An evangelical couple and two of their seven children are suing the city of Portland, Maine, regarding its ordinance that prevents protesters from gathering within 39 feet of the local Planned Parenthood abortion clinic. The family argues in the lawsuit that the ordinance violates their constitutional rights to free speech.
Daniel and Marguerite Fitzgerald of Shapleigh filed their lawsuit in the U.S. district court Wednesday, arguing that the city's buffer zone ordinance violates their First and Fourth Amendment rights found in the U.S. Constitution. The City Council voted late last year to pass the ordinance that would create a 39-foot bubble around the Planned Parenthood clinic on Congress Street after hearing testimony that pro-life protesters were harassing clinic visitors. The Fitzgerald family argues in its lawsuit, however, that their protests have been peaceful.
"[The Fitzgeralds] are faithful Evangelicals motivated to oppose the practice of abortion because of their religious beliefs that abortion is the deliberate destruction of innocent human life," the family's attorney, Stephen Whiting, wrote in the lawsuit, according to Bangor Daily News. more >>
The Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life group, criticized Texas Sen. Wendy Davis' recent comments on the state's 20-week abortion ban as being a politically desperate attempt to align with pro-life supporters in her state ahead of the 2014 gubernatorial election, for which Davis is the most likely choice as the Democratic candidate.
Sen. Davis (D-Fort Worth), who gained national attention last summer when she successfully filibustered an abortion regulation package that included the 20-week ban, said in a recent interview that she could have supported a 20-week ban on abortion in the state, had it included more exemptions and allowed women to defer to their doctors.
"National and Texas-based polling shows Wendy Davis' extreme abortion position is repellant to voters, including women, young people, and Hispanics. Most Americans simply can't stomach the brutality of late abortion and are moving towards compassionate, common ground limits. Only political desperation could cause Davis to try to give the appearance of moving with them, while at the same time maintaining abortion as her 'sacred ground,' and eviscerating the goals of the legislation," Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life nonprofit group, said in a statement. more >>
The Thomas More Society announced on Wednesday that it has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of a Tennessee pharmacist who was fired in 2013 by Walgreens for refusing to dispense the "Plan B" morning-after pill due to religious reasons.
"Dr. Hall's right to live according to his religious beliefs, including in his workplace, is protected both under the Federal Civil Rights Act and the Tennessee State Constitution," said Larry Crain, co-counsel with the law group. "Americans have the right to live according to their sincerely held religious beliefs and not be forced to participate in actions that they deeply and sincerely believe are morally wrong."
The lawsuit, filed alongside attorney Larry Crain, of Crain, Schuette & Associates, states that Pharmacist Dr. Philip Hall had been employed for six years at a Walgreens store in Jamestown, Tenn., and followed a protocol that allowed him to ask another pharmacist to dispense abortion-inducing drugs like Plan B to customers. Following the implementations of new FDA rules in August 2013, which required Plan B to be sold over-the-counter, Hall, a Baptist, asked his superiors to respect his religious objections to dispensing abortifacients. more >>
An unlicensed medical school graduate who worked at Kermit Gosnell's Women's Medical Society abortion clinic in West Philadelphia has been sentenced to serve six to 12 years in prison for his role in the killing of two babies born alive at the clinic.
Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner told Steven Massof, 51, on Wednesday that he was wise to plead guilty to two counts of third-degree murder and testify against his former employer, abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who was running an illegal late-term abortion clinic and writing illegal prescriptions for narcotics.
Massof testified last April that when multiple women were at the clinic for late-term abortions and were given drugs to induce contractions "it would rain fetuses." more >>
An attorney with the Thomas More Society has stated that a Walgreens pharmacist reportedly fired for refusing to dispense Plan B pills was only trying to "stay true" to his beliefs.
Last August Dr. Philip Hall, a devout Baptist, was reportedly fired by the Walgreens Company for refusing to provide the controversial Plan B, aka "morning after pill."
Jocelyn Floyd, special counsel with the Thomas More Society who is representing Hall, told The Christian Post that "we all have the right to stay true to our religious beliefs." more >>
President Barack Obama is under fire from some of his liberal friends after nominating Georgia state Judge Michael Boggs, who has a pro-life and pro-traditional marriage voting record as a state representative, for a federal court judgeship.
"President Obama has asked the Senate to confirm a judicial nominee who tried to channel funds to anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers and make a parental consent law even more extreme," NARAL Pro-Choice America said in a message to supporters.
NARAL will launch a campaign to oppose the nomination, the message said. The group is asking supporters to contact their senators to pressure them to oppose the nomination. more >>