The U.S. Supreme Court ordered a lower court to reconsider its decision to go along with the Obama administration's effort to force the University of Notre Dame to pay for birth control methods in violation of Catholic doctrine.
In February 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled, in University of Notre Dame v. Burwell, that the Catholic university must abide by the birth control mandate. The Supreme Court vacated that decision Monday and ordered the Seventh Circuit to reconsider its decision "in light of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc."
Before the Supreme Court's order, Notre Dame was the only religious nonprofit in the country without an exemption from the birth control mandate due to the Seventh Circuit's ruling. more >>
As International Women's Day approaches, I can't help but think of the hashtag that set social media worldwide ablaze with protests. Last April, #BringBackOurGirls called the world's attention to the kidnapping of 276 school girls — taken from the Chibok Government Secondary School in northeast Nigeria by terrorist group Boko Haram.
Shocked and upset by the kidnappings, I participated in one of the real-life protests held in front of the Nigerian Embassy here in Washington, DC. Posting hashtags on twitter just wasn't enough; I needed to do more.
So I joined a frustrated but peaceful group of demonstrators comprised of people from all walks of life, who were rightfully outraged by this blatant attack on the lives of innocent young girls. more >>
Organizers of last year's Conservative Political Action Conference faced criticism due to the fact that last year's conference placed little emphasis on social issues. In fact, last year's conference failed to include any panels that specifically dealt with abortion. However, this year's CPAC included a good breakout session on sanctity of life issues entitled "Baby Steps: The Pro-Life Success Story." The panelists featured some heavy hitters from the pro-life movement including Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of the Susan B. Anthony List, Charmaine Yoest, the President of Americans United for Life, and Darla St. Martin, Co-Executive Director of the National Right to Life Committee.
Yoest thanked everyone for "voting with their feet" and attending. The abortion issue was certainly of interest to many CPAC attendees. Over 100 people were in attendance and the meeting room was filled beyond capacity. The entire panel had a very optimistic tone to it. Dannenfelser began her remarks by stating that "Abortion Centered Feminism is Dead" citing the success that pro-life candidates had during the 2014 election cycle. She also stated that her group's strategy of targeting pro-life voters by going door to door proved effective.
However, the positive results from the 2014 election were due to more than effective grassroots mobilization. She stated that when it comes to elections "do not just go with your gut, do due diligence." Through focus groups and polling, the Susan B. Anthony List found that both the 20-week abortion ban and cutting off taxpayer funding for abortion were winning issues for pro-life candidates. She also said that it was important that pro-life candidates went on the offensive in 2014. Furthermore, the Susan B. Anthony List did everything it could to make sure candidates knew how to articulate the abortion issue well. more >>
Pro-lifers are concerned about the commitment of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, to ending abortion.
In a "Fox News Sunday" interview, Walker said he was pro-life but sounded dipassionate about ending abortion if he were elected president.
During his reelection campaign, host Chris Wallace noted, Walker ran an ad calling abortion an "agonizing choice" and said he supported legislation that "leaves the final decision to a woman and her doctor." more >>
Actress Shari Rigby who starred in the hit film "October Baby" is opening up about her own life story in the new book, Beautifully Flawed, which will be available in stores on Monday.
Rigby, who's also a motivational speaker, reveals her tumultuous journey from teen marriage, pregnancy, adultery and drug use to her Christian faith. The author also delves into her career in Hollywood with Beautifully Flawed: Finding Your Radiance in the Imperfections of Your Life, including the powerful role as the mother of an abortion survivor in 2011's "October Baby." The part brought Rigby full circle since the actress herself had an abortion at a young age, proving that God transforms our mistakes into new purpose and beauty.
"This book is about the journey that we go on and how the Lord absolutely uses everything to his glory," Rigby told The Christian Post. So many times we look at our lives and we see things that are flawed, we are ashamed and can't speak about them. I was transparent about my story, from little girl on all the way up through speaking career that last few years. more >>
A Baptist preacher's wife in Alabama who works at a local abortion clinic hit back at her critics Monday, declaring that those who criticize women who work at abortion facilities should first address the sins in their own lives before criticizing what women do with their own bodies.
"I feel that we have all sinned. None of us are perfect. No sin is greater than any sin. I don't know why, other than that's the only decision [abortion] that a woman could make. That's her right to make that decision because that's her body," Callie Chatman, a certified medical technician who works at Reproductive Health Services, told The Christian Post in an interview Monday. Callie's husband is Louis Chatman, pastor of New Elam Baptist Church in Montgomery.
A video posted to YouTube last Thursday by David Day Sr., a Mission Service Corps missionary with the North American Mission Board reportedly shows pastor Chatman "dropping off his wife" at the facility. more >>