stem researchers it represents, the Jubilee Campaign’sLaw of Life Project and their co-counsel at the Alliance Defense Fund and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, filed their opening Appellants’ Brief asking the United States Court of Appeals to “reverse the district court’s judgment in favor of Defendants, reverse the grant of Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment and the denial of [Appellants'] Motion for Summary Judgment, and remand with directions to enter summary judgment for [Appellants].”
OneNewsNow.com: Giving women the information they need before such a weighty decision is clearly more important than an abortionist’s bottom line,” contends ADF attorney Steven H. Aden. “Those attacking this law are obviously more concerned about financial gain from abortion than the best interests of women and their pre-born children.”
NRL News Today: Three pro-life organizations– the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), the Texas Center for the Defense of Life (TCDL), and Jubilee Campaign’s Law of Life Project (JC-LOLP)—went to bat for Austin LifeCare, challenging the ordinance on First Amendment grounds, the basis on which similar harassment ordinances have been struck down.
LifeSiteNews.com: Following that victory, attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund secured an initial injunction against a sign ordinance in Montgomery County, Maryland, and recently won an injunction that suspends a similar ordinance in New York City. Sam Casey, the General Counsel for Jubilee Campaign’s Law of Life Project, Austin LifeCare’s lead trial counsel in the case, said that he and his organization “applaud” Austin for backing down on the sign law, at least temporarily.
Austin pro-life centers can refrain from posting signs declaring that they do not provide abortions and other services while the city takes a closer look at its problematic law that requires the signs.
Christian Newswire: Austin LifeCare, through its attorneys from the Texas Center for the Defense of Life (TCDL), the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), and the Jubilee Campaign’s Law of Life Project (JC-LOLP) expressed thanks Thursday to the City of Austin for temporarily agreeing in Court today, through their legal counsel, that Austin LifeCare may take down the sign the City required them to post while the City takes a closer look at the constitutionality of the City’s law that singles out Austin’s pregnancy resource centers
Florida Independent: “Giving women the information they need before such a weighty decision is clearly more important than an abortionist’s bottom line,” said ADF Senior Counsel Steven H. Aden. “Those attacking this law are obviously more concerned about financial gain from abortion than the best interests of women and their preborn children.”
Doctors, Uninformed Women Harmed by Abortion and Pregnancy Medical Centers Move to Intervene in NC ‘Women’s Right to Know Act’
Christian Newswire: This evening the Jubilee Campaign’s Law of Life Project (LOLP), along with its co-counsel, the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), filed its motion to intervene, as of right or permissively, to defend the constitutionality of the North Carolina’s “Woman’s Right to Know Act,” only one provision of which is currently enjoined, requiring abortionist’s to give women needed information, and also show and explain “real time” ultrasound images of a mother’s child before the mother may give her fully “informed consent” electing to abort her pregnancy . . .
Susa Olasky at WORLD Magazine: Samuel B. Casey, an attorney with the Jubilee Campaign’s Law of Life Project, said the ordinance is the “result of a private political organization using the power of government to attack another organization based on that organization’s ideas and speech.” The Alliance Defense Fund and Texas Center for Defense of Life are also helping LifeCare with its suit.