An appeals court has ruled against the Department of Health and Human Services' accomodation to the birth control mandate for religious groups, arguing that it does not sufficiently protect religious liberty. The decision could mean that the case will go to the Supreme Court.
In a decision released Thursday, a three judge panel of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that faith-based groups should not be required to sign a waiver for being exempted from providing assorted birth control methods in their insurance coverage.
Plaintiffs in the case included CNS Corporation, CNS international Ministries, Heartland Christian College, and Ozark National Life Insurance Company. more >>
Fertility rites and child sacrifice were the hallmarks of Canaanite worship — and yet they appealed to many Israelites. Should we be shocked, or look in the mirror?
In the most recent issue of Biblical Archaeological Review, archaeologist Itzhaq Shai of Israel's Ariel University described what he characterized as "extraordinary finds that provided insights into the Canaanites and their religious world."
The finds, which Shai suspects may be the biblical Libnah mentioned in Joshua, Second Kings and Isaiah, include a "large public building," possibly a temple, ceremonial masks, and figurines, like idols of a nude female figure nursing two infants. more >>
A bill stripping Planned Parenthood Federation of America of federal taxpayer dollars for a period of at least one year passed the U.S. House of Representatives.
Lawmakers in the House voted largely on party lines on Friday to pass HR 3134, 241 to 187, which would place a one-year moratorium on federal funding of Planned Parenthood.
"For the one-year period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act, subject to subsection (b), no funds authorized or appropriated by Federal law may be made available for any purpose to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., or any affiliate or clinic of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., unless such entities certify that Planned Parenthood Federation of America affiliates and clinics will not perform, and will not provide any funds to any other entity that performs, an abortion during such period," reads HR 3134. more >>
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would grant legal protection for babies born alive in an attempted abortion.
In a vote of 248 yeas to 177 nays taken on Friday H.R.3504, titled the "Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act" was passed in a largely party line tally.
Introduced by Arizona Congressman Trent Franks earlier this month, H.R. 3504 seeks to amend the federal criminal code to mandate that abortion providers must give proper medical care to any baby born alive in their facility. more >>
Planned Parenthood supporters in positions of government power are looking to jail and financially destroy the producer of the undercover sting videos that have brought attention to the abortion giant's illegal practices, a pro-life lawyer claims.
Tom Brejcha, an attorney for the Thomas More Society, said anti-abortion activist and Center For Medical Progress founder David Daleiden is facing aggressive lawsuits for his undercover investigation of Planned Parenthood, and their end goal is to put him in jail and "destroy him financially."
David Daleiden and Tom Brejcha were two of the four figures who presented during a "Stop Baby Parts Trafficking" live webcast Tuesday. The simulcast was hosted by David Bereit, the national director of 40 Days for Life, a pro-life mobilization effort. more >>
Thanks to a congressional investigation of Planned Parenthood, millions of people on the Internet are hearing the story of a 38-year-old abortion survivor.
Gianna Jessen, whose life was the inspiration for the film "October Baby," told the House Judiciary Committee last week how she survived 18 hours of being burned in her mother's womb at a Planned Parenthood clinic in California. Her experience proves that God's will is stronger than her biological mother's "right to choose," she said.
Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, has come under fire in recent months thanks to investigative videos from the Center of Medical Progress. Abortion survivor Gianna Jessen explained that her mother was seven-and-a-half months pregnant when she went to Planned Parenthood and was advised to get an abortion. more >>