Recent US News

Maryland Plan Indicates HHS Approved High Risk Pools With No Abortion Requirements

By Peter J. Smith WASHINGTON, D.C., July 19, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Was the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) approving state applications for running federal high-risk insurance pools without a second thought to abortion? That is how it seems to the National Right to Life Committee, which discovered that Maryland’s plan to cover individuals with pre-existing conditions also had no restrictions on abortion coverage until media attention and public controversy propelled the HHS to clarify the matter. In an email sent Friday to LifeSiteNews.com, NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson said that Maryland was “on the way to providing […]
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Feds Hand $23 Million to Kenya Proxies Fighting for Pro-Abortion Constitution

By Peter J. Smith WASHINGTON, D.C., July 19, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – With Kenya’s pivotal referendum on a new pro-abortion constitution just a few weeks away, three pro-life congressmen have brought forward more evidence that the U.S. federal government has heavily invested in procuring the approval of the document – to the tune of $23 million*. The U.S. has also enlisted pro-abortion groups to convince Kenyans to approve the constitution, they said, despite the existence of federal laws prohibiting such activity. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Africa and Global Health Subcommittee, along with Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), Ranking Member […]
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Thousands Support Catholic Prof Fired for Explaining Church Teaching on Homosexuality

By Kathleen Gilbert URBANA, Illinois, July 19, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A University of Illinois professor fired for explaining the Catholic Church's teaching on homosexuality has gathered several thousands of students, alumni, and others – including the head of the the University's atheist club – demanding that the Catholic professor be reinstated. Meanwhile, some faculty have reacted by eyeing the local Catholic diocese with suspicion for being permitted to control the content of courses teaching the Catholic faith.    Dr. Kenneth Howell was fired from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) after an email explaining the Church's teaching on homosexuality […]
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Nebraska Judge Blocks Bill Screening High-Risk Abortion-Bound Women

Thursday July 15, 2010 Nebraska Judge Blocks Bill Screening High-Risk Abortion-Bound Women By Kathleen Gilbert OMAHA, Nebraska, July 15, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A U.S. District Court Judge in Nebraska has granted a preliminary injunction requested by Planned Parenthood and blocked enforcement of a law that would have ensured that mothers seeking abortions undergo mental health screening. Judge Laurie Smith Camp of Federal District Court on Wednesday blocked enforcement of LB 594, saying that the bill’s framework “creates a profound chilling effect” on abortionists’ practice, and creates “substantial, likely insurmountable obstacles in the path of women seeking abortions in Nebraska.” The […]
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Christian Missionaries Arrested at Michigan Arab Festival

Wednesday July 14, 2010 Christian Missionaries Arrested at Michigan Arab Festival By Thaddeus M. Baklinski DEARBORN, Michigan, July 14, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Four Christian missionaries were arraigned in the 19th District Court in Dearborn on July 12 and charged with disorderly conduct. Police had arrested them at Dearborn’s Arab International Festival on June 18 for handing out Christian literature. Police also seized the group’s video equipment. Nabeel Qureshi of Virginia, Negeen Mayel of California, and Paul Rezkalla and David Wood of New York, all members of a Christian group called Acts 17 Apologetics, said they only spoke to people who […]
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Obamacare to Pay for Abortions under New $160 Million Pennsylvania Program

Tuesday July 13, 2010 Obamacare to Pay for Abortions under New $160 Million Pennsylvania Program WASHINGTON, D.C., July 13, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In the first known instance of direct federal funding of abortion under the new health care legislation, the Obama Administration will give Pennsylvania $160 million to set up a new “high-risk” insurance program – and has quietly approved a plan submitted by an appointee of Governor Edward Rendell (D) under which the new program will cover any abortion that is legal in Pennsylvania. The high-risk pool program, which will be funded entirely by the federal government, is one […]
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Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg: ‘We Will Never Go Back’ to Outlawing Abortion

Tuesday July 13, 2010 Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg: ‘We Will Never Go Back’ to Outlawing Abortion By Kathleen Gilbert ASPEN, Colorado, July 13, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg insisted last Thursday that America would “never go back” to outlawing the murder of the unborn, now that a whole generation of women has experienced the effects of Roe v. Wade. “Over a generation of young women have grown up, understanding they can control their own reproductive capacity, and in fact their life’s destiny,” Ginsburg said in remarks at the Aspen Ideas Festival. “We will never go […]
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Dems for Life Starts ‘Whole Life Heroes’ PAC to Save Health Bill Supporters

Tuesday July 13, 2010 Dems for Life Starts ‘Whole Life Heroes’ PAC to Save Health Bill Supporters By Kathleen Gilbert WASHINGTON, D.C., July 9, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Democrats for Life, the sole supporter of the federal health care bill among all major U.S. pro-life groups, is re-branding its political action committee to support Democrats who voted in favor of the federal health care bill – and drawing criticism for using the term “whole life” to describe that effort. The PAC will support the fifteen U.S. House Democrats who professed to oppose the bill on pro-life principles, but then switched their […]
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Passing on the Pro-Life Hope: One Video at a Time

Monday July 12, 2010 Passing on the Pro-Life Hope: One Video at a Time By Peter J. Smith MADISON, Wisconsin, July 12, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – One Wisconsin pro-life organization has adopted a unique and simple strategy to inspire people to celebrate a culture of life. Wisconsin Right to Life’s new pro-life evangelism is the “Pass this on for me” campaign: a section of their website, where they find uplifting videos posted on YouTube celebrating life and family, allowing others to pass on their powerful and positive messages. Perhaps the most powerful video WRTL has posted on their website is the […]
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U. of IL to ‘Review’ Firing of Catholic Prof.

Tuesday July 13, 2010 U. of IL to ‘Review’ Firing of Catholic Prof. By Kathleen Gilbert URBANA, Illinois, July 13, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The University of Illinois has issued an open-ended statement regarding a professor of a Catholicism course who was fired after stating that homosexual activity is contrary to the natural moral law. The university statement says only that the school preserves a “commitment to the principles of academic freedom” and that the matter is being reviewed. The university did not respond to LifeSiteNews.com’s (LSN) request for comment Monday. However, in an email response posted on CatholicVoteAction.org, University of […]
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