A retail giant that sued the federal government over the Department of Health and Human Services' mandate that requires religious employers to cover emergency contraceptives that can cause early abortion has asked the United States Supreme Court to review the case.
Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. sent a petition on Monday to the highest court in the land agreeing with the federal government's request for appeal regarding a lower court decision.
Although Hobby Lobby recently won an exemption from the mandate before the full court of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, the company believes that the Supreme Court should weigh in on the matter. more >>
Recently released health department records indicate that abortion in Arkansas is on a downward trend, and in 2012 the state had its lowest number of abortions in over three decades.
Records released by the Department of Health's office of Vital Records/Statistics indicate that in 2012 there were 3,782 abortions in the state, a figure six percent down from 4,033 abortions in 2011. Additionally, the 2012 figure is the lowest annual abortion rate in the state since 1977.
According to LifeSite News, the state's abortion rates have followed a noticeable pattern, rising in the 1970's and 80's, peaking in the 90's, and then declining from 1992 onward. "These numbers would seem to confirm the tide of public opinion has shifted on abortion. Abortion in Arkansas is on the decline. It isn't a thing of the past yet, but it is slowly heading that direction," the pro-life media outlet reported. more >>
Jim Bob Duggar, a former Arkansas state representative and reality television personality on the show "19 Kids and Counting," argued that an inactive voting bloc would have won Mitt Romney the presidency last year, and will win Ken Cuccinelli the Virginia's gubernatorial race in November.
"There's a sleeping giant which is the Christian Conservatives…I think they'll win this thing," Duggar told The Christian Post in a Thursday interview. An Arkansas native, Duggar, his wife, and his 19 children have been campaigning for three Republican candidates in Virginia since Monday: Ken Cuccinelli for governor, E.W. Jackson for lieutenant governor, and Mark Obenshain for attorney general.
Duggar said the goal of his 21-person family trip to the East Coast is to "motivate the christian conservatives to get out to vote." He estimated that 400 people attended the rally at Liberty University, and his son Josh pegged the total number at over 1,000 for four days. The Duggar patriarch argued that President Barack Obama won his re-election in 2012 due to this crucial segment of the electorate "getting distracted and not voting like they should." more >>
The state of Kansas has spent close to $1 million defending its pro-life laws against abortion groups filing lawsuits in recent years. Although several media outlets are criticizing the state for spending so much money on defending their laws, pro-life groups argue that it is "ridiculous" to blame the state when the lawsuits are being filed by pro-abortion groups.
"It's a free country, and there's a right to sue on anything," Mary Kay Culp, executive director of Kansans for Life, a pro-life group, told The Associated Press of the criticism. "But, then, to try to blame us for the money involved in defending the lawsuits is ridiculous," she added.
At the request of The Associated Press, the state's attorney general's office disclosed that it had paid more than $913,000 to two private law firms to defend the state's anti-abortion laws. The firm of Thompson Ramsdell & Qualseth has handled some cases, while Foulston Siefkin, the state's largest firm, has handled other cases. more >>
"The righteous care for the needs of their animals…." Proverbs 12:10 (NIV)
Here at the Center for a Just Society we spill a lot of ink discussing issues that touch upon questions of human dignity and the sanctity of life. The guiding principle underlying our position on abortion, assisted suicide, euthanasia, elder abuse, and other bioethical controversies is that the willful abuse or destruction of human life is an affront to God. This conviction flows from the belief that God created this world and everything in it, and that He blessed man especially by creating him in His image and giving him dominion over the earth.
Adherents of this worldview will never accept the arguments advanced by the "pro-choice" side in these debates. We reject the notion that the jurisprudentially dubious "right to privacy" established in Griswold v. Connecticut sanctions the murder of unborn children in the womb. We repudiate the assertion that the value of human life is determined by its perceived "quality." more >>
WASHINGTON – Pro-Life activist Lila Rose says she would abandon the Republican Party if it catered to libertarian voters by dropping the pro-life issue from its platform at the Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit this past weekend.
When asked whether there would be a third party if Republicans abandoned social issues, Rose, who is also the president of Live Action, told The Christian Post, "Absolutely, and I would be the first to join it!"
"We can play these games about the economy, but at the end of the day people do vote on social issues," the pro-life activist argued. She said the issues of abortion and gay marriage motivate a crucial voting bloc among the American people more than balancing the budget or decreasing the size of government. more >>