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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:…

People of faith must advocate for religious liberty, says House speaker

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.,  pauses as he speaks at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast May 17 in Washington. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

By Allana Haynes Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — People of faith have the responsibility to “advocate for their faith,” not only through good works, but on spiritual realms — one being through prayer, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, said May 17. He made the comments at the 12th annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast,…