An attorney involved in a Supreme Court case that will determine to what extent privately owned businesses can opt-out of providing certain types of birth control for religious reasons believes there are "'high stakes" involved in the outcome.
Matt Bowman, senior counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom, has served as an attorney for Conestoga Woods Specialties, who alongside Hobby Lobby, have sued the federal government to be exempt from the Health and Human Services' "preventive services mandate" that requires businesses to cover birth control that can lead to the early termination of a pregnancy.
"The stakes are very high in the Conestoga and Hobby Lobby case," explained Bowman regarding the First Amendment implications in the lawsuit. "It involves fundamental issues of whether or not religious freedom belongs to every American, and whether the government can redefine freedom to force citizens to buy abortion pills for other people." more >>
Recently, I've noticed several articles concerning a letter circulated by the nation's largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood. The letter, written by members of Planned Parenthood's Clergy Advocacy Board — representatives of various incongruent streams of faith — claims that abortion isn't mentioned in Scripture, and therefore shouldn't be subject to any faith-based prohibitions.
I'd like to add my voice to the growing chorus of believers speaking out against those satanic lies and say that Scripture is indeed clear about the issue of abortion. While the word itself may not appear in Bible, God's Word is not silent when it comes to the vile sin of murdering children in the womb. In fact, there are several biblical principles we can look to that shape how we are to think about this horrific sin.
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While some pro-life groups have praised Melinda Gates' announcement earlier in June that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation does not fund abortion, others have argued that the charitable organization still supports abortifacients in certain projects.
"Abortion is a procedure that not only compromises both the dignity and the development of the unborn but also raises a host of problems for women," Leah Bromberg, communications director for World Youth Alliance, told Catholic News Agency on Tuesday.
Bromberg agreed with Gates that including abortion in human development plans "slows progress for tens of millions of women," and said that the practice is a "selective procedure that should not be conflated with women's reproductive health. She said that her group "applaud[s] Melinda Gates' decision to separate the two terms through her Foundation's decision." more >>
If you think Hobby Lobby is a Christian company, you're mistaken, says Jonathan Merritt. Actually, Hobby Lobby is conspiring with China, through trade, to keep millions in poverty and maintain China's forced abortion regime:
Turn over just about any trinket in a Hobby Lobby store and you'll find a gold oval stamped with "Made in China," a country that is one of the worst offenders of human dignity, unborn infant life, and economic justice anywhere in the world.
As such, those shiny stickers littering every Hobby Lobby from sea to shining sea are more than a statement about a product's geographical origin; they are also a stinging indictment against the way the retailer has sought to label itself. more >>
Texas abortionist Douglas Karpen, who has been dubbed the "Gosnell of Texas," is no longer performing abortions because he's unable to obtain hospital admitting privileges, according to pro-life group Live Action. Karpen's Houston clinics, however, remain open and doctors continue to perform abortions at his ambulatory surgical center.
Among the requirements of an abortion clinic regulation bill that was passed by the Texas legislature and signed into law by Republican Gov. Rick Perry last July, is that abortionists must be able to obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital within 30 miles of the abortion facilities in which they work, so that they can accompany their patients to the nearest hospital in cases of emergency.
Karpen was called out as being the Gosnell of Texas, and possibly worse, by Operation Rescue, which joined other pro-life groups and Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst last year in pressuring the Harris County District Attorney's Office and Texas Department of State Health Services to investigate Karpen. more >>
In a unanimous, 9-0, decision, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a lower court decision preventing Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life organization, from suing a Democratic congressman over a freedom of speech claim. The case, involving an SBA List advertisement claiming that the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," funds abortions, will be allowed to move forward.
"Today's decision by the court is a step toward victory for the freedom of speech and the broad coalition of groups who have supported SBA List throughout this case. The truth or falsity of political speech should be judged by voters, not government bureaucrats," SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said.
During the 2010 election, SBA List funded a campaign telling voters that Congressman Steve Driehaus, D-Ohio, voted for taxpayer-funded abortion because of his vote for the ACA. When SBA List sought to place the message on a billboard, Driehaus threatened to sue under an Ohio law that makes it a crime to publish false statements about a candidate. Due to the lawsuit threat, the billboard owner declined to let SBA List rent the space. more >>