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U.S. Supreme Court strikes down regulations on Texas abortion clinics

Pro-life supporters pray at the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court June 27 during protests in Washington. In a 5-3 vote that day, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down restrictions on Texas abortion clinics that required them to comply with standards of ambulatory surgical centers and required their doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. (CNS photo/Michael Reynolds, EPA)

By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service WASHINGTON — In a 5-3 vote June 27, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down restrictions on Texas abortion clinics that required them to comply with standards of ambulatory surgical centers and required their doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. The case, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, challenged…

Supreme court tie vote blocks temporary plan to stop deportations

Advocates for immigration reform react June 23 outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington after the justices issued a 4-4 split ruling on President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration, leaving in place a lower court ruling that blocked Obama's policies (CNS photo/Andrew Gombert, EPA)

By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service WASHINGTON — With a tie vote June 23, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the Obama administration’s plan to temporarily protect more than 4 million unauthorized immigrants from deportation. The court’s 4-4 vote leaves in place a lower court injunction blocking the administration’s immigration policy with the one-page opinion stating:…

Archbishop Vigneron among bishops to help implement Amoris Laetitia

Washington — The archbishop who heads the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has appointed the chairmen of five USCCB committees to an informal working group on the implementation of Pope Francis’ recent apostolic exhortation “Amoris Laetitia.” Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Doctrine, is among the group. The hope…