WASHINGTON – Undeterred by heavy snowfall, supporters and opponents of Hobby Lobby's lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services made their presence known Tuesday morning while the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case, Kathleen Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialty Store v. Sebelius.
Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods are suing the federal government over the HHS' "preventive services" mandate in the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, that requires employers to provide healthcare coverage that pays for prescription birth control and abortion-inducing drugs.
The four contraceptives that Hobby Lobby is seeking exemption from covering include two types of IUDs, and Plan B and EllaOne, the morning after and week after pills, respectively, which they believe would make them complicit in abortion, a violation of their religious beliefs. more >>
WASHINGTON – Supporters of two companies suing the Health and Human Services Department over its "preventive services" mandate are "encouraged" by the responses they received from members of the U.S. Supreme Court during oral arguments.
Hobby Lobby Inc. and Conestoga Woods had their case against HHS argued on a wintry Tuesday morning before the Court.
The two companies are arguing that the HHS mandate violates their religious liberty by compelling the family owned companies to provide certain contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs that they hold moral objections to. more >>
It's been 23 years since Anita Hill testified about the alleged harassment she received at the hands of Clarence Thomas. Now, Hill is the star of a new film, "Anita," which details her feelings about the Supreme Court case and Hill's life post-testimony.
"Initially, I thought I would just go back and do what I do: commercial law and contracts," Hill told Slate's Dahlia Lithwick of her time after giving her Supreme Court testimony. "But within months I was getting so many requests that it just felt that there was a sincere effort for people to understand sexual harassment. It took a lot of letters from people who were asking really sincere questions, and so I gave it two years. And 23 years later … I say to people I do know how to count. There just seem to be so many layers to the problem that we're still trying to address them."
Hill noted that she still sees the same problems that were present 23 years ago and even beyond: women still suffering harassment and blaming one another or not being believed by others when they tell their stories. It's one of the main reasons that she chose to participate in "Anita," which provides an intimate look at her life now and then. Hill praises her parents and credits them with her continuing work on behalf of women who need it. more >>
A national gay rights organization has taken issue with a Roman Catholic Archdiocese's recently implemented "morals clause" added to their private school teacher contracts.
"As support for LGBT equality continues to grow, particularly among Catholics, the Cincinnati Archdiocese is enacting draconian restrictions on Catholic school employees," Paul Guequierre of the Human Rights Campaign wrote in an entry on the group's website Tuesday that calls for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati to reconsider its new rule. "HRC is calling on Diocese leaders to model Christian values and not discriminate against LGBT teachers or straight allies in their employment practices."
Guequierre argued that the new measure for Catholic school teachers in the Archdiocese is discriminatory and will remove employment protections for teachers. more >>
Editor's note: Warning, graphic details about late-term abortion procedures are described in this article.
A Texas woman has filed a lawsuit against late-term abortionist Douglas Karpen, who's been dubbed the Gosnell of Texas, after she sustained life-threatening injuries at one of his three abortion facilities last year.
Melanie Mendoza filed suit in Harris County Court on March 10, alleging that Karpen ruptured her uterus during a late-term abortion, and failed to inform her that she needed emergency surgery to save her life after the botched procedure. more >>
A New York City church has stirred controversy among members of the LGBT community because a sign at its location says Jesus Christ would have stoned homosexuals.
ATLAH World Missionary Church in Harlem recently posted the sign that reads: "Jesus Would Stone Homos. … Stoning is Still the Law," and includes a few scripture citations below.
James David Manning, pastor at ATLAH, told The Christian Post that the message was put up over a week ago in order to counter the "flat out lies" of LGBT activists regarding Jesus and the Bible. more >>