Democrats gathered in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Sen. Wendy Davis' famous 11-hour filibuster that temporarily prevented the state's 20-week abortion ban from being passed.
Davis joined her gubernatorial running mate, lieutenant governor candidate Leticia Van de Putte (D), and 1,600 of her supporters at the Palmer Event Center in Austin on Wednesday for the event. The Houston Chronicle described the event as "part pep rally, part fundraiser."
The anniversary party opened with a prayer. more >>
In a strongly worded unanimous U.S. Supreme Court opinion in McCullen vs. Coakley, a Massachusetts law aimed at pro-life activists seeking to counsel women seeking an abortion was struck down due to its "truly exceptional" and "extreme" approach to limiting free speech.
The law created a 35 foot "buffer zone" around abortion facilities that prevented peaceful engagement with women seeking an abortion.
The case was brought to the court by Eleanor McCullen, who has been credited with saving hundreds of lives through her peaceful conversations outside abortion facilities, informing them of alternatives to abortion. more >>
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a law in Massachusetts creating abortion clinic buffer zones for pro-life demonstrators was unconstitutional.
In a unanimous decision, the high court ruled Thursday morning that Massachusetts could not force pro-life demonstrators into "buffer zones" to prevent them from being located near an abortion clinic's entrance and exits.
According to SCOTUSBlog, the main focus of the decision stemmed from the buffer zone ordinance including public ways and sidewalks. more >>
The House Appropriations Committee voted this week to extend abortion coverage to Peace Corps volunteers who are raped while working with the program.
The provision, proposed by Democratic Rep. Nita Lowey of New York, quickly passed a voice vote in the GOP-controlled committee on Tuesday, and now goes on for a full vote in both the Senate and the House.
Proponents of the provision argue that because Peace Corps volunteers receive federal health insurance coverage, they should receive the same reproductive coverage as other employees of the U.S. federal government. Although most federal health insurance plans ban abortion, they allow the procedure in exceptions that include rape, incest, or if the mother's life is in danger. more >>
The Supreme Court is about to issue its ruling in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius. Regardless of where you stand on the issues, what's at stake in these two cases is American religious liberty itself. America was founded on the principle that every person has the right to live her faith freely without fear of punishment, guaranteed by the First Amendment. The exercise of one's conscience is an exercise in religious liberty, since our views of right and wrong are grounded in our understanding of Who God is and what He demands.
Longstanding legislation prohibits laws that substantially burden a person's free exercise of religion, except if the government shows that the burden furthers a compelling interest using the least restrictive means. In the case of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood it seems unlikely that the government has successfully shown a compelling interest for imposing a burden that limits the religious freedom of the American people.
As Justice Anthony Kennedy pointed out at the oral argument in late March to Solicitor General Donald Verilli, who represented the government, it was the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that wrote what was required to be covered under "preventive" care services, not Congress. At the time, Justice Kennedy asked: "What kind of constitutional structure do we have if the Congress can give an agency the power to grant or not grant a religious exemption based on what the agency determined? … When we have a First Amendment issue of this consequence, shouldn't we indicate that it's for the Congress, not the agency to determine that this corporation gets the exemption or that one?" more >>
It's been almost a year since the historic abortion filibuster of state Senator Wendy Davis in Austin, Texas where she took to the floor of the Texas Senate to make sure that the state did not ban abortions after 20 weeks – that is a preborn baby who is five months along with fully formed hands and feet, who can feel pain, suck his/her thumb, and whose movements can sometimes be felt by his or her mother.
Wendy Davis talked for over 11 hours promoting late-term abortion and was idolized by pro-abortion women's groups and even President Barack Obama, who tweeted in support of her. Not surprising given his stance on the Born Alive Infants Protection Act, which he voted against on several different occasions. Because why should babies born alive have any protections against being killed after their botched executions by the likes of Kermit Gosnell or Douglas Karpen? Of course, our president would support the killing of children after 20 weeks in utero and promote a woman who talked for hours on end about it!
The protests at the statehouse in Austin during Davis' filibuster in the days following were epic. Students for Life, along with many other pro-life groups, organized bus tours and counter protests in support of the majority of the state senators who wanted to pass the bill that Davis was filibustering. Students for Life even made national news when the YMCA backed out of a previous agreement to allow the students to take showers after hours because pro-abortion protestors bullied the YMCA for daring to let pro-life students use their facilities. more >>