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  • Little Sisters' Religious Liberty Goes On Trial

    03/25/2016 7:02:54 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 25, 2016 | Daniel John Sobieski
    This is the kind of case the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia liked to sink his judicial teeth into -- whether the federal government can compel a religious entity like the Little Sisters of the Poor to violate their religious beliefs and acquiesce to the ObamaCare contraceptive coverage mandate. As LifeSite News reported on Wednesdays hearing: This week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard the case of the Little Sisters of the Poor, a 175-year-old religious order of women who have vowed their lives to care for the elderly poor.
  • The Pope and the Baby Killer [Catholic Caucus]

    02/28/2016 3:54:35 PM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | February 26, 2016 | Hilary White
    The Pope and the Baby Killer In 2010, after I had lived in Italy about two years and had begun to understand the byzantine complexities of this country's politics, Emma Bonino decided to run for the office of governor of the region of Lazio. Once I found out what kind of person she was, I was seized with the urge to buy a crate of spray paint and go around Rome writing, "10,000 bambini assassinati non abbastanza per Emma 'la Bicicletta' Bonino," on all her posters. "10,000 murdered babies not enough for Emma 'the bicycle' Bonino." I thought of it...
  • National Catholic Bioethics Center Directly Contradicts Pope Francis on Contraception

    02/25/2016 11:08:09 AM PST · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Manhound's Paradise ^ | February 24, 2016 | Manhound
    A few days ago, Pope Francis and his spokesman Federico Lombardi directly contradicted the traditional teaching of the Catholic Church on contraception, including directly contradicting the clear words of Pope Paul's 1968 encyclical Humanae vitae. Various "Catholic" individuals and groups quickly lined up to support Francis, including the often heterodox Filipino Catholic Bishops Conference. But a surprisingly large and strong set of Catholics--beyond the expected set of minority traditionalists--has now risen up to resist, as if Francis, after years of this this sort of thing, has now crossed an obvious line. Who knew that line would be you know where....
  • A parish priest writes to the Pope re: the confusion caused by his recent interview [Cath Cauc]

    02/24/2016 3:22:28 PM PST · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 2/24/16 | Father Richard G. Cipolla
    Dear Pope Francis: I write this letter to you as a priest to the Bishop of Rome and as a son to a father. I write with a heavy heart, and I know that heaviness of heart is shared by many of my Catholic brethren both clergy and laity. I watched the early news one morning last week to find that one of the headlines proclaimed that in an interview on the flight from Mexico to Rome you indicated that the Church's teaching on contraception may be undergoing a change. As in the past, I went to the official translation...
  • The errors in theology from the Pope's Plane Interview (and discussions that followed!)

    02/21/2016 11:51:53 AM PST · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    The Tenth Crusade | 2/21/16 | The Tenth Crusade
    I wanted to briefly mention a few observations of discussions about the Holy Father's latest plane interview. 1. Astoundingly, when Catholics raise concerns about Pope Francis suggestion to women that they can use birth control pills and condoms to prevent perfectly healthy babies from being conceived because of a remote chance of birth defects, I am still seeing Catholics claim the press is misinterpreting what is being said. I will not cite the dozens of examples, suffice it to say that the Father has accountability for his own words and actions. His contradiction of Humane Vitae was as clear as...
  • Peters on reactions and claims about Francis’s off-the-cuff contraception remark

    02/23/2016 2:19:15 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | February 22, 2016 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    From the canonist Ed Peter’s fine blog In The Light Of The Law. He doesn’t have a combox over there and doesn’t mind if we use his stuff here. DO, however, go over there to his place regularly. Emphases are from Peters, comments mine: Misunderstanding the (alleged) 'Congo contraception' caseEven by the standards of his reign, the presser Pope Francis conducted on his return flight from Mexico has provoked an unusual number of questions. [No kidding. You should see my inbox, too!] I wish to address only one of those here.Preliminarily, I note that the burden is not on the...
  • In wake of Pope’s remarks, Filipino bishops call for a ‘re-evaluation’ of contraception ...

    02/25/2016 6:54:00 AM PST · by ebb tide · 19 replies
    Life Site News ^ | February 24, 2016 | Pete Baklinski
    After years of heroically opposing a reproductive health bill in their country that now provides major government funding for contraceptives, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has done a surprising turnabout by throwing its support behind Pope Francis' controversial off-the-cuff suggestion that there may be circumstances in which married couples can use contraception. Speaking about the Pope's remarks last week onboard the papal plane where he stated that "avoiding pregnancy is not an absolute evil," CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas commented in a statement titled "Truth with Love and Mercy": He (the Pope) however usefully called attention to...
  • Pope Open to Discuss Contraception as Response to Zika Epidemic

    02/18/2016 6:29:35 PM PST · by marshmallow · 54 replies
    Pope Francis hinted that the use of contraceptives may be morally acceptable as a response to the Zika epidemic, during an question-and-answer session on February 18. Speaking to reporters who accompanied him on his return flight to Rome, after a visit to Mexico, the Pope said that "avoiding pregnancy is not an absolute evil." While abortion cannot ever be justified, he suggested, avoiding pregnancy could be a "lesser evil" in light of the alleged dangers of birth defects. During an interview session that proved controversial even by the standards of this pontificate, the Pope said: * US presidential candidate Donald...
  • Catholic teaching on contraception cannot be changed by Pope Francis [Catholic Caucus]

    02/19/2016 8:56:40 PM PST · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Renew America ^ | February 19, 2016 | Jenn Giroux
    "There are times that lay Catholics have to step forward to say what we as priests cannot." These were the words spoken to me during a time in my life that I felt called as a Catholic to defend my Catholic Church from an assault from within. That time has come again this week. To do so is never easy. For nearly three years now Catholics have defended Pope Francis as being "taken out of context" or "misunderstood" by the media. We have watched and cringed at what has come out of the Vatican, been ignored by the Vatican, and...
  • Little Sisters of the Poor Appeal to Supreme Court for Protection Against Feds

    01/09/2016 2:21:59 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    Aletelia ^ | January 9, 2016 | JOHN BURGER
    Seventy million dollars is a lot of dough for a group named the Little Sisters of the Poor.But that's what the religious order says it will be forced to pay the government if they continue to refuse to arrange for insurance that provides lay employees coverage for contraceptives, abortion-inducing drugs and sterilization.This week, the sisters, along with several Christian colleges and other entities, filed a brief with the Supreme Court, which is hearing a challenge to the Obamacare "Contraceptive Mandate" in March.The religious objectors are represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and Alliance Defending Freedom."The Little Sisters...
  • Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy

    12/09/2015 8:54:59 AM PST · by C19fan · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 8, 2015 | Milo Yiannopoulos
    The media never stops banging on about women’s health, particularly in the wake of the disgusting revelations about Planned Parenthood. They’re always telling us that “women’s bodies” and “women’s choices” should be paramount. But just how healthy are the solutions to unwanted pregnancy that they propose? Ladies — I’d like you to imagine that you are Neo from the popular film franchise The Matrix. For the purposes of this thought experiment, I am Laurence Fishburne, except with really good hair, a charming personality, and of course I’m much blacker than he is. In one hand I hold a pill that...
  • Hillary attacks Ted Cruz with ‘a totally indefensible straight up lie’

    12/03/2015 1:18:04 PM PST · by Isara · 17 replies
    Biz Pac Review ^ | December 2, 2015 | Tom Tillison
    While Republican presidential contenders join with much of the world in focusing on the greatest risk to stability today — Islamic State militants, not climate change — Hillary Clinton insisted Ted Cruz wants to ban contraceptives.Even though it’s not *exactly* true.Pulling a page out of the Barack Obama’s campaign playbook, this time without the assistance of ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Clinton is wanting to shift the conversation away from a foreign policy disaster she helped create by trying to push social issues to the fore. Ted Cruz says no one is trying to ban contraception. Here are five times he tried...
  • Blood Clots and The Pill (1 in 3 contracepting women develop vascular clots)

    02/24/2012 2:25:09 PM PST · by NYer · 17 replies
    rushlimbaugh.com ^ | February 24, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Lucy, Columbus, Ohio, Open Line Friday and it is your turn. CALLER: Hello, Rush. RUSH: Hi. CALLER: Hi. Yeah, I don't have a lot of time, I realize that. I want to get right to my point. I'm a vascular specialist who sees a lot of blood clots in the lung, in the leg, sometimes in the arteries, but a lot in the veins, and probably one out of every three blood clots that I see in women is from the use of contraception. RUSH: Wait just a minute. Wait just a minute. Are you telling me, did I...
  • The Pill Kills again: Tragedy strikes as 21-year-old dies after 25 days on the pill

    05/28/2015 5:42:25 PM PDT · by Coleus · 27 replies
    All.org ^ | 5.28.15 | Rita Diller
    She died after 25 days on the pill. She was only 21. As in so many blood clot cases caused by birth control, she was misdiagnosed when she went to the hospital struggling to breathe and experiencing pain in her legs and ribs. She was sent home diagnosed with a bruised sternum. Four days later, she collapsed and was rushed to the hospital. On May 14, three days after arriving at the hospital, she was pronounced dead. According to an article in Cosmopolitan, tests revealed a large blood clot on her lung.Her name was Fallan Kurek, and she worked with...
  • Emergency Contraception at Catholic Institutions: Bishops Can No Longer Claim Ignorance

    02/24/2015 8:46:22 AM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 7 replies
    1Peter5 ^ | February 24, 2015 | Dr. Brian Kopp
    Emergency Contraception at Catholic Institutions: Bishops Can No Longer Claim Ignorance by Dr. Brian KoppFebruary 24, 2015Photo courtesy of Mike Mozart. The February 2015 Linacre Quarterly (the official journal of the Catholic Medical Association) features a groundbreaking study by Chris Kahlenborn, MD of The Polycarp Research Institute titled Mechanism of action of levonorgestrel emergency contraception. The study, contrasting the theoretical basis on which emergency contraception (otherwise known as Plan B) is claimed to function with the facts and statistics of the most recent research outlining the mechanism by which they cause early abortions, is sure to cause heartburn among...
  • Pro-Abortion Population Controllers are Targeting Tanzania and Uganda

    12/29/2014 6:10:58 PM PST · by Morgana
    life news ^ | 12/29/14 | Stephen Phelan
    Only an hour ago we had been lamenting yet another incredibly bad road. Here in the Ugandan outback, it is as pointless to complain about the roads as it is to complain about politicians in America, but railing against the unchangeable can lighten the mood. But on the way out of a small village in the Bukedea region of Uganda, we didnt feel the bumps. That was when our teams defenses failed, and when the gravity of the assault on womenperpetrated by the champions of womens health and empowermentreally hit home. It may have been just me, but my guess...
  • $755 for a box of condoms? No protection from shortages in Venezuela

    02/06/2015 2:16:03 PM PST · by C19fan · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | February 6, 2015 | Rafael Romo
    Shortages of basic products such as corn, milk and chicken have plagued Venezuela for years, creating long lines at supermarkets and pushing inflation well past the 60% mark just in the last year alone. More recently, shortages are affecting people in the South American country in a more personal way. Venezuelan consumers complain condoms and birth control pills are nowhere to be found. Shortages that first affected the dining table have now made their way into the bedroom.
  • Will Courts Grant More Religious Exemptions After Hobby Lobby?

    12/30/2014 7:33:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/30/2014 | NICHOLAS BALLASY
    The Supreme Court is heading in the wrong direction by allowing a corporation to impose its religious beliefs on its employees, according to David Gans, the director of the Human Rights, Civil Rights, and Citizenship Program at the Constitutional Accountability Center.Gans co-authored the new book titled Religious Liberties for Corporations? Hobby Lobby, the Affordable Care Act, and the Constitution with Ilya Shapiro, a senior fellow in constitutional studies at the Cato Institute.This is the first time the Supreme Court has said corporations have this right in more than 200 years in our nations history, Gans said during an event at...
  • Confused Students At Catholic College Call Lack Of Free Condoms Pattern Of Injustice

    10/22/2014 12:06:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 21, 2014 | Eric Owens
    Hopelessly confused about how the Catholic Church and leaders at Jesuit universities view birth control, and blissfully unaware that a 36-count pack of Trojan-enz lubricated, latex condoms can be purchased at Amazon.com for just $13.97, student activists at Fordham University are demanding that the school provide free condoms on campus.The activists at Fordham, which bills itself as “the Jesuit University of New York,” belong to a group called S.A.G.E.S. (The acronym stands for Sex and Gender Equity and Safety.) On its Twitter page, SAGES has an image of an erect condom.In a Change.org petition, the group proclaims that a lack...
  • Five Reasons Why Youre Too Dumb to Vote - Reason 1: You get your politics from Lena Dunham

    09/28/2014 4:04:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The National Review ^ | September 28, 2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    If you would like to be filled with despair for the prospects of democracy, spend a few minutes attempting to decipher the psephological musings of Lena Dunham, the distinctly unappealing actress commissioned by Planned Parenthood to share with her presumably illiterate following 5 Reasons Why I Vote (and You Should, Too). Thats 21st-century U.S. politics in miniature: a half-assed listicle penned by a half-bright celebrity and published by a gang of abortion profiteers. It is an excellent fit, if you think about it: Our national commitment to permanent, asinine, incontinent juvenility, which results in, among other things, a million or...
  • Pope Francis Adviser Hints at Rethink on Contraception Ban

    09/19/2014 6:37:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 60 replies
    Tha Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7/19/14 | John Bingham
    Cardinal Walter Kasper, a close influence on Pope Francis, says it is up to parents to decide how many children to have ahead of global gathering of Roman Catholic bishops to discuss the family A leading reformist Cardinal close to Pope Francis has hinted at the possibility of a reinterpretation of the Roman Catholic Churchs blanket ban on artificial contraception. Cardinal Walter Kasper said it was the responsibility of the parents to decide how many children they should have. He also said that so-called natural family planning, which is promoted by the Church as an alternative to contraception, also...
  • Obama administration says it plans opt-out alternative on mandate

    07/24/2014 1:44:07 PM PDT · by Welchie25 · 15 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 7/24/14 | Catholic News Service
    The Obama administration has filed a brief with the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver indicating it plans to develop an alternative for Catholic and other religious nonprofit employers to opt out of providing federally mandated contraceptives they object to including in their employee health care coverage. Several media outlets, including AP, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, reported July 23 that the administration said it would come up with a "work-around" that would be different than the accommodation it currently has available to such employers. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as part...
  • About Those Dirty Little Sisters of the Poor

    07/21/2014 8:08:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Townhall ^ | 07/21/2014 | Tom Purcell
    Boy, our political debate is getting crasser by the moment. And so it is that the National Organization for Women has put the Little Sisters of the Poor, an international congregation of Roman Catholic nuns who have devoted their lives to caring for the elderly poor, on its "Dirty 100" list. NOW is upset that the Little Sisters sued the federal government, arguing that new ObamaCare mandates are inhibiting their constitutional right to freely practice their faith - that their vow to advance the dignity of life for every person, no matter how weak or unwanted, means they can never...
  • Is Sen. Elizabeth Warren a Mere Hack or an Out-and-Out Sociopath?

    07/17/2014 3:23:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | July 16, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren now says that last years government shutdown was about birth control. Warren did not make the remark in an off-the-cuff setting. She made it in a prepared speech. Warren said it on the floor of the Senate while supporting a bill that she knows has absolutely zero chance of becoming law. Remember last years government shutdown that nearly tanked our economy? Warren asked. That fight started with a GOP effort to hold the whole operation of the federal government hostage in order to try to force Democrats and the president to let employers deny workers access to...
  • HURT: Now that I have to pay for it, it is my business

    07/16/2014 5:46:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 15, 2014 | Charles Hurt
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Politicians here have not even figured out how yet to implement their new law requiring us to pay for everybody elses health care, and already people are clamoring to legalize drugs that are, at the very least, hazardous to their health. The good people of Colorado and Washington state can now buy and smoke pot without violating state laws. The movement to do so is spreading among other states like a hot tropical virus through a detention facility on the Mexican border. I, for one, have never really cared one way or the other if people choose to smoke pot....
  • Thank Hobby Lobby for showing why we need single-payer healthcare (Here it comes)

    07/12/2014 2:18:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | July 11, 2014 | Various
    To the editor: When the Supreme Court handed down its Hobby Lobby decision, I was glad glad because it would be the start of our country realizing how insane it is to link business and healthcare. ("The Hobby Lobby case proves the necessity of single-payer healthcare," July 1) I know that offering medical care to workers began as a perk, but having started something is no reason to carry on with an insane system that has made our medical care outrageously and unnecessarily expensive. Medical care must be made affordable to all, without having businesses get in the way....
  • Australian judge says incest may no longer be a taboo

    07/10/2014 12:33:49 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 49 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 7/10/14 | Jonathan Pearlman
    A judge in Australia has been criticised after saying incest may no longer be a taboo and that the community may now accept consensual sex between adult siblings. Judge Garry Neilson, from the district court in the state of New South Wales, likened incest to homosexuality, which was once regarded as criminal and "unnatural" but is now widely accepted. He said incest was now only a crime because it may lead to abnormalities in offspring but this rationale was increasingly irrelevant because of the availability of contraception and abortion.
  • How Hobby Lobby Undermines All Americans' Freedoms (They're flipping their lids)

    07/06/2014 5:32:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 95 replies
    Lincoln Mitchell blog ^ | July 6, 2014 | Lincoln Mitchell
    The Supreme Court's recent decision in the Hobby Lobby case demonstrates that the court, at least the five justices who voted in favor of Hobby Lobby, has little concern for, and probably little understanding of, women's health care. By ruling that corporations, on the grounds of the alleged religious views of their owners, can deny women access to some forms of contraception, the court set a horrible precedent that if followed will endanger the health and lives of many American women. The Hobby Lobby ruling may at first seem like a victory for the minority of Americans who think that...
  • Finally: Lena Dunham Expresses Opinion On Hobby Lobby Decision

    07/06/2014 4:31:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 1, 2014 | Jim Treacher
    There’s no better wisdom than received wisdom. And when it comes to parroting things she’s heard from people she believes to be smarter than her — which doesn’t really narrow it down — Lena Dunham is tops. Take it away, genius! Lena Dunham ✔ @lenadunham Women's access to birth control should not be denied because of their employer's religious beliefs. 12:50 PM - 30 Jun 2014 4,877 Retweets 6,617 favorites This is true, in theory. It’s also irrelevant, because that’s not what just happened. Lena Dunham is very stupid, but perhaps this analogy might find its way through that geologically...
  • Progressives Have Been Caught Covering Up Their Real Goals Yet AGAIN In The Hobby Lobby Case

    07/05/2014 6:40:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Draw and STRIKE! ^ | July 3, 2014 | Brian Cates
    Amazing how many people think the Hobby Lobby decision was about forcing the company to provide birth control to it's employees. Hobby Lobby was ALREADY providing birth control coverage to it's employees. 16 different types of it, in fact. What can we draw from the fact that many of the people blathering about this case don't know that? The real issue in the Hobby Lobby case was whether the government could force private businesses/corporations into providing abortifacients. First of all, let's be clear: abortion/taking an abortifacient is not birth control. I don't care how many shrieking leftists say different. Birth...
  • We are a corporate theocracy now: The Christian right seeks cultural and political domination

    07/04/2014 12:31:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Salon ^ | July 3, 2014 | C.J. Werleman
    Christian right's plan is simple: Dominate courts, state legislatures, and push their twisted morality on all of us. If fascism comes to America, it will not be identified with any shirt movement, nor with an insignia, but it will probably be wrapped up in the flag and heralded as a plea for liberty and preservation of the constitution, wrote in a 1936 issue of The Christian Century. Nobel Laureate recipient Sinclair Lewis put it even more succinctly when he warned, It [fascism] would come wrapped in the flag and whistling the Star Spangled Banner. No one who has followed the...
  • [Star Trek's] George Takei Calls Hypocrisy In Hobby Lobby Ruling 'Galling'

    07/03/2014 12:49:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    On Top Magazine ^ | July 2, 2014 | Staff
    Out actor George Takei has criticized a Supreme Court decision declaring that some for-profit companies may block their employees' access to certain birth control methods. Hobby Lobby challenged the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) requirement that insurance health plans include coverage for FDA-approved contraception, arguing that the law violates the company's religious freedom. In this case, the owners happen to be deeply Christian; one wonders whether the case would have come out differently if a Muslim-run chain business attempted to impose Sharia law on its employees, Takei said in a blog post. As many have pointed out, Hobby Lobby is the...
  • Liberals Hobby Lobby Doublethink: If birth control is not your boss's business, why make him pay?

    07/02/2014 7:42:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/01/2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    Abortion-rights protesters gathered outside the Supreme Court building on Monday holding signs that read Birth Control: Not My Bosss Business. Much to their chagrin, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito agreed in his ruling in the Hobby Lobby case. Of course, thats not how supporters of the governments contraception mandate see it. They actually believe that birth control is their bosss business, and they want the federal government to force employers to agree. More on that later, but its first worth noting how we got here. First, contrary to a lot of lazy punditry, there is no Obamacare contraception mandate. As...
  • Justices act in other health law mandate cases (Hobby Lobby applies broadly to ALL contraceptives)

    07/01/2014 10:45:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Supreme Court on Tuesday confirmed that its decision a day earlier extending religious rights to closely held corporations applies broadly to the contraceptive coverage requirement in the new health care law, not just the handful of methods the justices considered in their ruling. The justices did not comment in leaving in place lower court rulings in favor of businesses that object to covering all 20 methods of government-approved contraception....
  • The Hobby Lobby decision isnt narrow

    06/30/2014 10:08:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    MSNBC ^ | June 30, 2014 | Irin Carmon
    The Supreme Courts 5-4 decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby is being called narrow by some analysts, but thats true only in that Hobby Lobby got everything it wanted and nothing more. In her blistering dissent Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg correctly called it a decision of startling breadth. The question before the Court was twofold: Do corporations enjoy the same protections for religious liberty as individuals do? And if so, does providing contraceptive coverage in an employee health plan as required under the Affordable Care Act violate that liberty? Justice Samuel Alito, writing for all of the Republican-appointed...
  • Judge rules against EWTN in HHS mandate case [Idiot Federal Judge]

    06/20/2014 6:57:41 AM PDT · by topher · 29 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Thu Jun 19, 2014 - 1:35 pm EST | Ben Johnson
    IRONDALE, AL A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that the network founded by Mother Angelica must comply with the HHS mandate, despite its deep-seated religious objections, because the ObamaCare provision does not violate the First Amendment. "EWTN doesn't have to comply with the mandate. All it has to do is sign a form certifying its opposition to the use of contraceptives and then deliver that form to its third-party administrator." U.S. District Judge Callie Granade ruled in Mobile that the Obama administration may compel the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) to comply with a provision furnishing female employees with...
  • Some Compelling Evidence of the Pills Harmful Effects

    05/28/2014 10:05:32 AM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 28, 2014 | ZACHARY KRAJACIC
    Because of these substances, Lance Armstrong’s cycling victories were taken from him and he was disqualified from further competition; Jose Canseco and Mark McGuire were stripped of their baseball records; numerous congressional hearings were held to assign blame regarding their use. We do our best to protect athletes from these dangerous substances while, at the same time, encouraging women to put them in their bodies.What are these substances? Steroids.Oral contraceptives (commonly known as birth control pills) are steroidal hormones. These drugs manipulate hormones to prevent conception, just as performance-enhancing steroids manipulate hormones to enhance physical size, strength, speed and...
  • Republicans Optimistic After Supreme Court Hobby Lobby Arguments

    03/26/2014 7:41:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/26/2014 | ODRIGO SERMEO
    WASHINGTON The Supreme Court heard Tuesday morning oral arguments for two challenges to the Affordable Care Acts mandate that requires employers to include birth control in their employee health plans. Activists on both sides of the issue clashed outside the courtroom in Washington. Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union argued that business owners should not impede female workers from obtaining birth control free of charge in their health plans. On the other side, conservative and Tea Party groups argued that businesses should be free to choose whether they want to comply with the laws contraceptive mandate. The...
  • The 15 Dumbest AntiHobby Lobby Signs at the Supreme Court

    03/26/2014 7:10:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 82 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/26/2014 | Andrew Johnson
    Supporters of an Affordable Care Act mandate that requires religious business people to violate their beliefs were out in full force this morning at the U.S. Supreme Court. The high court heard arguments in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, which pits Obamacare against small businesses seeking to preserve personal and religious freedom. Here’s a look at some of the most nonsensical and ridiculous signs and participants at Tuesday’s rally. 1. “Hobby Lobby: This Uterus Is For You” Not sure what this means #SupremeCourt #HobbyLobby pic.twitter.com/mAekCTdp6L — Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) March 25, 2014 2. “Pro-Life? Eating Raped Murdered Animals Makes...
  • Now schools are told to give free morning-after pills and condoms to teenage girls(UK)

    03/26/2014 12:39:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19:03 EST, 25 March 2014 | Lucy Crossley
    Schools have been told they should provide free morning-after pills and condoms to teenage girls, including those under the age of consent, to cut unwanted pregnancies. New guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) said that under-25s should be able to access emergency contraception more readily, including pills and the IUD (intrauterine device, or coil). Free condomsincluding female condomsshould also be readily accessible for young men and women at places such as schools, colleges and youth clubs. The new guidance is aimed at cutting the high numbers of unwanted teenage pregnancies across England.
  • Rand Paul: Obama should explain to Pope Francis why hes infringing on faith when they meet

    03/25/2014 10:55:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/25/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    In two days, Barack Obama will meet with Pope Francis for the first time at the Vatican, Obama’s second trip to the Holy See. The Vatican state visit will take place as part of a tour of Europe, where Obama’s popularity has fallen considerably as a result of the NSA scandal and his foreign-policy decisions on drone warfare. Senator Rand Paul suggests that Obama could break the ice with Pope Francis by promising not to spy on him anymore, but then tells Fox News that Obama should also pledge to stop infringing on the religious freedoms of those in the...
  • Quick Review of Hobby Lobby Oral Argument (Kennedy and Breyer Leaning Favorably for Plaintiff?)

    03/25/2014 10:50:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/25/2014 | Ed Whelan
    I didnt attend this mornings argument and will therefore reserve my own reading of the tea leaves until after Ive reviewed the transcript. For what its worth, one person who did attend and who is very knowledgeable about the issues in the case (but who might suffer from an overly optimistic temperament) has given me his quick take. He sees a 6-3 victory for Hobby Lobby, with Kennedy and Breyer joining the conservatives on the bottom line. (Apparently, Breyers questions reflected his recognition thatas I discussed in this postthe accommodation that the Obama administration provided religious nonprofits is a less...
  • Rick Warren: If the contraceptive mandate passes, it will ruin a core U.S. ideology

    03/24/2014 7:09:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 03/24/2014 | Pastor Rick Warren
    Does our Constitution guarantee the freedom of religion, or does it merely allow a more limited freedom to worship? The difference is profound. Worship is an event. Religion is a way of life. Specifically, does the First Amendment guarantee believers of all faiths the freedom to practice their ethics, educate their children and operate family businesses based on their religious beliefs, moral convictions and freedom of conscience? Do Americans have the freedom to place our beliefs and ethics at the center of our business practices or must we ignore them when we form a company? These questions will be...
  • Melinda Gates Talks About her Catholic Faith and Funding Contraceptives to Fight AIDS

    03/22/2014 11:35:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/22/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    American philanthropist Melinda Gates talked about her Roman Catholic faith and funding contraceptives in the global fight against AIDS, noting that many Catholics disagree with official church doctrine on the contraception issue. "Even though I am Catholic I believe in contraceptives, just like the majority of Catholic women in the United States who report using contraceptives, and I shouldn't let that controversy be the thing that holds us back," Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, shared at the TED 2014 conference in Vancouver on Tuesday, The Vancouver Sun reported. The Catholic Church teaches against the use of...
  • Huckabee: if a woman wants to have sex then taxpayers shouldn't foot the bill for her contraceptives

    01/24/2014 10:09:45 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 24 replies
    1/24/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Or foot the bil for men for that matter. That is pretty much what he is saying and has said. Why should taxpayers foot the bill for women's (or even men's) contaceptives, be they birth-control pills (or other things that women use as contraceptives), and as well --- why should taxpayers pay for contraceptives that men use? Or are humans wild animals and just have to have contraceptives?
  • Little Sisters of the Poor stand firm against mandate

    01/14/2014 9:35:24 AM PST · by Welchie25 · 12 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 1/13/14 | George P. Matysek Jr.
    The phone rang at the Catonsville headquarters of the Little Sisters of the Poor just moments after a Dec. 31 televised news program reported on Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayors order to temporarily prevent the Little Sisters of the Poor from being required to comply with the Affordable Care Acts contraceptive mandate. A 12-year-old girl from Colorado had been watching the breaking news with her parents and wanted to call the Little Sisters to support their lawsuit against the federal government. The sisters object to having to provide contraceptives, sterilizations and abortifacient drugs within their employee health insurance coverage under...
  • Al Mohler Responds: The Evangelical Unease Over Contraception

    01/10/2014 8:06:50 PM PST · by marshmallow · 75 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 1/10/14 | R. Albert Mohler Jr.
    Is evangelical unease about contraception really just a cover for conservative white male evangelical leaders to keep women out of pulpits? Evidently some think so, or fear so, or perhaps even hope so. That was made clear in a recent Religion News Service op-ed by Jacob Lupfer, raising a key question about the controversy over the Obama administrations contraception mandate: Are evangelical protests rooted in concern about religious liberty or about birth control? The answer is yes. Lupfer argues that while the concerns are ostensibly about religious liberty, evangelical leaders are actually attempting to sow seeds of doubt about the...
  • ND Univ submits to the HHS Mandate

    01/03/2014 2:55:47 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | January 3, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    While the Little Sisters of the Poor are fighting for our religious freedom, the University of Notre Dame (which gave to the most infamously pro-abortion President of these USA ever the honor of a Doctrate in Law – of all things), has submited to their honoree’s HHS Mandate.In the South Bend Tribune we read: SOUTH BEND — The University of Notre Dame’s [Shame's] insurance plan on Wednesday started providing contraceptive coverage for employees, as required by federal law.But university leaders are continuing with a lawsuit they hope will result in an end to that benefit. [Meanwhile, they obey. Why wouldn't...
  • Study in India: oral contraceptives dramatically increase risk of breast cancer (by 950%)

    01/03/2014 3:57:17 AM PST · by NYer · 15 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | January 2, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    From The Times of India: Women who take oral contraceptives regularly are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer compared to others, shows a study by AIIMS doctors. Breast cancer risk was found to be 9.5 times more in women with a history of consuming such pills. Early menstruation cycle, late marriage and lower duration of breastfeeding were the other major factors responsible for the disease amongIndians, according to the study published in the latest issue of the Indian Journal of Cancer.The study was conducted on 640 women, of which 320 were breast cancer patients.“We found long-term use of...
  • Federal judge (in Oklahoma) deals another blow to ObamaCare contraceptive mandate

    12/22/2013 3:33:34 AM PST · by Zakeet · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 21, 2013
    A federal judge granted an injunction this weekend that prevents the government from enforcing the ObamaCare mandate requiring religious groups across the country to provide insurance that includes access to the morning-after pill and other contraceptives. The preliminary injunction, issued in an Oklahoma City federal court, is based on a class-action lawsuit filed in October by 187 ministries. The court order Friday came just days before ObamaCare coverage begins January 1, which could have resulted in the ministries facing thousands of dollars a day in tax penalties.