Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
The Daily Signal: The West Virginia legislature has passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, overriding the governor’s veto of the legislation.
West Virginia becomes the eleventh state to protect pain-capable children as legislature overrides Governor Tomblin’s veto
National Right to Life: In a 27-5 vote, the West Virginia state Senate today joined with the state House of Delegates in voting to override Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s veto of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (HB 2568), legislation that protects unborn children from abortion at the point that they are able to feel pain. Tomblin’s veto came after the state House of Delegates and the state Senate overwhelmingly approved the bill in February. The legislature’s successful override of Gov. Tomblin’s veto means that the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act will go into effect in 90 days.
National Right to Life: By a vote of 29-5, the West Virginia state Senate today gave final approval to HB 2568, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act – a bill that protects unborn children from violent abortions after the point at which they are capable of feeling pain.
WSAZ: A school in Jackson County, West Virginia, is facing religious scrutiny over a memorial honoring a teacher who passed away.
LIfe News: The West Virginia state House today passed a bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks by an 87-12 margin. The vote came on the same day the state’s major pro-life group held a rally at the state capitol.
Wall Street Journal: A West Virginia University freshman who did most of her campaigning out of her dorm room became the youngest state lawmaker in the nation Tuesday.
Christian News Network: A legendary football coach has been axed from his tradition of speaking at his local high school’s graduation ceremony due to complaints over his past references to religion in his speech.
WV Senate President to Governor: call special session to address Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
National Right to Life News: West Virginia Senate President Jeff Kessler (D) today added more pressure to the call for a special session to address the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, the bill that Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) vetoed at the end of the regular session in March.
While school officials agreed to cover the Scripture in the gymnasium to avoid the government endorsement of religion, as well as to remove the Scriptures from the wrestling team’s website, some parents are now putting their foot down should students be required to discard their Bible-based t-shirts.
LifeNews: “Yesterday, a coalition of pro-life groups, lead by West Virginians for Life, NRLC’s state affiliate, held a press conference in the lower rotunda of the state Capitol to express their disappointment in the governor and to call for a special legislative session.”
Alliance Defending Freedom sent West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin a letter Tuesday supporting a bill that protects unborn children from pain by prohibiting most abortions at 20 weeks or later after fertilization.
Jim Geraghty at National Review: “So at what point can we declare that there’s a civil war within the Democratic Party over abortion? Because West Virginia Democrats in the state legislature just voted to ban abortion after twenty weeks. Are the Democrats elsewhere just going to avert their eyes? Will NARAL give them a pass because there’s a D after their name?”
The Weekly Standard: “In a statement to THE WEEKLY STANDARD Monday, Democratic U.S. senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia said he’s ‘supportive of the the principles’ in the late-term abortion ban that passed his state’s legislature by an overwhelming margin this weekend.”
Associated Press: “A bill to prohibit abortions later than 20 weeks after conception passed the West Virginia House late Saturday and will be sent to the governor to sign into law. The bill passed 85-15 with two delegates not voting. Speaker Tim Miley denied requests to speak on the bill, stating lawmakers had too many bills to get through before a midnight deadline.”
Engrossed text of HB 4588 is here.
Charleston Daily Mail: “West Virginia senators expect to modify a House bill banning abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy. The bill passed the House this week and is on Tuesday’s agenda in the Senate Health and Human Resources Committee.”
The Charleston Gazette: “Legislation that would make it a felony to perform abortions on fetuses after 20 weeks’ gestation passed an emotionally charged House of Delegates late Tuesday evening on a 79-17 vote. The passage vote followed a lengthy, emotional debate on the bill (HB4588).”
WOWK (AP): “The proposal passed Monday in the Committee on Health would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks unless a physician deems a woman’s medical complications pose a risk to her life or would cause irreversible physical impairment. This does not include a woman’s psychological or mental condition.”
LifeNews: “The leadership of the West Virginia House of Delegates failed to protect unborn babies from suffering excruciating pain during abortions here in the state of West Virginia. They voted against an opportunity to act on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in the House chamber on Tuesday, February 11.”
AP: “A bill introduced in the West Virginia Senate would make it unlawful for employers and landlords to discriminate against individuals based on their sexual orientation.”
Charleston Gazette: “A federal judge ruled this week that most of the lawsuit against West Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage could continue but said the lawsuit’s claim that the state should recognize gay marriages from other states can’t proceed without additional plaintiffs.”
WV Gazette: The state attorney general’s office asked a judge this week to throw out a federal lawsuit challenging West Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage, saying the plaintiffs in the case don’t have a legal basis to challenge the law.
Religion Clause Blog: Indiana, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia, however, are requiring their National Guard members to go to a federal military base if they want to obtain the new ID.
Lambda Legal: In the lawsuit, Lambda Legal, joined by pro bono co-counsel from Tinney Law Firm and Jenner & Block, argues that West Virginia’s marriage ban unfairly discriminates against same-sex couples and their children and sends a purposeful message that lesbians, gay men, and their children are second-class citizens who are undeserving of the legal sanction, respect, protections, and support that different-sex couples and their families are able to enjoy through marriage.
Religion Clause Blog: The EEOC filed a lawsuit in a West Virginia federal district court on Monday against Consol Energy and Consolidation Coal Co. charging that they had violated Title VII by failing to accommodate a Christian employee’s religious objections to biometric hand scanning to track his time and attendance.
KSN.com: West Virginia’s House minority leader vowed on Tuesday to pursue legislation restricting abortion coverage in the state’s health care exchange, saying he’s not deterred that similar efforts have failed in the past.
Engage Family Minute: The case to implement reasonable health and safety regulations on the abortion industry in West Virginia is mounting.
WV Metro News: The House of Delegates minority leader stands behind the state Attorney General’s probe into the oversight and regulation of West Virginia abortion clinics. Delegate Tim Armstead of Kanawha County isn’t afraid to admit he’s pro-life.
Casey Mattox at Alliance Defending Freedom: To hear America’s biggest abortion business tell the tale, “Planned Parenthood accepts reasonable regulation of abortion care for health and safety reasons.
FPCWV press conference Monday will announce next step in campaign to bring accountability to abortionists
The Family Policy Council of West Virginia will announce the next step in the Illuminate Campaign, a united effort to show our state the need to ensure that the abortion industry of West Virginia is operating with proper oversight and accountability.
Touchstone Mere Comments Blog: You may have heard about the horrific incident involving Itai Gravely, a 26-year-old woman. In June, she filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against Dr. Rodney Lee Stephens, a doctor at the Women’s Health Center in Charleston, West Virginia. She alleges that Dr. Stephens forced her to go through with an abortion after she asked him to stop.
LifeNews: Attorney General Morrisey has initiated an effort that requires the help of all of us. He believes that the women of West Virginia deserve to be protected by state regulation and inspection of abortion clinics. He has called for public comment on this issue, and he needs to hear from the pro-life majority in the state.
Engage Family Minute: As reported on the WVGazette.com website today, Wyoming County’s prosecuting attorney has told the County Commissioners that they should leave alone a monument recently erected by a group of church leaders, according to the president of the County Commission, Jason Mullins.
Religion Clause Blog: The complaint (full text) in Holland v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, (SD WV, filed 6/24/2013), contends that required coverage for ella and Plan B, along with related counseling, violates plaintiffs’ rights under the First Amendment and RFRA:
Daily Mail: Jeremiah Dys, president and general counsel of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia, an anti-abortion religious organization, called for greater regulation last week in announcing a lawsuit against one of the two Charleston clinics. Dys and the Alliance Defending Freedom, another conservative Christian group, are representing Itai Gravely in her lawsuit against Dr. Rodney Lee Stephens and the Women’s Health Center.
P.O. Box 566 w Charleston, WV 25322 w (304) 553-7616 w www.familypolicywv.com NEWS Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 15, 2013 CONTACT: Jeremiah G. Dys, Esq. Phone: (304) 553-7616 E-mail: email@example.com FPCWV calls for immediate safety stand-down of abortion industry in WV Urges lawmakers to reject a …
The Journal: More than 15 Musselman Middle School students were given in-school suspension this week due to alleged dress code violations, according to parents and students.
WV Record: Three church trustees of Apostolic Life Cathedral are suing the City of Huntington after they claim its municipal land use regulations will cause irreparable harm if they are forced to destroy a structure on their land instead of rehabilitating it.
Intelligencer Wheeling News-Register: They see the court also as a court that only reluctantly makes new law, whereas in the past I think they viewed it as a court that looked for opportunities to legislate.
WDTV.com: On Friday, the state Senate is scheduled to vote on a bill that would make a marriage voidable if either party without the other’s knowledge has been convicted of a crime punishable by more than one year in jail.
Major Push To Get Christians To Voting Booth: 12 states ID’d as key to restoring Judeo-Christian heritage
World Net Daily: They’re targeting 12 key states: Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Alaska, Arkansas, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota, Virginia and West Virginia. The strategy was profiled Monday by David Brody of CBN News. Brody said the groups – led by the American Renewal Project – are planning briefings for evangelical pastors, voter-registration drives and other events in an attempt “to restore American to its Judeo-Christian heritage.”
— The Family Policy Council of West Virginia, which is hosting the 2nd annual Gubernatorial Prayer Breakfast on the National Day of Prayer, announced Monday that famed WVU football coach Don Nehlen will present the May 2 event’s keynote address on the importance that prayer plays in life on or off the field.
LifeSiteNews: Planned Parenthood is not only facing an uphill battle in state legislatures seeking to deprive the organization of taxpayer dollars, it is also receiving a distinctly chilly welcome at some university campuses.
The Hill: Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) has a strong lead over possible Democratic contenders in the race to succeed Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), according to a new poll.
AP: The fissures within the Republican Party that some say cost the GOP control of the Senate have resurfaced just three weeks after the election. This time conservatives are targeting a popular veteran congresswoman from a storied West Virginia political family making a bid for Democrat Jay Rockefeller’s Senate seat in 2014.
Protecting Student Religious Liberty at the West Virginia Legislature | Jeremy Dys at Engage Family Minute
Jeremy Dys at Engage Family Minute: This morning, I was invited to provide testimony before Subcommittee C of the Joint Committee on Education. The members wished to discuss the potential First Amendment ramifications concerning the state’s new rules related to harassment and bullying at school.
Religion Clause Blog: West Virginia is one of two states that have no religious exemption from requirements that students obtain immunizations before they can attend school. AP reports that on Thursday, a West Virginia trial court continued a previously issued injunction requiring the Randolph County Board of Education to provide home instruction to high school senior Olivia Hudok who refuses immunizations for religious reasons.
WDTV.com: “Christian students have the right to peacefully express their faith at school. They do not shed their constitutional freedoms at the schoolhouse gate or in the stadium parking lot,” said Jeremy Dys, president and general counsel of the FPCWV. “Misinformed public school officials should not cater to pressure from activists who demand that religious students be silenced; rather, they should understand that the Constitution permits students to pray—and pray publicly—before football games.” . . . “Our government and courts have already spoken: students have a constitutionally protected right to participate in peaceful, public expressions of prayer and worship. Alliance Defending Freedom and the Family Policy Council of West Virginia stand with students across West Virginia as they exercise their religious liberty,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Matt Sharp.
The Family Policy Council of WV, Alliance Defending Freedom stand with students praying before football games
Attorneys with the Family Policy Council of West Virginia and Alliance Defending Freedom submitted a legal memoto Kanawha County Schools Wednesday in response to an atheist group’s recent demand that the district prevent public invocations before high school football games.
Business Week: The U.S. Supreme Court upheld West Virginia’s congressional voting boundaries, saying the population among districts can vary to protect incumbents and keep counties and cities intact. In an unsigned opinion with no dissents . . . | SCOTUS Blog report and link to the opinion.
Standard.net: Sissonville High School has stopped offering a prayer before football games after a national organization told school officials the practice is unconstitutional.
Carrie Severino at National Review: Last Friday the West Virginia Supreme Court stopped Allan Loughry, a candidate for the West Virginia supreme court, from receiving additional public funding — funding that was triggered after the campaign expenditures of Mr. Loughrey’s opponent, Justice Robin Davis, crossed a certain threshold. The court found, in part, that because Mr. Laughrey’s additional public funding could neutralize Justice Davis’s campaign expenditures, the funds would violate Justice Davis’s political speech rights.
AP: The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit claiming a Wood County middle school’s single-gender classes violate federal law.
VaccineNewsDaily: Six families in the state of West Virginia are suing the state’s Department of Health and Human Resources, claiming the agency cannot force new vaccine requirements upon schoolchildren.
Engage Family Minute: Here is how you can help. Below is a petition we have started asking WVU to protect religious liberty. Would you sign it?
Christian Concern: However, an attorney from the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), David Cortman, said that a restaurant cannot be blocked from opening because of the owner’s beliefs. “It absolutely is not constitutional,” Cortman told the Baptist Press. “And I think the irony here is that they are claiming this is an issue of freedom and civil rights, but they’re actually the ones who would be violating the civil rights of Chick-fil-A not to allow them to open up their business simply because of their views.” Cortman said that the issue effected any business or organisation in America whose owners held views different from that of the government.
Newsmax: Both the Family Policy Council of West Virginia and Alliance Defending Freedom came to the defense of the restaurant chain on Friday after gay advocacy group Fairness WV urged university president James Clements to boot the restaurant, MetroNews reports.”The First Amendment protects Chick-fil-A’s right to express its opinion on marriage and other political and social issues and that any retaliation against Chick-fil-A based on its speech is a violation of federal law,” the Alliance’s senior counsel, David Cortman, wrote. In a separate but similar defense letter, Jeremiah Dys, president of the state’s Family Policy Council noted, “Were your office to approve the disassociation with a company who serves your students by selling chicken, you would undermine the very important lessons of free speech and tolerance that the university seeks to teach to its student body.”
Family Policy Council warns W. Virginia U. that Chick-Fil-A retaliation could lead to legal liability
Engage Family Minute: Following reports that West Virginia University (WVU) was considering agreeing to the demands of activists by retaliating against Chick-fil-A and removing them from campus, the president and general counsel of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia warned against the potential violation of Federal law . . . Copies of both letters are available at FamilyPolicyWV.com/action.
AP: Here’s a look at the 10 states with the lowest funding percentages in 2010, according a new report from the Pew Center on the States . . .
Charleston Gazette: Stephanie Dawn Thacker donned her vestment Tuesday afternoon as the first West Virginian woman to sit as a judge on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Bluefield Daily Telegraph: Whether a high school’s choice of graduation venue was an issue of separation between church and state led to an emergency meeting of the Mercer County Board of Education Thursday.
LifeNews: The pro-life community in West Virginia had an excellent night during its primary election last night as 88 percent of the candidates the main statewide pro-life group endorsed made it past their primary and on to the general election.
P.O. Box 566 w Charleston, WV 25322 w (304) 881-5196 w www.familypolicywv.com NEWS Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 18, 2012 CONTACT: Jeremiah G. Dys, Esq. Phone: (304) 881-5196 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Family Policy Council of West Virginia Announces 2012 Gubernatorial Prayer Breakfast Hundreds expected to gather in …
West Virginia Record: West Virginia attorney Stephanie Thacker has been confirmed to a federal appeals court. The U.S. Senate voted 91-3 in favor of Thacker to be a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit Monday evening.
Engage Family Blog of the WVFPC: On this week’s edition of Engaging the Issues, Austin Nimocks, Senior Legal Counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund, discusses whether nondiscrimination laws can peacefully coexist with religious freedom. (Audio link)
Engage Family Minute: Evidently, the Kanawha County Commission voted in February to add, “sexual orientation” to their equal opportunity. Had we been aware, we could have at least countered the talking points that were clearly fed to them by activists for the “tolerance” agenda.
Engage Family Blog: On the final day of the 2012 Legislative Session, the West Virginia State Legislature approved H.B. 4605 a bill creating a premarital education option to applicants for marriage licenses in the state. The measure is aimed at strengthening the more than 13,000 marriages and reducing the more than 9,000 divorces that take place every year in West Virginia.
Engage Family Blog: Judy Sloane is the executive director of Labor of Love Ministries, a pregnancy care center in Morgantown, WV. For most of her adult life, Judy has been counseling young women to choose life over abortion, caring for them during their pregnancy, and loving their children once born.
News from The Associated Press: The Supreme Court has passed up a pair of cases for the online age – whether schools may censor students who are at home when they create online attacks against school officials and other students.
State of the Family Address at (includes audio): My Fellow West Virginians, Tradition, as well as our state constitution, requires that the Governor of the State of West Virginia give an address at the commencement of the regular session of the legislature, “of the condition of the state.”