Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
Public Discourse: Honest citizens must resist the “safe-sex” propaganda and recognize this campaign for what it is: a deceptive crusade promising an easy solution to a complex problem.
12 News: Dr. George Delgado never thought of himself as controversial or polarizing, but as he prepares to speak at a conference put on by First Way Pregnancy Center that’s what he has become.
The Federalist: Planned Parenthood claims that the proposed bill would gut the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) birth-control mandate. Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said, “This bill is a sham and an insult to women… It would give women fewer birth control options and force women to pay twice for their birth control.”
One News Now: Birth control pills were approved for general distribution in this country in 1960, though American Life League’s Rita Diller claims most people know little about the history of the Pill.
The Daily Signal: When Maria Harrill was growing up in suburban Maryland in the early 1990s, she kept a journal outlining all the things she’d do when she was a mom.
Reuters: Earlier this month the company, RG & GR Harris Funeral Homes Inc, retained the Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian group that calls itself a “legal ministry” and has been involved in dozens of high-profile cases involving religious liberty, in a 2014 suit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
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.
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 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).
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.
Yo Influyo (Translated via Google): Agraz Sofia Martinez , meanwhile, discussed the impact of regional papers, citing about the Regional Conference on Population and Development and the Consensus of Montevideo. He said that the Platform for Action of Cairo (1994) does not speak of “sexual rights”. In the case of Mexico, the National Strategy to Prevent Teen Pregnancy is based on the promotion of so-called “sexual and reproductive rights.” He concluded that it is important that civil society participation in the Second Regional Conference on Population and Development, to be held on 6 October in Mexico City.
USA Today: The Chinese government had a problem. Faced with rising discontent over its repressive rule in the largely Muslim province of Xinjiang, the government wanted to find a way to weaken Islam in the region. But how does a government weaken a religion?
The Hill: The issue pertinent here is not whether the death penalty for convicted murderers is moral or not. The issue is whether the state should be able to force people to help facilitate an execution against their will. And it raises the greater question of when the government, in general, can compel people to act against their beliefs.
Constituting America: Freedom of conscience is so important it is enshrined in the very first amendment to the United States Constitution. And our Founding Fathers thought freedom from government coercion so vital that they built it into the very structure of our government. Power is split between three coequal branches – legislative, executive, and judicial – to keep dictatorial officials like Herr Zeller in check.
Trib Live: “We’re cautiously optimistic that Justice Alito will grant one to us as well,” said Gregory Baylor of Alliance Defending Freedom, the Washington-based law firm representing Geneva College.
National Law Journal: A group of Pennsylvania religious nonprofits, challenging contraceptive insurance under the federal health care law, won temporary relief from an appellate court ruling after action by Justice Samuel Alito Jr. on April 15.
The Washington Post: Supporters say the measures require providers to give women information that could prove critical if they have a change of heart.
The Becket Fund: Moments ago, two Texas Baptist universities were heard in court over their religious objection to the HHS Mandate. The universities won a victoryat the district court in December 2013 from which the government now appeals.
Breakpoint: A recent piece at Christianity Today’s blog “Thin Places” told readers that “Contraception Saves Lives.” Now most evangelicals, unlike faithful Catholics, are not opposed to contraception per se, but the article pushed the edge of the proverbial envelope.
Life News: Alliance Defending Freedom asked the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit Monday to hear the case of Pennsylvania’s Geneva College, which is challenging a three-judge panel’s ruling that would force the Christian school to provide access to abortion pills as required by an Obama administration mandate.
The New York Times: Once again, Arizona finds itself on the frontier of anti-abortion legislation: Late Monday, it became the first state to pass a law requiring doctors who perform drug-induced abortions to tell women that the procedure may be reversible.
Life News: Late Monday, pro-life Arizona Governor Doug Ducey (pictured) signed a pro-life bill the Arizona legislature approved to prohibit health insurance plans under Obamacare from providing abortion coverage. The legislation, SB 1318, will allow Arizona to join the other 17 states in the U.S. that have prohibited elective abortion coverage on their state exchanges.
ADF Media: Alliance Defending Freedom asked the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit Monday to hear the case of Pennsylvania’s Geneva College, which is challenging a three-judge panel’s ruling that would force the Christian school to provide access to abortion pills as required by an Obama administration mandate.
Mic: The irony of the pill is that it was tested on women, specifically women of color — many of whom were forced to undergo sterilization — before later being marketed predominately to white women in America as a symbol of independence.
The Federalist: “The United States is the Wild West of the fertility industry,” Marcy Darnovsky, executive director of the Center for Genetics and Society, told Pew’s Stateline this week. It’s a frequent sentiment regarding the expanding business of creating and selling human bodies and body products. The long read provoked a number of other questions about the uncharted territory we are now entering with very little discussion.
Christianity Today: In the past 100 years, the government’s official position on contraception has shifted from “immoral and illegal” to “unremarkable and mandated.” Today the law overwhelmingly favors individual choice. The rise of abortion convinced the church to reverse its laissez-faire attitude about contraception and take a decidedly pro-life stance.
Family Studies: In a study released this month investigating the source of class gaps in unintended births, Brookings Institution researchers found that low-income women are more likely to experience an unintended pregnancy because not only are they less likely to use contraception—they are also less likely to get an abortion.
Juicy Ecumenism: It’s a struggle, isn’t it? As Christian women we aim to be humanitarian and compassionate towards everyone. When we read about poor women in Malawi, ill from attempting to perform abortions on themselves, we hope to provide a solution. But if, in the process, we whitewash moral truths, historical facts and health effects, we ultimately cause more harm than help.
ERLC: The U.S. Supreme Court threw out a lower court decision that originally favored the federal government today. This action revives the University of Notre Dame’s religious objection to the requirement for contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
Reuters: The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday revived the University of Notre Dame’s religious objections to the requirement for contraception coverage under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, throwing out a lower court decision in favor of the federal government.
Acton Institute: Earlier today the Supreme Court threw out an appeals court decision that went against the University of Notre Dame over its religious objections to the Obamacare health law’s contraception requirement.
Life News: The Supreme Court has weighed in on the lawsuit Notre Dame filed against the HHS mandate compelling religious groups and businesses to pay for drugs for their employees that may cause abortions.
Alliance Defending Freedom: In the state of Washington, the simple act of giving a referral now has some negative implications—if the reason you choose to refer has anything to do with your faith.
Newsmax: Yesterday, Priests for Life and the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetrician-Gynecologists (AAPLOG) held a press conference to bring attention to the lifesaving procedure of reversing RU-486 and to introduce a new “ru-486 Reversal Kit” not previously available to physicians.
National Right to Life: Advancements in science and medical technology have proven to be great gifts to the pro-life movement time and time again. Doctors are able to routinely deliver premature babies at earlier and earlier stages of development. Innovations in sonogram imaging have provided a window to the womb enabling expectant mothers to see their unborn children face to face. We also have the ability to hear the unborn baby’s tiny heartbeat.
Aleteia: Plan B should be called an emergency abortion/contraceptive instead of an emergency contraceptive, because it has a high potential to work as an abortifacient when given prior to ovulation.
One News Now: “I hope that the Supreme Court will correct courts like this that have decided that fundamental beliefs and the fundamental rights as Americans and as non-profit organizations can be violated by government schemes like ObamaCare in some effort to promote the abortion agenda,” Bowman poses.
The Christian Institute: An NHS scheme heavily criticised by parents and campaigners for offering contraception to children as young as thirteen is now expanding into West Sussex.
The Daily Signal: Chalk up another setback for religious freedom. Earlier this week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled against Geneva College and other non-profit religious employers in their challenge to the Obamacare mandate that forces employers to provide healthcare coverage of abortion-inducing drugs and devices.
Aleteia: It’s so bad, he says, that the United States has made clear it will not help Nigeria fight the Boko Haram terror group unless the countrymodify its laws regarding homosexuality, family planning and birth-control.
National Law Journal (Access via Google): Matt Bowman, senior counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom, one of the lawyers for the challengers in the Third Circuit case, said the organization has not decided whether to seek en banc review of the panel decision or to petition the Supreme Court.
The College Fix: The Alliance Defending Freedom, which represented the school, said in a statement Wednesday it was “seriously considering” appealing the ruling.
Life News: Now, that family is stuck paying the abortion activists’ $140,000 legal bill. Alliance Defending Freedom, the pro-life legal group that represented the family in the case, explains what’s happened.
Catholic Education Daily: Senior Counsel Gregory Baylor stated in the organization’s press release: All Americans should oppose unjust laws that force people – under threat of punishment – to give up their fundamental freedoms and act contrary to their beliefs. That’s why we are seriously considering appeal of the 3rd Circuit’s decision. Geneva College simply wants to abide by the Christian faith it espouses and teaches instead of being forced into an unacceptable inconsistency by the government. The administration has no business punishing people of faith for making decisions consistent with that faith.
Life News: In December 2014, Planned Parenthood Federation of America released their annual report for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. In the report, they list their twelve top moments of the year, from helping reduce teen pregnancy to “fighting” breast cancer. They even included their work in influencing pop culture by fighting abortion stigma in the movie Obvious Child.
Denver Catholic: Attorneys Michael Norton, Natalie Decker and Catherine Foster, associated with the nonprofit Alliance Defending Freedom, released a policy and legal analysis on reasons to reject physician-assisted suicide.
Alliance Defending Freedom: So much of what we hear in the news is so discouraging that, at times, it’s good just to stop and “count our blessings” – not only as individuals, but as a legal ministry committed to defending life, marriage, and religious freedom for you and your family. God continues to bless your organization’s work in so many ways … and while we are always eager to talk about, say, a win at the U.S. Supreme Court, we are also seeing important wins in far less publicized cases that have huge implications for the freedom of you and your family.
Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Gregory S. Baylor: “All Americans should oppose unjust laws that force people – under threat of punishment – to give up their fundamental freedoms and act contrary to their beliefs. That’s why we are seriously considering appeal of the 3rd Circuit’s decision. Geneva College simply wants to abide by the Christian faith it espouses and teaches instead of being forced into an unacceptable inconsistency by the government. The administration has no business punishing people of faith for making decisions consistent with that faith.”
The Blaze: It’s so obvious. Why can’t liberals be more creative? Why do they have to peg their ridiculous “Sex Week” agendas to Valentine’s Day on college campuses?
Go Fund Me: Despite winning a 12-day trial, seven years later Kevin and his family are still paying the price. Not only did the state and activists appeal, but due to an unprecedented Ninth Circuit ruling, the Stormans must pay over $140,000.00 to Legal Voice (an abortion rights group) for attorney fees and costs Legal Voice claims it incurred when the trial court required them to give the Stormans documents related to the role abortion groups played in drafting the regulations and their targeting of religious objectors. This is a substantial financial hardship on the Stormans.
Religion Clause: In Christian and Missionary Alliance Foundation, Inc. v. Burwell, (MD FL, Feb. 3, 2015), a Florida federal district court granted a preliminary injunction barring enforcement of part of the latest rules accommodating religious non-profits’ objections to the Affordable Care Act contraceptive coverage mandate.
News-Press: A federal ruling will allow a retirement community in Fort Myers and five other organizations to avoid providing employees with abortion-inducing drugs through their insurance plans.
EWTN: The clip including our own Matt Bowman starts at 11:39.
National Review: Yesterday, EWTN, founded by Mother Angelica – a cloistered nun and trailblazer woman in media — was in federal court seeking religious-freedom protection from his administration’s Health and Human Services abortion-drug, contraception, female sterilization mandate.
First Things: It seems to me very likely that opponents will use the outbreak to attack the Court’s decision last term in Hobby Lobby, the Contraception Mandate case.
National Law Journal: Like armies mustering their best weapons, supporters and opponents of the Affordable Care Act once again have turned out at the U.S. Supreme Court to battle over a critical element of that health insurance law.
Al Jazeera: Surveys indicate that the vast majority of both Catholic and Protestant married women have used or are currently using contraception. But Wilson is part of a conversation percolating among some adherents of both traditions, most of them educated and conservative, that suggests a growing moral discomfort with birth control.
The Becket Fund: Minutes ago, Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), the global Catholic television network founded by a cloistered nun, had its religious freedom case heard in court.
ADF Media: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys will testify before various Colorado House committees Feb. 4-17 regarding bills pertaining to physical privacy in locker rooms, physician-assisted suicide, religious freedom for student groups in higher education, the health and safety of women at abortion facilities, and infanticide.
Eagle Forum: The Alliance Defending Freedom sent a letter to the Gilbert school officials, which prompted lawyers for the Arizona Education Department to review the book.
Red State: In the nineties, the Clinton Administration formed a bipartisan coalition to pass the federal “Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” or “RFRA.” Nineteen states followed suit. The legislation came in response to a Supreme Court decision that had seen an American Indian suffer legally for having used a drug during a well established American Indian religious ceremony.
Catholic News Agency: “All Americans should oppose unjust laws that allow the government to force people to surrender their constitutionally protected freedom to live and work according to their deepest beliefs,” Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel Michael J. Norton said Jan. 27.
Religion Clause: In a brief opinion in Briscoe v. Burwell, (D CO, Jan. 27, 2015), a Colorado federal district court, applying the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, enjoined enforcement of those provisions of federal law in existence on June 30, 2014, when the Supreme Court decided Hobby Lobby, that require plaintiffs Continuum Health Partnerships, Inc.; Continuum Health Management, LLC; and Mountain States Health Properties, LLC to provide their employees with health coverage for “[a]ll Food and Drug Administration approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling for all women with reproductive capacity,” …to which plaintiffs object on religious grounds.
AZ Central: Parents and the conservative advocacy group Alliance Defending Freedom demanded that the district edit “Campbell Biology: Concepts & Connections (Seventh Edition),” because it referred to abortion without also mentioning childbirth and adoption.
Multichannel News: Oral argument in the Eternal Word Television Network’s challenge to the contraception mandate in the Affordable Healthcare Act is set for Feb. 4 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.
Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Michael J. Norton: “All Americans should oppose unjust laws that allow the government to force people to surrender their constitutionally protected freedom to live and work according to their deepest beliefs. While we are very pleased with the order issued in this case, many other similar cases continue throughout the country. In light of the Supreme Court’s ruling against the abortion-pill mandate in Conestoga and Hobby Lobby, and the clearly protected right of Americans to be free from this type of government coercion at home, in their family businesses, and in non-profit endeavors that benefit everyone, the Obama administration should give up its blind and indefensible efforts to punish people of faith and let freedom prevail.”
The Christian Institute: Primary school aged children are among thousands of girls under the age of consent who are being given the contraceptive implant by the NHS.
The Washington Times: Another family, Barth and Abbie Bracy, who are pro-life leaders in Connecticut and Rhode Island, fought and won a legislative battle to ensure that at least some health insurance plans in Connecticut do not subsidize abortions. Similar actions are active or planned in other states, said Casey Mattox, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom, who works with the Bracys.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Later this month, pro-life advocates across the country will gather to mourn the 42nd year of the infamous Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that endeavored to legitimize abortion in the eyes of the American public. That the endeavor failed – that year after year sees stronger support among ensuing generations for a repeal of the ruling – is cold comfort to those of us chilled by the specter of the 57 million babies (one out of six of our fellow Americans) killed in the womb across these four decades.