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Adam Liptak in the New York Times: “Early last Wednesday, bundled up against the 7-degree cold, Ms. McCullen said she found the line to be intimidating, frustrating and a violation of her First Amendment rights. The Supreme Court will hear arguments on Wednesday in her challenge to the law.”
NRO Bench Memos: As Ed has previously noted, next Wednesday the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in McCullen v. Coakley, which presents the question of whether the First Amendment permits a state to forbid pro-life counselors and others from peacefully talking to women on a public sidewalk within 35 feet of an abortion clinic.
CNSNews: Leaders of more than 40 pro-life groups delivered an urgent letter to House Speaker John Boehner Friday imploring him to protect Americans from being forced to subsidize abortions in any deal he makes with the White House to fund the government or raise the debt ceiling.
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.
Christian Newswire: Pro-Life Action League Executive Director Eric Scheidler said that local activists are “highly motivated” to protest Chastine, and indicated that the Oak Park physician can expect to see pro-life advocates outside her office on a regular basis.
LifeNews: When we found out that the new owner of the South Wind Women’s Center abortion clinic in Wichita, Kansas had a practice in our own backyard, we knew we had to stage a full-blown protest outside her office, which we did.
June 8, 2012, in anticipation of the United States Supreme Court’s ruling on the constitutionality of Obama Care, tens of thousands of Americans will take to the streets in a second public protest against the Obama administration’s Health and Human Services mandate that forces even religious institutions such as Roman Catholic hospitals and universities to offer contraception, sterilizations and abortion-inducing drugs in their employee health insurance plans contrary to their religious beliefs and doctrines. The next rally will take place Friday, June 8th, at 12 noon in all times zones.
LifeNews: 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: Monica Miller of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and Eric Scheidler of the Pro-Life Action League announced last week that the next Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rallies, which drew over 63,000 Americans in 146 cities on March 23, will take place on June 8.
LifeSiteNews.com: “Ever since Barack Obama came into office there has been an aggressive effort to undermine peaceful pro-life activity by casting pro-life activists as terrorists,” Scheidler said. “We’ve seen the Department of Homeland Security listing pro-lifers as potential terrorists. We’ve seen special meetings between the FBI and pro-abortion groups.”
ChicagoTribune.com: A Rockford abortion clinic that’s been closed since September can reopen under a settlement signed Wednesday.
Pro-Life Action League: The fact is, abortion rates haven’t gone up in the region of the country where pro-life activism is most common: the Midwest, where 85% of abortion providers report “harassment” (i.e., life-saving pro-life activism). Rates there have declined 6%. An exception within the region is Illinois, where the abortion rate rose 9%.
ChristianNewsWire: “Today, attorneys from the Thomas More Society, on the eave of seeking emergency injunctive relief in federal court, secured an agreement from the city of West Chicago to allow a pro-life protest to proceed there tomorrow morning.”
Christian NewsWire: “To mark the day the U.S. Food and Drug Administration first approved the birth control pill 50 years ago, the Pro-Life Action League is encouraging pro-life activists across the nation to speak out against contraception.”