An Alabama-based Catholic television station brought its lawsuit before an appeals court in the hopes of getting an exemption from the Barack Obama Administration's birth control mandate for employers.
Oral arguments were heard Wednesday by the Eleventh Circuit Court regarding Eternal Word Television Network of Irondale's lawsuit against the Health and Human Services Department.
EWTN is being represented by the Washington, D.C.-based Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a law firm that has overseen dozens of suits against HHS over its contraception mandate. more >>
A so-called "emergency contraceptive" that has been central to recent court battles due to its mandated coverage by the Obama administration works most often by causing an abortion, according to a review of medical data published this month in the journal The Linacre Quarterly.
After studying the most recent scientific and medical evidence on levonorgestrel emergency contraception, which goes by the brand name Plan B, the researchers concluded that the women who take it do not get pregnant because it "quite often" causes an abortion if taken before ovulation.
Plan B was first approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration in 1999. After passage of the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," the Health and Human Services Administration required most employers to cover Plan B and other FDA-approved emergency contraceptives in their employee's health insurance plans. more >>
Congresswoman Renee Ellmers, R-North Carolina, accused pro-life groups who criticized her for leading an effort to stall a vote on a pro-life bill of "abhorrent and childish behaviors."
The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives had planned to vote on a 20-week abortion ban, called the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, on the same day as the March for Life. Republican leaders decided to delay that vote after some Republican congresswomen objected to a provision requiring women seeking the rape exemption to report her rapist to the police.
The same provision was in a 20-week ban that passed the House in 2013. Ellmers voted in favor of that bill and did not object to the rape provision at that time. more >>
Matt Chandler, lead pastor of The Village Church in Texas, recently preached against abortion from the pulpit, doing what many U.S. pastors apparently avoid like the plague, according to a survey's findings and the observation of some Christian leaders.
Chandler, married father of three, president of the church-planting Acts 29 Network, and co-author of such books as The Explicit Gospel and the upcoming The Mingling of Souls, took on the subject of abortion late last month as part of an on-going sermon series.
It was just in December when Chandler shared a stage with respected theologian and former pastor John Piper, who stated his belief that "there are cowards in the pulpit who won't touch the subject of abortion with a 10-foot pole." more >>
The Duggar family's cousin, Amy, has revealed that she was, in fact, born out of wedlock but quickly added that she would rather have that knowledge be public than her mother should have had an abortion.
"The tabloids are telling the truth," Amy shared on Instagram, "my mom and dad did have me out of wedlock. Just because we are Christians doesn't make us perfect, it just makes us forgiven. Just because I share the Duggar name doesn't mean my life is perfect!"
Amy has long been known for her differing opinions and actions on the hit series "19 Kids & Counting," which features her conservative cousins. However, she and her mother and father still remain in the same faith in God. Amy has sought out a music career and that storyline was featured on the series, and Amy remains committed to making her own way in the world. As for her illegitimate birth, Amy remains unfazed but certainly grateful for her parents' decision. more >>
Molly* – a beautiful girl with a sweet smile and an easy laugh – grew up in a Christian home. Taught to save sex for marriage, she changed her mind after she'd been dating Darren*. He said he loved her, and in her words, she "gave in."
Molly shares about the day she knew she was pregnant:
One day I just knew I was pregnant and I told Darren I needed a test. We went to Target, and I went into the bathroom there and saw the positive test sign. Thoughts started swarming in my head and my heart. What would I do? What would people think? I didn't even have to tell Darren; he knew. We walked out to the car and I lost it – bawling and crying and screaming. more >>