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John Goerke at Juicy Ecumenism: “The District Court’s ruling rejected the contributions of the Catholic Church in aiding victims of human trafficking. Despite the fact that the phrase ‘human trafficking’ wasn’t coined until 1990 and despite the fact that it wasn’t until the Bush Administration that the United States opened its Anti-Trafficking Department, the Court ruled that the Church wasn’t worthy to receive federal funds to support its anti-trafficking efforts which arguably go back to the time of Christ with the woman at the well.”
ACLU Asks Federal Appeals Court to End Religious Restrictions on Reproductive Health Care for Trafficking Victims
Reality Check: The arguments were in the case of ACLU of Massachusetts v. Sebelius, a challenge to HHS’ distribution of program funds authorized by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
“ACLU in Court to Challenge Religious Restrictions on Government-Funded Trafficking Victims’ Program”
American Civil Liberties Union: The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Massachusetts argued in federal court today that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) must be prohibited from imposing religiously based restrictions on reproductive health services for victims of sex trafficking.
Massachusetts Citizens for Life: “‘If the statute had directed or even authorized HHS to exclude abortion from the spending, there would be nothing to challenge. But a mere executive branch decision not to fund abortion under such a statute is simply a legal challenge waiting to happen’ . . . We appreciate Matt Bowman’s analysis. Matt is with the Alliance Defense Fund.” | Matt Bowman’s full article appears at the ADF Alliance Alert and LifeNews.
Matt Bowman: New federal court ruling demonstrates folly of President’s order restricting funds for abortion
ACLU: “On Monday, a federal district court in Massachusetts ruled that an ACLU challenge to the government’s use of taxpayer dollars to impose religious doctrine on victims of human trafficking may go forward. The decision is a victory for women’s health and for the basic constitutional principle that federal dollars cannot be used to favor one religious perspective over all others . . . USCCB prohibits, based on its religious beliefs, grantees from using any of the federal funds to provide or refer for contraceptive or abortion services, We brought a lawsuit . . . ”