Three California churches have filed a complaint against the state over a recently implemented health insurance provision mandating the coverage of elective abortions.
Foothill Church of Glendora, Calvary Chapel in Chino, and Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch filed the complaint last Friday in U.S. District Court. The suit, filed against the director of the California Department of Managed Health Care, seeks injunctive relief from the abortion mandate.
"Plaintiffs believe, as a matter of religious conviction, that it would be sinful and immoral for them intentionally to pay for, participate in, facilitate, or otherwise support abortion, which they believe destroys innocent human life," reads the complaint. more >>
Presidential candidate Jeb Bush touted his success in defunding Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, as governor of Florida during a forum held at a Christian university on Friday.
"Life is precious. And it is something that should be protected. As governor of the state of Florida I got to do just that. I did it with my arms wide open, I didn't do it as any secret plan," said Bush during the forum at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
"I defunded Planned Parenthood," he added, receiving applause from the largely conservative student audience present. more >>
United Methodist Church leadership has recently endorsed a plan to change the name of its central rule book.
Bishops of the divided denomination plan to change the name of the Book of Discipline to Things United Methodists Don't Agree On.
While the U.S. House votes Friday on a measure to defund Planned Parenthood via the complex reconciliation process, key questions remain unanswered as public tax dollars continue to be entangled with the nonprofit group's finances.
When a series of undercover videos thrust Planned Parenthood into the national spotlight, leaders in Congress began an investigation to make known any unlawful or unethical actions occurring at Planned Parenthood affiliates nationwide — facilities which currently receive over $528 million annually from American taxpayers.
Over the past two months, the U.S. House has held four hearings investigating the practices, finances and other aspects of the nation's largest abortion provider. The latest Planned Parenthood hearing held on October 8 offers instructive insights on where the debate stands. more >>
Is abortion something only women can discuss?
Last week, actress and The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg spoke about abortion on the popular morning talk show, saying, "You guys will never have to make this decision."
Meanwhile, media coverage of a recent Congressional hearing focused primarily on the "hostile questioning" faced by Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards — rather than specifics of what she revealed. more >>
Texas announced it will remove government funding for Planned Parenthood affiliates via the state's Medicaid program.
Governor Greg Abbott's office announced late Monday that Texas Health and Human Services Commission sent a letter to the abortion provider notifying them of the defunding.
In a statement, Gov. Abbott explained that the move to end Planned Parenthood's Medicaid participation came because of the series of undercover videos released by a California-based pro-life group. more >>