The U.S. Supreme Court has thrown out a ruling against a Catholic organization that was being compelled to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives at the threat of being fined by the Internal Revenue Service.
On Monday the highest court in the nation granted the Michigan Catholic Conference their request for an exemption for religious reasons against the Health and Human Services contraception mandate.
In the Supreme Court's order, the Justices invoked last year's landmark Hobby Lobby decision, which concluded that "closely-held businesses" could be exempted from the HHS mandate due to religious objections. more >>
On January 22, just days after the swearing in of what some called the most pro-life Congress in history, the House of Representatives was poised to vote on the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The bill would limit abortions after 5 months of pregnancy (20-weeks) based on evidence that fetuses can feel pain at that point in pregnancy.
But the long-scheduled vote was abruptly cancelled when several Republican congresswomen protested the inclusion of a provision requiring rape victims to report the crime to police before obtaining late-term abortions.
Republican leaders seemed not to have anticipated objections from within their caucus over the bill's language, perhaps because a similar version had passed the House two years earlier. more >>
A school district in North Dakota has denied discriminating against students from two high schools attempting to form Students for Life chapters.
Fargo Public School District No. 1 released a statement earlier this month arguing against a demand from the legal group the Thomas More Society, which demanded Fargo Public Schools recognize two pro-life student groups at Davies High School and North High School.
In a statement emailed to The Christian Post, Fargo Public Schools denied any wrongdoing in not allowing the pro-life student groups. more >>
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said "deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed" to allow women access to "reproductive health care" – which was widely seen as a call to change views on abortion.
"Yes, we've cut the maternal mortality rate in half, but far too many women are still denied critical access to reproductive health care and safe childbirth, and laws don't count for much if they're not enforced. Rights have to exist in practice — not just on paper. Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will. And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed," Clinton said at the sixth annual Women in The World Summit in New York City.
"As I have said and as I believe, the advancement of the full participation of women and girls in every aspect of their societies is the great unfinished business of the 21st century and not just for women but for everyone – and not just in far away countries but right here in the United States," she added in her keynote address at the event Thursday. more >>
This week saw landmark pro-life activity in the Tennessee State Legislature, as two bills were passed overwhelmingly in the House – having previously passed with large majorities in the Senate. Both bills are now on their way to Governor Bill Haslam (R), expected to sign them into law.
These bills will implement informed consent, a 48-hour waiting period (after a woman receives the information), and requiring that abortion facilities performing 50 abortions per year be licensed and inspected by the State Department of Health.
While only a first step to protect women and save pre-born lives in Tennessee, these laws represent the culmination of a tireless 14-year effort by pro-life advocates to reverse a dangerous, even deadly policy put in place through a court ruling. more >>
Presidential candidate Rand Paul made headlines last week by turning the rhetorical tables on Progressives on the issue of abortion. When pressed by the media to articulate specifically his position on abortion, Paul responded, "Why don't we ask the DNC: Is it okay to kill a seven-pound baby in the uterus? You go back and you ask Debbie Wasserman Schultz if she's OK with killing a seven-pound baby that is not born yet. Ask her when life begins, and you ask Debbie when it's okay to protect life. When you get an answer from Debbie, get back to me."
Paul's point is well made. For years, Conservatives have been made to play defense on the issue of abortion while pro-choice Progressives wear the white hats. The venerated "right to choose" has become so deeply ingrained into the cultural milieu that Progressives long ago abandoned any serious attempt to justify their position on abortion. The media has happily fostered this trend and continues to do so. You can bet that Hillary Clinton won't be pressed to flesh out the details of her position on abortion – when, if ever, she considers the life of an unborn child as equal to or more important than the "choice rights" of its mother. She will be allowed, as Debbie Wasserman Schultz was, to don her anti-government-interference hat (without a trace of irony, mind you) and consign the fate of the unborn, no matter their weight or gestational age, to the irreproachable relationship of that between a woman and her doctor. She will retain her mantle as a women in ideological step with Progressive-minded, liberated women everywhere. The base will be appeased and the media will be free to continue caricaturing pro-lifers as misogynistic knuckle-draggers whose vision for America would have women perpetually barefoot and pregnant and in the home where they belong.
At a recent summit hosted by the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, Paul doubled-down on his pro-life position and his challenge to Democrats: more >>