Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
Life News: Honestly, Valenti’s candor is quite refreshing. She supports abortion-on-demand and believes that abortion is every woman’s right. She doesn’t feel bad about her decision to end her baby’s life; instead she’s thankful for it because it “made her life better.”
Does your insurance provide Obamacare abortion coverage? Website reveals plans with ‘slush funds’ for elective abortions
The Christian Post: “It is virtually impossible to know what your plan entails in other states,” said Kerri Kupec, communications director at the Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal group that fights for religious expression.
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.
The Oregonian: During oral arguments in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit on Thursday,Kristen Waggoner, a Seattle-based attorney with the faith-based legal organization Alliance Defending Freedom who is representing the pharmacists, portrayed her clients as conscientious objectors who should receive the same accommodations as niche and boutique pharmacies that don’t keep wide-ranging drug inventories.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: A lawyer for the federal government argued before an appeals court Wednesday that it is not coercive to require a Western Pennsylvania evangelical college and two Catholic dioceses to file paperwork opting out of paying for contraceptive coverage, even though their employees would then be provided access to the services by an insurance administrator.
National Right to Life: They spent millions of dollars on the election. They claimed to have knocked on more than two million doors, made more than a million phone calls, deployed more than 2,500 canvassers who worked with thousands of volunteers to get out the vote.
Huffington Post: First and foremost, I don’t buy the idea that people who are pro-life hold that position because they seek to control women’s bodies. This is a myth perpetuated by many Democrats as part of the “War on Women.” To attack the pro-life position as a “War on Women” is to completely ignore the much more widely cited reason for being pro-life, which is concern that fetus’s being aborted are in fact alive and sentient.
The Christian Institute: A bill that requires women planning to have an abortion to undergo an ultrasound is to be considered in the US state of Tennessee.
The Christian Institute: A mother whose baby son was born a week before the legal abortion limit is calling for the law to change.
Life Site News: The last abortion facility in the state of Mississippi will remain open, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has decided, as the full court refused to hear an appeal to an earlier ruling that blocked a law that would have closed its doors.
Northern Ireland’s most prominent pro-life leader convicted of ‘harassment’ against abortion facility director
Life Site News: A prominent pro-life activist in one of the hot zones of worldwide abortion war has been convicted of harassment and may face jail time.
Obamacareabortion.com: The 2015 Obamacare Open Enrollment Period starts November 15, 2014 and will continue through February 15, 2015. During this time Americans can sign up for Obamacare plans and many will receive taxpayer-funded subsidies to help pay for these plans. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that 1,036 of Obamacare plans sold in 2014 included abortion on demand. Unfortunately, it took many months and a government watchdog report to finally identify the abortion-covering plans for 2014.
AZ Central: Gilbert school officials have mulled changes to the book since August, when they received a letter from Natalie Decker, an attorney for the Scottsdale-based advocacy group Alliance Defending Freedom.
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.
The Washington Times: Representatives of the Charlotte Lozier Institute, the Family Research Council and the Alliance Defending Freedom have planned the congressional event to discuss the website and abortion policies seen since “open season” enrollment for Obamacare “exchanges” began Nov. 15 at the federal and state-based exchanges.
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.
Pro Life Blogs: Kristen K. Waggoner, lead counsel representing a pharmacy owner and two pharmacists opposed to Washington state regulations that would force them to dispense drugs that can terminate human life after conception, will be available for media interviews Thursday following oral arguments at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.
The Spectator: On Tuesday, I was supposed to take part in a debate about abortion at Christ Church, Oxford. I was invited by the Oxford Students for Life to put the pro-choice argument against the journalist Timothy Stanley, who is pro-life. But apparently it is forbidden for men to talk about abortion.
The Federalist: The Supreme Court announced this month that it would hear King v. Burwell, a case that will determine whether Obamacare makes federal subsidies available only for state-created insurance exchanges, as the law actually says, or if subsidies are universally available, which is what the law’s supporters now say the law means. Despite the apparent dryness of the topic, there could be serious implications for those concerned about the sanctity of life.
ADF Media: Kristen K. Waggoner, lead counsel representing a pharmacy owner and two pharmacists opposed to Washington state regulations that would force them to dispense drugs that can terminate human life after conception, will be available for media interviews Thursday following oral arguments at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.
One News Now: California’s Department of Managed Health Care has issued an edict that religious and pro-life employers must provide free coverage for elective abortions for their employees. In response, Life Legal Defense Foundation(LLDF) and Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) jointly lodged a complaint with the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights saying the move is against the law.
Civil rights commissioner: Forcing Catholic colleges to fund abortion shows ‘contempt’ for religious liberty
Life Site News: Kirsanow, the lone Republican serving on the Commission, was careful to clarify that he wrote the letter on his own, and not on behalf of the other six commissioners. But his advocacy was welcomed by Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal aid group devoted to defending the 1st Amendment rights of religious believers.
AZ Family: The idea of redacting the book was originally pushed by the conservative religious group Alliance Defending Freedom.
Life News: Repeatedly stonewalled by the Obama Administration on questions of abortion transparency in the Affordable Care Act, pro-life leaders are taking matters into their own hands to inform consumers which Obamacare plans include coverage of abortion on demand and which do not.
The Telegraph: I would’ve thought that the one place in Britain where you could agree to disagree amicably would be Oxford University. But I was wrong. For instance, I’ve discovered that you’re only allowed to debate abortion there if a) you’re a woman and b) you’re all for it.
National Right to Life: For those of us who are active in the pro-life movement, and who know what an unborn baby looks like even at the earliest stages, it is hard to believe that so many people do not know that abortions often leave behind recognizable body parts. People really are uninformed about fetal development, especially in the first trimester. For example, this past May, pro-lifers responded with incredulity when comedian Sarah Silverman called unborn babies “goo.”
Life News: Pro-life campaigners in the UK have been given a boost in recent days with the news that a doctor who was filmed allegedly agreeing to arrange abortions on gender grounds must now appear in a criminal court to face an allegation under the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act. Dr Prabha Sivaraman will appear in court next month.
Life News: Follows of Jesus desire to live selfless lives and this is characterized by putting others needs ahead of their own. I bring this up in connection with the work of faith-based pregnancy care centres. These centres are for the most part staffed by volunteers who give up much to come to the aid of those in need.
Life News: A pro-life man in Florida says he was kicked out of a Planet Fitness gym not once but twice simply for wearing a pro-life t-shirt. Mike Amoroso says he has a collection of pro-life t-shirts but officials with Planet Fitness told him they were “offensive.”
AZ Central: Natalie Decker, an attorney for the conservative Scottsdale-based Christian group Alliance Defending Freedom, said the surveys done by Planned Parenthood are not specific enough. They do not ask parents if they want their children in programs that emphasize abstinence, for instance.
The College Fix: The Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia will hear oral argument tomorrow morning in Geneva College v. Burwell, one of the cases brought by religious employers seeking to get out of Obamacare’s mandate to provide abortion pills and other birth control they object to on religious grounds.
Pro Life Blogs: Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Gregory S. Baylor will be available for media interviews immediately following his oral argument Wednesday before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit on behalf of Pennsylvania’s Geneva College, which filed suit in 2012 against the Obama administration’s abortion-pill mandate.
Caffeinated Thoughts: “No American should be forced by the government to pay for other peoples’ abortions. ADF commends Commissioner Kirsanow of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights for his letters to California and the District of Columbia urging them to reconsider government mandates that force even religious and pro-life organizations to cover elective abortions,” said Casey Mattox, senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom.
The College Fix: Kirsanow wrote a similar letter to the District of Columbia, whose city council is considering an abortion mandate in health plans, according to the Alliance Defending Freedom.
ADF Media: Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Gregory S. Baylor will be available for media interviews immediately following his oral argument Wednesday before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit on behalf of Pennsylvania’s Geneva College, which filed suit in 2012 against the Obama administration’s abortion-pill mandate.
Catholic Voices Comment: There is no doubt that, in our time, due to scientific and technical advancements, the possibilities for physical healing have significantly increased; and yet, in some respects it seems the ability to “take care” of the person has decreased, especially when he is sick, frail and helpless. In fact, the achievements of science and of medicine can contribute to the improvement of human life to the extent that they are not distanced from the ethical root of these disciplines. For this reason, you Catholic doctors are committed to live your profession as a human and spiritual mission, as a real lay apostolate.
National Review: As the recent dust-up over Houston’s subpoena of pastors’ sermons indicates, religious liberty arguably is the most fragile and embattled civil right of our time. Yesterday I sent a letter to the California Director of the Department of Managed Health Care, as well as to the D.C. city council regarding the issue. In the letters, I express concern that recent actions taken or contemplated by these entities threaten religious liberty.
Cincinnati.com: The federal judge overseeing the ongoing lawsuit over whether Cincinnati’s lone remaining abortion clinic can remain open recused himself from the case early Saturday because he had previously been involved with Planned Parenthood as a private attorney “to avoid even an appearance of impropriety.”
Alliance Defending Freedom: These are the stories that caught our attention last week.
The Christian Post: A federal appeals court in Washington has upheld the accommodation in President Obama’s healthcare law for religious nonprofits to opt out of providing abortifacients and birth control coverage, rejecting the argument that it imposes a substantial burden on their expression of religion.
ADF Senior Legal Counsel Casey Mattox: “No American should be forced by the government to pay for other peoples’ abortions. ADF commends Commissioner Kirsanow of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights for his letters to California and the District of Columbia urging them to reconsider government mandates that force even religious and pro-life organizations to cover elective abortions. Commissioner Kirsanow is right when he says that California and D.C. show ‘contempt’ and ‘disregard’ for religious freedom and conscience protections. We agree with the commissioner that these ‘absurd’ mandates are ‘directly at odds’ with federal law. D.C. and California should get themselves out of legal hot water and heed the words of Commissioner Kirsanow.”
The Global Dispatch: Calvary Chapel Chino Hills is now joined with the churcheshiring Alliance Defending Freedom and Life Legal Defense Foundation to argue that the state mandate is a violation of their religious freedom.
The Washington Times: The D.C. Council could vote as early as Tuesday to force pro-life employers within the District to pay for their employees’ elective surgical abortions. If you feel like you’ve seen this movie before, you’re partly right. As with most sequels, though, the D.C. bill is poorly considered and will be far more costly.
National Right to Life: When pro-lifers—and even some pro-choicers—try to do something about sex-selective abortions, the refrain is that there are no abortions taking place based on a preference for boys over girls. When the evidence is produced, opponents switch gears: it’s “racist” or sexist to point to the demographic data that such gender-specific abortions are a feature of some cultures that historically have had a strong preference for boys.
Public Discourse: In spite of its many problematic aspects, the political thought of J.S. Mill provides a low but solid foundation for the essential convictions of the pro-life movement: that the unborn, in virtue of their common humanity, deserve the full protection of the law.
News.va (Vatican Radio):Pope Francis met with the Association of Italian Catholic Doctors on Saturday. He urged them to resist “false compassion” and “witness by word and by example that human life is always sacred, valuable, and inviolable.”
The Christian Institute: “My abortion affected my life for 37 years,” she says. “I got over the rape but I never got over my abortion experience”.
Aleteia: But the spirit of political activism endures in the form of a study that NARAL and Planned Parenthood released Wednesday. The paper concluded that opposing abortion rights hurt more than it helped candidates on Nov. 4.
Life Site News: More troubling allegations of conflict-of-interest have emerged about U.S. District Judge Timothy S. Black, the federal judge selected to hear a challenge to an Ohio pro-life law.
Chronicle-Tribune: “Through the lawsuit, the plaintiffs hope that the court will order the government to stop forcing them to choose between facilitating access to abortion pills in violation of their religious beliefs and facing crippling fines,” ADF senior counsel Greg Baylor said by email.
Life News: The Planned Parenthood abortion business in Michigan has closed an abortion referral clinic because it didn’t get enough business.
Life News: Fresh from their overwhelming victory on Election Day, handing them control of the Senate over pro-abortion Democrats led by Harry Reid, Senate Republicans have unanimously elected pro-life Senator Mitch McConnell as their leader.
Life News: After Wendy Davis rose to near stardom when she staged an 11-hour filibuster to block a pro-life bill in the Texas Senate, the Texas Democratic Party tried to use her candidacy in the Texas gubernatorial election to rebuild party infrastructure that had dissipated during their nearly-two-decades-long absence from statewide office. She was subsequently held up as a new paradigm of a supposed abortion consensus though it was apparent that she stood in direct opposition to the actual consensus of the people of Texas.
One News Now: Many pro-life legal groups have submitted briefs to the court in support of the law, and Alliance Defending Freedom is one of them. Natalie Decker, litigation counsel for ADF, tells OneNewsNow Texas should have the right to protect the health and safety of women, not enhance the profit margin of abortionists.
Life Site News: However, the Alliance Defending Freedom’s Matt Bowman, who represents Pregnancy Care Centers of New York, the Borough Pregnancy Counseling Center, and Good Counsel Homes in their case against the law, said that “free speech is protected in the First Amendment; surgery is not protected in the First Amendment.”
Life News (Live Action News): Alliance Defending Freedom called the DMHC requirement an “assault” on the most fundamental American freedoms. In a statement, ADF Senior Counsel Casey Mattox explained that the DMHC mandate directly violates the 2004 Weldon Amendment, a law passed by Congress that protects religious organizations from being forced to pay for abortion in health insurance plans. Life Legal Defense Foundation’s Legal Director Catherine Short said the DMHC mandate is political kowtowing to the big abortion lobby.
Pastor’s defiant response to California’s abortion mandate: ‘We will take this to the point of being jailed if necessary’
The Blaze: Casey Mattox, senior counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom, told TheBlaze last month that the regulatory amendment requiring abortion coverage took effect August 22, with the government giving 90 additional days for the language in health care plans to officially change.
One News Now: Alliance Defending Freedom is representing March for Life in the case. Elissa Graves, the ADF attorney on hand for arguments in federal district court in Washington, DC, tells OneNewsNow, “March for Life is an organization that holds 100-percent pro-life views based on science and ethics instead of religion. It advocates for life at all stages which includes from conception until death. Some of these drugs do have effect after conception.”
ADF Media: Alliance Defending Freedom and other pro-life organizations and physicians filed a friend-of-the-court brief Monday that urges the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit to uphold the remainder of a Texas abortion law, House Bill 2.
Life News: Federal Court Judge Timothy Black, who formally served on the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood in Cincinnati, has been appointed to hear a suit brought by that same abortion facility challenging Ohio’s law that requires abortion clinic to maintain hospital transfer agreements.
Life News: This doctor said there was no way the baby would live and if for some reason the baby did, that the lungs would be so premature that there would be nothing they could do. We were devastated and shocked. Our primary doctor was still unavailable so we went upstairs to another doctor.
Pro Life Blogs: “Pro-life organizations must be free to operate according to the beliefs they espouse,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Matt Bowman.
The Christian Institute: MPs have voted almost unanimously for a motion which would make sex-selective abortion explicitly illegal, after growing concern that the law is unclear.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Ryan Bomberger is a staunch pro-life advocate. He and his wife, Bethany, founded The Radiance Foundation in 2009, a life-affirming, educational organization. He is also black. You can imagine his surprise when, in 2013, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) sued not only the foundation he worked so hard to build, but also him personally.
Pro-life Democrats to Democratic leadership: You cannot win when you alienate 21 million people in your base
Democrats for Life: Democrats For Life of America is urging the Democratic National Committee, once again, to relax its pro-abortion position and open its doors to welcome and support pro-life Democrats. In addition to election results, Democrats For Life of America points to polls that consistently show that Democratic Party insiders are out of touch with the rank-and-file Democratic voter across America.
Breakpoint: Last night’s election saw plenty of victories for the pro-life movement. Not only were there significant pro-life gains in both houses of Congress, but candidates who ran on heavily pro-abortion platforms, like Wendy Davis and Mark Udall, were soundly defeated.
The Tennessean: Tennessee voters by a solid margin backed Amendment 1, a measure that gives state lawmakers more power to restrict and regulate abortions.
Aleteia: Republican candidates gained the six seats necessary to recapture control of the United States Senate Tuesday, raising pro-lifers’ hopes of passing legislation but dealing a blow to supporters of immigration reform.
Aleteia: Student pro-life activists are reporting an alarming trend at college campuses: a growing acceptance among students of something called “post-birth abortion.”