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Texas | November 10, 2021

Supreme Court justices question sincerity of Texas death row inmate’s Christian beliefs

Texas | November 10, 2021

U.S. Supreme Court justices and lawyers have questioned the sincerity of the Christian faith of a Texas death row inmate who recently had his execution delayed because state officials will not allow his pastor to lay hands and make vocal prayers as he receives a lethal injection for murdering a man in 2004.

John Henry Ramirez, 37, had his execution for the murder of 46-year-old convenience store worker Pablo Castro in Corpus Christi delayed by the Supreme Court on Sept. 8 until after a hearing of the merits of his case which was held on Tuesday.

During the hearing, Justice Clarence Thomas and several of his colleagues raised questions about the sincerity of Ramirez’s faith and whether he is simply using litigation to delay his execution. (Excerpts from the Christian Post)

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District of Columbia | October 28, 2021

Hundreds of Thousands of Americans Will March for Life Because “True Equality Begins in the Womb”

District of Columbia | October 28, 2021

When pro-life Americans gather Jan. 21, 2022 in Washington, D.C. to mark the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, they will remind society that unborn babies are precious, valuable human beings who deserve equal rights under the law.

On Wednesday, the March for Life revealed its theme for the 49th annual march: “Equality Begins in the Womb.” The march is held every year on the anniversary of the infamous U.S. Supreme Court ruling to call for an end to abortion and restored protections for babies in the womb.

“The pro-life movement recognizes the immense responsibility this nation bears to restore equal rights to its most defenseless citizens in the womb,” March for Life president Jeanne Mancini said. “Since Roe v. Wade, scientific advances have undeniably confirmed the humanity of the unborn, and today most Americans agree there should be significant limits on abortion.”… (Excerpts from LIFENEWS.COM)

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District of Columbia, Texas | October 25, 2021

Texas pro-life charities respond to abortion law fallout, brace for a ‘post-Roe’ world

District of Columbia, Texas | October 25, 2021

Texas court once again shuffled the deck last week for women in the state as it dealt with various decisions that have effectively left them in legal limbo.

Amid the uncertainty, pro-life charities and abortion clinics have attempted to adapt while taking on markedly different levels of clients. The heartbeat law, which effectively serves as a six-week abortion ban, is expected to dramatically reduce the number of abortions in the state — leaving community organizations with a likely spike in crisis pregnancies.

Loveline, a Houston-based charity started by former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson, told Fox News it saw a 50% nationwide increase in calls in the month after Texas’ law was enacted on Sept. 1. Thirty-three percent of those came from Texas….. (Excerpts from FOX News)

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Indiana | October 25, 2021

Mike Pence Calls on SCOTUS to Overturn Roe: “It is Our Hope and Prayer” to End Abortion

Indiana | October 25, 2021

Vice President Mike Pence expressed strong hopes that the U.S. Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade in the coming months and “restore the sanctity of life” to unborn babies.

Pence spoke to European leaders recently about his hopes during the Budapest Demographic Summit, a conservative political conference in Hungary, ABC News reports.

He lamented the societal breakdown of the family, calling it “a crisis that strikes at the very heart of civilization itself.” Pence warned of “the erosion of the nuclear family marked by declining marriage rates, rising divorce, widespread abortion and plummeting birth rates.”

After praising the falling abortion rates in Hungary under conservative Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Pence said he hopes and prays that the same will happen in America, according to the report.

He pointed out that President Donald Trump appointed about 300 conservative judges to federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Earlier this month, the Supreme Court refused to temporarily block a Texas pro-life law that is saving as many as 100 babies every day from abortion. Trump’s three appointees were part of the majority ruling…. (Excerpts from LIFENEWS.COM)

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District of Columbia | October 17, 2021

Biden’s Supreme Court Commission Loses 2 Conservative Members Amid Court Packing Debate

District of Columbia | October 17, 2021

Two conservative members of President Joe Biden’s bipartisan commission examining public debate over U.S. Supreme Court reform, including whether to increase the number of justices, are no longer on the panel.

Caleb Nelson, a law professor at the University of Virginia who clerked for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and Jack Goldsmith, a law professor at Harvard who clerked for retired Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, both resigned from the presidential commission, according to Bloomberg.

“These two commissioners have chosen to bring their involvement to a close,” White House spokesman Andrew Bates said in an emailed statement to Bloomberg. “We respect their decision and very much appreciate the significant contributions that they made during the last 5 months in terms of preparing for these deliberations.”… (Excerpts from the Epoch Times)

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District of Columbia | October 15, 2021

Biden Supreme Court Commission Divided on Adding Justices to Supreme Court

District of Columbia | October 15, 2021

President Joe Biden’s commission on the Supreme Court issued draft documents Thursday showing members are divided on the question of whether to add seats to the nation’s top court.

The commission spent 30 pages, with another 16 in footnotes, exploring the issue. More words were devoted to the potential ramifications than the potential benefits.

While some commissioners agree, at least in part, with critics who want the court expanded, others conclude that “Court expansion is likely to undermine, rather than enhance, the Supreme Court’s legitimacy and its role in the constitutional system, and there are significant reasons to be skeptical that expansion would serve democratic values,” the commission said…. (Excerpts from the Epoch Times)

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