Four states so far have filed suit against the federal government over rollbacks to the Obamacare mandate that forced insurance companies to provide cost-free birth control, including abortifacients.
The states filing suit include Massachusetts, California, Washington, and Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said Wednesday the government “broke the law and undermined the health and economic independence of American women.”
The new rule allows religious universities, organizations, for-profits, and individuals—in addition to churches—to claim an exemption from the mandate. —S.G.
Ontario legislators are considering a bill introduced by Attorney General Yasir Naqvi that would ban pro-life protesters from approaching abortion centers, as well as homes and offices of abortionists.
The bill would create buffer zones of up to 492 feet in which no one could “advise or persuade, or attempt to advise or persuade, a person to refrain from accessing abortion services.”
Johanne Brownrigg with the Canadian pro-life group Campaign Life Coalition called the legislation “a huge overreach” and said the bubble zone is too big: “It’s a high price to pay when you’re balancing freedom of speech.” —S.G.