INDIANAPOLIS -- A Catholic family in Madison that owns a vehicle lighting manufacturing company won an important religious liberty victory in a Nov. 8 ruling handed down by a three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.
Judge Diane Sykes, writing the majority opinion in the 2-1 decision, said that members of the Grote family and Grote Industries, which they own, cannot be compelled to provide abortion-inducing drugs, sterilizations and contraceptives to their employees in their company health plan as required under the Affordable Care Act.
MOBILE, Ala. -- The Eternal Word Television Network, joined by the state of Alabama, has filed another lawsuit challenging the federal mandate requiring most employers to provide coverage of contraceptives, sterilizations and some abortion-inducing drugs free of charge.
The suit was filed Oct. 28 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama in Mobile.
Last March, a U.S. District Court judge dismissed the Irondale-based television network's lawsuit against the Health and Human Services mandate, which is part of the Affordable Care Act.
Catherine Forder knows all too well the individualized approach that is needed when working with children diagnosed with autism.
"No one person is the same," said Forder, who serves as director of the St. Gemma Center, an archdiocesan special education school for children with autism. "We know that they can't be categorized as this is the best way to help them. So many of these kids are so smart and so talented. You just need to know the way to 'unlock' them."
The referee blew his whistle as the soccer ball crossed the sideline and went out of bounds. Coach Dave Larson made a substitution, signaling for one of his players on the bench to enter the game and pointing to the one being replaced.
As that player came to the sideline, Larson smiled at him and patted him on the back.
It's clear that Larson has good communication with with his players, that they respect him and have a special bond.
To her patients, she's Dr. Lester. To the rest of the world, she's Sister Mara Lester. And the woman religious and psychiatry medical resident said she believes the two roles have given her a unique perspective on caring for the entirety of the human person, which is essential in modern health care.
The donation of organs after death is considered a way of helping the estimated 80,000 people in the United States on organ transplant lists.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church makes clear that organ donation is to be encouraged as an expression of solidarity (2296) if done in an ethically acceptable manner.
A physician who began the neonatal intensive care unit at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center advises caution on organ donation and protection of the rights of those who do not wish to donate their organs.