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EWTN Wins Lawsuit Over HHS Contraception Mandate

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit issued an order Thursday vacating a 2014 district-court decision against the Eternal Word Television Network in its lawsuit against the so-called contraceptive mandate issued by the Department of Health and Human Services. The order follows a settlement between the network and the Department of Justice reached Oct. 5.
Under the terms of the settlement, EWTN will not be required to provide contraception, sterilization or abortifacients through its employee health-care plan.
“This moment has been a long time coming,” said EWTN Chairman and…

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/ewtn-wins-lawsuit-over-hhs-contraception-mandate


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Trump Administration to Announce Plan to Strip Title X Funds From Abortion Providers

CNA/EWTN News
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration Friday will announce a plan to ensure that Title X family-planning funding does not go to programs or facilities that promote or perform abortions, CNA has learned.
The measure would dramatically curtail federal funding to abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood. …

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/trump-administration-to-announce-plan-to-strip-title-x-funds-from-abortion


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Pope Begins Polish Trip With Strong Defense of Unborn

Quick Look: Some of What Pope Francis Has Been Telling the Young People


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US Bishops File Brief to Support Little Sisters of the Poor at Supreme Court

The General Counsel of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) filed a brief amicus curiae, January 8, in the Zubik v. Burwell case now before the U.S. Supreme Court on the question of the contraceptive mandate of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The brief argues that the government mandate that faith-based organizations facilitate payments for contraceptives and sterilization for their employees damages not only religious freedom, but society as a whole. …

http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/us-bishops-file-brief-to-support-little-sisters-of-the-poor-at-supreme-court


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Media Censor Poll Showing Majority of Americans Support Defunding Planned Parenthood

The media rushed to cover a recent poll showing majority support for federal funding of Planned Parenthood. But when another poll surfaced with the opposite findings, journalists looked the other way.

http://www.lifenews.com/2015/12/11/media-censor-poll-showing-majority-of-americans-support-defunding-planned-parenthood/