Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
Life Site News: A HIV-positive man who took his life in hands during his successful fight for pro-life ObamaCare insurance in Rhode Island has, through his attorney at the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) exclusively spoken with LifeSiteNews about his faith, his past, and his pro-life ministry.
One News Now: On Monday, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed a law that requires women seeking a chemical abortion be informed that once the first chemical is taken, the process in some cases can be reversed depending on how quickly a woman seeks the reversal.
One News Now: The Women and Children’s Protection Act of 2015 is now on its way to the governor’s desk. On Wednesday, North Carolina lawmakers passed House Bill 465 which, among other things, increases from 24 to 72 hours the waiting period for an abortion.
Center for Arizona Policy: Once again Arizona is witnessing pro-abortion advocates standing in between women and life-saving facts.
Life News: The North Carolina legislature has given final approval to a pro-life bill that would put in place a 72-hour waiting period before an abortion — allowing women more time to find abortion alternatives and choose life for their unborn child.
National Right to Life: As expected, opponents of Kansas’ historic new ban on dismemberment abortion are seeking an injunction in the Shawnee County District Court of Judge Larry Hendricks to prevent the measure from going into effect July 1st.
Christian News Network: A federal appeals court panel consisting of all George W. Bush appointees has declared an Arkansas state law banning abortion when a heartbeat is detected to be “unconstitutional,” upholding a lower court ruling opining the same.
National Right to Life: So, one of Planned Parenthood’s Northwest affiliates is looking for a nurse practitioner or certified nurse midwife to provider “reproductive health services,” including chemical or “medication” abortions, to a ‘broad-based population” in Vancouver, Washington, and Salem, Bend, and Milwaukie, Oregon.
Center for Arizona Policy: No matter where you stand on the issue of abortion, we should all agree that doctors should not be able to withhold vital information from women. Yet Planned Parenthood Arizona has decided to take the state to court to deny women crucial facts.
The Washington Post: “Universities cannot function as marketplaces of ideas if free speech requires a warning sign or is otherwise severely limited on campus,” David Hacker, an attorney for the conservative Alliance Defending Freedom and counsel for Abolitionists4Life, said.
Reuters: The lawsuit in federal court in Idaho was filed after the anti-abortion group Abolitionists4Life hosted two events on campus last spring that sought through images to “communicate its pro-life message,” the organization’s senior legal counsel, David Hacker, said in a statement.
UPI: “We commend Boise State University for acknowledging this by revising its speech policy so that students can speak more freely throughout campus without fear of punishment,” ADF senior legal counsel David Hacker said. “Universities cannot function as marketplaces of ideas if free speech requires a warning sign or is otherwise severely limited on campus.”
National Right to Life: “Universities cannot function as marketplaces of ideas if free speech requires a warning sign or is otherwise severely limited on campus,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel David Hacker. “We commend Boise State University for acknowledging this by revising its speech policy so that students can speak more freely throughout campus without fear of punishment.”
Idaho Statesman: The Alliance Defending Freedom filed the lawsuit on Abolitionists4Life’s behalf. The Alliance Defending Freedom was founded by leaders of the religious right, including Dr. James Dobson, of Focus on the Family; Don Wildmon, of the American Family Association; the Rev. D. James Kennedy, of Coral Ridge Ministries; and Bill Bright, of Campus Crusade for Christ.
BR Now: The same month, the NAACP sent a letter to Bomberger and LifeNews demanding they remove the parody in seven days. Bomberger, represented by attorneys with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), filed for declaratory judgment, and the NAACP filed a trademark infringement counter suit.
Pro-Life Action League: The email was signed by a NARAL supporter Dana Weinstein, asking for donations to NARAL to fight HR 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban abortions after 20 weeks (5 months). She writes, “When I was more than 20 weeks pregnant, my doctor discovered our baby had horrifying severe fetal anomalies that could not have been discovered earlier in pregnancy.”
National Right to Life: EMILY’s List, the political action committee that showers money on Democratic female candidates who back abortion without limits, announced its top House targets for 2016 on Monday.
Ohio Right to Life: Yesterday, the House Committee on Community and Family Advancement heard opposition testimony on our Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act which protects pre-born babies from the discriminatory violence of abortion.
CNS News: The number of American babies who have been aborted in the years since the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision has already exceeded the entire population of the United States as recorded in the 1880 Census.
The San Diego Union-Tribune: In a letter to the Assembly Judiciary Committee, the Alliance Defending Freedom — a Folsom-based legal group that defends these pregnancy counseling centers — argued the bill would violate federal rules that “states cannot receive federal funding if they rob women of the right to choose a pro-life medical provider by forcing pro-life entities to refer or arrange for abortions.”
Life News: “Universities cannot function as marketplaces of ideas if free speech requires a warning sign or is otherwise severely limited on campus,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel David Hacker. “We commend Boise State University for acknowledging this by revising its speech policy so that students can speak more freely throughout campus without fear of punishment.”
ADF Media: Boise State University has revised its speech policy in light of a lawsuit Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed last year on behalf of a pro-life student group. The university’s new speech policy no longer requires student organizations to post warning signs on campus for events school officials deem “controversial” and no longer limits literature distribution on campus.
National Right to Life: Trameka Pope is just graduating high school, but the valedictorian already has a remarkable life story to share. As an eighth grader, Pope was facing an uphill battle: she was homeless and pregnant. Many people would say she was too young and that she had too much ahead of her— that having a baby before she even started high school would ruin her future.
Live Action News: For years, the Planned Parenthood at 11902 Blue Ridge Blvd. in Grandview, MO, shared a wall with pregnancy resource center, Women’s Clinic of Kansas City. On Sunday, the Women’s Clinic became the only one with an active business, when the Grandview, MO, Planned Parenthood quietly shuttered for good.
Aleteia: Last Saturday, in an address to the Italian Science and Life Association, the Holy Father listed the “scourge of abortion” as the number one contemporary attack on human life.
Life Site News: Alliance Defending Freedom, which has already strongly opposed the bill and successfully handled the Hobby Lobby case, has the First Amendment on its side.
Breitbart: During a recent Vatican conference centered on the challenges women face throughout the world, Pope Francis used the words of Pope Benedict to affirm the link between the Church’s teachings on the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death and those regarding social ethics.
Public Discourse: If we really are pro-women, and if we really want a cultural conversation on abortion, we owe it to post-abortive women to say, “You are not alone, and you deserve healing.”
The Gazette: Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s most recent annual report reveals the abortion giant performed 327,653 abortions during the last fiscal year (2013-2014). During that same period, Planned Parenthood reported that it had received over $528 million in taxpayer funding. Those taxpayers will be shocked to learn what their money is funding, especially in Colorado.
The Christian Post: In the wake of the U.S. House’s passage of the 20-week abortion ban, abortion advocates are calling something “cruel” and “disgusting.”
National Law Journal (Access via Google): U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer in Washington cast a skeptical eye Thursday over the Justice Department’s effort to keep the House of Representatives’ health care suit out of court.
Illinois Democrat Dan Lipinski stands for life, and his party one day soon may leave him standing alone
World Magazine (Subscription required): Visitors to Congressman Dan Lipinski’s Capitol Hill office find an assortment of items. A BlackBerry phone sits amid papers on his desk. There’s also an apple, a container of Peter Pan peanut butter, a Diet Pepsi, and a small stack of books including Prayer by the late Daniel P. Coughlin, the first Roman Catholic chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives.
This HIV-positive man would rather die than fund abortion. Now he’s won his court case against ObamaCare
Life Site News: Doe “is strongly opposed to paying for abortions,” said Doe’s attorney, Casey Mattox, of the Alliance Defending Freedom. “He has HIV, but he is someone who has devoted his life and his resources to opposing abortion, and works against it on a weekly basis.”
Alliance Defending Freedom: Preserving – or, in many cases, recreating – a culture that honors life is a job laid out on a global scale. As the world gets smaller, and its various societies more inextricably linked, the growing effort to save the lives of children in our own country is inseparable from the need to save lives all over the globe.
Life Site News: A California bill that pro-life opponents say would force locally funded pregnancy help organizations to surrender rights protected by the First Amendment gained the votes it required Tuesday to move from the Golden State’s Assembly to the Senate.
Breitbart: Not only would the bill require some pregnancy centers, specifically those devoted to pro- life causes, to advertise the availability of abortion, but it would also fine facilities that do not comply. The bill states that it would “authorize the Attorney General, city attorney, or county counsel to bring an action to impose a specified civil penalty against covered facilities that fail to comply with these requirements.”
National Right to Life: The preliminary number of abortions in 2013 has finally been released by the Missouri Dept. of Health. The total numbers of abortions in 2013 was 8,740. This is a decline of 287 abortions, or over a 3% drop, in one year. This continues a trend that has been going on almost steadily since 1980 thanks to pro-life activists!
National Right to Life: I have had the pleasure, and the honor, of speaking in several states this spring. I love having the chance to visit with our grass-roots base and hear their stories. While some are sad, even heart-breaking, others are tremendously uplifting and encouraging almost beyond words.
National Right to Life: The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act has now been officially introduced in the Wisconsin State Legislature.
Alliance Defending Freedom: “People with Down syndrome are artists. They’re poets. They’re athletes. Their lives are happy ones and fulfilling ones.” Brian Skotko, co-director of the Down Syndrome Program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, told NPR. “I have a sister with Down syndrome who certainly is a life coach for not only myself but for my entire family. If the new tests become a routine offering, then we have to start to ask: Will babies with Down syndrome slowly start to disappear?”
National Right to Life: Four officials from different villages in Lanling county in Shandong Province told Chinese media that they were under an “abortion quota” and resorted to buying the records of women who had already aborted to meet the requirements.
Townhall: It wasn’t the friendliest reading material when waiting for my train in the Washington, DC metro system. Behind me, as I stood on the platform, was a large pink ad from Carafem clinic that blared the words, “Abortion. Yeah, we do that.” Carafem is a new facility in Montgomery County, Maryland that specializes in the abortion pill – and they want you to know it.
Politifact: The Family Foundation, a socially conservative Virginia group, recently applauded the U.S. House’s passage of a bill that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Life Site News: On May 12, 2015, David A. Prentice, Ph.D., Vice President and Research Director of the Charlotte Lozier Institute, was invited to speak on the science of fetal pain on Point of View radio talk show. On May 13, 2015 the United States House of Representatives passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
Orlando Sentinel: An appeals court Friday upheld a temporary injunction that would block Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando from performing abortions at an Osceola County medical park.
Life News: Who is your insurance with? If it’s with Aetna, you may very well have had your insurance premiums paying for someone else’s abortions.
The Hill: On Monday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) quietly issued “guidance” to health insurance companies which were in violation of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) contraceptive mandate.
Religion Clause: Deciding the case on remand from the Supreme Court (see prior posting), the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in a 2-1 decision in University of Notre Dame v. Burwell, (7th Cir., May 19, 2015), refused to grant a preliminary injunction to Notre Dame University in its challenge to the Affordable Care Act contraceptive coverage mandate as applied to religious non-profits.
The Christian Post: The Foundation for African Heritage, a coalition of non-governmental organizations in Nigeria, has pushed back against suggestions by a United Nations organization that the pregnant women and girls rescued from Boko Haram be allowed to undergo abortions, which is illegal in most cases under local law.
One News Now: Alliance Defending Freedom appealed to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which reversed the lower court’s decision. That reversal essentially protects people who would criticize an organization or company; unless, of course, the NAACP files another appeal and wins.
One News Now: Roger Kiska, an ADF attorney who is headquartered in Croatia, applauds the court for ruling against an “inhuman practice.” “A civilized society values the precious lives of children and does not reduce them to commodities and elective cosmetic procedures,” he says.
Associated Press: A federal appeals court has rejected the University of Notre Dame’s request to temporarily be exempt from a provision in the Affordable Care Act that requires the Catholic school’s insurance providers to cover the costs of contraceptives for students and staff.
The Washington Times: A federal appeals court said Wednesday it will not reconsider a pro-life ministry’s plea for relief from Obamacare’s birth control mandate, dealing a second blow in as many days to religious nonprofits who say the administration is ignoring its strongly held beliefs and signals from the Supreme Court.
National Right to Life: This has a tremendous couple of weeks for the Pro-Life Movement, capped off by Wednesday’s 242-184 House vote in support of The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36).
Victory for Rhode Island pro-lifers: New rules requires abortion-excluding healthcare plans for 2016
Charlotte Lozier Institute: Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) announced on May 18 that the change is a result of a lawsuit that the legal organization filed on behalf of an HIV-positive pro-life resident who was forced off his private insurance.
Alliance Defending Freedom: In case you’ve wondered where Planned Parenthood and similar organizations find the funding they need to perform hundreds of thousands of abortions each year (nearly half a million, so far, in this year alone) … well, that’s easy.
The Patriot Post: Much to the Left’s displeasure, free speech doesn’t have to be popular to be protected. In this case, it’s both. A federal judge disagreed — unleashing a wild opinion that banned Ryan from “even mentioning the parodied name or parodying the NAACP’s name in the future.” With the help of Alliance Defending Freedom, Bomberger appealed to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, which wasted no time rebuking the lower court’s logic. In a huge victory for free speech (and the millions of children who could be saved by Bomberger’s), the three-judge panel blew apart the Left’s arguments, ruling 3-0 in Radiance’s favor.
Christian News Wire: A powerful new ad campaign, addressing the heart and soul issue of abortion, has launched in New York’s capital city of Albany. Bus shelter posters and a grassroots ground campaign will share the “ABORTION IS NOT A HEALTH ISSUE. IT’S A HEART AND SOUL ISSUE.” messaging throughout the summer. The Radiance Foundation, in collaboration with an alliance of community-based organizations in the Albany area, has created theYourHeartAndSoul.org initiative to help prevent abortion and reach out to those who are post-abortive.
Providence Journal: “The state worked very hard in order to resolve this and I think came to a resolution that satisfied us and took care of our client and we we were happy to dismiss the complaint on Monday,” said Casey Mattox, senior counsel for the Alliance. “I think Rhode Island, in many ways, is a model for how other states should be approaching this.”
Headline “NAACP: National Association for the Abortion of Colored People” does not infringe the NAACP’s trademark
The Washington Post: I’m happy to report that the Fourth Circuit has just handed down Radiance Foundation v. NAACP, which holds that trademark law should be read narrowly in cases involving speech (other than commercial advertising).
National Review: Yesterday the D.C. Circuit denied en banc review of a panel decision that rejected a challenge to the HHS mandate accommodation brought by the Catholic archbishop of Washington, D.C., and nonprofit organizations affiliated with the Catholic church (including the lead named plaintiff, Priests for Life).
National Right to Life: In Fargo, many more students will now have the opportunity to learn about the value and dignity of the preborn because two teenagers fought for their right to stand for life.
National Right to Life: How many times have you heard a pro-abortion person say that abortion should be rare? The oft-repeated words, notably spoken by pro-abortion president Bill Clinton are “safe, legal, and rare.”
The Daily Signal: Legislation that would tighten regulations on how minors go about receiving court-ordered abortions cleared the Texas House of Representatives last week.
The Wall Street Journal (Subscription Required): A federal court again denied the University of Notre Dame’s challenge to the health law’s contraception provision, saying a compromise arrangement offered by the Obama administration appears adequate to meet the Catholic institution’s religious objections to covering birth control for students and staff.
The Tennessean: Women seeking an abortion in Tennessee will now have to make two trips to a clinic, waiting 48 hours after getting in-person counseling from a doctor before being able to return for the procedure, under a new measure signed into law by Gov. Bill Haslam on Monday.
Interfax Religion: Members of all State Duma factions have supported a bill allowing only state-run healthcare institutions to perform abortions and cancelling mandatory health insurance coverage for abortions.
Townhall: Fortunately, Bomberger and his foundation didn’t stop there but took the case, which was defended by Alliance Defending Freedom, before the Fourth Circuit of Appeals. Today, more than two years after the whole ordeal began, Bomberger, The Radiance Foundation and the First Amendment, won a decisive victory in federal court.
World Magazine: In a ruling issued late Tuesday, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided unanimously with the pro-life Radiance Foundation in its trademark infringement fight with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
The Washington Times: Radiance appealed with the help of an attorney affiliated with the Alliance Defending Freedom, and the appellate panel overturned Judge Jackson’s ruling, saying the NAACP did “not have actionable claims for trademark infringement.”
Life News: “Americans should be free to obtain health care without having to pay for elective abortions,” said ADF Senior Counsel Casey Mattox. “The Constitution and federal and state law protect individuals from this type of government coercion. We commend Rhode Island for revising its health insurance exchange so that the state’s citizens do not have to financially support abortion in order to obtain health care.”
The Global Dispatch: “Americans should be free to obtain health care without having to pay for elective abortions,” said ADF Senior Counsel Casey Mattox. “The Constitution and federal and state law protect individuals from this type of government coercion. We commend Rhode Island for revising its health insurance exchange so that the state’s citizens do not have to financially support abortion in order to obtain health care.”