Supreme Court allows Trump restrictions on transgenders in military

Lifts lower court injunctions

The following comes from a Jan 22 story in the Washington Post. The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed President Trump’s broad restrictions on transgender people serving in the military to go into effect while the legal battle continues in lower courts. The justices lifted nationwide injunctions that had kept the administration’s policy from being implemented. It reversed an … [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 DiNardo: Roe v. Wade shouldn’t be used as litmus test for Supreme Court nominees

In letter to senators, president of the USCCB says there are several good reasons why 1973 decision legalizing abortion in the U.S. should not be used to evaluate appointments to the high court

The U.S. Senate should not use a nominee’s stance on Roe v. Wade as a litmus test on suitability for appointment to the Supreme Court, the president of the nation’s bishops’ conference has said. “By any measure, support for Roe is an impoverished standard for assessing judicial ability,” wrote Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the USCCB, in a July 6 letter to … [Read more...]

Pro-lifers express hope after Justice Kennedy’s retirement from Supreme Court

Will Roe v. Wade be overturned?

The retirement announcement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has led pro-life advocates to voice hope that his successor could help overturn Roe v. Wade in coming years. Kennedy submitted his formal resignation on Wednesday, in a letter to President Donald Trump. Kennedy has served on the court for 30 years, since being appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1987. He … [Read more...]

Supreme Court sides with crisis pregnancy centers

In 5-4 decision, justices rule that California can't force pro-life pregnancy counseling centers to promote abortion

The Supreme Court said Tuesday that pregnancy centers established to persuade women to continue their pregnancies do not have to tell their clients about the availability of state-offered services, including abortion. The court’s conservatives said a California law likely violates the First Amendment. It required what are called crisis pregnancy centers — they promise prenatal … [Read more...]

Landmark ruling for freedom of conscience cases

Supreme Court says baker doesn't have to make cake for gay wedding

The Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who declined to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple in 2012. The 7-2 decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission could be a landmark ruling for freedom of religion and conscience cases. The majority opinion was delivered by Justice Anthony Kennedy. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg … [Read more...]

Supreme Court won’t hear appeal of Daleiden gag order

Justices decline to take up appeal of David Daleiden, who recorded videos in 2014 and 2015 exposing alleged illegal sales of aborted fetal tissue; decision leaves in place lower court’s ruling blocking release of videos

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a bid by anti-abortion activists to win the release of videos they surreptitiously recorded at meetings of abortion providers. The justices declined to take up appeals by the abortion opponents and left in place a lower court’s ruling blocking the release of videos that had the aim of exposing alleged illegal sales of aborted fetal … [Read more...]

Does it violate free speech?

U.S. Supreme Court weighs challenge to California law forcing pro-life pregnancy centers to promote abortion

The Supreme Court is weighing whether to hear an anti-abortion group’s challenge on free speech grounds to a California law that requires “crisis pregnancy centers” — which advocate alternatives to the procedure — to also advise clients that the state offers free or low-cost contraception and assistance in ending their pregnancy. The justices could announce as early as Monday … [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 exempts church-affiliated hospitals from pension law

California-based Dignity Health, which operates both Catholic and non-Catholic hospitals, among three hospital systems that had been sued by employees

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that church-affiliated hospital systems do not have to comply with a federal law governing employee pensions, overturning lower court decisions that could have cost the hospitals billions of dollars. The court ruled 8-0 that church-affiliated organizations are exempt from the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, a 1974 law that forces … [Read more...]