The federal government has the authority to force churches to comply with Obamacare regulations that force employers to provide contraceptive and birth control coverage to their employees, the Obama administration's top lawyer argued Wednesday before the United States Supreme Court.
Although churches and other houses of worship are exempt from having to comply with the Health and Human Services contraception and abortion-pill mandate, religious nonprofits and colleges are not exempt from having to comply with an accommodation to the mandate that forces them to notify the government of their religious objections so that the government can insure that the issuers of their health plans still provide the objected coverage under their plans.
Should the organizations not comply with the accommodation, they would be forced to pay upwards of $100 per employee in fines, which for many of the organizations would result in the loss of millions of dollars. more >>
A Chicago-based pro-life group is organizing Good Friday prayer vigils at 75 abortion clinics across the United States and Canada known as the "Way of the Cross for Victims of Abortion."
"The vigil links the death of Christ on the cross to deaths of unborn children at abortion clinics — in both cases, the unjust killing of innocents whose lives are not valued by society," said Eric Scheidler, executive director of the Pro-Life Action League, to The Christian Post.
"We pray in intercession for children threatened by abortion to be spared. We pray for their mothers and fathers to have a change of heart and choose life. We pray for our complacent society to awaken to this injustice and put a stop to it." more >>
Some regional bodies within the United Methodist Church are petitioning the denomination to approve the end of its relationship with a pro-choice advocacy group at General Conference.
The UMC Annual Conferences of Western Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Alabama-West Florida, Mississippi, and Indiana are among those that have petitioned the Mainline Protestant denomination to sever its longstanding ties with the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.
John Lomperis, the United Methodist action director at the theologically conservative Institute on Religion & Democracy, as well as an elected delegate for the 2016 UMC General Conference, is among those calling for the denomination to sever its ties with the abortion advocacy group that previously told this publication it's opposed to any restrictions on abortion, including during the third trimester. more >>
A national pro-choice organization is demanding that two California pregnancy centers adhere to a controversial state law mandating that they promote abortion.
The California chapter of NARAL Pro-Choice America has called on officials to compel Sacramento Life Center and Alternatives Pregnancy Center to feature signs promoting abortion services.
Following President Barack Obama's nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the United States Supreme Court Wednesday, national pro-life leaders are stressing that Garland would likely vote in accordance with the liberal wing of the court on abortion if he replaces the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
Garland, the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C., is considered by many to be a political moderate, however, Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser and other prominent pro-lifers do not believe that anyone appointed by Obama would protect the sanctity of life.
"We do not know this nominee but we do know Barack Obama," Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said in a statement Wednesday. "Anyone he nominates will join the voting bloc on the Court that consistently upholds abortion on-demand. The President should not be permitted one last opportunity to stack the Court with pro-abortion Justices." more >>
An Oklahoma bill seeking to charge abortionists with first degree murder in the state was shut down last week after Republican leaders sided with the nation's largest abortion business in saying that the bill would go too far.
The controversial legislation SB 1118 that would make anyone who performs an abortion in the state guilty of first degree murder, was authored by Republican state Sen. Joseph Silk.