A bill has been introduced in the Senate that would protect the freedom of religious organizations, institutions and businesses that believe an Affordable Care Act mandate, or "accommodation," requiring the coverage of contraception and abortion-inducing drugs in employee or student health insurance plans violates their religious beliefs.
Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla. announced Tuesday morning that he and 13 other senators have introduced the Health Care Conscience Rights Act in the Senate to go along with a similar bill introduced in the House by Reps. Diane Black, R-Tenn., Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., and John Fleming, R-La. in February.
The act would provide an exemption to the "burdensome" Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," Department of Health and Human Services mandate to religious businesses, schools, charities, and other organizations and would ensure that those institutions are not forced to choose between following the law and compromising their religious beliefs on issues like birth control and abortion-inducing drugs. more >>
Unfortunately, a bill to de-fund Planned Parenthood died today on the Senate floor. A procedural vote to advance the bill failed to get the required 60 votes needed, so the anti-life lobby won — today. Despite this setback, Christians should not despair. We may have lost this battle, but the fight is far from over. And truth is, the pro-life cause is actually faring quite well. Here are five reasons to not lose heart even after this defeat.
1. GOP Senators are Vowing to Continue the Fight and So Should We.
Even though today's bill to defund Planned Parenthood failed, that doesn't mean the fight is over. Already Republican Senators are talking about alternative ways to get the job done — specifically by linking defunding with spending legislation. Senator John McCain, usually one of the Senate's more moderate members, said that he would support defunding through spending bills. more >>
Granted, it was when she was first lady. And admittedly, she didn't think we should do anything about the wrong of abortion. But she did say it. Hillary Clinton told Newsweek Magazine she thought "abortion is wrong" (October 31, 1994).
What is significant here is that she said it even once. It is important because this is a major reason why Barack Obama and not Hillary Clinton is our president today.
Despite her nearly 100% record of backing abortion in healthcare, in international diplomacy, in education institutions, she had that one brief episode of doubt. It is wrong, she said. more >>
Recent headlines reveal the deadly schizophrenia torturing the soul of the West.
Schizophrenia is typified by many as causing a split personality, though this is not technically the case. Nevertheless, it remains a euphemism for the mental dysfunction.
Planned Parenthood's rapacious profiteering off the body parts of infant human beings, exposed by undercover videos, is the topic of one set of headlines. Just as we are digesting this horror comes this one: "Spanish town grants human rights to cats and dogs." The leaders of Trigueros del Valle outlawed "the mutilation or death of a non-human resident" (animals having been declared "residents" in the declaration of the town's council). more >>
The U.S. Senate has rejected a bill to defund Planned Parenthood and transfer its estimated $500 million in federal funds to other women's health sources.
Senate Bill 1881 failed to get the 60 votes required to have debate closed and a vote on the proposed legislation granted, with the results largely falling along party lines.
Introduced by Senator Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, S. 1881 called for the defunding of Planned Parenthood and placing it in other sources for women's health. more >>
A 24-year-old man who was convicted of hiring a hit man to kill his pregnant girlfriend because she refused to abort their unborn child so he could "stay with … his other girlfriend," was sentenced to 80 years in prison for the crime last Thursday, but he still maintains that he is innocent.
The man, Carlton "C.J." Bryan, who according to an Associated Press report was convicted in May of conspiracy to commit murder and being an accessory to murder, was sentenced in Hartford Superior Court.
In a Christian Post report in 2013, court documents said Bryan told his friend, Matthew Allen Hall-Davis, that his now deceased pregnant girlfriend, Shamari Jenkins, 20, "was trying to ruin his life and he wanted her killed." more >>