Dreamers, gay rights, abortion, religious liberty
Supreme Court begins term today facing cases nearly certain to cause ideological rifts

The Supreme Court opens its new term Monday facing decisions on the so-called Dreamers, LGBTQ rights, religion and abortion. The justices will decide whether President Trump may revoke the Obama-era protections for more than 700,000 young immigrants, known as Dreamers, who

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2019-10-08T07:16:24-07:00October 7th, 2019|Categories: Social issues|Tags: |35 Comments

Clarence Thomas opens door to end of Roe v. Wade

In a concurring opinion in the Gamble v. United States decision released on Monday, June 17, Justice Clarence Thomas discussed at some length the proper role of the doctrine stare decisis, in what many court-watchers believe may be an attempt to prepare the

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2019-06-20T10:47:52-07:00June 19th, 2019|Categories: Abortion and pro-life issues|Tags: , |3 Comments

Supreme Court reinstates law requiring burial or cremation of fetal remains

The U.S. Supreme Court’s strengthened conservative majority made its first move toward giving states more power to regulate abortion, as the justices upheld an Indiana law requiring clinics to bury or cremate fetal remains. The justices ruled Tuesday that a

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2019-05-28T20:50:42-07:00May 28th, 2019|Categories: Abortion and pro-life issues|Tags: |2 Comments

Supreme Court rejects appeal from states seeking to defund Planned Parenthood

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected appeals by Louisiana and Kansas seeking to end their public funding to women’s healthcare and abortion provider Planned Parenthood through the Medicaid program, with President Donald Trump’s appointee Brett Kavanaugh among the justices

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David Daleiden asks Supreme Court to stop Planned Parenthood’s suppression of his First Amendment rights

Attorneys for the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund and St. Thomas More Society filed a petition for review in the U.S. Supreme Court this afternoon on behalf of pro-life journalist David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress, asking the Court to overturn a Ninth Circuit ruling that

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U.S. bishops announce novena ahead of Supreme Court confirmation battle

A Novena for the Legal Protection of Human Life is being led by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Catholics are being encouraged to take part ahead of the Senate confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the

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2018-07-30T11:37:18-07:00July 30th, 2018|Categories: California Diocese News|Tags: , , , |7 Comments

Cardinal Timothy Dolan enters Supreme Court confirmation fray

Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan, Archbishop of New York and Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued a statement today inviting all people of good will to join in a prayer campaign that the

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2018-07-20T15:34:32-07:00July 20th, 2018|Categories: Bishops and church leaders, Politics|Tags: , |15 Comments

President Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh to seat on U.S. Supreme Court

President Donald Trump announced Monday night he is nominating Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court to fill the vacancy created when Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement June 27. In a brief speech after the announcement, Kavanaugh spoke about

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2018-07-10T10:39:23-07:00July 10th, 2018|Categories: Politics|Tags: , |10 Comments

Supreme Court vacates undocumented minor abortion ruling

On Monday the Supreme Court vacated an appellate court's decision from October which permitted an undocumented minor held in federal custody to an obtain an abortion. This move by the court means there will no longer be a precedent should

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