Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley urged members of Congress to support the Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act, which would require health plans to disclose if they subsidize abortion coverage. O'Malley's support comes days after Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius pleaded ignorance on abortion funds.
In a Nov. 1 letter to House members, O'Malley, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said the bill requiring the HHS to provide all the insurance details to exchange shoppers up front will address "one part of the abortion-related problem" in Obama's health care law.
"Under the ACA [Affordable Care Act or "ObamaCare], unless state law requires otherwise, each insurer may choose whether to include elective abortions in the health plans it offers on a state health exchange," the cardinal wrote. "If the insurer does cover such abortions, the overall health plan may still receive federal tax subsidies; and every enrollee -- regardless of age, sex, or conscientious objection – must make a separate payment solely to cover other enrollees' abortions." more >>
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) will introduce a bill in the U.S. Senate next week that would ban all abortions after the fetus is 20-weeks old.
A similar bill, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, has already been passed in the U.S. House.
There was some debate among Senate Republicans over the wording of the bill, according to The Washington Examiner, which first reported that Graham would introduce the bill. more >>
The Affordable Care Act's, or "Obamacare's," birth control mandate "trammels the right of free exercise" of religion for an individual, a U.S. federal appeals court ruled Friday. But, the court did not rule, as other courts have in similar cases, that for-profit companies are protected by the Free Exercise clause. The decision's inconsistency with other court decisions on the birth control mandate increases the likelihood that the Supreme Court will have to weigh in on the debate.
"We must determine whether the contraceptive mandate imposed by the [ACA] trammels the right of free exercise – a right that lies at the core of our constitutional liberties – as protected by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. We conclude it does," Judge Janice Rogers Brown wrote for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
The plaintiffs in the case are Francis and Philip Gilardi, owners of Freshway Foods in Ohio. The Gilardis are devout Catholics who objected to being required to include coverage for contraception, sterilization and abortifacient drugs in their company's health insurance plans. more >>
Abortion clinics in Texas will have to comply with a new state law that requires abortionists to have admitting privileges at a local hospital within 30 miles should a patient need emergency care. The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans on Thursday granted a temporary injunction and overruled Federal Judge Lee Yeakel's decision in which he ruled that part of the state's abortion law is unconstitutional. For now, the law stands until it's argued before the Fifth Circuit in the coming months.
Lawyers for Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, Center for Reproductive Rights and abortionists have argued that the state's new abortion regulations would lead to a majority of the state's abortion clinics closing down. But according to Texas Right to Life, abortionists have the power to meet the health and safety standards that are required by law, if they want to.
"If you're advocating against safety standards as a means of keeping more abortion clinics open, then that doesn't promote better health at all," Emily Horne, legislative associate with Texas Right to Life, told The Christian Post on Monday. "I can't be OK with saying 'Well, we just better not pass any regulations because even if the abortions are unsafe, they have to be available." more >>
An Alabama-based Catholic television station has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services over its controversial mandate that requires religious employers to cover contraceptives, including those that can cause early abortion.
Eternal Word Television Network, whose station in Irondale brings programming to more than 145 million homes across the globe, filed the suit on Monday.
Brought before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama, EWTN is being represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and has the aid of Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange. more >>
Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court case that legalized abortion, was decided without any case record of facts or evidence. This is just one of the findings of Clarke D. Forsythe in Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade, the most thorough account of the Roe decision since the release of most of the justice's court papers for the case.
The court papers of all but one of the justices, Chief Justice Warren Burger, have now been released. Forsythe's new book is the first to examine Roe in light of these new documents, he explained in a Monday interview with The Christian Post.
Forsythe served as president and senior counsel for Americans United for Life for 28 years. With that experience, he was already an expert on the decision itself. For Abuse of Discretion, he was able to explore how the judges reached that decision. One of his most suprising findings was that the judges came to their decision without any court presented factual evidence subject to cross examination. more >>