The Mandate Takes a Hit. That’s Not Enough.

Nine months after taking office, five months after assuring the Little Sisters of the Poor that they could quit fearing fines, the Administration of President Donald Trump has announced a rollback of the HHS contraceptive mandate. (See here for my earlier coverage of the mandate.) From Fox News: The Trump administration on Friday announced a… Read More The Mandate Takes a Hit. That’s Not Enough.

Fortnight for Freedom 2017

Fortnight for Freedom is back for 2017, running from today until Independence Day. This project of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is for everyone. Religion [cannot] be relegated to the inner sanctum of personal life, without influence on societal and national life. –Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium Watch for Fortnight for Freedom (F4F) posts on Leaven’s… Read More Fortnight for Freedom 2017

“Considering” religious liberty

President Trump has issued an executive order on religious liberty, addressing in part the litigation between the government and the Little Sisters of the Poor over the government’s contraceptive mandate.  The Sisters are apparently off the hook, if I properly understood the remarks the President made before he signed the order. (Some of my earlier… Read More “Considering” religious liberty

Health care conscience rights: as Sweden goes…?

In November 2015, I posted the words of Ellinor Grimmark, a Swedish midwife under fire for declining to participate in abortions. ”As a midwife, I want to exercise a profession which defends life and saves lives at all cost. Are healthcare practitioners in Sweden to be forced to take part in procedures that extinguish life,… Read More Health care conscience rights: as Sweden goes…?

Undermining the First Amendment in the name of “Health Care”

Short memories make for bad public policy. I can’t help but reflect on that. As I write this, Congress is about to take a vote on doing something-or-another with Obamacare: repeal, replace, whatever. I’m not sure they know what they’re doing, despite good intentions all around. In all the tinkering, I am not hearing much… Read More Undermining the First Amendment in the name of “Health Care”

House refuses to repeal buffer zone law

The New Hampshire House has given thumbs-down to repealing the state’s unenforced buffer zone law, rejecting HB 589 with a 191-165 “inexpedient to legislate” (ITL) vote. This is the third unsuccessful attempt to repeal 2014’s buffer zone law, which gives abortion providers the ability to prohibit exercise of First Amendment rights on public property near… Read More House refuses to repeal buffer zone law