Left Outraged, Pro-Lifers Surprised that Sec. Sebelius Makes Right Call on Not Giving Plan B to Minors

A funny thing happened on the way to the pharmacy: Kathleen Sebelius did the right thing. It has pro-lifers scratching their heads and pro-aborts apoplectic. The New York Times summarizes what happened: For the first time ever, the Health and Human Services secretary publicly overruled the Food and Drug Administration, refusing Wednesday to allow emergency contraceptives to be sold over the counte... More

[Updated w/ Video] My Thoughts on HHS Hearing + Statement By Rep. Buerkle

This morning I attended the Congressional oversight committee’s hearing on the Department of Health and Human Service’s decision to pass-over the US Bishops Conference and award a grant to help victims of human trafficking to other, less-qualified organizations that consent to doing referrals for abortions, sterilization and contraception. Before I get to summarizing my experiences, I ... More

Some Evidence that Obama is Backing Off Anti-Catholic Contraception Mandate

All the more reason for us to keep up the pressure up on the Obama administration. This from yesterday’s White House briefing when press secretary Jay Carney was asked about the status of the pending decision and announcement on the contraception mandate in Obamacare: JAKE TAPPER (ABC):    I’ve heard from a lot of Democrats in the last few weeks who are concerned about President Obama p... More

In Fight Between HHS & Bishops, Let’s Remember Who Has the Most to Lose: Sexually Exploited Young Women

Probably the best person to discuss the ongoing dispute between the USCCB, Kathleen Sebelius of HHS, and the Obama administration is Steven Wagner. He was the director of the Human Trafficking Program at Health and Human Services from 2003-2006, and was the architect of the original program to aid victims of human trafficking administered by the USCCB. Wagner rightly points out that Kathleen Seb... More

Daniel in the Lions’ Den: Progressives Come After Catholic Religious Liberty

Step out of your skin for a moment and imagine yourself to be a radical pro-abortion advocate. A pro-contraception zealot. A pro-embryonic stem cell research, pro-sterilization, pro-in vitro fertilization, pro-sexual liberationist activist. … what’s standing in your way? The GOP? Yes, but they’re awfully hard to take out. There’s lots of them holding elected offices across ... More

Breaking: 27 Senators Demand HHS Explain Denial of Grant to US Bishops

I’ve been trying to watch the live-feed of the public sessions and press conferences of the U.S. Bishops meeting in Baltimore today, where religious liberty issues have frequently come up. Today witnessed another important development in Washington, DC: Senators Rubio and Ayotte Twenty-seven U.S. senators requested information on how the Department of Health and Human Services graded appli... More

Belmont Abbey Girds for Battle, Sues Over Fed. Mandate to Cover Contraception

Mark L. Rienzi in the National Catholic Register with an important update in the war for religious liberty: Early last month, President Obama bragged to a St. Louis crowd about the recent Health and Human Services’ regulations that will require thousands of religious employers to pay for contraception, sterilization and drugs that probably cause abortions. The crowd cheered the president’s... More

Breaking: Obama Appointees Denied USCCB Grant By Utilizing “Unfair, Politicized” Justifications

You may remember this update from a CV Lunchtime Reader: Payback? The Obama administration has failed to renew a $19 million grant awarded to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to assist victims of human trafficking. The grant was first awarded in 2006 by the Migration and Refugee Services and has helped 2,700 victims of human trafficking. Sister Mary Ann Walsh, spokeswoman for the U.S. Bisho... More

Bishops Raise Alarm: Catholic Freedoms Under Attack

Bishops are calling attention to new "Catholics Need Not Apply" signs. The Church is raising the alarm: Our religious liberty is under attack. Cardinal Francis George was prophetic in 2009 when he said the White House had taken “the first step in moving our country from democracy to despotism.” That was when President Obama broke the promise he made to Catholics at Notre Dame and mad... More

Obama & HHS Give New Hampshire Planned Parenthood $1 Million After State Revoked Their Funding

All of our success at defunding Planned Parenthood state-by-state has clearly upset President Obama and his Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius. After New Hampshire decided to cut $1.8 Million in taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood in their state, Kathleen Sebelius responded by giving $1 Million in taxpayer dollars directly to the abortion provider to make up some of the ... More

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