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August 19, 2014

University professor convicted for assault on pro-life students

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Aug. 16, 2014 /Christian Newswire --

Mireille Miller-Young, an associate professor of feminist studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, was sentenced to 108 hours of community service, 10 hours of anger management, and three years probation for her assault on a group of pro-life students in early March. She was also ordered to pay a small fine and restitution of almost $500. The incident took place on the Santa Barbara campus, where Miller-Young attacked and forcibly took property from teenagers who were exercising their free speech rights in the public square to educate about abortion and promote its alternatives. As a result, Miller-Young was convicted of grand theft, vandalism, and battery in July.

Thrin and Joan Short, victims of the assault for which Miller-Young was convicted, were in court to hear the sentencing, along with their mother, Katie Short, Life Legal Defense Foundation Legal Director. Despite Miller-Young's attack, the Short family has called for restraint in speaking about Miller-Young.

"While Miller-Young submitted a written apology to the court for taking and destroying the sign, the sincerity of that apology is undercut by other letters she submitted from colleagues, several of which attempt to shift the blame onto the pro-lifers," said the elder Short. "Regardless of the actual level of her remorse, her conviction on three misdemeanor charges will undoubtedly be sufficient to dissuade her from any repetition of her outrageous conduct. The prosecution itself should have disabused her of the notion that she could victimize pro-lifers with impunity, an attitude clearly on display in the video," she added, referring to footage taken by the Short sisters during the assault. "We hope that anyone else who might consider violence or vandalism against pro-life advocates will take note."

To date, Miller-Young has not apologized for her physical attack on Thrin Short, nor has the university condemned the criminal actions of its employee, who remains listed in the faculty directory.

Read the statements of support for Miller-Young from her peers here.

Read the statement of one the young people who were assaulted here (more available upon request).

Read statement of the mother of two of the young people who were involved in the demonstration concerned in the case against Ms. Miller-Young here.

Watch the video of Miller-Young's March 4, 2014, theft, vandalism and assault on the pro-life students.

Read the Life Legal Defense Foundation original release on the story: National Pro Life Lawyer: Defending Daughters and Doing What's Right

August 14, 2014

Abortion advocates: Social engineering trumps improving health

C-FAM/New York/August 15, 2014 --

by Rebecca Oas, Ph.D.

"We do not mostly provide preventative medical care [or] cure diseases or prevent them. What we do is social change." So writes Daniel E. Pellegrom of Pathfinder International in a recent scholarly book marketed to educators, policymakers, and advocates for abortion and other aspects of "reproductive health." Pathfinder boasts helping the Communist government in Beijing when it launched its brutal one child per family policy.

Critical Issues in Reproductive Health, released this year by academic publisher Springer, provides a revealing view into the current state of the worldwide debate over abortion, contraception, and the role of human reproduction in society.

Two of the most common strategies employed in the twentieth century to advance the abortion agenda were linking it to women's health and population growth. In this book, chapters addressing these and other topics demonstrate what critics have long contended: that these concerns were a pretext for making abortion more acceptable.

In a chapter on abortion laws and demography, sociology professor Dennis Hodgson observes that many of the countries with the most permissive abortion laws are now suffering from declines associated with aging populations and below-replacement fertility. He fears governments may restrict abortion to encourage more births.

Because African countries boast the highest fertility in the world and some of the strongest legal protections for unborn children, they are experiencing great internal and external pressure to legalize abortion. But fertility is declining there, too....

Read full article here.

August 12, 2014

September 13 marks National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children at gravesites

MEDIA ADVISORY, Aug. 11, 2014/Christian Newswire --

The National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children on Saturday, September 13, 2014, was first marked in the modern era last fall, but memorialization of society's tiniest innocent victims is not a new idea. Citizens for a Pro-life Society, Priests for Life, and the Pro-life Action League have reached back to ancient Rome for the inspiration behind this solemn national event. Dug into the walls of the earliest Christian catacombs in the outskirts of Rome are countless small tombs, only a foot or two across. These are the burial places of infants cast out of their pagan homes and left to die of starvation and exposure - a common practice of that time. Members of the early church, charged by Christ to love all their neighbors, offered these newborn sacrifices to Roman cruelty the only act of love they could - that of burying their little bodies and mourning for them in prayer.

This tradition of mercifully burying abandoned children continues in our own day with the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children, taking place on September 13. Mourners across the country will visit the gravesites of aborted children, whose broken bodies were recovered from trash dumpsters and pathology labs and solemnly buried over the four decades of legal abortion in the United States.

Under the director of three national pro-life groups - Citizens for a Pro-life Society, Priests for Life, and the Pro-life Action League - simultaneous memorial services will be held at more than forty such gravesites, as well as at scores of other memorial markers set up in memory of the aborted unborn at churches and cemeteries.

Eric Scheidler, Executive Director of the Pro-life Action League, stated, "It's sobering to realize that grave markers for the unborn victims of abortion list only a date of burial. They have no birthdays because they were never allowed to be born. We can list no date of death, because those who killed them discarded their bodies like garbage. But they are not garbage to us. They are our brothers and sisters. That's why we buried them, and that's why we visit their graves to mourn for them and testify to their humanity."

Monica Miller, Director of Citizens for a Pro-life Society, added, "Since 1973, 55 million innocent unborn children have been killed with the sanction of law. A fraction of these victims of the American slaughter have actually been buried. The graves of these victims are scattered across America - graves of sorrow and graves of indictment on a nation that permitted the killing of the innocent. As we visit these graves on September 13, we call upon our nation to remember these victims and bring an end to the injustice of abortion."

"Abortion is not an abstract issue," explained Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. "Having a memorial service where these babies are buried reminds us that abortion is not merely about beliefs, but about bloodshed; not just about viewpoints, but victims. By visiting the graves of the aborted unborn, we allow our hearts to be broken for them, and we recommit ourselves to protecting other children from suffering the same fate."

The first National Day of Remembrance was held last September on the 25th anniversary of the solemn burial of several hundred abortion victims in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Prayer services were held at over 100 locations, with thousands of mourners participating. Response was so great that the National Day of Remembrance has been established as an annual event, to be held on the second Saturday each September.

For more information about the National Day of Remembrance, including the stories behind the gravesites of aborted children and the locations of memorial services being held September 13, visit AbortionMemorials.com.

August 8, 2014

ADF seeks investigation of Planned Parenthood for failing to report rape

Alliance Defending Freedom/Phoenix, AZ/August 7, 2014 --

Alliance Defending Freedom filed a complaint with the Arizona Department of Health Services Thursday that asks the agency to investigate a Tempe Planned Parenthood facility under a new state law that empowers such investigations. Last month, ADF attorneys joined an Arizona Life Coalition press conference that called on state prosecutors to investigate the facility for allegedly failing to report, as state law requires, the rape of a young girl by 18-year-old Tyler Kost, who then reportedly went on to sexually assault others.

"Planned Parenthood's main concern should be the safety of young girls, not the size of its profit margin," said ADF Legal Counsel Natalie Decker. "Sadly, this is not an exception, and Planned Parenthood is abusing more than just taxpayer dollars. Their complicity in placing young girls at the mercy of adult male sexual predators can't be ignored, nor should it be allowed to continue."

Pinal County criminally charged Kost with 27 counts of sexual assault and abuse. According to police reports, a Planned Parenthood counselor told one of the alleged victims and her mother at an abortion consultation that it "wasn't worth the hassle" to report that the minor had been raped. After that, Kost allegedly committed additional offenses against four other young females. In addition to the ADF complaint, the Pinal County Sheriff's Office has asked the Arizona attorney general to investigate Planned Parenthood concerning the incident. Citizens are doing the same through an online petition.

In addition to the Arizona situation, Planned Parenthood has been sued in Colorado and in Ohio for failing to report the sexual abuse of minors....

Read entire article here.

August 6, 2014

Obama's rules of enragement - the HHS Mandate "accommodation"

Family Research Council/August 5, 2014 --

When the Obama administration talks about a mandate "accommodation," you can be sure the only thing they're accommodating is their radical agenda. A month after the Supreme Court gave ObamaCare one of its biggest black eyes, the President's team is back at the drawing board, desperate to find a new way to force family businesses and nonprofits to violate their pro-life convictions.

After three years of legal wrangling over the HHS mandate, the Supreme Court's opinion in the Hobby Lobby-Conestoga Wood case was supposed to settle the matter, ruling in favor of religious freedom and against the heavy hand of government. Unfortunately, it looks like the only opinion the Obama administration is interested in is its own. In the weeks since the decision came down, the President's team has poured its energy into new ways to avoid the Court's opt-out for companies with moral objections to pills that can end or prevent a pregnancy. In the past, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius offered a placebo, an "accommodation" for religious groups that used fancy accounting gimmicks to hide the reality that these nonprofits were still paying for drugs that violated their beliefs -- just through an intermediary.

The trick may have fooled the media, but it certainly didn't pass the sniff test with the hundreds of universities, charities, and other organizations subject to the President's shell game. As the White House explained it, this "olive branch" was supposed to alleviate the concerns of organizations like Catholic Charities, hospitals, or colleges who are forced to provide life-destroying drugs against their will or pay the price. But in practice, the religious groups would still have to pay for the "health care" they oppose, but through a third-party.

Now the administration is resorting to the same scam, hinting that it might use this same approach with family businesses as a way of bypassing the Court's ruling....

Continue reading here.

July 18, 2014

High Court decision gives pro-life advocates breathing room

Alliance Defending Freedom/July 17, 2014 --

by Alan Sears

In the understandable excitement so many of us felt two weeks ago over the wonderfully welcome and important U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding the Conestoga / Hobby Lobby case, I have delayed celebrating another high court decision in another Alliance Defending Freedom supported-case - one with its own enormous implications for your family's First Amendment-protected freedom of speech. And, even more importantly, for the defense of life in the womb.

On June 26, the nation's highest court unanimously struck down a Massachusetts law creating a 35-foot Gospel-free "buffer zone" around abortion facilities. These zones' express purpose was to block advocates for life from speaking with women on their way into these buildings to have an abortion. (The law imposed up to two-and-a-half years in jail for its violation.) The court ruled that those who would gracefully make the case for life face-to-face are legally entitled to do so, up until the moment a woman enters the abortion facility's property.

"It is no accident that public streets and sidewalks have developed as venues for the exchange of ideas," the court wrote in its opinion. "Even today, they remain one of the few places where a speaker can be confident that he is not simply preaching to the choir.... In light of the First Amendment's purpose 'to preserve an uninhibited marketplace of ideas in which truth will ultimately prevail...,' this aspect of traditional public fora is a virtue, not a vice."

"Peaceful pro-life citizens should be able to freely share their message with mothers in vital need without being forced to shout from outside an anti-speech zone," says ADF Senior Counsel Steven H. Aden. "As the Supreme Court found, Massachusetts had no constitutional basis for creating speech-restricted zones that exist to hinder a particular point of view."

"Americans have the freedom to talk to whomever they please on public sidewalks," says allied attorney Michael DePrimo, co-counsel on the case, which was argued before the court in January. "That includes peaceful pro-lifers who just want to offer information and help to women who would like it. The Supreme Court has affirmed a critical freedom that has been an essential part of American life since the nation's founding."

The ruling will impact other cases across the nation...

Read entire article here.

July 11, 2014

New Hampshire buffer zone law on hold

from Leaven for the Loaf:

New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster has announced that the state's new "buffer zone" law will not be enforced until further notice. The announcement was part of a formal filing in federal court, responding to a lawsuit filed Monday in federal court seeking to block enforcement of an anti-free-speech zone around New Hampshire abortion facilities.

Attorneys with Alliance Defending Freedom are representing seven New Hampshire residents who engage in pro-life witness outside abortion facilities. According to Michael Tierney, a Manchester attorney allied with ADF, "New Hampshire has created an expansive anti-speech zone that cannot survive constitutional scrutiny. There is no constitutional ground for creating speech-restricted zones on public ways and sidewalks."

The lawsuit asserts that the Supreme Court's recent McCullen case, striking down Massachusetts's buffer zone law, "eliminates any plausible legal justification" for New Hampshire's law.

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England issued its own statement late yesterday. announcing that it had no "present intentions" of posting buffer zone signs around its New Hampshire offices.

July 10, 2014

March for Life files suit against abortion-pill mandate

Alliance Defending Freedom/Tuesday, July 8, 2014 --

Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the Obama administration's abortion-pill mandate on behalf of March for Life, the pro-life organization that holds its well-known annual march in Washington, D.C. The lawsuit is the latest lawsuit by a non-profit organization to challenge the mandate since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against it last month on behalf of two for-profit family businesses in Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Burwell and Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores.

The mandate forces employers, regardless of their religious or moral convictions, to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception under threat of heavy financial penalties through the IRS.

"Pro-life organizations must be free to operate according to the beliefs they espouse," said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Matt Bowman. "The government should not be allowed to force them to pay for insurance coverage that covers drugs that can cause an abortion - the very tragedy March for Life and other pro-life groups oppose. If the government can punish organizations simply because they want to abide by their beliefs, there is no limit to what other freedoms it can take away."...

Read entire article here.

June 30, 2014

Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Decision

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that some corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women. - AP

The Supreme Court ruled today that the Christian-run Hobby Lobby doesn't have to obey the HHS mandate that is a part of Obamacare that requires businesses to pay for abortion causing drugs in their employee health care plans. -- LifeNews


Five Major Takeaways from the Hobby Lobby Case

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June 28, 2014

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June 16, 2014

FRC, 40 groups rally outside White House to save Meriam Ibrahim

June 12, 2014/WASHINGTON, D.C. --

This morning at a rally outside the White House, Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins joined Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), U.S. Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), and a coalition of 40 groups to call on President Obama to break his silence and immediately offer safe haven to Meriam Ibrahim, a Sudanese Christian who was sentenced to death for the "crime" of converting from Islam.

Meriam languishes in a notoriously rank Sudanese prison with her 20-month-old son and newborn daughter. Over 42,000 people have signed a WhiteHouse.gov petition asking President Obama to grant her expedited save haven in the United States.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins made the following comments:

President Obama has been trying for weeks to dodge the Meriam Ibrahim story. But he'll have a tough time doing that today as crowds of Americans gathered on his front lawn to protest the President's silence. Thousands of miles away, two tiny children, born to an American dad, cower in a filthy, bug-infested Khartoum prison, their mother chained to a prison cell wall. Sentenced to execution for her Christian faith, Meriam continues to hope that their cries will be heard by the United States.

Yet while liberals drone on about the 'war on women' and the President trades five terrorists for a purported Army deserter, this small family continues to hit brick wall after brick wall in their appeals for diplomatic help. The situation is even more desperate now, as some British papers report that the 27-year-old wife of American Daniel Wani could be flogged in days if her appeal is thrown out.

Still, President Obama, who has never needed a shot of positive PR more, sits on his hands-refusing even to release a simple statement condemning the Sudanese government or to leverage the hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign aid. This administration needs to find its voice for two American children who will die in a prison with an infant mortality rate of one per day. I'm glad to hear that we leave no one behind. But Mr. President, it's women and children first.

We urge the President to stand up for America's longstanding ideals of religious freedom and human rights and demand Sudan release Meriam and her children.

Sign the petition to President Obama here.

Video of Tony Perkins remarks at this morning's rally:

May 28, 2014

AUL commends Live Action report revealing Planned Parenthood's corruption

WASHINGTON, D.C. (05-28-14) --

Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest observed that a new report released today from Live Action, detailing results of their undercover video investigations of the nation's largest abortion provider Planned Parenthood "illustrates how profits came before human decency."

Dr. Yoest commented: "Lila Rose and her team did a masterful job revealing Planned Parenthood's true feelings towards suffering women and their unborn children, illustrating the callous disregard they have for hurting people. Faced with sometimes ailing women and even living children newly born, with sex offenders and child molesters, with sex traffickers and underage girls, Planned Parenthood's staff closed their eyes to human suffering and opened their hands for a payoff. The benign reputation Planned Parenthood has spent millions cultivating is imploding."

For more information on Planned Parenthood's pattern of behavior, read AUL's "The Case for Investigating Planned Parenthood," and AUL's "The Planned Parenthood Exhibits."

Media Alert: Tonight at 6 p.m. eastern on EWTN News Nightly, AUL attorney Anna Franzonello will be part of a panel discussion on Planned Parenthood following a story featuring Live Action's Report that includes an interview with Live Action President Lila Rose.

May 23, 2014

First round freedom win for IA, MI Christian colleges against HHS mandate

Wednesday, May 21, 2014/SIOUX CITY, Iowa/Alliance Defending Freedom --

A federal court issued an order Wednesday that halts enforcement of the Obama administration's HHS mandate against two Christian colleges: Dordt College in Iowa and Cornerstone University in Michigan.

ADF attorneys represent the colleges in a lawsuit challenging the administration's mandate that forces employers, regardless of their religious or moral convictions and under threat of heavy penalties, to provide insurance coverage for pills and procedures that many Christians oppose. The two colleges object to the government's conclusion that they are not sufficiently religious to qualify for the extremely narrow religious exemption from the mandate.

"Christian colleges should remain free to operate according to their defining beliefs," said ADF Senior Counsel Gregory S. Baylor. "Under this mandate, religious employers have no real choice: they must either comply and abandon their religious freedom, or resist and be taxed for their faith. If the government can force Christian colleges to act contrary to their deeply-held religious convictions, then the government can do just about anything. The court was right to block enforcement of this unconstitutional mandate."

The lawsuit, Dordt College v. Sebelius, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa, Western Division, argues that the mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act as well as the First and Fifth amendments to the U.S. Constitution....

Read entire article here.

May 21, 2014

UK's Largest Christian Festival Ban's Pro-Life Exhibits

The Big Church Day Out has again said "NO" to pro-life exhibitors "despite covering other life issues such as poverty, human trafficking and the environment."

Andy Stephenson from Abort67 has a response:

I have been told more than once by the BigChurchDayOut (BCDO) team that our organisation, and it seems the issue of abortion, "doesn't fit" their event. Despite tackling important concerns like people trafficking, poverty and the usual line up of issues, the unborn child is not included in the family environment of the BCDO. I asked organiser Tim Jupp if he would allow other pro-life groups and was informed that it would be "unlikely".

After being refused a table for leaflets and foetal models (no banners) I have informed Tim that we will be taking our banners outside the event to reach those attending. I believe abortion to be an important issue that the Church needs to wake up to.

HT: JillStanek

May 16, 2014

Brain Dead is not Dead?

A college student was thought to be declared brain dead and discussions began about harvesting his organs. Thankfully he began to respond to questions before it was too late (from ABC News):

Two years ago, Sam Schmid's close encounter with death was called a "Christmas miracle." As he lay in a coma after sustaining massive brain injuries in a car crash, doctors were discussing organ donation with his parents and ready to take him off life support.

Schmid astounded those at his hospital bedside who thought he was brain dead, raising two fingers to signal he still had life left in him. But at the time, no one knew if the Tucson, Ariz., college student would ever return to his studies -- or even walk or talk again.

Today at 23, he is a force on the basketball court, enrolled in college classes and is hoping to be a veterinary technician. Schmid credits his surgeon and the Center for Transitional Neuro Rehabilitation at Barrow Neurological Institute, where he was recently discharged.

I'm happy for this young man and his family and grateful that the determination of brain death did not lead to a premature true death brought about through medical intervention. Updated: Despite "no signs of life", Schmid's doctor, a renowned neurosurgeon, had a "hunch" he might recover despite the opinions of others and kept him on life support longer ... and gave one last MRI after which he began to respond. An amazing story.

May 15, 2014

Pro-Life Summer Camp for Students

All upcoming summer pro-life teen- and college-aged boot camps are being listed here by JillStanek.com. Spread the word.

May 8, 2014

Down Syndrome Abortions

Faces of those killed because they were found to have Down Syndrome (link):

This dear baby girl named Claire, was never given a chance to bring her smile into the world. To show how much she could love. This dear baby girl was killed before she could laugh and give her family joy. Claire was never given a chance to show how precious she was. She was to have a smile that would melt your heart and a laugh that would make all your cares disappear. She was to have a purpose and was made so very special for a reason. That reason was to bring joy to her family and all that would know her.
Tragically, 92% of babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome are aborted.

May 6, 2014

Israeli group meets with Congressional leaders to share best practices in stemming abortion

WASHINGTON/May 5, 2014 --

A group of leading Israeli experts on stemming abortions recently traveled to the United States for meetings with key congressional leaders, including the former vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan, to share best practices. With independent studies in both countries showing that a large percentage of women opt for abortion because they feel they cannot support a baby financially,

Dr. Eli Schussheim, the founder and president of Israel's Committee for the Rescue of Israel's Babies-EFRAT, met with four U.S. senators and nine members of the House of Representatives, to discuss the life saving work of EFRAT, and if the possibility of the non-profit expanding their activity to the United States.

EFRAT assists thousands of pregnant women annually with monthly food packages and basic baby equipment such as cribs, strollers, baby baths and layettes. Over 3,000 trained volunteers are constantly available to provide women facing an unwanted pregnancy with one-on-one counseling and emotional support backed by EFRAT's assurance of physical assistance.

Dr. Schussheim's meetings included briefings with Former Vice Presidential candidate and chairman of the House Budget Committee Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah), Rep. Steve Womack (R-Arkansas), Senator Tim Scott (R-South Carolina), Rep. Paul C. Broun (R-Georgia), Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Missouri), and Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia), among others. At the meetings on The Hill, Schussheim stated that in all of his years running EFRAT, not a single woman has ever regretted having her child, each of whom was saved for a mere $1,800 worth of supplies and equipment. Since 1977, EFRAT has saved the lives of over 50,000 children in Israel - including Jewish, Arab, Druze and Bedouin. EFRAT's goal is to inform women faced with an unwanted pregnancy that there are choices.

"For almost four decades we have enabled more than 57,000 Israeli woman to keep their babies, "said Dr. Eli Schussheim, president of EFRAT-C.R.I.B. "By removing societal and financial pressure from mothers-to-be, we have devised a simple but effective alternative for many women who otherwise would have had abortions in Israel - a system that could easily be implemented in the United States."

Since 1977, EFRAT-C.R.I.B has offered woman with proven financial difficulty all of the essentials needed to deliver and care for their baby for up to two years. These packages include everything from strollers to cribs, to food and clothing. In some cases food packages are also supplied to supplement the rest of the family. EFRAT-C.R.I.B's 3,000 trained volunteers and social workers are constantly available to provide women facing an unwanted pregnancy with one-on-one counseling and emotional support backed by EFRAT's assurance of physical assistance. Through a combination of education and economic assistance, EFRAT has helped establish a new generation of Jewish families. For more information, please visit http://www.efrat.org.il/english/.

April 30, 2014

Thomas More Society wins historic N.O.W. v. Scheidler case

CHICAGO, April 30, 2014 /Christian Newswire --

Today, just over one month short of its 28th anniversary, the historic, marathon litigation, N.O.W. v. Scheidler, has culminated in yet another unanimous, decisive pro-life victory for the defendants, Joseph Scheidler, Andrew Scholberg, Timothy Murphy, and the Chicago-based Pro-Life Action League. A unanimous, federal appellate panel roundly rejected any and all objections raised by the abortion plaintiffs, N.O.W., and a pair of abortion providers representing a nationwide class of all abortion providers in the United States to the federal trial judge's award of $63,391.45 in reimbursable, out-of-pocket costs to said pro-life defendants.

Judge Frank Easterbrook penned a sharply written, seven page opinion in which he seemed almost to scoff at the objections raised by the abortion lawyers' quibbles over the pro-lifers' claims, which he deemed "modest for a suit that entailed discovery, a long trial, many motions in the district court, and appellate proceedings that span a generation." In fact, he dismissed the abortion lawyers' arguments as "preposterous" and quipped that, "The costs amount to less than $2,300 per year of litigation." Judge Easterbrook closed his opinion in a pair of terse sentences that resonate deeply and dramatically with those who fought this often-agonizing litigation over many years, going back to June, 1986: "This litigation has lasted far too long. At last it is over."

N.O.W. v. Scheidler brought about the birth of the Thomas More Society in March, 1997 - some sixteen years ago - just a few months after Tom Brejcha, partner in a Chicago law firm, was told by his managing partner at a firm meeting that he would either have to "quit the case or quit the firm." Tom Brejcha quit the firm to carry on in defense of the case that will go down as a landmark in the annals of American law.

N.O.W. v. Scheidler went before the U.S. Supreme Court for full dress briefing, hearing, and disposition on three separate occasions -- which may well have been unprecedented, as no legal historian has yet to find another case so well-traveled up and down all three tiers of the federal judicial system!

The first appeal was brought by the abortion plaintiffs after Brejcha's motion to dismiss all charges (under the federal antitrust, racketeering (RICO) and extortion laws) was granted by Judge Holderman in 1991. That dismissal was then affirmed on appeal by the 7th Circuit without a dissenting vote, but the Supreme Court agreed to review the RICO dismissal and reversed by a 9-0 count, in January, 1994, holding that RICO applied to non-profit enterprises equally as to for-profit activities.

The case was then remanded and reassigned to newly appointed Judge Coar, who presided over a lengthy RICO jury trial in March-April and June-July, 1998, after which Judge Coar entered judgment on a verdict for plaintiffs in July, 1999, awarding treble damages against defendants for over $257,000, with attorney's fees yet to be added onto that sum. Joe and Ann Scheidler then mortgaged their home to post security to an appeal, but the 7th Circuit affirmed the judgment in 2001.

The following April, 2002, the U.S. Supreme Court again agreed to review the case and reversed the judgment in early 2003, by a decisive 8-1 margin. On remand, however, the 7th Circuit panel whose earlier affirmance of the RICO judgment had been reversed by the Supreme Court, ruled rather surprisingly that the Supreme Court had overlooked part of the RICO verdict and that, therefore, the lawsuit should be reexamined by Judge Coar to determine if the overlooked portions of the verdict alone would support relief for the abortion plaintiffs.

Defendants then promptly sought a third hearing before the Supreme Court, and the Justices voted to hear the case a third time. This time they reversed the 7th Circuit a third time, in Spring, 2006, by unanimous count, 8-0 (Justice O'Connor having resigned after oral argument but before the decision was issued), and this time they specifically directed that the case be dismissed on its merits.

Thereafter, the pro-life defendants filed to recover some $70,000 in costs -- all that they could back up with invoices and receipts after so many years of litigation. Judge Coar, while allowing what he deemed a late filing, did not act on the costs petition for several years before retiring from the bench. Finally, the case was transferred to Judge Norgle, who awarded defendants most of the costs they sought. But the abortion plaintiffs refused to pay and instead took another appeal. That appeal was briefed, argued just over a week ago on Good Friday, and decided April 29, 2014 in defendants' favor.

"Today we celebrate a long-awaited, hopefully final victory for millions of pro-lifers here and around the country," said Tom Brejcha, president and chief counsel of the Thomas More Society. "The abortion plaintiffs had been claiming that the heroic leaders whom we defended were leaders of a vast nationwide conspiracy comprising as many as a million members, thereby putting a black cloud over pro-life efforts to advocate against abortion as if these efforts to save human lives were some horrific enterprise bent on 'extortion' and 'racketeering.' After nearly 28 years of litigating and three trips to the U.S. Supreme Court, we are proud to declare that pro-lifers' First Amendment rights to free speech and association are once again secure and protected by law. Banding together with fellow citizens to advocate for the sanctity of each and every human life -- born and unborn, wanted or allegedly 'unwanted' -- are precious rights of all American citizens."

April 25, 2014

Court blocks enforcement of HHS mandate against James Dobson's Family Talk

NRB/April 24, 2014 --

Last week, a federal district judge granted a preliminary injunction to Dr. James Dobson's Family Talk, blocking enforcement of the Obama administration's contraception mandate against Dr. Dobson and his radio show and ministry.

"Judge [Robert E.] Blackburn wrote a powerful statement, which even used pro-life language, (i.e., referring to a 'human fetus.')," shared Dr. Dobson in a letter to supporters Monday.

"He defended my right to follow the dictates of my conscience. It was eloquent," Dr. Dobson added.

Last December, attorneys with NRB member organization Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) filed a federal lawsuit against the Obama administration on behalf of Dr. Dobson and Family Talk, which would have been required to provide abortifacients, including the morning after pill, starting on May 1.

"After that, if we hadn't prevailed, fines amounting to $800,000 per year would have kicked in," Dr. Dobson reported. "We would have closed our doors."

Judge Blackburn, however, concluded that Family Talk has a "substantial likelihood" of winning its legal challenge....

According ADF, the contraception mandate is losing 56-7 in court so far. At least 23 related cases are still working their way through various states.

A decision from the U.S. Supreme Court, meanwhile, is expected by the end of June....

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