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Supreme Court, 9-0, nixes 35-foot ‘buffer zone’ at abortion clinic

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a Massachusetts law that enforced a 35-foot speech-free buffer zone around abortion clinics, saying the law silenced a broader spectrum of speech than is necessary to protect the clinics and their patients. In a 9-to-0 decision,…

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UN abortion controversy shows push to exclude Catholics

U.N. anti-torture committee member Felice Gaer’s statement to a Holy See delegation equating opposition to abortion and torture is part of a growing trend to exclude Catholics and other pro-life advocates, one critic says. “That our country’s own representative at a United Nations committee would…

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What’s the difference between CVS and Hobby Lobby?

As David Green heads to the Supreme Court toda to defend the way he runs his company, consider the parallel story of another corporate executive. These CEOs both made hard moral decisions for their companies. But they have been met with radically different outcomes. Larry…

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UN report shows reform efforts in Church, observers say

A U.N. anti-torture committee’s report on the Holy See recognized Church efforts to combat sex abuse, but some problems in the committee’s approach risk undermining international treaty agreements, observers said. “It is encouraging to see the Committee Against Torture affirm and praise the important reforms…

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Critics warn of bias in UN anti-torture committee member

A U.N. committee member who insinuated that the Catholic position against abortion violates an anti-torture agreement signed by the Holy See should recuse herself or step down on account of bias, several critics have said. Ashley McGuire, a senior fellow with the U.S.-based Catholic Association,…

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Republicans revive bill to criminalise abortions administered after 20 weeks

Efforts to criminalise abortions carried out after 20 weeks of pregnancy were revived in Congress on Tuesday as Senate Republicans sought to capitalise on pro-life issues as a midterm election weapon against Democrats. Minority leader Mitch McConnell and his Republican colleague Lindsey Graham urged Senate…

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NRLC and allies press for Senate action on key pro-life bill, but Senate Democrats block votes

NRLC President Carol Tobias joined with pro-life leaders of the U.S. Senate in a public call for Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (Nv.) to allow a Senate vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 1670), an NRLC-inspired bill that would prohibit abortions nationwide…

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McConnell and Graham push for abortion ban at 20 weeks by Alex Bolton

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who are both facing primaries in the next month, on Tuesday called for legislation banning abortion after 20 weeks. In a press conference with anti-abortion activists, the lawmakers called for Senate Majority Leader Harry…

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UN tells Catholics to change canon law; not allowing abortion is ‘torture’ of pregnant girls

The United Nations Committee Against Torture is debating whether abortion constitutes torture and whether canon law should be changed. During the committee’s meeting in Geneva on Monday, Vice Chairwoman Felice Gaer castigated the Catholic Church’s blanket stance against all abortions, telling an audience comprising Vatican…

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Stuck on Torture

Reading the AP coverage this morning of the ongoing hearings in Geneva regarding the Vatican and torture, the story this morning explains that the Holy See yesterday provided some additional information on what’s happened in the last 12 years — the culture change within the…

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