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Friday, July 01, 2016

Help One, Kill One

San Francisco, Calif., Jun 30, 2016 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics and other groups that receive grants to care for immigrants are in the sights of the American Civil Liberties Union, which has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services.

The legal group’s recent lawsuit says that social agencies that get federal money to care for refugees and undocumented migrants from Central America should be required to offer contraception and abortion, even if they have religious objections.

Among the lawsuit’s claims: the federal government’s accommodation of religious beliefs violates the First Amendment’s prohibition on establishment of religion. It also claims a 1997 court settlement and later federal regulations oblige agencies with federal contracts to provide the coverage.

Douglas Laycock, a University of Virginia law professor, told the New York Times that he thought the ACLU’s claim is weak due to precedents of federal agencies granting exemptions in their spending programs.

Funniest...and saddest quote of the article:

The ACLU said it knows of about two dozen cases in the last five years in which pregnant girls, many of whom said they had been raped, requested abortions. About one-third of the unaccompanied minors are girls. Many were the victims of sexual abuse at home or during their travel to the U.S.

In several cases, when the girls wanted abortions, they were transferred to different agencies to obtain them.

ACLU lawyer Brigitte Amiri said placement decisions should be based on “what is in the best interest of the child.”

 Well, they ARE mostly women of color....