Month: March 2012

Sidewalk counselors FACE wave of attack

[This article was printed in Lifeline Vol. XXI, No. 1 (Spring 2012) Read in PDF.] Allison Aranda The Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act, passed by Congress in 1993, was purportedly enacted to protect women seeking abortion and abortion providers against threats of physical violence. The Obama administration, however, is using the FACE …

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The U.S. Department of Justice Continues to Retreat

Could it be that the Obama Department of Justice is getting the message that pro-life advocates are not violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act when they engage in peaceful advocacy on the public sidewalk? Last week, in an abrupt about-face, the DOJ dismissed the Pine case, which they had earlier appealed. Not …

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U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments Regarding Constitutionality of Obamacare

This week will see oral arguments at the Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). The Heritage Foundation says of the challenge, “Heralded as the case of the century, the oral arguments heard and, ultimately, the Court’s decisions will set the precedent for hundreds of future legal rulings. …

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Should doctors be forced to kill? (Wesley J. Smith)

Wesley J. Smith Fifty years ago, doctors would have been excoriated professionally for assisting a patient’s suicide or performing a non-therapeutic abortion. After all, the Hippocratic Oath proscribed both practices, while the laws of most states made them felonies. My, how times have changed. Today, abortion is a national constitutional right, and two states have …

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Obama Administration Continues its Assault on Religious Liberty

On Friday, March 16, 2012, the Administration issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the contraceptive and sterilization mandate issued under the new health care law. This notice describes several approaches to the “accommodation” described by the President on February 10, 2012 and seeks input from the public. This is not a proposed rule. …

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Update: U.S. Justice Dept. Appeals Court Decision in Pine

Mary Susan Pine thought her legal battles were over when a Florida judge dismissed all charges against her based on the complete lack of evidence presented by Attorney General Eric Holder. After all, Judge Ryskamp openly chastised Holder, questioning his motives for bringing the charges in the first place and suggesting a conspiracy between the …

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Rule Implementing Health Care Exchanges Provides Funding for Abortion

On Monday, March 12, 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a final rule regarding establishment of the state health care exchanges required under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PL 111-148). The rule provides for taxpayer funding of insurance plans that include elective abortion.  This departure from the longstanding policy is …

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Pro-Life Youth Arrested on Public Sidewalk for Engaging in Peaceful Free Speech Activity

Two college-age members of the Survivors Campus Life Tour were arrested on a public sidewalk outside of Murrah High School in Jackson, Mississippi, while distributing literature to students in front of the campus Tuesday afternoon. The group of pro-life youth activists first attempted to hold signs, distribute literature, and peacefully dialogue with students on the …

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