Month: January 2014

LLDF Files Amicus Brief in Hobby Lobby Case

Life Legal Defense Foundation has filed a friend of the court brief at the United States Supreme Court in the case Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby. This case involves the challenge brought by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties to the Obama Administration’s “contraceptive” mandate. In the brief, LLDF argues the interest of the Beverly LaHaye …

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Tragic Disputes Over Continued Care Underscore the Power of Words

Is a person declared brain dead really dead, or only “pretty dead”? In the wake of several recent heart-wrenching situations that have made the news, questions about the viability of the “brain death” standard take on new urgency. Jahi McMath was declared brain dead after she suffered cardiac arrest following a tonsillectomy that somehow went …

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Questions Remain in the Wake of McCullen v. Coakley Argument

LLDF Legal Director, Katie Short Last Wednesday, at the United States Supreme Court, I had the privilege of joining many of my colleagues in the fight for the rights of the unborn and their advocates as we listened to the oral argument in the case of McCullen v. Coakley,  challenging a Massachusetts law creating a …

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State of Massachusetts Snatches at Straws In Attempt to Justify Law Limiting Pro-Life Speech

Will Pro-Life Advocates’ Equal Rights to Freedom of Speech be Recognized? On Wednesday, January 15, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States is set to hear oral arguments in the case, McCullen v. Coakley, in which a pro-life sidewalk counselor is challenging a Massachusetts law that creates a 35-foot “speech free” zone around the …

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When Will California Protect Young Girls?

More than 35 states protect young girls from the exploitation of secret abortions through parental involvement laws. California is not one of them. The California Supreme Court struck down the state’s parental consent law before it had a chance to go into effect, and voter initiatives for parental notification laws have been narrowly defeated after …

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General Recap & Update (Winter 2014)

CASES TO WATCH: Mississippi v. Ester Mann, Harriet Ashley, and Ron Nederhoed (Miss.)—Sidewalk counselors arrested for obstructing the sidewalk while peacefully praying and holding signs on the public sidewalk outside Mississippi’s last standing abortion clinic, the Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Jackson Police Department officers claim that the activists’ signs and chairs constitute an obstruction, despite leaving …

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Good Missouri Bill to Protect Medical Conscience

Wesley J. Smith We live in an age in which the purposes of medicine have been stretched to include facilitating lifestyle choices (“consumerist”) and killing born or nascent human beings (abortion, assisted suicide/euthanasia/embryonic stem cell research). As a consequence of the sometimes radical redefinition of health care, medical professionals with Hippocratic or pro-life values find …

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Ask the Attorney: An Interview with Trent Garmon

The first time I saw your name was in a press release Mary Riley sent to me with the article in the Birmingham-based news site AL.com about sidewalk counselor Joyce Fecteau being acquitted in Huntsville. I don’t think that many Lifeline readers are familiar with the situation there and her being criminally prosecuted. This is an example …

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