David and Goliath: Radiance Foundation and Ryan Bomberger Defend Children, Stand Up to the NAACP | Catholic Online
Deacon Keith Fournier at Catholic Online: When I entered the Courtroom I saw Ryan sitting at table with his two volunteer lawyers from the Alliance Defending Freedom. His wife Bethany was sitting behind him. The clerk had just entered the courtroom so I knew I only had a minute. I came dressed in my clerical collar. I am a Catholic Deacon. I wanted to send a signal that this man, who spends his energy and substantial gifts defending the human dignity of every child in the womb, had the support of my Church in his defense of children in the womb. That is why I wore the collar.
Charisma News: “The government shouldn’t be able to punish Americans for exercising their fundamental freedoms,” says ADF senior legal counsel Matt Bowman. “Any government willing to force a family-run Christian ministry to participate in immoral acts under the threat of crippling fines is a government everyone should fear.”
AP: Michigan will join more conservative states in requiring residents who want health insurance coverage for abortions to buy an extra policy, after Republican legislators passed the law Wednesday over the objections of Democrats who pleaded for them to take the issue to voters instead.
LiveAction News: Dr. Dobson and Family Talk are represented by Alliance Defending Freedom in this matter.
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the Obama administration on behalf of Dr. James Dobson and his “Family Talk” radio show and ministry, a Christian non-profit organization that is currently subject to Obamacare’s abortion pill mandate.
FRC Washington Update: Dr. Dobson said through his attorneys at Alliance Defending Freedom. “As Americans, we should all be free to live according to our faith and honor God in our work. The Constitution protects that freedom… But the mandate ignores that and leaves us with a choice no American should have to make: comply and abandon your religious freedom, or resist and be fined for your faith.” The lawsuit, Dobson v. Sebelius, was filed with the U.S. District Court for Colorado.
LifeSiteNews: I started leafing through some textbooks and started thinking about how RU-486 worked. It is a progesterone counterfeit. It tricks the body into thinking that it is progesterone, fills the progesterone receptor with a key that will not turn the lock. It is a very effective blocker, and there was no known antidote. The placenta blood vessels act as if the mother is having a menstrual cycle and the placenta is starved and sloughs off, along with the baby, causing an abortion. God placed in my mind memories of my research in basic protein receptor biology. If we could flood Ashley’s system with progesterone, with “good” keys, then we might be able to out-compete the RU-486 and fill the receptors with working keys that will support the baby’s life like God designed.
Religious organizations challenge contraception mandate in federal court | Shannon Bream at gnomes national new service
Shannon Bream at gnomes national new service: “I think the Obama administration’s attempts to take religious freedom away from anyone are bound to fail,” said Matthew Bowman, the senior legal counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing FOCUS.
Ann Scheidler at LifeNews: Now that the U. S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear two cases challenging Obamacare’s HHS Mandate, abortion advocates are trying to scare women into thinking that the courts are about to take away their precious right to infertility.
Erwin Chemerinsky at National Law Journal: Claiming religious freedom to avoid providing insurance for contraceptives runs afoul of the law.
Nebraska Judicial Commission won’t investigate judge who told 16 year old abortion would “kill the child inside you”
JournalStar.com: The state commission that oversees judges has refused to investigate one who told a 16-year-old state ward seeking to terminate her pregnancy that having an abortion would “kill the child inside you.”
East Valley Tribune: In legal filings with the high court, attorney Janet Crepps of the Center for Reproductive Rights said it is long-settled precedent that states cannot interfere with the ability of a woman to make a decision prior to a fetus being viable. She said there is no question but that, under current medical standards, a fetus is not viable at 20 weeks.
LifeNews: For the second time in two months, the European Parliament rejected a report that recommended that EU nations declare abortion to be a human right and to make abortion available within all public health systems of member countries. Adoption of the report would have placed more pressure on pro-life nations like Ireland, Poland and Malta to legalize abortion on demand.
Donna Harrison at Public Discourse: Hidden behind misleading terminology, the facts emerge: emergency contraceptives such as Ella and hormonal IUDs can and do cause abortions
The Advocate: A state appelate court has thrown out fines levied against a New Orleans abortion provider, ruling that the state health agency didn’t have the legal authority to impose the fines.
Alan Sears at Alliance Defending Freedom: “Faith-based organizations should be free to live and operate according to the faith they teach and live. If the government can fine Christian ministries out of existence because they want to uphold their faith, there is no limit to what other freedoms it can take away.”- Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Mike Norton
Pat Archbold at National Catholic Register: These days, we hear so much about “the war on …” this or that, we have learned to drown it out as hyperbolic nonsense promoted by those with an agenda. The war on women is a perfect example. But I am here to tell you that the war on religion is real and religion is losing–big time.
Kathryn Jean Lopez interview at National Review with Anthony Hahn: My father founded the company on Christian principles, and our faith is expressed in the way we run our business. Our goal in everything we do is to serve our customers and employees in a way that honors God . . . More from Hahn in an Alliance Defending Freedom video here . . .
Christian Institute: Northern Ireland’s Justice Minister has said he will consult on weakening the Province’s abortion laws to allow unborn babies with fatal abnormalities to be aborted.
MyFoxTampaBay: A judge has delayed the sentencing for a 28-year-old man who tricked his pregnant ex-girlfriend into taking an abortion pill.
LifeNews: The campaign was called the CPC Week of Action, and its goal was to create a stream of negative information about NARAL was so desperate to see CPCs hurt by their campaign that it encouraged supporters to write fake Yelp reviews about the pregnancy centers. This action is illegal in some states.
Eugene Volokh at the Volokh Conspiracy: One common argument in favor of religious exemptions is that, if possible, people should be able to live full lives as Americans without having to violate their religious beliefs — even if that means that our legal system will change in some measure to accommodate those beliefs. In large measure, the American legal system has provided such accommodations. Indeed, at least throughout much of America’s history, it provided them far more than nearly all other countries. This willingness, I think, has been a source of American strength.
LifeNews: The Planned Parenthood abortion business stands to be one of the biggest beneficiaries financially from the success of Obamacare, which funds abortions and is funding the abortion giant directly.
Washington Times: A new poll conducted by the Family Research Council and Alliance Defending Freedom finds that 59 percent of likely voters, and 61 percent of independents, oppose the contraception mandate, which requires that private individual and group health care plans cover all Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptives and sterilization services, without any co-pay, by 2014.
From Romer v. Evans to United States v. Windsor: Law as a Vehicle for Moral Disapproval in Amendment 2 and the Defense of Marriage Act
McClain, Linda C., From Romer v. Evans to United States v. Windsor: Law as a Vehicle for Moral Disapproval in Amendment 2 and the Defense of Marriage Act (December 4, 2013). Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy, Vol. 20, p. 351 (2013); Boston Univ. School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 13-51. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2363463
NY Post: Maybe the American “Civil Liberties” Union should sue the pope. It certainly is the logic of the astounding case it just filed in federal court in Michigan against the US Conference of Catholic Bishops — for steering a Catholic hospital away from abortions.
Scotus Blog: The Court has let the parties know that it has accepted their suggestion that the parties in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga cases not be realigned for purposes of briefing. So the petitioners and respondents will file their briefs in the ordinary course.
Bloomberg: A group that helped states write legislation for a record number of abortion restrictions since 2011 is expanding its toolkit with proposals to let patients and their families sue clinics to enforce those rules.
Americans United for Life: Lawmakers developing plans for up-coming state legislative sessions will have “a unique package of legal tools available for protecting women and girls from the profit-driven abortion industry that consistently ignores the deadly consequences of abortion,” announced Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest. “But, new this year is an enforcement module that provides the legal means to hold abortion providers who harm women and girls accountable.”
Man Not Going to Prison for Trying to Trick Pregnant Girlfriend Into Taking Abortion Drug | LifeNews
Kristi Burton Brown at LifeNews: When Helen Dean was only five weeks pregnant, her boyfriend, Karim Habibi, attempted to force her to abort their son. His means? Trickery, lies, and a poisonous pill . . . Kristi Burton Brown is a pro-life attorney, volunteering for Life Legal Defense Foundation and as an allied attorney for Alliance Defending Freedom.
Eugene Volokh at the Volokh Conspiracy: We can now get to what I think should be the heart of the case: whether denying Hobby Lobby an exemption from the requirement of providing potentially implantation-preventing contraceptives is the “least restrictive means” of serving a particular “compelling governmental interest.” I don’t know what the answer to that is, because this test is so undefined; my thinking here is also quite tentative, and I’m certainly open to being persuaded. But I thought I’d post today about three possible interests — protecting health, providing for sex equality, and protecting newly created private rights — and say a few words about them.
Christian Institute: Northern Ireland’s Justice Minister has said he will consult on weakening the Province’s abortion laws to allow unborn babies with fatal abnormalities to be aborted.
C-FAM: A human rights defender is accusing abortion activists of intimidating witnesses to cover up lethal side effects and unethical medical trials of a long-lasting contraceptive injected in women in Africa.
Update: Obamacare abortion mandate litigation and Texas abortion litigation | Casey Mattox on FRC Washington Watch
Casey Mattox appeared on FRC Washington Watch to discuss Gilardi v. Sebelius and other challenges to the Obamacare abortion mandate. Planned Parenthood’s pending challenges to Texas abortion regulations are also discussed. | MP3 audio 11:32 mins |
Katie Yoder at LifeNews (republished from Newsbusters): A Wilson Opinion Research poll commissioned by The Family Research Council along with the Alliance Defending Freedom and published Nov. 25 showed that 59 percent of likely voters oppose forcing employers to pay for employee insurance plans covering contraceptives and abortifacient drugs.
Tom Goldstein at SCOTUS Blog: Things get more complicated when the Court grants review in two consolidated, related cases, but the interests of the respective petitioners and respondents don’t correspond — for example, if the government is the petitioner in one case but the respondent in the other. How should the case be briefed then? That issue has come up in the two cases the Justices have agreed to hear presenting challenges to the “contraceptive insurance” Rule of the Department of Health and Human Services under Affordable Care Act: No. 13-354, Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores (the government is the petitioner, the plaintiffs are the respondents); and No. 13-356, Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius (in which the roles are reversed).
ABC (AP): More than 90 percent of health insurance plans offered to lawmakers and congressional staff cover abortion, an unforeseen consequence of a Republican amendment to President Barack Obama’s health law. The disclosure Wednesday by abortion opponent Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., also highlights an emerging issue nationally: It may be hard for individual consumers to determine whether abortion is a covered benefit in plans offered through the new online insurance markets.
The righteousness in Hobby Lobby’s cause: Business people shouldn’t be required to check their faith at the door. | Rick Garnett at LA Times
Rick Garnett at LA Times: The issue is not whether groups, associations and corporations have religious freedom rights under federal law. Of course they do. After all, religious hospitals, schools, social service agencies and churches are not “individuals,” but it would be bizarre to say that they don’t exercise religion.
Rick Garnett at Mirror of Justice: Dahlia Lithwick’s latest Slate essay is a perfect example. Lithwick likes abortion rights, and doesn’t like Citizens United, and so in the essay she works to connect Hobby Lobby’s RFRA arguments with the reasoning in Citizens United and efforts in some states to provide greater legal protection to unborn children . . . The first sentence asserts that “unborn babies” do not “possess” “humanity,” which is a strange assertion . . . It also assumes that Citizens United or the Hobby Lobby RFRA challenge involve claims that “corporations” “possess” “humanity”, which is not the claim.
CNSNews: In a speech at TheArc arts school in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, President Barack Obama said that “100 million Americans” have gained the right to free contraception thanks to the Affordable Care Act.
Katie Yoder at Newsbusters: Sullivan and Clement wrote, “based on the data we have seen, the public, for what it’s worth, doesn’t seem to think private companies should be exempted.” . . . A Wilson Opinion Research poll commissioned by The Family Research Council along with the Alliance Defending Freedom and published Nov. 25 showed that 59 percent of likely voters oppose forcing employers to pay for employee insurance plans covering contraceptives and abortifacient drugs.
WAMC NE Public Radio (audio 3:56 mins): Hudson Valley Congresswoman Nita Lowey, the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, is urging the Supreme Court to protect comprehensive coverage of women’s health services required under the law . . . She adds: Matt Bowman sees it differently. He’s an attorney with Washington, D.C.-based Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing the Hahns, a Mennonite family that owns Pennsylvania-based Conestoga Wood Specialties – one of the corporations challenging the requirement. Again, Congresswoman Lowey. Bowman dismisses that argument. (print transcript omits some of the audio)
FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) Files Lawsuit Against The Unconstitutional HHS Mandate | Patheos
Patheos: This just in from the Alliance Defending Freedom . . . [Alliance Defending Freedom and FOCUS press releases republished]
One News Now: Schowengerdt says the Randy Reed Automotive v. Sebelius case is about how Obamacare forces citizens to choose between making a living and living free. “It doesn’t have any business in telling these employers that they have to violate their consciences in order to stay in business,” the attorney tells OneNewsNow. [more]
Catholic News Agency: ADF Senior Counsel Mike Norton said in that organization’s statement that groups such as FOCUS “should be free to live and operate according to the faith they teach and live.” Norton added that if the government can financially penalize Christian ministries out of existence for refusing to provide coverage of things they believe sinful, there is no limit to what other freedoms it can take away.
Eugene Volokh at Volokh Conspiracy: But for now, let me discuss the argument that granting such an exemption would violate the Establishment Clause, “[b]ecause exempting large, for-profit corporations from the contraception mandate would significantly burden female employees, along with all the wives and daughters covered by the policies of male employees.”
The Hill: In a conference call with reporters, DeGette; Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.); Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.); and Marcia Greenberger, the co-president of the National Women’s Law Center, said they couldn’t see a scenario where the high court strikes down the mandate.
Washington Times: Pro-life groups, which are eager to end research that destroys human embryos, are taking heart that funding decisions in two of the nation’s most socially liberal states are going their way.
Politico: “As a conservative Republican, I believe that we have been stupid to let the Democrats demagogue the contraceptives issue and pretend, during debates about health care insurance, that Republicans are somehow against birth control,” Jindal wrote in The Wall Street Journal. “It’s a disingenuous political argument they make.”
CNA on DFW Catholic: “Faith-based organizations should be free to live and operate according to the faith they teach and live,” said Mike Norton, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom. “If the government can fine Christian ministries out of existence because they want to uphold their faith, there is no limit to what other freedoms it can take away.”
War on Women: ACLU Says Pro-Life Laws Protecting Women’s Health are “Stupid” | Steven H. Aden at LifeNews
Steven H. Aden at LifeNews: Rather than confront evidence of unsanitary abortions, the ACLU chooses to mischaracterize commonsense health regulations with juvenile cartoons.
LifeNews: A new billboard campaign in Canada bears a frightening message: the statistic that one in four unborn children are killed in abortion.
LifeNews: I knew Bulgaria had one of the highest abortion percentages in the world. What I didn’t know is that in 2012, there was one abortion for every two births.
83+ lawsuits challenge the HHS mandate, two are at the Supreme Court | Matt Bowman on “A Closer Look” with Sheila Liaugminas
Matt Bowman on Relevant Radio, “A Closer Look” with Sheila Liaugminas to discuss the Conestoga case. | MP3 audio 11:07 mins | Alliance Defending Freedom information page
Is there any limit on gov’t coercion? The Obamacare abortion mandate | Jeremy Tedesco on the Zeb Bell Show
Steven H. Aden at Bell Towers: Rather than confront evidence of unsanitary abortions, the ACLU chooses to mischaracterize commonsense health regulations with juvenile cartoons . . . No, the ACLU is waging a campaign – “They Think We’re Stupid” — to mischaracterize the efforts to clean up Big Abortion’s health hazards.
Daily Caller: “All Americans should be free to live according to their faith and to honor God in what they do,” said Senior Counsel Kevin Theriot in the press release. “Religious freedom is our God-given birthright, and this lawsuit joins more than 80 others to take a stand for that freedom, which the Constitution protects. The administration can’t sell that off for the price of an abortion pill.”
LifeNews: Women have filed more than 600 complaints against an Indiana-based abortion practitioner saying he submitted false and misleading reports to state health officials about their abortions.
Christian-Owned Auto Dealership Granted Injunction Against Obamacare Abortion Pill Mandate | Christian News Network
Christian News Network: The government shouldn’t be able to punish Americans for exercising their fundamental freedoms,” said ADF Senior Counsel David Cortman, who represents Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation. “The administration has no business forcing citizens to choose between making a living and living free. We trust the Supreme Court will agree. A government that forces any citizen to participate in immoral acts—like the use of abortion drugs—under threat of crippling fines is a government everyone should fear.”. . . The government shouldn’t be able to punish Americans for exercising their fundamental freedoms,” said ADF Senior Counsel David Cortman, who represents Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation. “The administration has no business forcing citizens to choose between making a living and living free. We trust the Supreme Court will agree. A government that forces any citizen to participate in immoral acts—like the use of abortion drugs—under threat of crippling fines is a government everyone should fear.”
Catholic University Students Sue to Stop Obama’s Abortion Pill Mandate | InsuranceNews.net (Targeted News Service)
InsuranceNews.net (Targeted News Service): The Alliance Defending Freedom (formerly the Alliance Defense Fund) issued the following news release . . .
Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) sue to stop Obama”s abortion pill mandate | MedIndia
MedIndia: “Faith-based organizations should be free to live and operate according to the faith they teach and espouse,” said Senior Counsel Mike Norton. “If the governmentcan fine Christian ministries out of existence for keeping their faith, there is no limit to what freedoms it can take away.”
Does Requiring Employers to Provide Insurance Covering Certain Behavior Substantially Burden Employers’ Religious Practice?
Eugene Volokh at the Volokh Conspiracy: Some people have argued that RFRA shouldn’t apply in Hobby Lobby because the employer mandate doesn’t require employers to actually do anything they see as sinful. The employers aren’t required to use the implantation-preventing contraceptives that they see as immoral. They aren’t required to administer them, or even handle them. They are just required to provide insurance policies that their employees may then choose to use to buy those contraceptives.
Religious Non-Profits Continue To File Suits Challenging Contraceptive Coverage Mandate Accommodation | Religion Clause Blog
Religion Clause Blog: The latest suits are: Fellowship of Catholic University Students v. Sebelius, (D CO, filed 12/3/2013) (full text of complaint) (ADF press release). University of Notre Dame v. Sebelius, (ND IN, filed 12/3/2013) (full text of complaint) (Notre Dame press release).
AP: An appellate court on Tuesday questioned a lawyer for the state of Wisconsin about why lawmakers singled out abortion clinics in requiring their doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, as judges heard arguments about the hotly debated law.
LifeNews: Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Dale Schowengerdt told LifeNews: “The government has no business forcing citizens to choose between making a living and living free. Today’s order means that this family will be free from that type of coercion while higher courts are considering the administration’s mandate. If the government can force family business owners and job creators like this one to act contrary to their deepest convictions under the threat of fining them out of business, it is a danger to everybody.”
National Review: A couple in New Zealand have won their case at a federal appeals court because they would have aborted their little girl had they known she had spina bifida. The parents of a child with the condition could win a monetary settlement following the ruling saying they were “denied” a chance to abort their daughter.
Fox News: “The Choose Life grants will enable recipient organizations to build on the good work they are already doing and help adoption become a reality for even more children and families in the Lone Star State,” Abbott said.
AP: The University of Notre Dame on Tuesday filed another lawsuit against the U.S. government, saying the federal health care overhaul forcing it to provide health insurance for students and employees that covers birth control contravenes the teachings of the Roman Catholic institution.
Eugene Volokh at the Volokh Conspiracy: Much of the recent debate about Hobby Lobby and similar cases has focused on whether RFRA allows exemptions from burdens imposed on corporations. As before, let me try to consider this question by considering some hypotheticals that don’t invoke the hot political passions generated by the employer mandate, or by questions related to abortion. In all of them, assume that we are in a jurisdiction in which the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act or one of its state analogs applies.
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the Obama administration on behalf of the Colorado-based Fellowship of Catholic University Students. The lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of the administration’s mandate that religious employers provide insurance coverage for abortifacients, sterilization, and contraception to employees regardless of religious or moral objections.
The Hill: More than a year after the Supreme Court upheld the central provision of President Obama’s health care overhaul, a fresh wave of legal challenges to the law is playing out in courtrooms as conservative critics — joined by their Republican allies on Capitol Hill — make the case that Mr. Obama has overstepped his authority in applying it.
MO Family Policy Council: “The Administration has no business forcing citizens to choose between making and living and living free,” says David Cortman, senior counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing Conestoga Woods in the case. “A government that forces any citizen to participate in immoral acts–like the use of abortion drugs–under threat of crippling fines is a government everyone should fear.”
LifeNews: A graphic video from Argentina is making the rounds of the Internet today showing violent protests with pro-abortion activists attacking pro-life people praying at a Catholic Church.