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Congress, Abortion, and the Separation of Church and State

A veto in Arizona may have meant the demise of one attempt to further enshrine discrimination in the name of religious liberty, but the larger threat from the Supreme Court remains.

The abortion debate is, at heart, a debate over church-state separation.

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The Bishops v. Birth Control: It’s Not About the Money

In a scathing report released yesterday on the Holy See’s adherence to the principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, an aggressive UN committee knocked the Holy See off the high ground.

How does paying for a health-saving service like birth control for women become such a threat to Church fathers that they’ve made a major campaign out of it?

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Beatriz Case Reveals Catholic Hierarchy’s War on Women

In a scathing report released yesterday on the Holy See’s adherence to the principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, an aggressive UN committee knocked the Holy See off the high ground.

The church fathers’ refusal to ordain women priests or to sanction the use of contraception suggests that contempt for women drives the draconian abortion doctrine they’d like to put into law across the globe.

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Colorado Supreme Court Punts on Fetal Rights, Rejects Catholic Health Case

Jeremy Stodghill in a January 2013 interview with TCI.

Attorney arguments for major Catholic health provider may set precedent bolstering arguments against fetal personhood.

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Bishops Tap Veteran of Islamophobic, Homophobic Legal Shop as Top Flack

A host of new lawsuits, including a class-action challenge, look to take down the Obama administration's compromise rule for religiously affiliated nonprofits.

In choosing Daniels as his hand-picked spokesperson, Cardinal Dolan has laid bare just how radically the U.S. Catholic Church has turned to the right in the Obama years.

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Birth Control and “The Myth of the Judeo-Christian Tradition”

Torah and jad - exhibits in Big Synagogue Museum, Wlodawa - Poland.

Many U.S. rabbis and ministers have long recognized the moral wisdom of ensuring wide availability of safe and effective birth control.

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In Malpractice Case, Catholic Hospital Argues Fetuses Aren’t People

(Mark Coggins/flickr)

Lawsuit against Catholic Health Initiatives appealed to Colorado Supreme Court.

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You Can’t Have it Both Ways: The Interpretation of Catholic Health Policy and the Consequences for Pregnant Women

(Reuters via Lawyer Herald)

As a committee of the Irish Parliament considers proposals to offer limited legal abortion in Ireland, this paper explores how these issues came together around Savita Halappanavar’s death, the interpretation of Catholic health policy and the consequences for pregnant women.

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Hold On to Your Birth Control! ACLU Forecasts Big Year Ahead for Reproductive Rights

(IllustrationThinks via CNN)

Don’t expect legislators opposed to reproductive rights to tread lightly in 2013 just because voters made it clear extreme approaches to health care aren’t popular, warned the American Civil Liberties Union in a media conference call Tuesday.

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ACLU Asks Federal Appeals Court to End Religious Restrictions on Reproductive Health Care for Trafficking Victims

photo courtesy of KeithBurtis via Flickr

Attorneys for the ACLU went before the First Circuit Court of Appeals to prevent Catholic Bishops from denying reproductive health care to human trafficking victims.

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