Category Archive for: states

The religious freedom cases the Supreme Court could hear – and refuse – this fall

In addition to a major abortion case, the Supreme Court this fall will consider cases on vocal prayer at executions and state tuition assistance for religious schools, and could decide take up other religious freedom cases. Although the court usually decides death penalty cases on the “emergency docket” – reserved for urgent petitions outside the…Read More

Execution dates set for Oklahoma death row inmates

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – While it has been more than five years since an execution has taken place in Oklahoma, execution dates have been set for several death row inmates. These will be the first executions performed in Oklahoma since 2015. In 2014, the State of Oklahoma executed Clayton Lockett for killing 19-year-old Stephanie Nieman in 1999.…Read More

Supreme Court poised to hear biggest challenge to Roe v Wade in 48 years

Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Mississippi’s lone abortion clinic, presented its legal argument Monday for why the U.S. Supreme Court should strike down the state’s 2018 law prohibiting abortions after the first 15 weeks of pregnancy, setting the stage for a momentous showdown over Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide. The filing…Read More

Justice Clarence Thomas credits Catholic nuns’ anti-racist example

Catholic nuns and his grandparents’ example helped instill in Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas the belief that all people were children of God and that the racist flaws of American society were a betrayal of its best promises, he said in a lecture Thursday. “My nuns and my grandparents lived out their sacred vocation in…Read More

Bishops Reject Abortion Funding in Budget Bill’s Health Care Provisions

Two Catholic archbishops Sept. 17 objected to two House committees advancing portions of the $3.5 trillion budget bill, known as the Build Back Better Act, with language that funds abortions being added to wording they support to improve access to affordable health care for all. The funding of abortion, “the deliberate destruction of our most…Read More

Documents Reveal FDA Implanted Baby Parts into Mice to Create Humanized Mice

Judicial Watch has obtained documents through a Freedom of Information Act request that reveal the FDA has been involved in research that utilizes “humanized mice.” The FDA purchased aborted babies’ heads, organs and other tissues, which scientists then implanted in mice to create humanized mice. These humanized mice were then used to test biologic drug…Read More

Justice Department asks judge to block Texas abortion law during legal challenge

The US Department of Justice asked a federal judge on Tuesday to issue a preliminary injunction against Texas’ law prohibiting most abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, following a suit from the DOJ against the law last week. A preliminary injunction, if granted, would prevent the law from being enforced while the DOJ’s…Read More

‘A willingness to start with ‘yes’’: How one Catholic school graduated its first student with Down syndrome

Tears flowed down the faces of Abigail “Abby” Agudelo’s classmates, as earlier this year she became the first student with Down syndrome to graduate from St. Augustine’s School in Andover, Massachusetts. “We know other parochial schools in Massachusetts are striving to do the same today,” Abby’s mother, Wendy Agudelo, told CNA in an interview in…Read More

Statement from Oklahoma Catholic Bishops on the Oklahoma Pardon & Parole Board’s Recommendation for Commutation of Julius Jones

OKLAHOMA CITY — By a vote of 3-1 today, the Oklahoma Pardon & Parole Board recommended to Gov. Stitt a commutation of the death sentence for death row inmate Julius Jones. The Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City,  and the Most Rev. David A. Konderla, Bishop of Tulsa, issued the following joint statement: “We are encouraged by the Oklahoma Pardon and…Read More