Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
The Washington Times: Abortion providers “must be held to basic medical standards of care,” said Natalie Decker, legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF).
Politico: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell guaranteed a vote on a bill imposing a federal ban on abortions after 20 weeks of gestation, telling a conservative crowd in Washington that a vote on the divisive legislation would be “good news for our entire country.”
The Des Moines Register: Iowa’s Supreme Court ruled Friday that Planned Parenthood of the Heartland may keep using its controversial telemedicine-abortion system.
Reuters: The Iowa Supreme Court has rejected a state rule requiring doctors to see abortion patients in person, ruling that a regional Planned Parenthood unit may continue administering abortion-inducing medications using remote video technology.
Siouxland Matters (ABC9 News): The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that the Iowa Board of Medicine’s ban on telemedicine abortions violates the state constitution. In a unanimous decision filed on Friday, the court ruled that the Board’s decision to require a doctor to be present during medication abortions caused undue burden to Iowa women seeking abortions.
Life News: Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, during a speech today to a conservative conference, guaranteed that the Senate will vote on a House-passed pro-life bill that bans abortions from after 20-weeks of pregnancy up to the day of birth.
Life News: The Iowa Supreme Court today overturned the state’s ban on webcam abortions after the nation’s biggest abortion business took a provision to protect the health ad safety of women to court in a lawsuit.
ADF Media The Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday to strike down an Iowa Board of Medicine ban on “webcam” abortions, in which women are provided with abortion-inducing drugs without any in-person examination by a licensed physician.
The Washington Post: The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is also known as the 20-week abortion ban bill. Several states have approved the 20-week ban, and lawmakers on Capitol Hill have pushed for this ban since 2013. GOP 2016 presidential hopeful Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) recently reintroduced the House-passed bill in the Senate.
National Right to Life: On Tuesday, the Ohio House Committee on Community and Family Advancement voted in favor of Ohio Right to Life’s Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act (H.B. 135), 9-3 with bipartisan support.
Life News: An Ohio state legislative committee approved a pro-life bill today to ban abortions specifically done on unborn babies who are diagnosed with Down syndrome. The vote in favor of the measure sends the bill to the full Ohio state House for a vote.
National Right to Life: On Friday, Texas Governor Abbott signed House Bill 3074 into law. HB 3074 serves as the first step in reforming the thoroughly anti-life provisions of the Texas Advance Directives Act (TADA), which affects patients in hospitals and hospices across the state.
Crossmap: “A federal court in Pennsylvania recently rejected a similar lawsuit filed by a transgender student seeking access to restrooms at a college,” said Tedesco, “ruling that ‘separating students by sex based on biological considerations … for restroom and locker room use simply does not violate the Equal Protection Clause.’”
The Daily Signal: Getting one step closer to what could be the most significant pro-life victory since the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, Sen. Lindsey Graham today introduced a measure in the U.S. Senate that would drastically limit women’s ability to access abortions past a certain point in their pregnancy.
Life News: A federal appeals court issued a ruling today upholding a Texas pro-life law credited with closing multiple abortion clinics and cutting abortions 13 percent, saving an estimated 9,900 babies from abortion.
Hey New York Times: Is North Carolina law really about ‘curtailing same-sex unions,’ or is religious freedom the issue?
Get Religion: The New York Times reports that North Carolina lawmakers passed a measure Thursday “aimed at curtailing same-sex unions.” Here’s my pesky question for the Times: Can you provide any facts — any facts at all — to back up that claim?
National Catholic Register: Austin Nimocks, senior counsel with the public interest firm Alliance Defending Freedom, believes that this legislation will continue to be pursued regardless of the Supreme Court’s decision on state marriage amendments in late June.
Red State: As the U.S. Senate takes up the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, abortion advocates and their friends in Congress will undoubtedly predict serious consequences for women’s health.
NRLC calls on journalists to check their facts in debate over Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
NRLC: At a press conference this morning at which Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) announced the introduction of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in the U.S. Senate, National Right to Life President Carol Tobias called on journalists, when writing about the bill and the unborn children at 20 weeks fetal age or older who it would protect, to adopt a more skeptical approach to fact claims made by pro-abortion advocacy organizations, including ACOG and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
National Law Journal: Texas abortion clinics have asked a federal appellate court to delay the effect of its June 9 decision upholding restrictions on the clinics while their attorneys appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Texas Lawyer: When a panel of three judges issued the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit’s most controversial decision of the year by upholding a Texas law that regulates—and potentially shuts down—seven abortion clinics on June 9, lawyers naturally wondered who wrote the decision.
The Daily Signal: A federal appeals court yesterday upheld a strict abortion law in Texas that critics call “devastating,” and say would shut down the majority of clinics in the state.
Associated Press: A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld Texas’ strict abortion restrictions that could soon leave only seven abortion clinics open in a state of 27 million people.
National Law Journal (Access via Google): A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld most provisions of a Texas law that imposes restrictions on abortion clinics that could shutter all but seven facilities throughout the state.
Houston Chronicle: A federal appeals court gave its long-expected stamp of approval Tuesday to the Texas Legislature’s sweeping 2013 anti-abortion law, leaving the U.S. Supreme Court as the last option for opponents of some of the nation’s tightest restrictions on the procedure.
WND: “Texans should have full freedom to prioritize women’s health and safety over the bottom line of abortionists,” said ADF Legal Counsel Natalie Decker. “The 5th Circuit was on firm ground to uphold this law. Its requirements are common-sense protections that ensure the maximum amount of safety for women. Abortionists should not be exempt from medical requirements that other doctors are required to follow.”
Townhall: The Texas Legislature has recently passed, and the governor is expected to sign, abudget proposal which will give priority in funding of the Texas Breast and Cervical Cancer Screenings program to health care providers that provide comprehensive health care services. Funding will first go to state, county, and local community health clinics and federally qualified health centers, and then to non-public entities which provide breast and cervical cancer screenings as part of comprehensive primary and preventative health care.
NBC News (Reuters): A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday upheld the main provisions of a restrictive Texas abortion law including one requiring clinics to have certain hospital-grade facilities, a regulatory hurdle critics said was designed to shut down abortion providers.
North Carolina Gov. McCrory signs bill to increase waiting period for abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours
National Right to Life: On Friday North Carolina joined Utah, Missouri, and South Dakota as states that provide for a three-day period of reflection before women finalize a life and death decision.
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.
Christian News Network: Despite impassioned objections, the California State Senate approved a bill on Thursday that would allow some elderly and disabled people to seek help in killing themselves through lethal doses of drugs.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Real people are feeling the effects of the passage of sexual orientation, gender identity nondiscrimination ordinances across the country.
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.
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.
BBC: The day after Ireland voted to legalise gay marriage almost every German newspaper cover displayed a rainbow.
The Daily Signal: In anticipation of the Supreme Court’s impending decision on the gay marriage case, Sen. Mike Lee is attempting to protect religious non-profits by passing legislation that would prohibit the federal government from “discriminating” against faith-based institutions.
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.”
One News Now: Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Matt Sharp says it’s up to schools to protect a student’s privacy, safety and dignity.
World Magazine: California is one of the 29 states without a RFRA law to cover religious belief issues. Alliance Defending Freedom lawyer Jordan Lorence said a RFRA bill is a way to protect all citizens from the power of the government to compel action against their beliefs. If Titman’s lawyers argued using RFRA, they would have had to prove two things: his religious belief is sincere and the interest of the school in his case was not compelling enough to be more important than his beliefs.
Alliance Defending Freedom: In the United States, the word “discrimination” comes with a lot of baggage – evoking images of slavery, white-only drinking fountains, and segregated schools.
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.
First Things: Ireland’s recent decision to approve same-sex marriage, by popular referendum, has left the country’s Catholic reputation in ruins.
Time: An Australian political party has put forward a bill that would make same-sex marriage legal down under.
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.”
Fredericksburg (The Free Lance-Star): The Alliance Defending Freedom, a nonprofit legal organization, sent a letter to the Fairfax School Board.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Cities across the U.S. are contemplating new laws that would put “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in the same category as race or religion.
Life News: In a victory for pro-life advocates looking to protect the disabled and terminally ill, the Scottish parliament has rejected a bill to legalize assisted suicide.
Yahoo News (Reuters): North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory said on Thursday he would veto legislation allowing government officials to refuse to perform marriages by citing religious objections.
WRAL: Within hours of the House giving final approval to a bill that would allow magistrates and other public officials to refuse to perform marriages for religious reasons, Gov. Pat McCrory vetoed the measure.
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.”
Catholic World Report: Ireland, once dubbed “the most Catholic country in the world” by the future Pope Paul VI, has become the first country in the world to adopt same-sex marriage by means of a popular vote.
National Right to Life: Senate Bill Number 598, which seeks to legalize Assisted Suicide in Rhode Island, will be heard on Thursday, May 28, before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The hearing will be held in Room 313 of the State House and should begin sometime between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.
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: The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act has now been officially introduced in the Wisconsin State Legislature.
The Federalist: Neither the U.S. Constitution nor prior case law requires school boards to make these changes, said Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Casey Mattox, whose children attend Fairfax schools. Citing a recent court case in a short presentation to the board, “There’s absolutely nothing behind [these federal demands],” said Mattox. “They’re bluffing.”
First Things: As the dust from the recent explosion over Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act begins to settle, one thing is clear: Republicans and Christians lost, Democrats and gay activists won.
Boston Globe: As the official tallies rolled in on Saturday, from the liberal bastions of cosmopolitan Dublin to the more conservative townlands of rural Roscommon and Leitrim, and it was clear that an amendment to Ireland’s constitution legalizing gay marriage would pass easily, it became one of the biggest stories in the world. It was widely portrayed as shocking news
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.
Citizen Times: Opponents of laws like North Carolina’s proposed Religious Freedom Restoration Act, currently being considered by the state Senate, often declare that business owners have no place incorporating their values into their businesses. Instead, they must leave their religious beliefs and their consciences at home.
The Shreveport Times: Now that the Louisiana Marriage and Conscience Act (HB 707) has been stalled in the Legislature, and then converted by Governor Bobby Jindal into the form an Executive Order (EO), it is useful to summarize why the bill was so urgently needed, and why the EO is so important.
The New York Times: Irish citizens in places as far-flung as Australia and California were flying back to their home country on Friday to cast ballots in a referendum that could make Ireland the first country to adopt same-sex marriage by a popular vote.
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).
Religion News Service: On Friday (May 22), voters in this once deeply Roman Catholic country will decide whether the country’s constitution should be amended to allow for gay marriage. If the amendment passes, Ireland will become the first country to legalize same-sex civil marriage by popular vote.
The Christian Institute: Free speech would be threatened if marriage is redefined in the Republic of Ireland, journalist and marriage campaigner John Waters has warned.
The Daily Signal: Defying state legislators who rejected a measure that sought to protect “the right of conscience as it relates to marriage,” Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal acted on his own Tuesday.
Aleteia: The Catholic bishops in Ireland, as might be expected, are having none of it. In March, the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference issued a statement urging voters to think seriously before approving a referendum that would change the nature of marriage.
The Federalist: Ireland is currently engulfed in a bitter debate over a national referendum on gay marriage to be held this Friday. They could draw some useful lessons from America’s own little experiment with gay marriage—which turns out to be a cautionary tale about what can go wrong.
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.