The Peruvian Episcopal Conference has rejected the implementation of a national plan for gender equality that for the first time ever opens the doors to therapeutic abortions, calling it both "immoral" and "unconstitutional."
Fides News Agency stated on Wednesday that the bishops are "turning to the Catholic faithful, citizenship and especially to the authority of the Executive, to express as follows: our firm rejection concerning this legislation that opens the door for the first time in the history of Peru, to abortion, that is to say, to the murder of an innocent human life. This ministerial regulation as well as being immoral is also unconstitutional and illegal."
The new decree allows abortions in certain cases, such as when a mother's health or life is in danger, and up to 22 weeks of pregnancy. The implementation of the National Technical Guide for therapeutic abortion, as it is called, is part of the National Plan for Gender Equality 2012-2017, which has set reduction of maternal mortality among its objectives. more >>
"This is the scariest thing the Court has ever done," emailed a friend to me yesterday. Understandably, women's hearts are beating fast and our heads are spinning with confusion due to uproars declaring a heightened "war on women" in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius decisions.
The Supreme Court's decision to uphold citizens' First Amendment right to live and work according to our moral convictions should not scare women. What should frighten us is the deceptive and potentially harmful misinformation so-called "progressive" voices within pro-abortion lobby groups, mainstream media, and, most disappointingly, from some within the Church are feeding us.
Lending to the "war on women" outcry yesterday was Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund. According to The Huffington Post, Richards stated, "Today, the Supreme Court ruled against American women and families giving bosses the right to discriminate against women and deny their employees access to birth control coverage." more >>
You have no doubt heard that the men of the US Supreme Court are making war on the interests of American women. You may, however, have some doubt as to which interests of which women. I maintain that there has been a War Among Women for the past 50 years or so. And most of the time, the Elite Women prevail over "everywoman". But not this time.
Let me tell you about a friend of mine named Katie. She is a brilliant attorney, who works part-time for a non-profit public interest legal organization. Katie has nine children, whom she homeschools. She lives out in the country in coastal California. By any reasonable reckoning, Katie, is "having it all:" big family, country living in one of the most beautiful places on earth, and meaningful, intellectually challenging work.
However, it is safe to say that Katie is highly unlikely to ever be appointed to the Supreme Court. She has other concerns. She does not have the single-minded focus on her legal career that would allow her to be a serious contender. more >>
The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to strike down the "Obamacare" birth control mandate for closely held corporations with religious objections led some media organizations to make mythical claims that the decision will cause horrible outcomes. Here are three of those myths.
1. It restricts access to birth control.
The Court's decision will "deny legions of women ... access to contraceptive coverage," Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote in her dissent. more >>
Hobby Lobby co-founders David and Barbara Green praised God and thanked the Supreme Court for its ruling in favor of religious freedom. The high court ruled on Monday that the company can refuse to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs based on their religious belief.
"The Supreme Court re-affirmed what our family has always believed – that America is a country founded on and sustained by religious liberty. It's been a long journey, but an important one for our family and for those who wish to be guided in all areas of life, including their businesses, by faith and conscience," Barbara Green said in a video message posted on The Becket Fund For Religious Liberty website.
"We are truly thankful for a decision that allows us to continue operating our family business according to our principles," Green continued. "One of those principles is gratitude, and we are deeply grateful to our employees, to our customers, to the many individuals from all walks of life who have shown their support through word, action and prayer. We thank God for His many blessings and ask for His continued grace to shine on our nation." more >>
Conservative star and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson says America had no right criticizing ancient "heathen" civilizations for practicing human sacrifice because it is doing the same thing through legal abortion.
Carson made the comments in a recent interview on DoveTV in response to host Perry Atkinson who speculated that if America could just end abortion then "all of the other things that God would be interested in helping us with would fall into alignment."
"It's interesting," Carson replied, "that we sit around and call other ancient civilizations 'heathen' because of human sacrifice, but aren't we actually guilty of the same thing?" more >>