The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to block Texas' sweeping abortion law, which may close down as many as one-third of the abortion clinics in the Lone Star State.
In a five to four decision, the Court decided late Tuesday afternoon to not block the implementation of the abortion law commonly known as HB 2, which is presently undergoing a lawsuit from pro-choice groups.
The majority was comprised of Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., Justices Samuel A. Alito, Jr., Clarence Thomas, and Anthony M. Kennedy; Justice Antonin Scalia wrote a concurring opinion with the majority. more >>
The Air Force Academy has admitted they removed the phrase "so help me God" from three oaths in the 2012 edition of their official cadet handbook.
The revelation came after more than two dozen members of Congress sent a letter to Academy Supt. Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson demanding that she explain why the phrase was removed.
The lawmakers contend the 2012 edition of the Contrails Cadet Handbook excludes the phrase 'so help me God' in the Cadet's Oath of allegiance, the Oath of Office for Officers and the Oath of Enlistment. more >>
A college prep high school teacher in Italy is coming under fire from liberal activist groups for asking students in a Catholicism class to rank the severity of sin on a list that includes homosexual behavior.
According to the U.S.-based Alliance Defending Freedom legal group, during the optional hour on Catholicism at Liceo Classico Mariotti, a university preparatory high school in Perugia, the teacher distributed a questionnaire to students asking them to rank from 0 to 10 the gravity of sinfulness of a list of activities, including selling drugs, war, terrorism, murder, contraception, abortion, premarital sex, and homosexual behavior.
Two groups, Arcigay and Omphalos Association, learned of the assignment and filed a complaint with the National Anti-Discrimination Office, claiming that the questionnaire provoked discriminatory arguments among the students, ADF said in a statement released Tuesday. more >>
A Pennyslvania United Methodist clergyman who officiated his son's same-sex wedding has been suspended for 30 days by a church jury on two guilty counts.
The Rev. Frank Schaefer was sentenced Tuesday evening to the suspension after a 13-member jury ruled the day before that he had broken his pastoral vows. The two counts were officiating a ceremony for a homosexual union and being in violation of the rules of the United Methodist Church.
In addition to the suspension, Schaefer must agree to cease officiating same-sex marriages or else be compelled to lose his clergy credentials with the United Methodist Church. more >>
A seemingly successful professional couple living in downtown Austin, Texas, is sharing their story with fellow Americans, specifically Texans, about why they chose to abort their baby.
With help from Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, Marni Jade Evans, 37, and her fiancé, John Lockhart, 43, spent the first of the month on conference calls and tweeting messages to select media outlets offering to talk about how they believe the state's new abortion regulations delayed Evans' abortion procedure.
According to Evans, her scheduled abortion at a Planned Parenthood clinic was canceled because her provider didn't obtain admitting privileges at an Austin-area hospital, a requirement that's part of the state's new abortion regulations. more >>
Joseph Paul Franklin was executed by the state of Missouri earlier this morning. He was the first inmate executed in three years and the first to die by a single dose of pentobarbital.
Franklin gave no final statement but was relatively calm as the pentobarbital was administered; he began breathing hard for a few moments then ceased breathing at all. He was pronounced dead at 6:17 a.m. CST. His death came after three separate appeals were rejected and the U.S. Supreme Court overturned two stays of execution.
Franklin was convicted of the murder of Gerald Gordon as he left a synagogue in St. Louis in 1977. He was also convicted of seven other murders and claimed to have killed up to 20 people during his life, but it was Gordon's murder that led to the death sentence. Franklin specifically targeted African Americans and Jews, hoping to incite a new race war that others would follow. more >>