Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
The Daily Signal: Should abortion facilities have to follow the same standards other medical clinics do? If you thought the answer to that, regardless of your views on abortion, should be “duh,” you’d be wrong.
Groundbreaking dismemberment abortion ban in Kansas kicks off Right to Life movement 2015 legislative agenda
National Right to Life: In a move that will transform the landscape of abortion policy in the United States, National Right to Life announced a major new component of the right to life movement’s 2015 legislative agenda with today’s introduction in Kansas of the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act. The wave of pro-life victories in the 2014 election helped set the stage for this first-of-its-kind legislation, which would protect unborn children from the brutality of dismemberment abortion.
National Right to Life: More specifically, this is the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act which passed the House in June 2013 on a vote of 228-196, only to be bottled up by the then-Democratically controlled Senate. As you know the Senate Majority Leader is now pro-life Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who replaced pro-abortion Harry Reid (D-Nv.)
The Christian Post: A bill has been introduced in the Texas Legislature that if enacted would strip the salary of any Texas-government employee who issues a marriage license to a same-sex couple.
Christian News Network: A representative in New Hampshire has proposed a bill that would strip taxpayer funding from organizations that perform or actively advocate for abortion.
The New York Times: Lawyers for abortion clinics squared off with Texas state attorneys in a federal appeals court here on Wednesday, arguing over the constitutionality of stringent abortion clinic rules that would force more than half the remaining abortion providers in Texas to close.
Life News: Just weeks after it announced that it killed another 327,000 unborn babies in abortions in its most recent fiscal year, Planned Parenthood faces a new Congressional bill to yank its taxpayer funding.
Juicy Ecumenism: According to a new report by the Guttmacher Institute, states across the country have enacted 231 restrictions on abortion over just the past four years. In 2014 alone, 335 pieces of pro-life legislation were introduced in state legislatures and 15 states enacted 26 laws restricting abortion.
Politico: Supporters of the new laws have cast them as safety measures, not abortion barriers, and that steps to improve patient safety can’t be considered an “undue burden.” “When a state says we’re regulating [abortion] to protect health and safety, is there a right to access to a substandard, unsafe abortion?” said Casey Mattox, an attorney for Alliance Defending Freedom.
The Washington Post: An “informed consent” bill that would require women to receive information about their pregnancy and abortion alternatives before receiving an abortion has been introduced by a Tennessee lawmaker.
NPR: A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday is scheduled to hear arguments on the constitutionality of a hotly contested abortion law in Texas. The measure mandates stricter building codes for clinics that perform the procedure, and Fifth Circuit judges in New Orleans will decide whether that poses an undue burden.
Life News: Pro-life members of Congress today introduced legislation in the House of Representatives that bans abortions from after 20-weeks of pregnancy up to the day of birth.
SBA-List: This afternoon Reps. Trent Franks (R-AZ) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) introduced H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) praised the historic legislation to stop abortion after 20 weeks, or five months, based on the child’s ability to feel pain.
The Washington Times (AP): Nearly two years after approving a pair of the most restrictive abortion bans in the country, Republicans in Arkansas’ Legislature are weighing additional measures to make it more difficult for women to get the procedure.
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 Tennessean: Tennessee voters by a solid margin backed Amendment 1, a measure that gives state lawmakers more power to restrict and regulate abortions.
The Christian Post: North Dakota’s highest court upheld a state law that restricts the usage of medication abortions, reversing a lower court ruling.
North Dakota Supreme Court upholds abortion restrictions – a welcome win, despite ‘splintered’ opinions
Thomas More Society: Just two days ago, nearly on the eve of next Tuesday’s Election Day when North Dakota voters are due to vote on a proposed “human life” amendment to their state constitution (called “Measure 1”), North Dakota’s Supreme Court finally handed down its decision, rejecting a long-pending constitutional challenge, based on the state constitution rather than on federal abortion law, targeting a 2011 state law regulating so-called “chemical” abortions.
CBN News: Changes could be on the way for abortion laws in North Dakota. A new measure would declare in the state constitution that life begins at conception.
Lozier Institute: The Supreme Court issued an order that will stop certain abortion laws in Texas from being enforced until the federal courts decide whether those regulations are constitutional.
Live Action News: As was mentioned in Lauren Enriquez’s piece for Live Action News, Casey Mattox, of Alliance Defending Freedom, says that they “remain confident that the entirety of Texas’s law will ultimately be upheld.”
The New American: Casey Mattox, senior counsel for the conservative legal advocacy group Alliance Defending Freedom, noted in a statement that the fight to protect women and pre-born babies from the predatory abortion industry is far from over. “Texans have the freedom to prioritize women’s health and safety over the bottom line of abortionists, and this good law affirms that,” he said after the ruling. “The Supreme Court’s decision only temporarily and partially prevents the Texas law from going into effect while the 5th Circuit finishes hearing the case.”
Live Action News: “Texans have the freedom to prioritize women’s health and safety over the bottom line of abortionists, and this good law affirms that,”said Casey Mattox of Alliance Defending Freedom.
One News Now: Because of U.S. Supreme Court action, Texas is facing a major legal battle to protect its new abortion clinic law.
CBN: On Tuesday, justices blocked key parts of a new Texas law that caused most abortion facilities in the Lone Star State to close.
Christian News Network (AP): The Supreme Court has blocked Texas from enforcing key parts of a 2013 law that would close all but eight of the state’s abortion facilities.
SCOTUS Blog: Over the dissents of three Justices, the Supreme Court on Tuesday evening barred Texas from enforcing two parts of its new abortion-restriction law — one part as it applied throughout the state, the other as it applied to two clinics in the southwest part of the state.
Life News: “The Supreme Court’s decision only temporarily and partially prevents the Texas law from going into effect while the 5th Circuit finishes hearing the case. While that is disappointing, it should cause no great alarm. The state’s requirement against cut-and-run abortionists remains in effect for all but two abortion facilities. The restriction on abortions after 20 weeks on unborn children who can feel pain was never challenged and remains in effect today. Likewise, the limitations on chemical abortions up to seven weeks gestation and prohibiting abortionists from sending women home alone to abort have been upheld and remain in effect. We remain confident that the entirety of Texas’s law will ultimately be upheld.” -Casey Mattox
ADF Media: “Texans have the freedom to prioritize women’s health and safety over the bottom line of abortionists, and this good law affirms that. The Supreme Court’s decision only temporarily and partially prevents the Texas law from going into effect while the 5th Circuit finishes hearing the case. While that is disappointing, it should cause no great alarm. The state’s requirement against cut-and-run abortionists remains in effect for all but two abortion facilities. The restriction on abortions after 20 weeks on unborn children who can feel pain was never challenged and remains in effect today. Likewise, the limitations on chemical abortions up to seven weeks gestation and prohibiting abortionists from sending women home alone to abort have been upheld and remain in effect. We remain confident that the entirety of Texas’s law will ultimately be upheld.” -Casey Mattox
Life Site News: Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) Senior Legal Counsel Matt Bowman, who represented Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. in court, said he hoped the victory would inspire others to fight back against the HHS mandate. He said: “All Americans should oppose unjust laws that allow the government to force people to give up their constitutionally protected freedom to live and work according to their beliefs,” Bowman said. “In light of this federal court order and the Supreme Court’s ruling that upheld that principle, we hope other courts currently considering similar cases will issue their own orders upholding the right of family-owned businesses to be free from this type of government coercion.”
Christian News Network: “All Americans should oppose unjust laws that allow the government to force people to give up their constitutionally protected freedom to live and work according to their beliefs,” Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) Senior Legal Counsel Matt Bowman, who represented Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation in court, wrote in a statement on Monday.
ADF Media: “All Americans should oppose unjust laws that allow the government to force people to give up their constitutionally protected freedom to live and work according to their beliefs. In light of this federal court order and the Supreme Court’s ruling that upheld that principle, we hope other courts currently considering similar cases will issue their own orders upholding the right of family-owned businesses to be free from this type of government coercion.” -Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Matt Bowman
Life News: Two years ago, there were over 40 abortion facilities operating in Texas with very little oversight.Yesterday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling that could result in the immediate closure of 13 abortion facilities, leaving only seven open by this weekend.
National Right to Life: A three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has stayed the opinion of a lower court judge, thus allowing the state of Texas to enforce key provisions of its 2013 omnibus pro-life bill, HB 2, immediately.
National Right to Life: The abortion industry and its allies are lobbing another legislative weapon in their War on Women.
The Washington Times (AP): Abortion rights demonstrators assembled outside the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans before of the start of a second hearing about the Texas law restricting abortions.
Wall Street Journal (accessible via a Google Search): A batch of nonprofit religious employers signaled they will continue with lawsuits against the Obama administration’s contraception coverage requirement, the first clear sign the administration’s latest compromise won’t end the legal battle over the issue.
Life News: The Obama administration has renewed its attempt to force a Catholic religious order, the Little Sisters of the Poor, to comply with the HHS abortion mandate. The mandate compels religious groups to pay for birth control and drugs that may cause abortions.
Life News: An appeals court today told Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott that he can’t enforce a pro-life law credited with closing multiple abortion clinics and cutting abortions 13 percent, saving an estimated 9,900 babies from abortion.
SCOTUS Blog: Nine months after the Supreme Court allowed enforcement of a Texas law that led to the closing of a third of all clinics in that state, a new courthouse battle over that same law is rapidly developing. In a rushed motion filed on Sunday, the state of Texas took the issue back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit after a federal judge in Austin struck it down on Friday afternoon. The issue may not stop at the appeals court level.
Federal judge says Alabama abortion law is unconstitutional; claims it would close 3 out of 5 clinics
The Christian Post: A federal judge has ruled that an Alabama law that requires abortion providers to attain hospital admitting privileges is unconstitutional.
National Review: In the Court’s recent ruling in McCullen v. Coakley, all nine justices agreed that theMassachusetts statute that created a general no-speech zone on public streets and sidewalks within 35 feet of an abortion clinic violated the First Amendment.
Daily Caller: For the second time in as many weeks, back-to-back rulings in the South have declared laws that require abortionists to obtain admitting privileges to nearby hospitals unconstitutional and halted enforcement. Both the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and a U.S. District Court Judge handed down similar rulings that have people scratching their heads.
Religion Clause: On Tuesday, Congress sent S.653, the Near East and South Central Asia Religious Freedom Act of 2014, to the President for his signature. The bill provides that the President may appoint a Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom of Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia. (Legislative history.)
Christian News Network: The governor of Massachusetts has signed a new abortion buffer zone bill into law in light of the recent Supreme Court ruling that declared such free speech-free zones as being unconstitutional.
The Washington Times: A federal judge is delaying his decision on an Alabama law that could close some abortion clinics, saying he needs more time to review an appeals court ruling earlier in the week blocking a similar measure in Mississippi.
Politico: “There are a lot of places where there could be new challenges,” said Matt Bowman, the alliance’s senior legal counsel. “All of those laws are in deep constitutional trouble because the Supreme Court said that you can’t punish speech … and all those laws do that.”
The Washington Times: Barely a month after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the state’s previous statute as unconstitutional, Massachusetts lawmakers Wednesday cheered passage of a new abortion clinic “buffer zone” law Wednesday, while pro-life supporters warned that the law was worse than the old one.
National Review: The 2–1 Fifth Circuit panel decision in Jackson Women’s Health Organization v. Currier, striking down Mississippi’s law requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at local hospitals, is at least a short-term loss for the people of Mississippi. Despite the court’s bad (even bizarre) rationale, the panel was forced to admit that there are reasonable health and safety concerns for the Mississippi legislature to have enacted the law.
Christian News Network: A prominent Satanist organization is using the recent Supreme Court decision in favor of the popular craft chain Hobby Lobby to ‘bolster’ an initiative that it has concocted to seek an exemption from pro-life laws that they say violate their religious beliefs.
National Review: On Tuesday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a Mississippi law that would have required abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. This law, if enforced, would have likely shut down Mississippi’s lone abortion clinic. What is disappointing for pro-lifers is that the same court recently upheld a similar law passed in Texas last summer.
Federal court blocks law threatening Mississippi’s sole abortion clinic; calls it ‘undue burden’ on a woman’s right to abortion
The Christian Post: Calling it an “undue burden” on a woman’s right to abortion, a federal court on Tuesday, blocked a Mississippi law requiring doctors at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at local hospitals.
National Right to Life: Last week, Pennsylvania joined the growing number of states passing the Down Syndrome Information Act.
Life News: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted on the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) this week. While this treaty has a warm and fuzzy name, it could have a dangerous impact on abortion laws in this country.
Christian News Network: The governor of Pennsylvania has signed a bill into law that aims to help save the lives of Down Syndrome babies who would otherwise be aborted.
Juicy Ecumenism: What will be left of the First Amendment in this brave, new, sexually-liberated world?
NPR: In a little over a year, the number of clinics that provide abortions in Texas fell to 20 from 41, and watchdogs say that as few as six may be left by September.
Caffeinated Thoughts: “While the Senate rightfully rejected this unjust bill, today is a reminder of the need to stand vigilant in defense of our God-given freedoms against those who would seek to take them away,” Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Casey Mattox said in a released statement. “Echoing our Founding Fathers, Ronald Reagan once said that ‘freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.’ It has been 20 years – one generation – since Congress passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and many of its sponsors have already turned their backs on our first freedom. We can be thankful for now that not enough of them did.”
US Finance Post: Casey Mattox with the Alliance Defending Freedom, an organization who supported Hobby Lobby and filed an amicus brief in support of the organization, issued a statement saying regardless of the vote, Americans need to remain vigilant to protect their First Amendment rights.
USCCB Blog: The Court deliberately said nothing about whether the government had a “compelling interest” in requiring that coverage. In any event, the current debate about ENDA does not focus on its interplay with RFRA, but instead on whether ENDA itself should have any exemption for religious employers – as all prior versions have – and if so, how broad it should be. So what is really the matter with ENDA according to these groups?
Religious Freedom Coalition: Yesterday afternoon, the U.S. Senate defeated Democrats’ attempts to strip away key religious liberty protections for Americans of all faiths. By a vote of 56-43, the Murray-Udall proposal that would have forced all employers to cover all current or future health care items or services required under government mandates notwithstanding any other provision of law – including the Religious Freedom Restoration Act – was struck down.
National Review: Holding a hearing on S. 1696, deceptively titled “The Women’s Health Protection Act,” the U.S. Senate committee on the Judiciary heard many myths from abortion proponents about the “need” for the bill’s evisceration of all life-affirming legislation. This is a federal attempt to expand abortion policy while also destroying pro-life legislation and blocking new life-protecting efforts.
National Review: On June 30, 2014, the Supreme Court determined that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA) protected closely held companies from being forced to provide health-care products or services that violate their employers’ religious beliefs. However, this victory for religious freedom could prove fleeting. This week, the Senate will consider legislation introduced by Democrats to eviscerate the RFRA — legislation they have long supported.
National Review: Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut has introduced a bill, cosponsored by a majority of Senate Democrats, that would purport to strip states of their ability to impose even the most basic of health and safety regulations on the grisly procedure, a bill that David French has rightly suggested should be titled the Kermit Gosnell Enabling Act of 2014.
Orrin Hatch: Hatch said that “the Religious Freedom Restoration Act represents this full understanding of religious freedom. It requires that when Congress considers legislation or executive branch agencies consider regulations, they must take this fundamental freedom into account and give it the respect it deserves.” He added that the Senate Democrats’ bill to limit religious liberty “targets religious freedom as the problem. It treats certain religious beliefs as simply unworthy of recognition and religious exercise in general as a second- or even a third-rate value.”
Life News: Senate Democrats today lost their bid to approve legislation to “overturn” the Supreme Court’s decision protecting Hobby Lobby and other companies from being forced to comply with the HHS mandate that compels them to pay for abortion-causing drugs for their employees.
Alliance Defending Freedom: “While the Senate rightfully rejected this unjust bill, today is a reminder of the need to stand vigilant in defense of our God-given freedoms against those who would seek to take them away. Echoing our Founding Fathers, Ronald Reagan once said that ‘freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.’ It has been 20 years – one generation – since Congress passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and many of its sponsors have already turned their backs on our first freedom. We can be thankful for now that not enough of them did.” -Casey Mattox
The accurate title of Senator Blumenthal’s radical pro-abortion bill: The Kermit Gosnell Enabling Act of 2014
National Review: Make no mistake, this bill would radically expand federal power over abortion regulations and radically harm women’s health — all for the sake of killing more children.
National Review: Today the Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on U.S. Senate Bill 1696. Cynically titled the “Women’s Health Protection Act of 2013,” S. 1696 currently has 35 Senate co-sponsors. U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal introduced the pro-abortion measure last November.
Life News: The Senate Democrats, led by Patty Murray, have called for an immediate vote on S. 2578, disingenuously titled the Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act. It should be known for what it is, the Anti-Religious Freedom bill.
Life News: Senate Democrats held a hearing today on a bill that wipes out virtually every pro-life law across the country, including state laws that came into play in Pennsylvania that held late-term abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell accountable for killing babies who were born alive and killed during a gruesome late-term abortion procedure.
“Accessing abortion is much more difficult in 2014 than it was in 2009,” pro-abortion think-tank report concludes
National Right to Life: The Guttmacher Institute express rolled out another report today, interesting not just because GI is a leading pro-abortion think-tank but also because of what it said and didn’t say.