C. Everett Koop, a former U.S. Surgeon General who served under President Ronald Reagan from 1982 to 1989 and was known for his pro-life views, passed away on Monday at his home in Hanover, N.H.
The National Right to Life, one of the oldest and largest pro-life organizations in the country, said in a statement on Tuesday that they were "deeply saddened" by Dr. Koop's death.
"In an era when pro-abortionists tried to declare that the abortion issue was 'settled law,' Dr. Koop provided a voice for the voiceless," said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. more >>
A 22-year-old Dartmouth College student will appear in court early next week after he allegedly used his car to run over a pro-life display set up by a student organization.
According to the Foundation for Individual Rights In Education (FIRE), the man, Emery S. Coxe, has been charged with disorderly conduct after he allegedly drove his Toyota Camry off of the road and into a display created by Vita Clamantis, a pro-life student organization, in mid-April. He is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.
The display was called the "Cemetery of the Innocents," the Vita Clamantis blog explains, and featured 546 American flags that were set up to represent the 54.6 million lives lost to abortion since the case of Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973. more >>
A New Hampshire man has attracted support for his online petition to have the word "marriage" changed from its traditional definition of a union between one man and one woman to also include same-sex couples, which he says would strengthen legal arguments for gay marriage.
Mike Raven posted his argument directly challenging Dictionary.com, entitled "Dictionary.com: Correct the definition of marriage," on the petition website Change.org. So far, Raven's petition has received 7,630; his goal is to attract 10,000 signatures.
Raven writes that he posted the petition after seeing his lesbian twin sister's reaction to the North Carolina amendment, passed in May, which continues to make same-sex marriage illegal in the state. more >>
Another married gay man may succeed the retiring Bishop V. Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in The Episcopal Church, the Diocese of New Hampshire announced.
The Rev. William W. Rich, a married homosexual, is senior associate rector at Trinity Church in Boston, and is one of the three candidates for the position of bishop. The other two candidates are the Rev. Penelope Maud Bridges, rector of St. Francis Episcopal Church in Great Falls, Va., and the Rev. A. Robert Hirschfeld, rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Amherst.
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is closing in on officially clinching the race to become his party's presidential nominee after securing five new sweeping victories in Northeastern primary states.
Romney scored easy victories on Tuesday, all through Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and New York. The closest race was in the state of Delaware, where one of his remaining rivals, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, campaigned heavily in recent weeks, but even there Romney won by 56.5 percent compared to 27.1 percent of the votes Gingrich received.
The former Massachusetts governor has been seen as the presumptive winner of the GOP race ever since his closest rival, former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, suspended his campaign two weeks ago. His only remaining challengers are Texas congressman Ron Paul and Gingrich, although the latter has given strong indications that he will suspend his run next week. more >>
A bill that would repeal New Hampshire's same-sex marriage law appears likely to pass through the state's House and Senate, but it is unclear if the legislation has enough support to overturn a veto from the governor.
New Hampshire passed a bill allowing same-sex civil unions in 2007, which were then converted to same-sex marriages by another bill passed in 2009.
The second bill officially allowed new same-sex marriages in the state beginning on Jan. 1, 2011. more >>