Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
ADF Media: A New Hampshire court has ordered the state to release numerous documents related to the state’s funding of abortion facilities and its continuing failure to regulate them. State officials first denied the request of an Alliance Defending Freedom allied attorney to have access to the records.
Bizpac Review: The Alliance Defending Freedom has filed a petition with the U.S Supreme Court asking them to decide if the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services can keep public documents pertaining to the grant secret.
Life News: “Americans are already being forced to fund Planned Parenthood to the tune of more than $500 million in taxpayer dollars annually,” said ADF Senior Counsel Casey Mattox. “Government can at least be transparent about this money. Since Planned Parenthood is already the subject of repeated state and federal audits and whistleblower lawsuits for waste, abuse, and potential fraud of taxpayer dollars, the government should comply with the law and come clean about the funding.”
ADF Media: “Americans are already being forced to fund Planned Parenthood to the tune of more than $500 million in taxpayer dollars annually,” said ADF Senior Counsel Casey Mattox. “Government can at least be transparent about this money. Since Planned Parenthood is already the subject of repeated state and federal audits and whistleblower lawsuits for waste, abuse, and potential fraud of taxpayer dollars, the government should comply with the law and come clean about the funding.”
New Hampshire Union Leader: The Washington-based Alliance for Defending Freedom joined with Tierney in the appeal, which was filed Tuesday. – See more at: http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150422/NEWS21/150429756#sthash.do1uZFqW.dpuf
Watchdog: Within a month of the ruling, Alliance Defending Freedom had prepared a lawsuit against the bill and secured a court order restricting enforcement.
The World and Everything In It: Planet Fitness has revoked the membership of Yvette Cormier after she complained about a transgender male in the female locker rooms. Plus: an ABC Family television show depicts a homosexual kiss between two 13-year-old boys.
Christian Examiner: A man has every right to use the women’s locker room at Planet Fitness franchises, Yvette Cormier was told before her membership was cancelled because she complained about it.
National Partnership for Women and Families: The suit was filed by a Christian legal group alleging that the measure violates antiabortion-rights protesters’ right to free speech. The group, called the Alliance Defending Freedom, is the same organization that led a challenge resulting in last year’s Supreme Court decision that struck down a Massachusetts buffer zone law (WOMEN’S HEALTH POLICY REPORT, 7/17/14).
Christian News Network: A representative in New Hampshire has proposed a bill that would strip taxpayer funding from organizations that perform or actively advocate for abortion.
New Hampshire Union Leader: Citing the state right-to-know law, anti-abortion activists have filed a lawsuit against state agencies that have refused to release records involving the operations of abortion clinics run by Planned Parenthood and other organizations.
“Parents should be able to choose what’s best for their own children. New Hampshire’s program allows businesses to help make that a reality for many families. The Supreme Court unanimously rejected an attack on this program.” -Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Gregory S. Baylor
One News Now: “This court order guarantees that the government cannot enforce New Hampshire’s censorship zones until the court has a chance to rule on our argument that the law violates freedom of speech,” Matt Bowman tells OneNewsNow.
Concord Monitor: In the lawsuit filed earlier this month, the Alliance Defending Freedom argued that New Hampshire’s new law restricts abortion protesters’ freedom of speech.
Seattle Pi: The law was to take effect July 10 but after the Massachusetts ruling, Alliance Defending Freedom sued on behalf of several abortion opponents to block it.
Life News: “New Hampshire has created an expansive anti-speech zone that cannot survive constitutional scrutiny,” said Tierney, with the Manchester firm of Wadleigh, Starr & Peters, PLLC, and one of more than 2,400 attorneys allied with ADF. “As the Supreme Court recently indicated, censorship zones have no place on public ways and sidewalks.”
Alliance Defending Freedom: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys and allied attorneys secured a court order Wednesday against a New Hampshire law that allows the creation of 25-foot censorship zones in which no person may speak, stand, or even enter on public ways and sidewalks outside of abortion facilities. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously struck down a similar law in McCullen v. Coakley, a case ADF attorneys and allied attorneys filed in 2008.
Associated Press: ADF, which brought the lawsuit and successfully sued to overturn the Massachusetts law, will argue in court that the flexibility of zones doesn’t mean they are constitutional. In fact, ADF said, by ceding the decision to create zones to a private entity, the state undermines its own arguments.
WCVB: Backers say the law is needed to protect women and clinic staff from harassment. Opponents, including the conservative group Alliance Defending Freedom, say the zones violate their right to free speech. ADF, which brought the lawsuit, says the flexibility of zones doesn’t mean they’re constitutional.
Alliance Defending Freedom: In the understandable excitement so many of us felt two weeks ago over the wonderfully welcome and important U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding the Conestoga / Hobby Lobby case, I have delayed celebrating another high court decision in another Alliance Defending Freedom supported-case – one with its own enormous implications for your family’s First Amendment-protected freedom of speech. And, even more importantly, for the defense of life in the womb.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal: A conservative Christian law group has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to strike down New Hampshire’s 25-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics. Alliance Defending Freedom announced Tuesday that it filed the suit on behalf of several abortion opponents. The suit says the buffer zone signed into law this year violates the free speech rights of abortion protesters.
CNN: Men and women with ties to South Sudan hope to welcome home a neighbor’s wife — a Christian who made global headlines after a court in Sudan sentenced her to death because of her faith.
The Washington Times: “Americans have the freedom to talk to whomever they please on public sidewalks,” said Matt Bowman, senior legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing Sister Mary Rose Reddy, five women and one man in the lawsuit.
WBUR: “Americans have the freedom to talk to whomever they please on public sidewalks,” ADF Senior Legal Counsel Matt Bowman said in a statement.
NHPR: Matt Bowman, senior legal counsel of the Arizona-based ADF, said in a statement that New Hampshire’s law “suffers from the same unconstitutional problems” as Massachusetts’.
Caffeinated Thoughts: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys and allied attorneys are representing the seven plaintiffs who are challenging a law imposing up to a 25-foot zone around abortion facilities. Within the zone, according to the law’s provisions, no demonstration or silent prayer would be permitted.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys and allied attorneys filed a lawsuit in federal court Monday against a New Hampshire law that allows the creation of 25-foot zones in which no person may speak, stand, or even enter on public ways and sidewalks outside of abortion facilities. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously struck down a similar law in McCullen v. Coakley, a case ADF attorneys and allied attorneys filed in 2008.
The Washington Times: The constitutionality of a New Hampshire law allowing buffer zones around reproductive health facilities’ entrances was questioned Thursday after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a similar Massachusetts law.
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.
Eagle-Tribune: Legislation allowing New Hampshire’s reproductive health facilities where abortions are offered to set buffer zones of up to 25 feet around their entrances is on its way to the governor.
Alliance Defending Freedom: The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom allied attorney Michael Tierney regarding the Supreme Court of New Hampshire’s decision in New Hampshire Right to Life v. New Hampshire Board of Pharmacy to allow Planned Parenthood of Northern New England to continue distributing abortion-inducing drugs and other drugs at its six New Hampshire clinics in apparent violation of state law.
Via The Washington Times: The House has voted to study whether New Hampshire’s constitution should prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. The House voted 234-95 Wednesday to study the proposal that had divided gay activists because it did not …
Associated Press: “The House bill would let judges hand out stiffer sentences if the woman is pregnant when she dies, but critics say the fetus’ death should be a crime if the mother lives. A Senate committee is recommending that the Senate vote Thursday to treat an eight-week-old fetus as a person.”
Associated Press: “Dozens of advocacy groups from across the country have weighed in as the New Hampshire Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on the constitutionality of a business tax credit program that benefits students at religious schools. . . . Tax credit supporters such as the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and the Alliance Defending Freedom see the ruling as an attack on religious freedom. Associations representing school administrators, teachers and school boards say the law diverts funds from public schools.”
Bedford Patch: “A case that pushes the state’s ‘education tax credit’ program to the brink of constitutional jeopardy will be argued before the New Hampshire Supreme Court on April 16. . . . Hassan, American Federation of Teachers, and NEA-NH submitted amicus briefs aligned with the plaintiffs, while amici curiae for the NEO side of the argument includes Alliance Defending Freedom, Concord Christian Academy, and the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.”
New York Times: “On Wednesday, New Hampshire’s House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly, 225 to 104, to repeal the death penalty. The fate of the bill in the state’s Senate is less certain, but many give it a strong chance of passage. And the new governor, Maggie Hassan, is prepared to sign it, a change from 2000, when a repeal bill last made it to the governor’s desk, where it was vetoed.”
New Hampshire Union Leader: “Under House Bill 1325, the ‘Death with Dignity Act,’ the patient must have received a prognosis of six months or less to live by two physicians. The vote against the bill was 219-66.”
New Hampshire Union Leader: “House Bill 1504 would set state policy to say that ‘human life is deemed to exist from conception.’ The sponsor, Rep. J.R. Hoell, R-Dunbarton, said the bill was filed in response to what he views as a rising trend of ‘pre-selecting more individuals’ to be aborted based illnesses and deformities to increasingly random reasons.”
New Hampshire Union Leader: “With four Republicans joining all 11 Democrats, the state Senate on Wednesday passed on a 15-9 roll call vote legislation that would require protesters to stay at least 25 feet from any clinic in the state where abortions are performed.”
Concord Monitor: “A prominent anti-abortion group argued yesterday before the New Hampshire Supreme Court that its objection in 2012 to the licensing of abortion clinics in the state was errantly dismissed by a regulatory board.”
Concord Monitor: “The bill that passed the Democratic-controlled House yesterday would permit the possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana, authorize its cultivation and impose a tax on its sale.”
Alliance Defending Freedom, Cornerstone Policy Research, and Liberty Institute have filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the New Hampshire Supreme Court in defense of the state’s tax credit program for businesses that wish to help students attending private schools.
Daily Caller: “Women facing the shock of an unplanned pregnancy deserve better than unscrupulous abortionists who fail to follow basic FDA safety protocols,” Alliance Defending Freedom Litigation Counsel Catherine Glenn Foster, a co-counsel in the lawsuit, said in a statement.
LifeNews: According to Catherine Glenn Foster, attorney for Alliance Defending Freedom: Women facing the shock of an unplanned pregnancy deserve better than unscrupulous abortionists who fail to follow basic FDA safety protocols…. The board should not allow women’s lives to be put in danger by granting licenses to those, like Planned Parenthood, who refuse to follow these protocols.
Lawsuit over New Hampshire Board of Pharmacy allowing illegal distribution of abortion pill | Live Action News
Live Action News: According to Catherine Glenn Foster, attorney for Alliance Defending Freedom: Women facing the shock of an unplanned pregnancy deserve better than unscrupulous abortionists who fail to follow basic FDA safety protocols…. The board should not allow women’s lives to be put in danger by granting licenses to those, like Planned Parenthood, who refuse to follow these protocols.
One News Now: Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Michael Tierney suggests the government should enforce all laws and regulations in a fair manner. ”They cannot show favoritism to Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the state and nation,” he insists . . . And ADF attorney Catherine Glenn Foster believes “women facing the shock of an unplanned pregnancy deserve better than unscrupulous abortionists who fail to follow basic FDA safety protocols.” [more]
Michael Norton appeared on the Zeb Bell Show to discuss this: Doctors charge New England Planned Parenthood with violating FDA protocols. | MP3 audio 14:03 mins
One News Now: Matt Sharp of Alliance Defending Freedom says she has no problem with that, likening it to Jesus’ admonition that people shouldn’t prayer to show off for others. “From her point of view,” Sharp explains, “she just wanted to be there to be able to support and do what she can do, and what she believes as a Christian is important for her to do to continue to the school and to the safety of all the students there.”
Christian Mother Regains Right to Pray for NH School’s Safety After Legal Group’s Intervention | Christian Post
Tyler O’Neil at Christian Post: “Many groups take a skewed view that say any interaction with religion at schools violates the Constitution, we know that’s not true,” Matt Sharp, legal counsel at the Alliance Defending Freedom, told The Christian Post in a Friday interview. “This is a huge victory for religious liberty,” he said.
WorldNetDaily: “The Constitution should be the only permission slip students and parents need to exercise their freedom of speech,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco. “We commend the school for not caving to [Freedom from Religion Foundation's] unwarranted demands and urge other schools to follow their example.”
Opposing Views: “Students and community members that are allowed to come on campus and participate in a neutral thing are allowed to express religious viewpoints,” said the group’s general counsel Matthew Sharp. “The students know it’s the mother and her own speech — something that the First Amendment protects — and that it is not the school mandating this woman to do it.” “I’m so happy that I’m back, and I feel like I’m welcomed by the school,” Urena told the Concord Monitor Tuesday. [more]
World Magazine: Attorneys with Alliance Defending Freedom contested the decision, telling the district Urena had a constitutional right to pray on the public campus if she wanted to.
NH Union Leader: On the other side, the Alliance Defending Freedom will continue to stand by Urena, who has been represented by the Scottsdale, Ariz., group since it learned of Urena’s ban. “This is definitely progress and is really what we’ve sought all along — to allow Liza to continue to pray for the students and the school,” said Matt Sharp, legal counsel for the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based alliance. “The fact that she’s able to be there and pray is the most important thing. We really applaud the district for this step.” . . . Sharp said whether it’s out loud or silent, Urena feels she is getting her message out without disrupting anything or attempting to influence students in their own religious beliefs. “All she wanted to do was to be able to continue to do that,” Sharp said. “If somebody doesn’t like Liza praying, they can just keep walking right into the school.”
Charisma: “There’s no legitimate basis for public school officials to shut down private, nondisruptive religious speech,” says legal counsel Matthew Sharp. “Parents who want to support their local schools by praying for the students and staff before school are exercising their constitutional freedoms. Atheist groups are attempting to browbeat schools into believing otherwise. We commend Concord School District for recognizing this freedom and allowing a concerned mother to continue to pray on campus.”
ChristanNews.net: Attorney Matthew Sharpe with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), who has been representing Urena, told the Concord Monitor this week that he believes the matter with district officials has now been resolved. He had contended that as long as the district allows parents on campus for a variety of reasons, then Urena should be permitted to be on the premises just like anyone else. “That’s really what we were looking for in all of this, is for her to be allowed back on campus, [and] for her to be able to pray before the school day,” he told the publication.
Boston Globe (AP): The Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative Christian group that advocates for religious rights, is providing legal services to Urena.
mother of two students at Concord High School is now allowed to continue to pray on campus before the start of school after Alliance Defending Freedom sent a legal letter to the district addressing Freedom From Religion Foundation’s complaint and request to prohibit her prayers.
San Francisco Chronicle: The Alliance Defending Freedom, conservative Christian group that advocates for religious rights, is providing legal services to Urena. Attorney Matthew Sharp told the Concord Monitor (http://bit.ly/1dXKMUT) it appears the issue has been resolved. But school administrators haven’t made a definitive decision.
Concord Monitor: When news that Connolly planned to ask Urena to stop praying on campus became public, Bates contacted Urena and helped her obtain legal representation from the Alliance Defending Freedom. Her attorney, Matthew Sharpe, said yesterday that based on his conversations with Bates, it appears the issue between Urena and the school has been resolved. He has not spoken directly with anyone from the school district. His organization argued that as long as the school has a neutral policy in place that allows parents to be on campus for a variety of reasons, Urena should be allowed to pray there. “That’s really what we were looking for in all of this, is for her to be allowed back on campus, (and) for her to be able to pray before the school day,” Sharpe said.
Planned Parenthood Distributed Abortion-Inducing Drugs Past FDA Approved Timeline, Says ADF | Christian Post
Christian Post: Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF)-allied attorney Michael J. Tierney says that the New Hampshire Planned Parenthood has been violating the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) protocols for abortion-inducing drugs, when it “publicly advertises” that such drugs may be taken at home and up to 63 days past the last cycle . . . “I think people should be very concerned that Planned Parenthood and other abortionists believe that they should be held to lower standards of healthcare than any other healthcare provider,” Michael J. Norton, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), told The Christian Post in a Wednesday interview.
One News Now: ADF senior counsel Michael Norton tells OneNewsNow that Tierney has learned Planned Parenthood has been dispensing abortion-inducing drugs without a pharmacy license. “The result of that was that he filed in July a lengthy complaint with the New Hampshire Board of Pharmacy objecting to Planned Parenthood’s distribution of these drugs without a required pharmacy license,” says Norton.
Planned Parenthood Distributed Abortion-Inducing Drugs Past FDA Approved Timeline, Says ADF | Christian Post
Christian Post: “I think people should be very concerned that Planned Parenthood and other abortionists believe that they should be held to lower standards of healthcare than any other healthcare provider,” Michael J. Norton, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), told The Christian Post in a Wednesday interview . . . Norton, ADF’s spokesman in this matter, expressed doubt that the organization will receive proper scrutiny. “There is a bias in the state system in favor of Planned Parenthood, as well as in the judicial system,” he said.[more]
Doctors charge New England Planned Parenthood with violating FDA protocols | Alliance Defending Freedom
Alliance Defending Freedom and the American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists sent a letter Wednesday to the New Hampshire Boards of Medicine and Nursing supporting the investigation of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and its unlawful distribution of abortion-inducing drugs.
Christine Wrath (School Superintendent) at Concord Monitor: In recent weeks the Concord School District administrators’ decisions regarding prayer on the high school campus have been questioned, initially by two national organizations, the Freedom from Religion Foundation based in Madison, Wis., …
Religion Clause Blog: In State of New Hampshire v. Willis, (NH Sup. Ct., Aug. 21, 2013), the New Hampshire Supreme Court held that a trial court properly admitted statements a criminal defendant made to his church pastor.
LifeNews: Alliance Defense Fund allied attorney Michael Tierney filed the complaint on behalf of New Hampshire Right to Life. “No matter where a person stands on abortion, everyone should agree that Planned Parenthood has to play by the same rules as everyone else,” said Tierney, an attorney with the Manchester firm of Wadleigh, Starr & Peters, PLLC. “In this case, that means it must obey state laws that say only licensed pharmacists may distribute prescription drugs when a clinic is not under contract with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.”
One News Now: Matt Sharp, legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, is defending Urena’s constitutional rights. “We sent a letter on her behalf to the school explaining to them that contrary to what Freedom from Religion Foundation had said, this is not a violation of the Establishment Clause,” the attorney tells OneNewsNow. “The school can allow her to come on campus and pray and has no need to be concerned about getting sued for it.”
The Hill: Three state-based Planned Parenthood affiliates will receive a total of about $655,000 from the federal government to help consumers navigate their insurance options under ObamaCare.
Concord Monitor: The Alliance Defending Freedom will provide legal services to Lizarda Urena of Concord to challenge the Concord School District’s decision to disallow her from praying on school property . . . Matthew Sharp, general counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, said yesterday the group has not filed a lawsuit and is still determining how to move forward. The group provides all legal services pro bono.
Fox News (AP): The Concord Monitor reported the Alliance Defending Freedom, a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based conservative Christian group that advocates for religious rights, is providing legal services to Urena. Matthew Sharp, the group’s general counsel, says Urena’s speech is protected under the First Amendment. He said the foundation’s complaint that the prayers violate separation of church and state is “blatantly false.”
Dayton Daily News (AP): The Concord Monitor reports the Alliance Defending Freedom, a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based conservative Christian group that advocates for religious rights, is providing legal services to Urena.
KTAR: The Concord Monitor reported the Alliance Defending Freedom, a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based conservative Christian group that advocates for religious rights, is providing legal services to Urena. Matthew Sharp, the Arizona group’s general counsel, said Urena’s speech is protected under the First Amendment. He said the foundation’s complaint that the prayers violate separation of church and state is “blatantly false.”