Some thoughts one day after a big victory for religious freedom and freedom of conscience

By Dave Andrusko Yesterday NRL News Today wrote a lengthy analysis of the victory for religious freedom and the right of conscience the Supreme Court delivered in a 7-2 decision. The justices concluded that the Little Sisters of the Poor are not bound by a mandate, issued by HHS under a provision of ObamaCare, that …

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Supreme Court victory protects the right of the Little Sisters of the Poor “to serve the elderly without violating our faith.”

By Dave Andrusko Earlier today, The Supreme Court gave freedom of religion and conscience a vigorous and much-needed boost when it ruled 7-2 that the Little Sisters of the Poor are not bound by a mandate, issued by HHS under a provision of ObamaCare that would force them to provide health insurance coverage for products …

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National Right to Life Praises U.S. Supreme Court Decision for Upholding the Right of Conscience in Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court this morning ruled in favor of the Little Sisters of the Poor in a decision that protected the elderly nuns’ right of conscience. The vote was 7-2. President Trump’s appointees Justice Kavanaugh and Justice Gorsuch along with Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito joined in the majority opinion written by Justice …

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Supreme Court to rule any day now on major freedom of conscience case

Must the Little Sisters of the Poor be compelled to pay for health coverage for products and procedures they find “morally unacceptable”? “The Third Circuit’s decision guts the RFRA [Religious Freedom Restoration Act] protections of Religious Liberty and inappropriately restricts agencies from circumscribing regulation to avoid infringing on religious expression. In RFRA, Congress explicitly recognized …

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A major victory for the right of conscience one year ago today

By Dave Andrusko Editor’s note. There is nothing that I would change about this post which ran one year ago today in NRL News Today—except to change “one year” to “two years.” We’ve written a great deal about how the Abortion Industry (and, increasingly, pro-assisted suicide forces) work unceasingly to compel medical personnel to participate …

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The unceasing attack on right of conscience, even in Catholic Institutions

By Dave Andrusko Among the panoply of positive actions the Trump Administration has taken, one we’ve highlighted repeatedly are the efforts HHS has taken to protect the right of conscience. The right not to be forced to comply with, or be a party to, actions that violate your conscience is not only important to us as …

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The critical importance of defending conscientious objection

By Michael Cook One of the hottest topics in bioethics today is conscientious objection (CO). Although the clamour is loudest in the corner where the debate is over whether CO has a right to exist, most writers and legislators believe that there is some room for CO in healthcare. The question is how much room. …

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Broad support to protect doctors, nurses from discriminatory firing

Medical groups, minorities, legal experts line up against New York’s attempt to block healthcare anti-discrimination law WASHINGTON – A diverse group of states, Members of Congress, minority groups, medical affiliate organizations, and legal experts recently filed half-a-dozen briefs supporting the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Conscience Rule, which provides federal conscience protections …

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Medical Conscience for Me, but Not for Thee

By Wesley J. Smith Editor’s note. When we choose what story to repost that appeared in NRL News Today exactly one year prior, the #1 priority is that the story remains relevant. The battle—and it is tenacious, hand-to-hand combat—to protect freedom of conscience is even tougher today than May 15, 2019. The anti-life forces are …

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Abortion: no right to choose for nurses, no choice for mothers

Swedish nurses’ conscience case rejected by European Court of Human Rights By Ann Farmer Ellinor Grimmark and Linda Steen, two Swedish nurses who have been denied midwife posts for refusing to carry out abortions, have now lost their legal bid to take Sweden to court for violating their beliefs after they took their case to …

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European Court of Human Rights issues decision finding cases of Swedish midwives who refused to perform abortions “inadmissible”

Sweden remains one of the only European countries failing to protect freedom of conscience Editor’s note. The following comes from ADF International. STRASBOURG (March 12, 2020) – Today, in a short written decision, the European Court of Human Rights found the application of the two Swedish midwives Ellinor Grimmark and Linda Steen inadmissible. After refusing to …

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National Right to Life Committee Praises the Trump Administration for Protecting Conscience Rights

WASHINGTON—Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced action to address California’s violations of the Weldon Amendment in which the state has forced employers and health care providers to pay for abortions in health care plans. “We thank the Trump Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services for protecting the rights …

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