“Governor Haley has indicated she will sign this bill and I applaud her commitment to ending brutal and medically unnecessary late-term abortions,” Father Pavone said. “South Carolina joins a growing list of states that recognize that babies in the womb feel pain and are deserving of our protection. The South Carolina House and Senate, and particularly Rep. Wendy Nanney, should be proud that some of the most vulnerable citizens in the state have been given back their right to life.”
“At this important juncture of Zubik vs. Burwell, and as we celebrate a major positive development, we want to thank publicly all those who filed briefs with the Court,” he said. “It’s truly gratifying, but not surprising, that so many believers of diverse religious backgrounds support Priests for Life in this battle.”
“Did not he who made me in the womb make them? – Job 31:15
Reflection: In a Culture of Life we recognize that miscarriage is the loss of an actual child, who is a person. Every reasonable effort should be made, therefore, to take the bodily remains of this child and commit them to the earth by a proper memorial service and burial. Such a witness is a significant step to building a culture of life.
Prayer: Father, I entrust to you today all children who died from miscarriage, and ask you to console their families. May the way that we mourn these children be an inspiration to others. Amen.
Technically, the Supreme Court’s order does not resolve any of the substantive issues raised in these lawsuits, but it acknowledges that the government itself resolved one. The government’s response brief admission that an accommodation can be devised that does not require the violation of religious rights means that the current HHS mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act — that a “less restrictive means” of implementing the administration’s agenda exists.
But the fight is not over. Not by a long shot.
Read the entire op-ed in USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/05/17/supreme-court-contraception-mandate-zubik-burwell-little-sisters-poor-column/84451034/
“Judge Garland did not side with us on this case; now, however, that we are back in his court, we come with even stronger arguments,” Fr. Pavone said, referring to the additional briefings that the Supreme Court requested of the petitioners and the government. The briefings show that both sides agree there is a way forward by which the government can pursue its objectives of contraceptive coverage and that the petitioners can be free of any involvement in the process.”
Read the entire Press Release: http://www.priestsforlife.org/pressreleases/5718-priests-for-life-vs-hhs-to-return-to-judge-merrick-garland
“Preach the message; be persistent in doing so, whether in season or out of season; convince, reprove, and encourage, but with great patience and instruction” – 2 Timothy 4:2
Reflection: Do you want to hear your parish priest talk more about abortion and the pro-life movement? The first place to start is to listen to your priest and learn how he thinks. What is he most interested in and passionate about? Then, when you find out, link that issue with the abortion issue.
Prayer: Lord, bless our priests and all who preach and teach Your Word. Free their hearts and open their lips, that they may speak up for the defenseless. Amen
“One of the key issues at stake in the 2016 elections is religious freedom, and the persistent effort of the Obama administration to force priests and other believers to violate their faith by providing abortion-inducing drugs and contraceptives in their health care insurance. And today’s action by the Supreme Court, sending the seven cases that comprise Zubik vs. Burwell back to four Circuit Courts of Appeals, does not change that fact.
Read the entire Press Release here: http://www.priestsforlife.org/pressreleases/5716-judicial-punt-wont-work-for-dems
“We are encouraged by today’s development. The Supreme Court could have ruled against us, but evidently the Obama Administration did not succeed in persuading them to do so. A split Court could also have let the lower court’s negative ruling stand, but again, they did not see fit to do that. Instead, the Supreme Court, upon receiving further briefings, vacated the lower court rulings, and offered the parties an opportunity to work out a mutually acceptable solution in the lower courts, that will both allow the government to pursue its objectives and allow us to practice our faith. We are committed to continuing that process in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.”
Read the entire Statement from Priests for Life: http://www.priestsforlife.org/pressreleases/5715-supreme-court-order-in-priests-for-life-vs-hhs
“The blind man said to him, ‘Rabbi, let me receive my sight'” Mark 10:51.
Reflection: People change when they see abortion. One wrote, “I was horrified by the gallery of photos of those tiny innocents – murdered, but I’m glad to have seen them. No one can truly form an opinion on abortion without seeing the horror. I had no idea the practice was so brutal.”
Prayer: Lord, sometimes it is only when we see evil that we are able to fully appreciate the good. Give your people courage to face the evils around us, that we may have greater strength to fight them in Your Name. Amen.
The United States Supreme Court has issued an order today vacating the decisions of the Courts of Appeals against Priests for Life and the other petitioners who are objecting to the HHS mandate (Priests for Life vs. HHS, part of Zubik vs. Burwell). The Court has not ruled on the merits of the arguments, but rather, sent the matter back to the lower courts for further action.