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CT Mirror: Inspired by the California measles outbreak, the Connecticut House voted 86 to 56 Thursday to require parents to annually declare if they are refusing to vaccinate their children on religious grounds.
National Catholic Register: As the pro-euthanasia lobby sets its sights on more than a dozen states, an unlikely coalition of socially conservative pro-lifers and liberal activists for the elderly and disabled in Connecticut has shown how to defeat the effort to legalize assisted suicide.
U.S. News: The Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal from a Connecticut commission accused of religious discrimination when it rejected plans for a synagogue in 2007.
Christian News Network: Homeschooling organizations continue to express opposition to plans by the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission to monitor certain homeschoolers to prevent future acts of violence such as occurred in 2012 during the notorious Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.
The Federalist: The same state arguing Cassandra is not capable at this time of responsibly deciding, with her mother’s counsel, whether to have chemotherapy would have no problem, were she to seek an abortion, with allowing her to make that medical decision entirely on her own. Connecticut is one of only two states (the other is Maine), along with the District of Columbia, that requires no form of parental notification or consent in order for a minor child to obtain an abortion.
ABC News (World News): The top court in Connecticut ruled today that a 17-year-old girl can be forced to undergo chemotherapy after she refused treatment for her cancer.
Fox News: The Connecticut Supreme Court will hear the case Thursday of a 17-year-old cancer patient and her mother, who are locked in a legal battle with the state government over the teen’s right to refuse chemotherapy.
Breitbart: “We liked our insurance plan and wanted to keep it, but couldn’t because it was cancelled due to Obamacare,” Bracy told Breitbart News during an interview that included his attorney, Senior Counsel Casey Mattox of Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), which represented the family in the lawsuit.
Courant: Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Casey Mattox said the issue is not settled because other states, including Hawaii, New Jersey, Vermont and Rhode Island, do not offer policies that don’t cover abortions on their heath exchanges. He said residents of those states must pay an “abortion surcharge” as part of their premiums – even if they oppose abortion.
The Christian Institute: ADF senior lawyer Casey Mattox said: “Americans should not have to pay a special fee for other people’s abortions in order to take care of their own family’s health”.
One News Now: Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Casey Mattox says no one should be required to finance abortions for other people in order to obtain insurance for themselves. “The Bracy family has experienced firsthand the kind of deception that was used to pass this law,” he explains. “While we’re pleased that Connecticut families will now have a choice to avoid paying this abortion surcharge, it’s a shame that other families will not have that choice. And Americans need to know that they are being forced to pay this secret abortion fee.”
Family gets relief from Obamacare’s mandatory ‘abortion fee,’ but pro-lifers aren’t rejoicing just yet
The Daily Signal: “While we are pleased that Connecticut families will now have a choice to avoid paying this abortion surcharge, it is a shame that other families won’t have that choice, and that most Americans don’t even know that they must pay this secret fee,” said Casey Mattox, a senior counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom, the organization that represented the Bracys.
Insurance News Net: “Americans should not have to pay a special fee for other people’s abortions in order to take care of their own family’s health,” said ADF Senior Counsel Casey Mattox.
Life News: “Americans should not have to pay a special fee for other people’s abortions in order to take care of their own family’s health,” said ADF Senior Counsel Casey Mattox.
ADF Media: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing a Connecticut pro-life family voluntarily dismissed their lawsuit against federal and state officials Wednesday after the addition of Obamacare plan options that, for the first time in Connecticut, will not require participants to pay for others’ elective abortions. Despite the Connecticut change, many American families are still being forced to pay hidden abortion surcharges.
Live Action News: Barth and Abbie Bracy have brought a lawsuit, through the attorneys of Alliance Defending Freedom, to stop this injustice that is being forced on American taxpayers. The Bracys live in Connecticut, one of the states in which there is no insurance option through ObamaCare other than one that pays for abortion.
The Daily Signal: “In those five states—Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Vermont and Hawaii—the reality is every person with an Obamacare exchange plan is paying for abortions,” Casey Mattox, a lawyer at Alliance Defending Freedom who represents the Bracys, says in an interview with The Daily Signal.
ABC News (AP): A federal appeals court has reinstated a Jewish group’s lawsuit accusing the Litchfield Historic District Commission of religious discrimination when it rejected plans for a synagogue in 2007.
One News Now: Bracy says he won’t do that because he opposes abortion based on his faith. So he has filed suit in federal court and is being represented by Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel Casey Mattox, who tells OneNewsNow that the Hobby Lobby decision is helpful with the case.
Providence Journal: Casey Mattox, a lawyer with the Arizona-based Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing the Bracys in the federal suit, said Connecticut is one of about 10 states — including Rhode Island — where people are left “without any options” in the meantime, because all the plans offered through the state exchanges come with a fee that helps pay for other people’s abortions.
The Washington Times: A senior at one Connecticut high school has asked administrators to explain why he can access websites like Islam-guide.com, the State Democrat site and Planned Parenthood on the school’s computers — but not sites for the NRA, the State GOP or Christianity.com.
Euphemisms for euthanasia and false dilemmas: An update on the assisted suicide debate in the United States
Public Discourse: Now is the time for renewed vigilance for those who oppose euthanasia. The worst of this battle is yet to come.
Insurance News Net: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing a Connecticut pro-life family filed a motion for preliminary injunction in federal court Thursday seeking to prevent Obamacare abortion surcharges and fines from being enforced against the family.
Life News: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing a Connecticut pro-life family filed a motion for preliminary injunction in federal court Thursday seeking to prevent Obamacare abortion surcharges and fines from being enforced against the family.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing a Connecticut pro-life family filed a motion for preliminary injunction in federal court Thursday seeking to prevent Obamacare abortion surcharges and fines from being enforced against the family. In May, the family filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration because their current health plan will be cancelled in November, forcing them into the state’s health insurance exchange where every plan requires them to directly pay for other people’s abortions. If the Bracys do not comply, they will be subject to crippling fines.
YouTube: Casey Mattox explains the Bracy v. Sebelius case.
The Daily Signal: “No one should be forced to pay for other people’s abortions,” said Matt Bowman, Senior Legal Counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing the Bracys.
The Patriot Post: As Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Casey Mattox writes, every consumer in Connecticut buying an ObamaCare-compliant plan “will be required to pay a separate surcharge that the insurer must use solely to pay for abortions.”
The Brad Davis Radio Program: Casey Mattox discusses Bracy Abortion Case with Brad Davis.
The Federalist: How can a government claim to derive its powers “from the consent of the governed” when it deliberately deceives the people whose consent it supposedly requires? The case of a Connecticut family forced to pay a fee to be used to fund others’ elective surgical abortions or face fines under Obamacare is the latest demonstration that the law is a Rube Goldberg machine of impenetrable statutory language designed to confuse.
Family Research Council: Sylvia Burwell is testifying this morning before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, the first stop in her confirmation process to become the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to replace retiring HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
National Catholic Register: A Catholic deacon filed the suit after the government health-care law canceled his old plan, he said, forcing him to pay significantly more or violate his conscience by paying for abortions.
Via Fox CT: “There is no abortion free plan in Connecticut and so every last person who buys a plan on the Connecticut Exchange is being required to pay a separate abortion surcharge,” Attorney Casey Mattox from the conservative group, …
The Courant: Barth Bracy is executive director of Rhode Island State Right to Life and a deacon at his Catholic church. He and his wife strongly oppose abortion.
The Washington Times: As pro-life Catholics, Barth and Abbie Bracy don’t want to pay for health insurance that covers elective abortion, but under the Affordable Care Act, they don’t have much choice.
Life News: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing a Connecticut pro-life leader and his family that are losing their health plan due to Obamacare filed suit in federal court Thursday.
ALLIANCE DEFENDING FREEDOM NEWS RELEASE May 2, 2014 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT ADF MEDIA RELATIONS: (480) 444-0020 or www.adfmedia.org/home/contact Obamacare forcing pro-life family to pay for other people’s abortions ADF files suit on behalf of Conn. family losing their …
OneNewsNow: “‘They were not allowed to distribute literature, they were not allowed to go around and clipboard collect information from interested students and they were not allowed to put up a display table during lunch, but all the other students groups are allowed to do those things,’ [Matt Sharp] says.”
Brian Fraga at the National Catholic Register: “‘Instead of allowing it to occur, the schools put up barriers that say, “Pro-life speech is not welcome here,”‘ said Matthew Sharp, legal counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, a nonprofit Christian legal network.”
Dr. Susan Berry at Breitbart: “‘Public schools should encourage, not shut down, the free exchange of ideas,’ said Legal Counsel Matt Sharp of Alliance Defending Freedom, who represented the group, in a press release. ‘The First Amendment protects freedom of speech for all students, regardless of their religious or political beliefs. We commend Branford Public Schools for reversing the restrictions that prevented the students from distributing pro-life literature and clipboarding to their friends and classmates during free time.’”
ChristianNewsWire: “‘Public schools should encourage, not shut down, the free exchange of ideas,’ said Legal Counsel Matt Sharp of Alliance Defending Freedom, who represented the group. ‘The First Amendment protects freedom of speech for all students, regardless of their religious or political beliefs.’”
Catherine Glenn Foster: “Last year Connecticut state senator Ed Meyer introduced a bill to create ‘physician-assisted suicide.’ It failed, but this year he and state representative Elizabeth Ritter are trying again.”
WFSB: “Students said they took the issue to the Alliance Defending Freedom group, which sent a legal letter to the school. It asked them to stop discriminating and allow students to pass out information.”
Dr. Susan Berry at Breitbart: “Last week, Alliance Defending Freedom sent a letter to Branford High School on behalf of Branford High School Students for Life with the request that the school’s discriminatory behavior end. The letter asked for written confirmation by March 12th to Bailey-Loomis that her club’s rights will be respected.”
Branford High Students for Life club’s censorship claim draws national attention | New Haven Register
New Haven Register: “Last week, the Alliance Defending Freedom group sent a letter to Branford High and Branford Public Schools on behalf of Branford High School Students for Life ‘requesting that they end their discriminatory behavior against the group,’ the release said.”
Christian Post: “Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian legal group, sent a letter to the school and the school district last week asking that they stop discriminating against the pro-life group. ADF asked for an answer to their request by March 12.”
The Courant: The Connecticut Insurance Department is directing all health insurance companies operating in the state to provide coverage of mental health counseling, hormone therapy, surgery and other treatments related to a patient’s gender transition.
The Courant: A woman, whose same sex, domestic partner died as a result of medical malpractice, told the state Supreme Court Tuesday that she is entitled for constitutional reasons to damages for loss of consortium – even though she and her partner were not married.
LiveActionNews: Imagine my great joy when I realized the university has an active and outspoken pro-life organization. Chose Life at Yale or CLAY is a organization that provides a forum and community for students at Yale who oppose abortion. According to their website CLAY, “ upholds the dignity of human life through weekly meetings, discussions, campus outreach, special events, and other educational initiatives.
New Haven Register: It’s not every day that a U.S. Supreme Court Justice comes to town to reflect on personal hardships and share her deepest fears.
MyRecordJournal.com: Justice Carmen Espinosa stands in a conference room for a photograph at the Supreme Court in Hartford, Sept. 12, 2013. Espinosa, of Southington, is the newest justice on the Connecticut Supreme Court taking her seat on the bench in March.
CBS: A rainbow flag, symbolizing gay pride, is being flown over the Connecticut governor’s official residence in Hartford.
Religion Clause Blog: In Valenzisi v. Stamford Board of Education, (D CT, June 5, 2013), a Connecticut federal district court dismissed a claim by high school math teacher challenging his termination on, among other grounds, Title VII and 1st Amendment claims of failure to accommodate his religious beliefs . . .
LifeNews: Liberal billionaire George Soros has apparently found a new cause to put his money behind, having already supported President Barack Obama, liberal candidates and abortion. His new venture appears to be assisted suicide.
Conn. federal court upholds Milford’s SOB ordinance, except license posting requirement that requires licensee’s name
Keepers, Inc. v. City of Milford, Conn., Civ. No. 3:07-CV-1231 (D. Conn. Mar. 30, 2013) Excerpts from the 98 page ruling: Plaintiff Keepers, Inc. (“Keepers”) is a Connecticut corporation operating a cabaret-style nightclub in Milford. The establishment features live clothed …
LifeNews: Lawmakers in the Connecticut legislature have introduced a bill to legalize assisted suicide, in what would make it the third to do so. Defeating this anti-life bill will be the highest legislative priority of the Family Institute of Connecticut Action in 2013.
“In DOMA Supreme Court Case, 15 States Say Not Recognizing Gay Marriage Is Unconstitutional” | Huffington Post
Huffington Post: New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley plan to file a friend-of-the-court brief on Friday, their offices said. Officials in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington, as well as the District of Columbia, will join the amicus brief.
Hartford Courant: A lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut said during a public hearing before the joint committee on children Tuesday that the group opposes a bill that would restrict children’s access to certain video games.
Conn. Lawmakers Consider Letting Doctors Assist With Suicide | Catherine Glenn Foster at Christian Post
Catherine Glenn Foster at Christian Post: Connecticut state senator Ed Meyer’s bill to create “physician-assisted suicide” is not simply an attack on human life generally, but on elder or infirm adults and otherwise-disabled individuals especially. And it is certainly a step too far for Connecticut citizens who appreciate life.
Boston Globe (AP): The Democrat on Thursday announced he has tapped Superior Court Judge Christine Keller to serve on the Connecticut Appellate Court. Keller is married to former House Speaker Thomas Ritter of Hartford.
Religion Clause Blog: In New England Prayer Center, Inc. v. Planning & Zoning Commission of the Town of Easton, 2012 Conn. Super. LEXIS 3063 (CT Super, Dec. 13, 2012), the New England Prayer Center sought a special permit so it could build a house of worship on land it leased from the town.
Hartford Courant: Gov. Dannel P. Malloy nominated state Appellate Court Judge Carmen Espinosa on Monday to become the first Hispanic justice of the state Supreme Court.
Religion Clause Blog: The Day reports that on Friday, the Catholic Diocese of Norwich, Connecticut filed suit in federal district court challenging the decision by the Norwich city planning commission not to extend a temporary permit allowing the St. Vincent de Paul Place soup kitchen to continue to operate in a former Catholic school building
Religion Clause Blog: Rejecting the husband’s contention that the prenuptial agreement was a religious document that is not enforceable by a secular court, the court held that it can adjudicate the claim using neutral principles of law. . .
Rep-Am.com: The American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut has spanked the Region 15 Board of Education after some board members said they wanted to require students to say the Pledge of Allegiance at school.
JewishVoiceNY.com: Americans United for Separation of Church and State claims that the yeshiva violated this expected separation when it received undue economic gain from the city government and did not provide comparable value in return. In 2001, the Orthodox educational institution completed a lease agreement with the City of Waterbury that granted it the use of the University of Connecticut’s campus, which had been left unoccupied after the college relocated downtown. The yeshiva committed to pay a monthly rent of $5,000, with an additional three percent increase annually.
7DVT.com: Their attorney is Michael DePrimo, a First Amendment lawyer based in Hamden, Conn. He formerly worked as special assistant to the president of the American Family Association, a Christian group that rails against abortion, pornography and same-sex marriage. In a 2004 article for American Family Association Journal, DePrimo wrote that acceptance of same-sex marriage “may well signal the beginning of the end of Western civilization.” . . . DePrimo fought the Massachusetts case with financial backing from the Alliance Defense Fund, an Arizona-based Christian legal firm dedicated to defending “family values.” He’s taken the Burlington case pro bono and wouldn’t speculate about whether the ADF, now called the Alliance Defending Freedom, might bankroll it. DePrimo says his clients are peaceful people who have the right to engage in “sidewalk counseling” with women and couples entering Planned Parenthood. “Planned Parenthood does not want pro-life speech to reach their patrons,” DePrimo says by phone from Connecticut. “That’s what this ordinance is really about. That’s not what it says, but that’s the real purpose behind it.”
Easthaven.Patch.com: Connecticut and two other states say that the federal “Defense of Marriage Act” is unconstitutional. And the three have jointly filed a friends of the court brief in a case pending in federal court of appeals.
Findlaw: It happened several weeks ago when Fraga woke up to find her Virgin Mary statue sitting headless in the front yard. A week after that a gnome was placed on the statue where the head used to be. Needlessly cruel mischief? Likely. But hate crime? The police don’t agree. Although there are no leads and no suspects, police don’t think it was a hate crime, reports NECN. They think it was vandalism rather than motivated by bigotry.
Connecticut Law Tribune: Connecticut Bar Association leaders have voted in favor of joining amicus briefs in support of federal benefits for same-sex couples, a decision that has drawn mixed reactions from CBA members.