Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust, a pro-life youth activist organization, expects scores to attend a rally planned in front of a Hobby Lobby store in Southern California to celebrate religious freedom on Monday morning as the Supreme Court is expected to announce the HHS Mandate decision.
The court's decision regarding the constitutionality of the Obama Administration forcing Hobby Lobby to pay for abortion-inducing drugs under the Obamacare HHS mandate is scheduled to be released on Monday at 7:00 a.m. PST. The rally and vigil is planned for a Hobby Lobby store in the city of Anaheim Hills.
"As we gather at Hobby Lobby today, we celebrate religious freedom, the First Amendment, and the rights of Americans to do business according to their consciences, free from government interference or harassment," says Kristina Garza from Survivors. Observers say this is the most important religious freedom and First Amendment case to be decided by the Supreme Court in decades. more >>
While the biggest news to come out of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s 221st General Assembly in Detroit last week was the decision to allow clergy to officiate same-sex weddings in states where gay marriage is legal, pro-life groups are calling out the denomination for its weak stance on protecting babies who survive botched abortions.
By a wide margin last Thursday, the PCUSA's General Assembly voted 465 to 133 against a measure asking its members to reflect, for two years, on the plight of unwanted children, both the born and preborn.
The measure, brought before the members by the Presbytery of South Alabama, was spurred by the murder trial of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell, as well as abortion clinic employees going public about unsafe and allegedly illegal practices that led to the temporary closure of a Delaware Planned Parenthood facility, among others. more >>
The Hobby Lobby case unfolds like a modern-day David versus Goliath: David Green, the evangelical conservative founder of this arts and craft chain, challenges the powerful Obama Administration over a facet of the unpopular Affordable Care Act (ACA) that requires all employers to cover the costs of contraceptives and abortifacients, which business owners of faith find morally reprehensible. Under the ACA, refusal to comply brings a daily fine that could threaten their very existence. Now, in the temple of the Supreme Court–today's culture battlefield–Hobby Lobby confronts the Obama Administration, arguing that they should not be forced to violate their principles just to stay in business.
Undoubtedly, religious freedom advocates would claim a ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby as a huge victory. It would expand the rights of employers of faith and create a precedent to fight other forms of government coercion and compulsion.
But would a win for this David be a victory for what really matters? more >>
Democrats gathered in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Sen. Wendy Davis' famous 11-hour filibuster that temporarily prevented the state's 20-week abortion ban from being passed.
Davis joined her gubernatorial running mate, lieutenant governor candidate Leticia Van de Putte (D), and 1,600 of her supporters at the Palmer Event Center in Austin on Wednesday for the event. The Houston Chronicle described the event as "part pep rally, part fundraiser."
The anniversary party opened with a prayer. more >>
In a strongly worded unanimous U.S. Supreme Court opinion in McCullen vs. Coakley, a Massachusetts law aimed at pro-life activists seeking to counsel women seeking an abortion was struck down due to its "truly exceptional" and "extreme" approach to limiting free speech.
The law created a 35 foot "buffer zone" around abortion facilities that prevented peaceful engagement with women seeking an abortion.
The case was brought to the court by Eleanor McCullen, who has been credited with saving hundreds of lives through her peaceful conversations outside abortion facilities, informing them of alternatives to abortion. more >>
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a law in Massachusetts creating abortion clinic buffer zones for pro-life demonstrators was unconstitutional.
In a unanimous decision, the high court ruled Thursday morning that Massachusetts could not force pro-life demonstrators into "buffer zones" to prevent them from being located near an abortion clinic's entrance and exits.
According to SCOTUSBlog, the main focus of the decision stemmed from the buffer zone ordinance including public ways and sidewalks. more >>