Archives for March 2015

Indiana faces backlash as it becomes 20th state to protect religious liberty

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, March 27, 2015 ( – On Thursday, Indiana became the 20th state to prevent the government from forcing people of faith to violate their religious beliefs in business or the public square. Governor Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (SB 101) into law, saying the freedom of religion is preeminent American value. “The … [Read more...]

‘Shameful,’ ‘pathetic’: Orrin Hatch speaks out on Democratic abortion extremism (Video)

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 27, 2015 ( -- Senator Orrin Hatch, R-UT, gave a heartfelt speech about his Democratic colleagues' extreme devotion to abortion funding. He called their efforts to hold up a bill that has a very limited effect on abortion funding "shameful." Republicans stipulated that the Hyde Amendment would apply to funding for victims of human trafficking. Since … [Read more...]

‘Groundbreaking’: Kansas may become first state to ban dismemberment abortions

TOPEKA, KS, March 26, 2015 ( – Kansas will become the first state in the country to ban a procedure in which unborn children are dismembered in the womb, if Governor Sam Brownback signs a bill that recently passed the state legislature. The state House passed a ban on dilation and evacuation (D&E) abortions, called dismemberment abortions in common parlance, by 98-26 … [Read more...]

New e-mails cast doubt on diocese’s story about firing Patricia Jannuzzi over Facebook flap

SOMERVILLE, NJ, March 25, 2015 ( – New e-mails released by Patricia Jannuzzi's lawyer have raised questions about whether a Catholic bishop has been entirely truthful about the potential firing of a schoolteacher over a pro-traditional marriage Facebook post. Patricia Jannuzzi, 57, is a theology teacher at Immaculata High School whose post condemning same-sex … [Read more...]

Radio campaign targets bishop in firing of Catholic teacher over pro-marriage Facebook posts

SOMERVILLE, NJ, March 25, 2015 ( – Bishop Paul Bootkoski is playing defense these days, as a series of radio commercials urge Catholic faithful around the country to call the bishop and ask why a Catholic schoolteacher may lose her job for rejecting arguments for gay “marriage” on her private Facebook page. The Lepanto Institute, headed by Michael Hichborn, … [Read more...]

Pro-abortion groups fail to condemn attempted bombing of pro-life sidewalk counselors outside Planned Parenthood

Update March 25, 2015: After this story was published, the CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas issued a statement condemning the alleged attack. "Planned Parenthood does not believe violence gets us anywhere. We believe that there needs to be a respectful dialogue among individuals with differing opinions and we should always work together as best we can to further access to … [Read more...]

Bishop backs Catholic school’s removal of teacher over pro-marriage Facebook comments: cites Pope Francis

SOMERVILLE, NJ, March 23, 2015 ( – A Catholic school has decided not to rehire a theology teacher who rejected the argument in favor of gay “marriage” on her private Facebook page, her family has announced. The controversy began last week after a student found a Facebook post by Patricia Jannuzzi, a 57-year-old theology teacher at Immaculata High School in … [Read more...]

Mom who had her baby cut out of her womb in critical but stable condition: baby reportedly ‘gasped’

LONGMONT, CO, March 20, 2015 ( – The family of the expectant mother who had her 7-month unborn baby cut out of her womb said she is in critical but stable condition Friday morning, following an assault that has garnered headlines and stirred debate nationally about the human rights of unborn children. On Wednesday afternoon, the woman – who has now been identified … [Read more...]

Rabbi defends priest under fire for showing pro-life film to students in religion class

WILKES-BARRE, PA, March 20, 2015 ( – Did you hear the one about the priest and the rabbi? A northeastern Pennsylvania rabbi has come to the defense of a Catholic priest after a radio talk show host excoriated the priest for allowing his middle school students to view a pro-life film. Fr. Leo McKernan, the pastor of St. Monica Roman Catholic Church in West Wyoming, … [Read more...]

Check out my latest piece at Real Clear Policy — On sex trafficking, D.C. Democrats could learn a lot from New York Democrats

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 20, 2015 ( -- Real Clear Policy has posted my most recent article about what Senate Democrats could learn from Democrats in Albany, New York. I point out that New York Democrats had just stopped holding up aid for human trafficking victims after delaying the legislation for two years: When it comes to the politics of human trafficking, the Democrats in … [Read more...]