Federal judge blocks transgender, abortion-related Obamacare provisions

Rule would have redefined sex bias to include "discrimination on the basis of gender identity and termination of pregnancy"

A federal judge in Texas on Saturday issued a court order barring enforcement of an Obama administration policy seeking to extend anti-discrimination protections under the Affordable Care Act to transgender health and abortion-related services. The decision sides with Texas, seven other states and three Christian-affiliated healthcare groups challenging a rule that, … [Read more...]

Medicaid funding to end for Planned Parenthood in Texas

Center for Medical Progress videos spurred investigation into abortion giant

The following comes from a December 20 New York Times article by Christopher Mele: In a critical step in a longstanding fight, Texas formally said on Tuesday that it was ending Medicaid funding of Planned Parenthood, a move the group said could affect 11,000 patients. The office of inspector general for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission issued a final notice … [Read more...]

Catholic Anthony Kennedy swing vote to kill Texas abortion safety law

Supreme Court votes 5-3 against law passed in wake of Kermit Gosnell scandal

The following comes from a June 27 story on the site of the Catholic News Agency. Editor: Kennedy was seen at Sunday Mass in July 2015 at the strongly pro-life parish, Our Lady of the Rosary in San Diego. Kennedy told one of the priests he comes this parish whenever he is in San Diego. On Monday, the Supreme Court struck down a 2013 Texas law regulating the safety of … [Read more...]

May 2016: major choral event in Dallas

Oratio about the life of Saint Rita of Cascia will conclude a 3-day conference on Catholic art

The following comes from a January 18 CC Watershed blog post by Dr. Alfred Calabrese, music director at Saint Rita Catholic Church. Dr. Calabrese is also the conductor for A Rose in Winter: The life of Saint Rita of Cascia. A Rose in Winter: The life of Saint Rita of Cascia by composer Frank La Rocca will receive its world premiere on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 8:00pm in … [Read more...]

Unborn babies’ organs are ‘cute’, says abortionist

New video catches Planned Parenthood abortionist describing harvesting baby’s brains

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tgez97aG74 The following comes from an October 27 LifeSiteNews article by Ben Johnson: AUSTIN, Texas - Abortion workers sometimes like to look at the dissected body parts of the babies they have aborted, because their organs are "cute," an abortionist admits in a new video released by the Center for Medical Progress. "One of our POC … [Read more...]

Nancy Pelosi: ‘Aren’t we all proud of Cecile Richards?’

Surprising that this would be the time, if ever, to praise Planned Parenthood president

The following comes from an October 20 LifeSite News article by Ben Johnson: House Minority Leader Pelosi held up Cecile Richards as a role model during a question-and-answer session with the Texas Tribune, a "progressive" publication in the conservative state. Pelosi said Texas had not yet contributed in a positive way to the nation's commonweal by - for instance - … [Read more...]

Fewer than 10 Texas abortion clinics to remain open

Appeals Court rules that state law doesn't impose undue burden on women

The following comes from a June 9 Texas Tribune article by Alexa Ura: In a blow to the state's abortion providers, federal appeals judges on Tuesday upheld a state law requiring nearly all Texas facilities that perform the procedure to meet hospital-like standards. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the state's requirement that … [Read more...]

Abortion limits spread in the South

The following comes from a May 21 story in the New York Times. The Louisiana State Legislature on Wednesday passed a bill that could force three of the state’s five abortion clinics to close, echoing rules passed in Alabama, Mississippi and Texas and raising the possibility of drastically reduced access to abortion across a broad stretch of the South. The new rules passed … [Read more...]

Forgive but don’t forget

The following comes from a Dec. 30 story in the Los Angeles Times. He was given a second chance here, in the High Plains of Texas, where a patchwork of cotton and wheat fields unfurls beneath a giant blue sky. He was no longer Father John Salazar, a name typed across yellowed newspapers and courthouse microfilm more than a thousand miles away in Los Angeles. He was Father … [Read more...]

Supreme Court upholds Texas clinic law

The following comes from a Nov. 19 posting on the SCOTUS blog. Splitting five to four, the Supreme Court late Tuesday afternoon refused to block a Texas abortion law that critics say is forcing the closing of one-third of all clinics in the state.  The Court had been studying the issue for the past week.  The majority said that the challengers had not met the requirement for … [Read more...]