Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
Religion Clause: Deciding the case on remand from the Supreme Court (see prior posting), the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in a 2-1 decision in University of Notre Dame v. Burwell, (7th Cir., May 19, 2015), refused to grant a preliminary injunction to Notre Dame University in its challenge to the Affordable Care Act contraceptive coverage mandate as applied to religious non-profits.
Associated Press: A federal appeals court has rejected the University of Notre Dame’s request to temporarily be exempt from a provision in the Affordable Care Act that requires the Catholic school’s insurance providers to cover the costs of contraceptives for students and staff.
The Washington Times: A federal appeals court said Wednesday it will not reconsider a pro-life ministry’s plea for relief from Obamacare’s birth control mandate, dealing a second blow in as many days to religious nonprofits who say the administration is ignoring its strongly held beliefs and signals from the Supreme Court.
National Review: Yesterday the D.C. Circuit denied en banc review of a panel decision that rejected a challenge to the HHS mandate accommodation brought by the Catholic archbishop of Washington, D.C., and nonprofit organizations affiliated with the Catholic church (including the lead named plaintiff, Priests for Life).
Priests for Life: Alan Sears, President, CEO, and General Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom, will be serving on the Host Committee for the National Memorial for the Preborn and their Mothers and Fathers.
Life Site News: A columnist for a British newspaper has suggested banning Priests for Life Youth Director Bryan Kemper from the United Kingdom.
Christianity Today: An American Catholic student group has won a court exemption from rules that would have forced them to provide contraception as part of their employee health insurance.
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After 2 Wins, Religious Non-Profits Lose Challenge To Contraceptive Mandate Accommodation In D.C. Federal Distrct Court
Religion Clause Blog: After Pennsylvania and New York federal district courts in recent weeks held that the Affordable Care Act contraceptive coverage mandate accommodation for religious non-profits violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, yesterday the D.C. federal district court reached an opposite conclusion, rejecting both RFRA and 1st Amendment challenges to the final regulations. In Priests for Life v. U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services, (D DC, Dec. 19, 2013)
Women of the National Black Prolife Coalition Denounce Planned Parenthood’s Latest Propaganda Maneuver
Christian Newswire: Women of the National Black Prolife Coalition (NBPLC) believe Planned Parenthood is continuing its age old strategy of targeting the black community by enlisting members of the black elite to promote their organization.
Religious organizations challenge contraception mandate in federal court | Matt Bowman on Fox News (video)
Fox News (includes video, 12/10): There are now more than 80 similar lawsuits pending across the country. Just last week, the University of Notre Dame and the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), both filed suit, as well. “I think the Obama administration’s attempts to take religious freedom away from anyone are bound to fail,” said Matthew Bowman, the senior legal counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing FOCUS.
Christian Newswire: Most people will acknowledge that losing a child is a terrible thing. And that’s the focal point of the National Day of Remembrance set for September 14, 2013. This solemn event will memorialize tens of thousands of children buried at gravesites around the nation — a tiny fraction of the 55 million children killed by abortion since it was legalized in 1973.
Pro-lifers rally outside ‘House of Horrors’ clinic, demand release of Gosnell victims’ bodies | LifeSiteNews
LifeSiteNews: The coalition of pro-life groups include the Christian Defense Coalition, CEC for Life, Priests for Life, Stand True, Students for Life in America, Alliance Defending Freedom, Operation Rescue, and others.
NBC Philadelphia (Alliance Defending Freedom lawyer Catherine Foster appears in the video): A two-day demonstration in Philadelphia, related to the Dr. Kermit Gosnell case. Gosnell is serving a life sentence for killing three babies in illegal, late-term abortions. Now, pro-life groups are asking the city to give those babies and more than 40 fetuses a proper burial. NBC10′s Na’eem Douglas reports.
GOlackawanna (AP): Among those disputing that claim is Catherine Glenn Foster, a lawyer for Alliance Defending Freedom, of Scottsdale, Ariz., which is backing the anti-abortion groups. Foster cited the “FAQ” section of the medical examiner’s website, which says: “Anyone, including friends and neighbors, may claim a body three days after the date of pronouncement of death.” In an Aug. 5 reply to Foster, Chief Deputy City Solicitor Lynda H. Moore wrote that the groups did not “have legal standing to represent the citizens of Philadelphia.”
LifeNews: The coalition of pro-life groups include the Christian Defense Coalition, CEC for Life, Priests for Life, Stand True, Students for Life in America, Alliance Defending Freedom, Operation Rescue, and others.
Tom Avril at Philadelphia Inquirer: Catherine Glenn Foster, a lawyer for the nonprofit Alliance Defending Freedom, disputed the medical examiner’s reasoning in declining the groups’ request. She cited the city office’s website, which states: “Anyone, including friends and neighbors, may claim a body three days after the date of pronouncement of death.” “We will not forget the horror of that little brick building,” Foster said at the rally. “We will not forget Gosnell’s tiniest victims.”
Joseph A. Slobodzian at the Philadelphia Inquirer: That was disputed in a July 18 letter to Gulino from Catherine Glenn Foster, a lawyer for Alliance Defending Freedom, of Scottsdale, Ariz., which is backing the groups. Foster cited the “FAQ” section of the medical examiner’s website, which says: “Anyone, including friends and neighbors, may claim a body three days after the date of pronouncement of death.”
Federal Lawsuit Challenges New Obamacare Regulations Requiring Religious Organizations to Comply with Contraception Mandate
AFLC: Today, the American Freedom Law Center (AFLC) filed a federal lawsuit challenging the recently announced regulations enforcing the Obamacare contraceptive services mandate against religious organizations.
LiveAction News: On the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade (January 22, 2013), Priests for Life began a daily project. Named “Expose Abortion,” the project releases a daily quote about abortion.
Catholic Sun: Alliance Defending Freedom, a group aligned with Priests for Life on this issue, said in a statement that “proper burial is the right thing to do, for the human dignity of the babies themselves, for the healing of post-abortive women, and for the future and conscience of Philadelphia and the nation. This is what a civilized society does with its dead.”
CNSNews: The speakers, including Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life, Students for Life’s Kristan Hawkins, Christian Defense Coalition’s Rev. Patrick Mahoney, Stand True Ministries’ Bryan Kemper, and Alliance Defending Freedom’s Catherine Foster, endured the sweltering heat to deliver a letter requesting information about the remains. (includes video)
The Philly Post: The speakers, including Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life, Students for Life’s Kristan Hawkins, Christian Defense Coalition’s Rev. Patrick Mahoney, Stand True Ministries’ Bryan Kemper, and Alliance Defending Freedom’s Catherine Foster, endured the sweltering heat to deliver a letter requesting information about the remains. The Medical Examiner’s Office, which agreed to meet with them just hours before, locked its doors and called the police as they approached.
Newsbusters (video embedded): The speakers, including Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life, Students for Life’s Kristan Hawkins, Christian Defense Coalition’s Rev. Patrick Mahoney, Stand True Ministries’ Bryan Kemper, and Alliance Defending Freedom’s Catherine Foster, endured the sweltering heat to deliver a letter requesting information about the remains. The Medical Examiner’s Office, which agreed to meet with them just hours before, locked its doors and called the police as they approached.
Phil. Medical Examiner locks out pro-life activists demanding bodies of Gosnell victims for burial | LifeSiteNews
LifeSiteNews: The letter, penned by an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom, said, “[T]he public must be told where the bodies currently are. This is particularly relevant where the unclaimed victims are related to such a public, notorious criminal prosecution, followed closely by the media in all respects.” “Proper burial is the right thing to do, for the human dignity of the babies themselves, for the healing of post-abortive women,” the letter said, “and for the future and conscience of Philadelphia and the nation…This is what a civilized society does with its dead.”
LifeNews: In anticipation of the public prayer vigil that Priests for Life will hold in front of the Medical Examiner’s office tomorrow morning, a letter is being sent this morning to the Philadelphia Medical Examiner by an attorney representing the Alliance Defending Freedom. [letter excerpts quoted]
Life News: The prayer vigil coalition of Alliance Defending Freedom, Christian Defense Coalition, Stand True, Priests for Life and Students for Life went into the Medical Examiner’s Office beforehand to tell them we were doing a prayer vigil and then would be bringing five people to deliver a legal letter – no cameras, no protest signs in the building. They told us only grieving family and friends could come in . . . We then went and held the prayer vigil and returned with Fr. Frank Pavone from Priests for Life, Rev. Pat Mahoney from Christian Defense Coalition, Bryan Kemper from Stand True Ministries, and Catherine Foster from Alliance Defending Freedom.
Where Are the Babies that Kermit Gosnell Murdered and Will They Receive a Proper Funeral and Burial?
Christian Newswire: The Christian Defense Coalition will also be presenting a formal letter sent to the Medical Examiner by Alliance Defending Freedom asking for the release of the babies to pro-life organizations. (See letter here.)
LifeNews: LifeNews: What is the most important thing the pro-life movement should be doing? Fr. Pavone: Taking more risks. One of the things that slows down our progress is when we see what we have to do, but we hesitate, we calculate, and we don’t risk. A lot of times when people say ‘I wish I knew what to do next’ –whether we’re talking about an individual, a group, or a church– most of the time they already know. What they’re really saying is ‘I think I need the courage to do it.’
CNSNews: Responding today to the Obama administration’s announcement on Friday regarding the HHS Mandate, Priests for Life is preparing a renewed lawsuit.
LifeNews: The Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s office has denied a request from a leading pro-life Catholic priest who wanted to ensure the babies abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell killed in infanticides are given a proper burial.
LifeSiteNews: One of the country’s leading pro-life priests says he has put in a request to the medical examiner in Pennsylvania to obtain the bodies of the babies that were recovered from Kermit Gosnell’s “House of Horrors,” to give them a proper burial.
Turtle Bay and Beyond: Over 20 groups are asking U.S. Secretary of State to end the U.S. obstruction over abortion at the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Here is the letter sent today . . . It is especially shocking that the U.S. called for deleting a reaffirmation that every human being has the “inherent right to life, liberty and security of persons.” This contradicts a foundational principle of citizens and civilizations worldwide. [Piero Tozzi of Alliance Defending Freedom is one of many signers]
Turtle Bay and Beyond: In a submission prepared by Alliance Defending Freedom, Mujeres para la Mujer, and Priests for Life, joined by several others, the organizations asked the Human Rights Council to recall how the quest to uncover and promote universally shared values is at the very root of the human rights project that started at the UN in the aftermath of WWII.
LifeSiteNews: Representative from several organizations spoke, including Father Frank Pavone(pictured below) of Priests for Life, Rev. Patrick Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition, Day Gardner of the National Black Pro-Life Union, Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life of America, Mallory Quigley from the Susan B. Anthony List, Michael Mortelli of the Maryland Coalition for Life, and Catherine Glenn Foster of Alliance Defending Freedom, as well as three local pastors.
Groups from Around Country to Come Together to Mourn Death of Young Woman Killed by Leroy Carhart and Hold Press Conference Monday at 9am
Christian Newswire: Representatives of Priests for Life, Alliance Defending Freedom, 40 Days for Life, the Family Research Council, Students for Life, Operation Rescue, Rock for Life, the Christian Defense Coalition, the National Black Pro-Life Union, the Maryland Family Alliance, the Archdiocese of Washington DC, several local churches and pastors, and many others will join the Maryland Coalition for Life on Monday.
LifeNews: The pro-life Catholic group Priests for Life is the first to announce it will openly defy the new pro-abortion mandate the HHS department put in force today under the Obamacare health care law.
Catholic Culture: Father Frank Pavone, the president of Priests for Life, has won at least a partial victory in a conflict with his bishop over his leadership of the pro-life group.
Christian Newswire (Christian Institute on Religion and Democracy): HR 3541, The Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA), has received support from the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and Roman Catholic groups including Priests for Life and Human Life International, but most other church lobbies and ecumenical groups are silent.
WorldMag.com: Priests for Life, a Catholic organization that provides pro-life resources and mobilizes Catholic laity, organized this protest in 140 cities across the country along with the Alliance Defense Fund and the Becket Fund. The protests all took place Friday at noon EST and drew a multi-faith crowd.
Newsbusters: The Coalition to Stop the HHS Mandate, which is being coordinated by the Illinois-based Pro-Life Action League; and includes multiple pro-life, social conservative, and religious groups, including Human Life International, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, the Alliance Defense Fund, and Priests for Life; have organized the “Stand Up For Religious Freedom” rallies “in defense of religious freedom and STAND UP against the Obama administration’s HHS mandate at federal building in cities across the country.”
LifeSiteNews (includes video): Two pro-life advocates who were arrested and held in jail for 24 hours while peacefully demonstrating outside a high school in Mississippi say they were told by police that they were detained simply because they were talking about abortion.
Greeley Gazette: “The approach,” Fr. Pavone explained, “is simple: a) uncover the ways abortionists break the law and get them punished for it; b) reveal the nature of the abortion procedure itself; c) show the harm abortion does to the very people the abortion industry claims to serve, and d) pray more intensely than ever for abortion to end.”
NCRegister.com: The Diocese of Amarillo confirmed that despite an invitation from Bishop Patrick Zurek, Father Frank Pavone did not meet with him on Oct. 13 and has instead asked for mediation. “I advised Father Frank not to have this private meeting until the process of mediation is underway,” Father David Deibel, canon lawyer for Father Pavone and Priests for Life, said in an Oct. 14 statement.
LifeNews.com: The letter, which appeared publicly on the Diocese of Amarillo website and which LifeNews blogger Gerard Nadal obtained, claims Father Pavone “remains suspended,” even though the Diocese had said publicly repeatedly before that that was not the case and that Pavone was a priest in good standing.
Catholic Culture: Father Frank Pavone told reporters that he will seek incardination in another diocese following Bishop Patrick Zurek’s decision to end the priest’s ministry outside his diocese
Ctr. for Bio-Ethical Reform to Lead Informational Pickets Outside Catholic Facilities & Activities in the Diocese of Amarillo, TX over Fr. Pavone restrictions
Christian Newswire: The Center For Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR) announces the imminent start of informational pickets in the vicinities of Catholic facilities and activities in the Diocese of Amarillo, TX. The purpose of these demonstrations will be to urge parishioners to respectfully ask Bishop Patrick Zurek to allow Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests For Life, to resume full-time anti-abortion ministry. Picketers will represent a coalition of anti-abortion organizations.
LifeNews.com: Father Frank Pavone is being prevented from the Catholic Bishop under whom he serves from operating Priests for Life, the respected national pro-life organization that has been a leader for years in the pro-life movement.
Pavone to Reid: A government that funds massive child-killing has betrayed its very purpose anyway, shut it down
“If that’s the case then shut it down,” said pro-life leader Rev. Frank Pavone, of Priests for Life. “When a government funds massive child-killing, it has betrayed its very purpose anyway. Maybe a shutdown will give our government officials a chance to reflect on what government should be doing in the first place – serving life, not helping to destroy it.”
Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life, writing at The Washington Post / On Faith: “It is certainly no secret to us, to the Church, or to those who work in the pro-life movement that these decisions are not easy. It is also no secret that women do not get abortions because of freedom of choice. As this program illustrated, they get abortions because they feel they have no freedom and no choice. They do not celebrate abortion as an advance of freedom.”
LifeNews: “A coalition of 30 pro-life organizations sent a letter to members of the Senate today asking for a thorough investigation of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. They are calling for a probe into her comments about partial-birth abortion and say she may have misled lawmakers.”
LifeNews: “When hundreds of thousands of pro-life advocates gather for the March for Life in Washington and the Walk for Life in San Francisco, they will encounter scores of new signs sponsored by Priests for Life . . . ”
LifeNews: “The Montana Supreme Court held a hearing today on a case that could make the state the third to allow assisted suicide . . . So far, the court has received 19 amicus briefs, including one from attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund, a pro-life group who filed their brief in April . . . ‘Doctors are licensed to heal, not to kill. It should seem obvious, but the law should never allow private individuals to poison one another,’ ADF senior legal counsel Steven H. Aden told LifeNews.com.”