Supreme Court rejects appeal from states seeking to defund Planned Parenthood

High court refuses to re-examine ruling that prevents Kansas and Louisiana from cutting funding to Planned Parenthood; justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Grouch dissented

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 who rebuffed the states. The justices left intact lower court rulings that prevented the two states … [Read more...]

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

Daleiden argues that Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit is an attempt to silence him for exposing their illegal fetal tissue trafficking

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 is “obliterating” Daleiden’s First Amendment defenses against Planned … [Read more...]

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

Novena for the Legal Protection of Human Life will be prayed each Friday between August 3 and September 28

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 Supreme Court. The novena will be prayed each Friday between August 3 and September 28. The initiative is part of the USCCB’s … [Read more...]

Cardinal Timothy Dolan enters Supreme Court confirmation fray

As chairman of USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, he calls for prayers that "change in the U.S. Supreme Court will move our nation closer to the day when every human being is protected in law and welcomed in life"

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 change in the U.S. Supreme Court will move our nation closer to the day when every human being is protected in law and welcomed in … [Read more...]

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

“I am part of the vibrant Catholic community in the D.C. area”

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 the importance of his Catholic upbringing and how it has affected his career. “The motto of my Jesuit high school … [Read more...]

Supreme Court vacates undocumented minor abortion ruling

Pro-life leader notes high court's decision failed to answer question of whether the federal government has an obligation to help an undocumented teen abort her unborn child – but it did deny the ACLU a major victory

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 a similar case arise. The June 4 order in Azar v. Garza was unanimous, though the initial case had been rendered moot as the minor had … [Read more...]

A positive sign?

Supreme Court puts off decision on whether to hear appeal of California's pro-life pregnancy centers over state requirement they refer for and advertise abortion services

Will California’s 200 pro-life pregnancy centers and medical clinics be forced by the state to advertise taxpayer-funded abortions on their own dime? The answer will have to wait until at least Sept. 25, after the U.S. Supreme Court held off on taking a statewide challenge in Thursday’s round of petition reviews. Leaders throughout the state say they’re optimistic about their … [Read more...]

Supreme Court rules in favor of religious liberty

In 7-2 decision, justices say Missouri can't discriminate against religious pre-school in playground resurfacing program

The U.S. Supreme Court has delivered a clear win for religious liberty, ruling in favor of Trinity Lutheran Church against the state of Missouri.   The 7-2 decision is a victory against state-sponsored discrimination. Justice Clarence Thomas, writing for the majority, said, “The exclusion of Trinity Lutheran from a public benefit for which it otherwise qualified solely … [Read more...]

Gorsuch on abortion, religion and reproductive rights

How President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court might vote on laws restricting abortion remains unclear

During the presidential campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump pledged to nominate Supreme Court justices who would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision establishing the basic right to an abortion. Whatever views Judge Neil Gorsuch may hold on the issue of abortion, they are unlikely to have an immediate impact on the court and Roe: Last term Justice Anthony … [Read more...]

A Catholic perspective on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch

Likely to align with the Church’s positions on many matters, but may create possible heartburn on others

Anyone familiar with Catholic social teaching knows it’s often not a good fit for the left v. right dynamics of American culture, and we got another reminder of the point on Tuesday night with President Donald Trump’s pick of Neil Gorsuch, an Episcopalian, as the next associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. Considered a reliable conservative on most issues, Gorsuch seems … [Read more...]