The Satanic Temple has issued a new statement regarding the Supreme Court's ruling on the Hobby Lobby case, which allows employers to refuse to cover certain forms of birth control for employees. The Satanic Temple wants to use that ruling in order to exempt its female members from anti-abortion laws.
"While we feel we have a strong case for the exemption regardless of the Hobby Lobby ruling, the Supreme Court has decided that religious beliefs are so sacrosanct that they can even trump scientific fact," spokesperson Lucien Greaves said in a press release. "This was made clear when they allowed Hobby Lobby to claim certain contraceptives were abortifacients, which in fact, they are not."
The Satanic Temple based its case on the belief of "the best scientific understanding of the world, regardless of the religious or political beliefs of others." more >>
An associate professor of feminist studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara has pleaded no contest to criminal charges related to her assault on a group of pro-life students in March, which was partially captured on video.
The Santa Barbara Independent reported on Thursday that Dr. Mireille Miller-Young, who had been accused of stealing and destroying an anti-abortion posted during an event, as well as pushing and scratching the activist, is pleading no contest to the charges of grand theft, vandalism, and battery.
"Today's plea brings us one step closer to seeing justice done in this case," said Katie Short, mother of the 16-year-old activist that Miller-Young is accused of assaulting. "Pro-life advocates should not be subjected to intimidation and violence for lawfully exercising their right to free speech, and we are happy to see that Ms. Miller-Young is being held accountable for her actions." more >>
Local residents of New Orleans, Louisiana are circulating a petition to have the town's mayor formally rescind a proclamation he awarded to Operation Rescue America, a conservative anti-abortion group that has staged multiple protests around town.
In a July 20 certificate, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office issued a proclamation to Flip Benham, director of Operation Rescue America. Since receiving the proclamation, the group has held multiple controversial protests throughout the southern city, including interrupting a service at the First Unitarian Universalist Church and holding a protest in a residential neighborhood.
The certificate, posted to the Operation Save America's Facebook page, thanked the pro-life group for its "outstanding service to the city of New Orleans." Such ceremonial certificates are usually distributed by the city to groups or conventions. According to Best of New Orleans, such certificates may also be distributed to groups with "organizational honors; church anniversaries and pastoral anniversaries; retirements; heroic deeds; a 100th birthday; or outstanding community service by an individual, group, or organization." more >>
While promoting his new book, former Missouri Rep. Todd Akin recently spoke about the controversial comments he made in 2012 regarding pregnancy and "legitimate rape" that many believe cost him the senate election against Democrat Claire McCaskill.
Akin told The Brody File in a recent interview that he felt he was in the middle of spiritual warfare during the 2012 senate election, following the fallout from his controversial comments. Akin details his political experience in his new book Firing Back: Taking on the Party Bosses and Media Elite to Protect Our Faith and Freedom, released earlier this week.
When David Brody, host of "The Brody File," asked the former congressman if he felt he was in the middle of spiritual warfare following his comments, Akin replied: "I felt sort of peaceful, as though I was in a parachute. I sort of felt that on each side of me were these towering cumulus clouds. On the one side lightning and thunder of evil and the other side brilliant light of good and I sort of felt like I was literally on the front lines and evil and good were going at it all around me and I'm thinking, 'how did I get here so fast?'" more >>
Conservative U.K. Members of Parliament have condemned a 39-week abortion of a pregnancy where the baby was deemed to be in significant risk of being disabled, calling the abortion laws that allow for such a decision "medieval and cruel."
"I do not understand how we can have a law which allows the life of a baby with a disability to be ended at full term. It is a graphic illustration of society's inconsistency on disability," said Conservative MP Fiona Bruce, co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Pro-life Group, according to The Sunday Express.
"After birth we work hard to ensure equality, but before birth we have laws to prevent the disabled taking their first breath. This medieval, cruel, discriminatory law must change." more >>
A Polish doctor who refused a woman's request for an abortion procedure because of a "conflict of conscience" with his Roman Catholic beliefs has been fired from the hospital he works at.
The case, which sparked a nationwide abortion debate and prompted Prime Minister Donald Tusk to tell Warsaw obstetrician Bogdan Chazan that he must choose the law over his faith, began in April when the doctor refused a pregnant woman an abortion at Warsaw's Holy Family Hospital.
The woman had came to Chazan to ask for an abortion because her own physician had diagnosed her unborn child with grave health problems, Reuters reported. The obstetrician, however, told the woman that he could not agree to such an abortion in his hospital, and referred the woman to a hospice where the child could get palliative care once born. more >>