St. Louis’ “Abortion Ordinance” violates state and federal laws, Judge Audrey Fleissig rules

By Dave Andrusko Last year NRL News Today ran a series of stories about a St. Louis city ordinance which opponents decried as establishing St. Louis as an “Abortion Sanctuary City” (for example, here and here). A nonprofit maternity home, a Catholic elementary school, and a businessman filed a lawsuit against St. Louis Ordinance 70459, which …

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Pro-abortionists determined to crush religious freedom in quest for more abortions

By Dave Andrusko As NRL News Today readers know, back in October the Department of Justice reached a long overdue settlement so “that plaintiffs would not be forced to provide health insurance coverage for ‘morally unacceptable’ products and procedures.” That was a reference to the infamous Obama mandate issued by the Department of Health and …

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College of Physicians, please stand up for religious minorities

  By Faye Sonier Editor’s note. Dr. Gabel is Member of Council and Past President of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. He is the chair of the College’s policy working group which issued the draft “Professional Obligations and Human Rights” policy. Faye Sonier is Legal Counsel for the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada …

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California Forces Catholic Universities to Cover All Abortion

  By Wesley J. Smith I told you this was coming. Now, Jerry Brown has decided to force two Catholic universities to cover abortion in their health insurance. From the San Francisco Chronicle story: Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration has reversed an earlier decision to allow two Catholic universities to eliminate coverage of most abortions for …

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EWTN Denied Protection Against ObamaCare Mandate

  Network Filing Appeal of US District Court Decision Irondale, AL – On Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Callie V.S. Granade of Mobile, Ala. issued an opinion that denied EWTN Global Catholic Network protection from the government mandate that it must provide coverage for medications and procedures that violate their religious and moral beliefs. “We …

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Supreme Court hears oral arguments in challenge to Obama Mandate

  By Dave Andrusko In a widely anticipated case, the Supreme Court this morning heard two challenges consolidated into one case that are contesting the HHS mandate which compels employers to provide health coverage for drugs and procedures to which they have moral or religious objections. Each side was given 45 minutes to present its …

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Two Texas Baptist Institutions win challenge to Obama Mandate

  By Dave Andrusko U.S. District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal today ruled in favor of two Texas Baptist institutions–East Texas Baptist University and Houston Baptist University–which opposed the Obama mandate that compels employers to provide health coverage for drugs and procedures to which they have moral or religious objections. In its 46-page opinion, the federal …

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Federal Judge issues permanent injunction in Archdiocese challenge to Obama Mandate

  By Dave Andrusko My apologies for being tardy in reporting on the decision of U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan to issue a permanent injunction in response to a lawsuit challenging the Obama mandate requiring employers to provide health coverage for drugs and procedures to which they have moral or religious objections. Judge Cogan barred …

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Obama Mandate suffers another defeat as judge upholds right of religious freedom

  By Dave Andrusko Earlier this week, we wrote about the Obama Administration’s dismal track record in court, defending its HHS mandate which compels employers to provide health coverage for drugs and procedures to which they have moral or religious objections. Today it suffered another serious setback in a case brought against the mandate by …

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Federal Appeals Court Hands Victory to Religious Colleges, Commands HHS to Act Quickly to Fix Mandate

Editor’s note. The first part of this story is based on a very helpful release from the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. Washington, D.C. — A federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. has handed Wheaton College and Belmont Abbey College a major victory in their challenges to the HHS mandate.  Last summer, two lower courts …

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There is no ‘Trust us’ clause in Constitution: NY Archdiocese wins ruling on HHS mandate

By John Jalsevac Editor’s note. This appeared at www.lifesitenews.com/news/there-is-no-trust-us-clause-in-constitution-ny-archdiocese-wins-ruling-on-h WASHINGTON, D.C., December 6, 2012–In a strongly worded judgment a federal judge has ruled that a lawsuit from the Archdiocese of New York against the Obama administration’s HHS mandate may proceed. The Obama administration had argued that the archdiocese’s lawsuit was premature, since the administration may …

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Fighting the good fight for religious freedom

The following are comments by Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M.Cap., as he accepted the annual Meese Award Nov. 16 in Washington, D.C., from the Alliance Defending Freedom, which specializes in legal defense of religious liberty. Earlier this spring I had the privilege of being asked to take part in the funeral of Chuck Colson. …

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