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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Freedom in Hobby Lobby Case!
 



In a major victory for religious freedom, the United States Supreme Court narrowly ruled that closely held, for-profit companies are exempt from the Obamacare contraception coverage requirement. Hobby Lobby, owned by Evangelical Christians, and Conestoga Wood Specialties, owned by a Mennonite family, argued that the HHS mandate violates their deeply held religious beliefs against abortion-causing birth control. The companies challenged the mandate under the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) of 1993. Writing for the majority, Justice Samuel Alito explained that the “contraceptive mandate, as applied to closely held corporations, violates RFRA.”

Peggy Hamill, State Director of Pro-Life Wisconsin, made the following comments:

"Pro-Life Wisconsin welcomes the United States Supreme Court’s ruling today, upholding the religious freedom of American family business owners. Opening a family business should not require you to abandon your conscience. Government must not force businesses to either violate their religious beliefs or be punished with crushing fines."

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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Free Speech, Strikes Down Massachusetts Abortion Clinic “Buffer Zone”




On Thursday the United States Supreme Court struck down a Massachusetts law requiring pro-life witnesses and sidewalk counselors in the public way to remain 35 feet from the entrance to an abortion clinic.  The unanimous decision of the Court centered on their determination that the Massachusetts buffer zone law unduly restricted free speech on public sidewalks when less intrusive methods could have been employed to address any purported problem of clinic access.
 
Pro-Life Wisconsin applauded the ruling as a major victory for pro-lifers and one that could help overturn a City of Madison buffer zone ordinance enacted earlier this year. In a press statement, PLW Legislative Director Matt Sande commented, “Pro-Life Wisconsin applauds the United States Supreme Court for upholding the free speech rights of peaceful and prayerful pro-life people who minister to vulnerable women on the public sidewalks outside America’s abortion clinics…We believe the Madison [buffer zone] ordinance should be struck down because it attacks free speech rights as its first method of correcting an alleged problem of access to the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic.”
 
Please click here for the full PLW press statement.  Please click on the following Capital Times and Wisconsin Radio Network stories that discuss the impact of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Madison buffer zone ordinance.
 

Abby Johnson: Why I'm Now a Proudly No-Exceptions Pro-Lifer




Prominent pro-life activist and former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson writes about why she had a change of heart about abortion exceptions. 
What if your best friend or relative had been conceived in rape? How would you explain your acceptance of these exceptions to them? Many people try to use the "burning building" argument when defending these exceptions. They ask me, "If a building was on fire and you could only save 9 out of 10 people, would you just let them all burn because you couldn't get to them all?" My answer? I'm out here trying to prevent the fire so that no one has to be left behind.
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Pro-Life News

Affiliate Announcements
 

Affiliate Summer Activities

Watertown 4th of July Parade - Watertown Catholic Pro-Life Group will be participating again this year in the Watertown 4th of July Parade. All are invited to join. This year's parade will be held on Friday, July 4th at 10 a.m. The parade will start at Main St. and Water St., head east on Main, north on Dewey, east on Division, then north on Labaree, concluding at Riverside Park. The parade lineup and where our float will be assigned will be published in the Watertown Daily Times. For more information call Brenda at 920-988-6974.

Cedarburg 4th of July Parade - Pro-Life Wisconsin will be participating in the July 4 Cedarburg/Ozaukee County Parade. The parade begins at 10:00 am in Fireman's Park. PLW t-shirt helpful but not required. The route is approximately 1 mile. For more information, call 262-796-1111 and ask for Charmaine Herbert.

Ozaukee County Fair - Pro-Life Wisconsin will have a booth at the Ozaukee County Fair from Wednesday, July 30 through Sunday, August 3. The fair is held at Fireman's Park in Cedarburg. For more information, call 262-796-1111 and ask for Charmaine Herbert.

Price County Events - PLW Price County will  participate in the following events:
March in the July 4th parade in Phillips.
Hosting an all day NFP/Marriage/Theology of the Body day called "For Two are One"
Will march in August Flambeau-rama parade in Park Falls
Will have a pro-life booth the Price County Fair
Will sell Pies at Phillips Fall Feat, Sept 27

For more information on Price County events, contact Patti McCormick at jandpmac6@gmail.com
 
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Courtesy Announcements




Sidewalk Advocates for Life
invites pro-lifers across America to join them for this special
teleconference and webcast on July 1, 2014. Click here for more information and to register for this important call that promises THREE HUGE ANNOUNCEMENTS that will share groundbreaking strategic plans to help mobilize more people, transform more hearts and minds and save more lives than ever before...
 
SAFL trains, equips, and supports local communities across the United States and the world in "sidewalk advocacy": to be the hands and feet of Christ, offering loving, life-affirming alternatives to all present at the abortion center, thereby eliminating demand and ending abortion.
 
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June 30, 2014

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