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  • House to Vote on Conscience Protection Next Week

    07/09/2016 4:04:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 8, 2016 | Congressman Joe Pitts
    Millions of Americans have a profound concern over abortion – they understand it as the killing of an innocent unborn child – which is a very serious matter. Federal laws have protected conscientious objections to such taking of innocent life over many years, ever since Roe v. Wade. Americans fundamentally understand that since Roe v. Wade, abortion is legal, but they also understand that some people have a right not to be involved in abortions— and that their conscience rights are what need further protection. Thomas Jefferson wrote, “[n]o provision in our Constitution ought to be dearer to man than...
  • Grad student expelled after refusing to counsel gay married couples

    05/04/2016 9:54:14 AM PDT · by Hostage · 17 replies
    Spero News ^ | MAY 3, 2016 | BY MARTIN BARILLAS
    Andrew Cash, a former student at Missouri State University, is suing the institution over his dismissal from a graduate program in counseling. Cash has retained counsel from the Thomas More Society, a national public interest law firm, and has filed a federal civil rights complaint against the Governors of Missouri State University. Cash and his lawyers contend that he was dismissed from the university’s Master’s program in counseling because he expressed concern over counseling same-sex couples due to his religious convictions. In an exclusive interview, Spero News interviewed attorney Tom Olp of the Thomas More Society, which is representing Cash....
  • What Sustainability and Religious Freedom Have in Common

    03/18/2015 9:07:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 18, 2015 | James Lankford
    This column was co-authored by Congressman J. Randy Forbes.Avid Chipotle customers seeking carnitas burritos for dinner may be disappointed over the coming weeks. The restaurant giant is reportedly no longer serving pork at about a third of its locations after it dropped a pork supplier that failed to live up to the corporation’s standards of humane animal care. Despite the possibility that Chipotle’s decision to pull pork from almost a third of its restaurants will come at a cost, the corporation’s commitment to serving “food with integrity” has outweighed its quest for financial gain. “We would rather not serve pork...
  • Judge: US can't make Monaghan offer contraceptives

    03/14/2013 1:19:11 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 21 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 3/14/13 | AP
    (AP) Judge: US can't make Monaghan offer contraceptives DETROIT A judge has blocked the federal government from requiring the founder of Domino's Pizza to provide mandatory contraception coverage to his employees under the health care law. U.S. District Judge Lawrence Zatkoff on Thursday granted a preliminary injunction against enforcement of the contraception provision of the law against Tom Monaghan and Domino's Farms Corp. near Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • House GOP to propose religious-conscience protection bill today

    03/05/2013 8:25:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/05/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    In a little under an hour, three members of the House Republican caucus will announce a new legislative effort to undo the HHS contraception mandate’s infringement on freedom of religious practice, and prevent the next incursion as well. The Catholic Association sent out a press release hailing the introduction of the Health Care Conscience Rights Act (HCCRA), which should face little opposition … at least in the House (via Frank Weathers): House Representatives Diane Black (R-TN), Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), and John Fleming, M.D. (R-LA) will hold a press conference tomorrow, Tuesday, March 5th at 10am EST in Rayburn House Office...
  • Democratic lawmakers: Getting birth control should be as easy as “ABC”

    02/15/2013 7:19:34 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 10 replies
    salon ^ | 1-14 | Katie Mcdonough
    While the White House and the Catholic Church continue to slug it out over whether private, for-profit companies like Hobby Lobby should have to provide their employees with federally mandated birth control, two Democratic lawmakers are hoping to ease one roadblock to women’s access to contraception: Pharmacists. In an effort to standardize pharmacies’ procedures for filling prescriptions for birth control, Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) have reintroduced the “Access to Birth Control (ABC) Act.” It’s the same bill the politicians tried to get through previous legislative sessions, but these two are clearly Charlie-Brown-and-the-football types, and...
  • Exclusive: U.S. bishops say they’re willing to ‘go to jail’ over HHS mandate

    01/30/2013 5:26:02 AM PST · by NYer · 113 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 29, 2013 | PATRICK B. CRAINE
    Archbishop-elect Alexander Sample speaks with John-Henry Westen, LifeSiteNews' editor-in-chief WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 29, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - As the Obama administration and the U.S. Bishops remain locked in battle over the HHS mandate, the question on the minds of many observers is: what lengths are the bishops willing to go to to oppose the mandate? The prelates LifeSiteNews spoke to after the Vigil Mass for Life in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 24th indicated that they intend to do everything they can to oppose the mandate, including risking imprisonment if necessary. "I would be willing to go to jail in defense of religious...
  • Employer Wins Relief From U.S. Contraceptives Mandate

    12/31/2012 8:35:44 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/29/12 | Jonathan Stempel
    (Reuters) - A divided federal appeals court has temporarily barred the U.S. government from requiring an Illinois company to obtain insurance coverage for contraceptives, as mandated under the 2010 healthcare overhaul, after the owners objected on religious grounds. More than 40 lawsuits are challenging a requirement in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that requires most for-profit companies to offer workers insurance coverage for contraceptive drugs and devices and other birth control methods. Friday's 2-1 order by a panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago in favor of Cyril and Jane Korte was the second...
  • The Left's Hatred of Religion

    02/19/2012 1:54:30 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 106 replies · 1+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | February 19, 2012 | T.R. Clancy
    ...JoanWalsh at Salon writes that she was raised Catholic, but has since turned into "a secularfeministliberaldemocrat." Last Friday evening, when Obama's supporters were still clinging to their belief that his announcement of a compromise would steal all the wind out of the bishops' sails, she asked this: Why did we spend 10 days listening to prominent Catholics, including even some liberals and Democrats, insist that the White House had overreached and trampled on "religious freedom" - in this case, the "freedom" of the Catholic hierarchy to impose rules that even most Catholics don't live by? ("Catholic tribalism and the contraceptive...
  • First They Came for Rush and Lou Dobbs

    02/14/2012 5:09:38 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    .....First they came for Rush Limbaugh and Lou Dobbs. And the Catholic bishops did not speak out. Now they are coming for the Catholic bishops. Who will speak out now? Not, alas, the United Church of Christ. Let's go back into recent history -- 2009 to be exact. It was a story that involved the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in a blatant, full-on attack on the right of free speech and a free press -- the First Amendment. As I wrote here, here, here, here, here, and here three years ago, the Catholic bishops had managed to get their...
  • Media Defends Planned Parenthood, Not Catholic Church

    02/08/2012 2:43:32 PM PST · by raptor22 · 8 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 8, 2012 | IBD staff
    Journalism: When the abortion giant's funding was in jeopardy, the media provided 24/7 coverage with a decidedly liberal slant. When the feds assaulted First Amendment religious freedom, you could hear the crickets chirp. Secular progressive bias in the media was never more evident than in the past few weeks with the difference in coverage of two major news stories — the temporary cutoff of funds from the Susan G. Komen Foundation to Planned Parenthood and the ultimatum from the Obama administration that the Catholic Church and its institutions had a year to find a way to violate their consciences and...
  • Catholic Bishops Reject Obama’s Surrender Terms

    02/02/2012 5:49:01 PM PST · by raptor22 · 23 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 2, 2012 | IBD staff
    1st Amendment: Catholic bishops on Sunday issued a response to ObamaCare's mandates on providing contraception in violation of conscience and religious freedom. The message was simple: We will not comply. It was hardly a profile in courage when the Obama administration, hoping to kick the issue down the road past the November election, announced last Friday that Catholic hospitals and other religious institutions will have an extra year to comply with a new requirement that most health plans provide contraceptive benefits at no cost to their members. On Sunday, America's Catholic bishops in an open letter to their parishioners and...
  • EWTN Sues U.S. Government To Stop Contraception Mandate

    02/09/2012 12:17:58 PM PST · by mware · 23 replies
    EWTN ^ | Feb.09 2012
    EWTN Sues U.S. Government To Stop Contraception Mandate Network Asks Court to Stop Order to Pay for Immoral Services Irondale, AL (EWTN) – EWTN Global Catholic Network filed a lawsuit February 9 in U.S. District Court in Birmingham, Alabama against the Department of Health & Human Services, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and other government agencies seeking to stop the imposition of the contraception mandate as well as asking the court for a declaratory judgment that the mandate is unconstitutional. EWTN is the first Catholic organization to file suit since the final HHS rules were published by the Obama administration on...
  • Morning Bell: Obamacare Awakens a Sleeping Giant

    02/07/2012 3:21:16 PM PST · by NYer · 37 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | February 7, 2012 | Mike Brownfield
    It is a rare moment indeed when faith denominations of all stripes unite together in common cause, and it is rarer still when that cause is a political one, with a sole piece of legislation as its principal target. But when that law eviscerates the very foundation of religious liberty in America as protected under the First Amendment, it should not be surprising that Catholics and Jews, evangelical Christians, and mainline Lutherans alike find common cause in defense of their liberties.Such is the case with the firestorm of opposition to Obamacare and the Obama Administration’s attack on religious liberty. Under...
  • Catholic League Poised To Go To War With Obama Over Mandatory Birth Control Payments

    02/07/2012 4:09:58 AM PST · by 1010RD · 65 replies
    CBS News ^ | February 6, 2012 11:00 PM
    Catholic leaders upped the ante Monday, threatening to challenge the Obama administration over a provision of the new health care law that would require all employers, including religious institutions, to pay for birth control. As CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reports, it could affect the presidential elections. Catholic leaders are furious and determined to harness the voting power of the nation’s 70 million Catholic voters to stop a provision of President Barack Obama’s new heath car reform bill that will force Catholic schools, hospitals and charities to buy birth control pills, abortion-producing drugs and sterilization coverage for their employees. “Never before,...
  • First, They Came for the Catholics

    02/01/2012 3:55:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 81 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 1, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    President Obama and his radical feminist enforcers have had it in for Catholic medical providers from the get-go. It's about time all people of faith fought back against this unprecedented encroachment on religious liberty. First, they came for the Catholics. Who's next? This weekend, Catholic bishops informed parishioners of the recent White House edict forcing religious hospitals, schools, charities and other health and social service providers to provide "free" abortifacient pills, sterilizations and contraception on demand in their insurance plans -- even if it violates their moral consciences and the teachings of their churches. NARAL, NOW, Ms. Magazine and the...
  • ‘We Will Not Comply’: Catholic Leaders Distribute Letter Slamming Obama Admin Contraceptive Mandate

    01/30/2012 11:38:58 AM PST · by OPS4 · 42 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 1/30/12 | Billy Hallowell
    Over the weekend, the Catholic Church’s letter went beyond simply issuing oppositional rhetoric to media. Instead, priests read an open note to congregations across the country, dubbing the administration‘s take on women’s health and religious violations as an attack on their faith. In the letter, Bishops highlighted what they called “an alarming and serious matter,“ as their words contended that the federal government has ”dealt a heavy blow” to the Catholic population.
  • J'ACCUSE! Why Obama is wrong on the HHS conscience regulations (blast from the Catholic Left)

    01/25/2012 10:57:03 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 5 replies
    National Catholic REPORTER, no kidding ^ | Jan. 21, 2012 | Sean Michael WINTERS, no kidding
    Obama lost my vote yesterday when he declined to expand the exceedingly narrow conscience exemptions proposed by the Department of Health and Human Services. The issue of conscience protections is so foundational, I do not see how I ever could, in good conscience, vote for this man again. I do not come at this issue as a Catholic special pleader, who wants only to protect my own, although it was a little bracing to realize that the president’s decision yesterday essentially told us, as Catholics, that there is no room in this great country of ours for the institutions our...
  • Obama Undecided on Whether to Impose Regulation Forcing Catholics to Act Against Their Faith

    11/30/2011 11:47:33 AM PST · by OPS4 · 22 replies
    CNS News.com ^ | 11/30/11 | Fred Lucas
    President Barack Obama has not yet decided whether to go forward with a proposed regulation under the health care law he signed last year that would force Catholic individuals and institutions to act against the teachings of the Catholic church. In August, Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius proposed a regulation--that would take affect next fall--that would require all health care plans to cover sterilizations and all FDA-approved contraceptives, including abortifacients. The proposed regulation includes a very narrow religious exemption that does not cover individual Catholics, or Catholic universities, hospitals or charitable institutions.
  • Obama Admin Defends Dropping Doctors’ Conscience Protections

    05/11/2011 8:53:35 AM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Life News ^ | 5/11/11 | Steven Ertelt
    In a letter to several pro-life groups complaining about President Barack Obama’s decision to drop some of the conscience protections for medical professionals, the administration is defending the decision. Several pro-life groups sent a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius warning her of the alarming effects on patients that will follow the Obama administration’s recent move to strip the medical community of key conscience protections on abortion. As LifeNews.com reported in February, the Obama administration overturned some of the conscience protections the Bush administration put in place to protect pro-life medical workers who don’t want to be involved in certain...