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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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Illegal Immigrant at Center of Legal Battle Lied About Her Age

ne of the pregnant teens at the center of a new legal battle between the ACLU and the Trump administration has been released from federal custody after authorities said she lied about her age.
The illegal immigrant teen had requested an abortion while staying at a government shelter for minors. Last week, the ACLU sued to force the government to help facilitate her abortion. …

http://www.lifenews.com/2017/12/20/illegal-immigrant-at-center-of-legal-battle-lied-about-her-age-now-will-abort-her-22-wee-old-baby/


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President Trump Signs Religious Freedom Order Protecting Little Sisters of the Poor From Obama Abortion Mandate

President Donald Trump signed a religious liberty executive order today that would protect Christian organizations like the Little Sisters of the Poor from being forced to pay for abortions.

“Freedom is not a gift from government. It is a…

President Trump Signs Religious Freedom Order Protecting Little Sisters of the Poor From Obama Abortion Mandate


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Late-Term Abortionist Rushes Woman to Hospital After Injuring Her in Botched Legal Abortion

For at least the fifth time since LeRoy Carhart located his late-term abortion business to Maryland, one of his abortion patients has been rushed to a hospital emergency room by ambulance. …

http://www.lifenews.com/2015/12/18/late-term-abortionist-rushes-woman-to-hospital-after-injuring-her-in-botched-legal-abortion/


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HHS Mandate and Priests For Life

Over the next eight months the Supreme Court will be reviewing our Priests for Life case against the HHS Mandate. Six other cases (including two dioceses and the Little Sisters of the Poor) have been consolidated with ours by the Court, and a decision is expected by the end of June. 

We are urging all believers to pray for victory, and a reversal of the HHS Mandate. 

A prayer and prayer cards are available at PrayerCampaign.org.

We are also launching a prayer campaign to prepare for the Elections of 2016, to educate and mobilize voters, and to elect public servants who know the difference between serving the public and killing the public!

We are urging all believers to take part in praying an Election Prayer for Life between now and Election Day.

The prayer asks that God’s people will be active in the electoral process and be guided in their decisions by their commitment to Christ.  This is precisely what our bishops have called for in their documents, Living the Gospel of Life and Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship

A prayer and prayer cards are available at PrayerCampaign.org.

Blessings,

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life

Remember to support our work at Priestsforlife.org/donate


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Pope Francis meets with Little Sisters of the Poor, nuns involved in an Obamacare lawsuit

Pope Francis met with the Little Sisters of the Poor — nuns who have been in a long battle over a contraception mandate part of Obamacare — at their home across the street from Catholic University after he celebrated Mass on Wednesday. The pope’s visit to the Little Sisters was a sign of support for them in their legal battle, Rev. Federico Lombardi, a Vatican spokesman, told reporters. …

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2015/09/23/pope-francis-meets-with-little-sisters-of-the-poor-nuns-involved-in-an-obamacare-lawsuit/


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Will The Supreme Court Protect Hobby Lobby From the HHS Mandate?

The Supreme Court decision in the monumental Hobby Lobby case against the abortion mandate in Obamacare is expected either this week or next.

The Obama administration is attempting to make Hobby Lobby and thousands of pro-life businesses and organizations comply with the HHS mandate that compels religious companies to pay for birth control and abortion-causing drugs for their employees. However, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to take up Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., a landmark case addressing the Constitutionally guaranteed rights of business owners to operate their family companies without violating their deeply held religious convictions.

http://www.lifenews.com/2014/06/17/will-the-supreme-court-protect-hobby-lobby-from-the-hhs-mandate/