FCC’s decision to end Internet regulation likely will mean less free porn

Moving forward, internet service providers will be able to control what consumers have access to, which could put an end to — or at least severely slow down — the free availability of copious amounts of pornography

All the news over net neutrality is wonky, jargon-heavy, and — if we’re honest — reports about the impending changes leave readers with more questions than answers. But there’s one taboo topic that really puts things into perspective: pornography. The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision Thursday to repeal the Obama-era net neutrality rules, which barred … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Naumann: Pro-abortion politicians who claim to be good Catholics must be admonished

Kansas City archbishop: "It creates a problem for us as bishops when Catholic politicians do that. They teach our people that it is okay to be Catholic and support legalized abortion”

Politicians who “flaunt” being Catholic while asserting that they are also pro-abortion are guilty of “misleading” other Catholics and must be admonished, said U.S. Archbishop Joseph Naumann in a recent interview. Naumann, who was elected last month by his brother bishops over Cardinal Blase Cupich to be the next head of the U.S. bishops' pro-life efforts, said that openly … [Read more...]

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Well heeled foundation spends millions to thwart religious freedom, push LGBT agenda

New York based Arcus Foundation gives millions for projects aimed at restricting legal protections for religious freedom, promote LGBT advocacy

One wealthy activist is continuing to fund coordinated efforts to limit religious freedom and to foster dissent on abortion and LGBT issues within American Christianity and other religious groups.   The New York-based Arcus Foundation was founded by billionaire heir Jon Stryker in 2000. Arcus is a partner of the U.S. State Department’s Global Equality Fund, which engages in … [Read more...]

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Senate confirms Notre Dame law professor to appeals court bench

Amy Barrett, critic of Roe v. Wade, wins appointment to 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on 55-43 vote; attacked by Democrats during confirmation hearings for her Catholic faith

The Senate confirmed a Notre Dame law professor to a Chicago-based federal appeals court Tuesday despite widespread criticism from advocacy groups. Democratic Sens. Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Tim Kaine (Va.) and Joe Manchin(W.Va.) joined Republicans in the 55-43 vote to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Barrett has claimed that ObamaCare’s … [Read more...]

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Significant victory in veto of AB 569

California bishops' spokesman: "We thank Governor Brown for vetoing this unnecessary, highly questionable effort to harass religious employers who provide valuable services in the public domain”

The last moment for Governor Jerry Brown to sign or veto bills was Sunday, October 15, at midnight and he waited to the very end to act on several bills the California Catholic Conference tracked this past Legislative Session. Most notable was the Governor’s veto of AB 569 (Gonzales-Fletcher, D-San Diego), the bill that targeted religious employers and would have created … [Read more...]

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U.S. Department of Justice settles lawsuits over HHS contraceptive mandate

Plaintiffs will not be forced to provide health insurance coverage for “morally unacceptable” products and procedures, including contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs

A week after issuing new religious freedom guidelines to all administrative agencies in the federal government, the U.S. Department of Justice has settled with more than 70 plaintiffs who had challenged the controversial HHS contraceptive mandate. The Oct. 13 agreement was reached between the government and the law firm Jones Day, which represented more than 70 clients … [Read more...]

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Gov. Brown vetoes AB 569

Bill, opposed by California's bishops, would have made it illegal for employers to punish workers who get an abortion or use birth control

Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday vetoed legislation wading into the contentious debate over reproductive health rights and religious freedom in the workplace. Assembly Bill 569 would have prohibited employers from punishing workers who use birth control, get an abortion or make other reproductive health decisions they disagree with. The measure, by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez … [Read more...]

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California sues over rollback of contraception mandate

State attorney general says new policy discriminates against women

California sued the Trump administration Friday, claiming it unlawfully discriminated against women in its decision to limit an Obama-era rulethat requires employers to provide for contraceptives in their health insurance plans. The lawsuit filed in federal court in San Francisco says the new rules jeopardize the Affordable Care Act requirement that employers provide coverage … [Read more...]

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President Trump eliminates HHS birth-control mandate

New policy, announced today, allows virtually any employer to claim a religious or moral objection to Obamacare's birth-control coverage requirement

The Trump administration will allow virtually any employer to claim a religious or moral objection to Obamacare's birth control coverage mandate under a sweeping rollback announced Friday. The new policies, which take effect immediately, reignite a fierce battle over one of the health care law's most controversial provisions and quickly drew legal challenges. The requirement … [Read more...]

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“They inspire joy, kindness, and wonder”

President Trump issues statement marking start of Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Statement from President Donald Trump on Down Syndrome Awareness Month: “During Down Syndrome Awareness Month, we celebrate the significant contributions that people with Down syndrome make to their families, to their communities, and to our Nation.  We also salute the family members, caregivers, medical professionals, and advocates who have dedicated themselves to ensuring … [Read more...]

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