Two hundred and seven members of Congress, including three Republican presidential candidates, sent a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that the Obamacare contraceptive mandate violates the religious liberties of the Little Sisters of the Poor and other Christian institutions.
The Supreme Court is set to hear a challenge in March to the Affordable Care Act mandate that requires under the consequence of crippling fines that religious non-profit organizations, Christian colleges and other institutions offer health insurance plans for their employees that provide abortion-inducing drugs
As the Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of Catholic nuns who serve the elderly, have been entrenched at the forefront of this legal battle to gain religious exemption from the mandate, the 10th Circuit Court ruled in July that the mandate does not violate the rights of the organizations because it provides an accommodation that circumvents the organizations to still provide the drugs of objection to their employees. more >>
Planned Parenthood announced its endorsement of Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.
The endorsement is the first in the largest abortion provider's roughly 100-year-long existence.
In a statement released by Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the group labeled Clinton the "best presidential candidate for reproductive rights, hands down." more >>
Catholic organization Little Sisters of the Poor pleaded with the U.S. Supreme Court not to force it to choose between helping the poor and abiding by its faith, when it comes to obiding by the HHS birth control mandate.
"As Little Sisters of the Poor, we offer the neediest elderly of every race and religion a home where they are welcomed as Christ," said Sister Loraine Marie Maguire, mother provincial of the Little Sisters of the Poor, according to Catholic News Agency.
"We perform this loving ministry because of our faith," she added, but said that the group "cannot possibly choose between our care for the elderly poor and our faith, and we shouldn't have to." more >>
The House passed a bill late Wednesday that makes major changes to the Affordable Care Act and defunds Planned Parenthood for at least one year, sending it to the desk of President Barack Obama.
In a largely party-line vote, lawmakers passed HR 3762, also called the Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, by a vote of 240 to 181.
While Planned Parenthood is not mentioned directly in HR 3762's text, the nation's largest abortion provider would lose funding under Section 206, titled "Federal Payments to States" which lists abortion providers as a "prohibited entity" banned from receiving taxpayer funding, with the exception of abortions performed due to rape, incest or life threatening complication. more >>
A group of pharmacists appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court in an attempt to receive religious liberty protection from a Washington state law mandating that they sell drugs that could cause an abortion.
Ralph's Thriftway, Rhonda Mesler, and Margo Thelen have argued in a writ of certiorari filed Monday that a Washington law removing conscience protections for pharmacists violates their religious freedom.
America's largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, conducted nearly 324,000 abortions and received over $553 million from taxpayers in 2014, the organization's latest report shows.
Planned Parenthood released its annual report for 2014-2015 which shows that although the organization performed fewer abortions, provided fewer services and saw about 200,000 fewer clients than in 2013, the organization received increased funding from the federal government.
Although the Hyde Amendment explicitly forbids federal tax dollars from being used to pay for abortions, the amount of taxpayer dollars that went to Planned Parenthood increased by about $25 million from 2013 to 2014, as the group received $553.7 million in 2014. more >>