Ind. Judge: Teenage Girls Have a Right to Abortion Without Parents’ Knowledge

On Wednesday, an Indiana judge sided with Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union in a lawsuit making it easier for underage girls to get abortions without their parents’ knowledge. The lawsuit involved three provisions of a new law, Senate Enrolled Act 404, which was set to take effect on July 1 and ensure that parents be informed of their daughters’ medical decisions. On May 18, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky and the ACLU of Indiana joined forces to sue the state over the provisions which they claimed create “an unconstitutional undue burden on unemancipated minors.” Yesterday, US

Supreme Court Rules Political Correctness Doesn’t Override Free Speech

Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the government cannot silence speech which falls outside of its definition of “politically correct.” The case, Matal v. Tam, involved the US Patent and Trademark Office’s refusal to register a rock band’s name because it might offend some people. The “disparagement clause” of a federal trademark law was cited to back up the federal government’s decision not to grant a trademark to the Asian American band called The Slants. The “disparagement clause,” a provision of the 1946 Lanham Act, specifies what type of trademarks may be refused. No trademark by which the goods

Pay Attention to What President Trump Does Next on Religious Freedom

The mixed reviews of President Trump’s religious liberty executive order reflect two simple facts. First, by itself the order doesn’t do or change much. The ACLU tweeted that it had expected to be in court today over the executive order but instead concluded the order did little or nothing to change the status quo: Trump’s assertion that he wished to ‘totally destroy’ the Johnson Amendment with this order has proven to be a textbook case of “fake news.” — ACLU National (@ACLU) May 4, 2017 Trump merely provided a faux sop to religious conservatives and kicked the can down the road

After N.C. ‘Bathroom Bill’ Repeal, Why Are Liberals Still Upset?

There has been ongoing controversy surrounding North Carolina’s HB2, often derisively referred to as the “Bathroom Bill,” since it was passed a year ago. After a long and aggressive bullying campaign by the LGBTQ lobby, the North Carolina legislature ultimately came to the decision this week to repeal the law. Democratic Governor Roy Cooper, who has been a leading force pushing for HB2’s repeal since his election last November, admitted in a statement that the repeal bill was “not a perfect deal or my preferred solution.” Nevertheless, he lauded its passage, proclaiming: “Today, we repealed House Bill 2. We begin

ACLU State Director Quits Job, Blasts Organization for Intolerance

Maya Dillard Smith, a black woman, quit her job last week. Was bigotry and harassment to blame for her quitting? Sort of. I’ll let her explain what happened: I have shared my personal experience of having taken my elementary school age daughters into a women’s restroom when shortly after three transgender young adults, over six feet [tall] with deep voices, entered. My children were visibly frightened, concerned about their safety and left asking lots of questions for which I, like many parents, was ill-prepared to answer. So she began asking questions about President Obama’s transgender mandate forcing schools to allow

ACLU Targets Six GOP States to Pass Pro-Gay Legislation

Associated Press reports: The ACLU will be seeking to expand the list of places barring discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It’s targeting at least a half dozen states — Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania — that have Republican-led legislatures and also may be pivotal in presidential elections. The Supreme Court’s decision “certainly provides momentum on the issue,” said Pennsylvania Rep. Dan Frankel, a Democrat from the Pittsburgh area who has been unsuccessfully sponsoring gay rights bills for more than a decade. He said challenges remain and pointed to a November referendum in which Houston voters

ACLU Goes After Jindal For Protecting Believers

Just a few days after formally announcing it now opposes religious liberty, the ACLU announced a lawsuit going after Gov. Bobby Jindal for signing an executive order protecting conscience rights for traditional believers on the marriage question: The ACLU argues that Jindal’s action amounts to executive overreach that privileges those who share his opposition to same-sex marriage. …The suit echoes accusations that the executive order sanctions discrimination and warns that businesses would be allowed to refuse services to same-sex couples. It also specifically pans Jindal for allegedly making the issue political, noting his presidential ambitions. “It has not gone unnoticed

ACLU: Time For RFRA – and Religious Freedom – to Go Away

In a remarkably transparent statement in yesterday’s Washington Post (the left usually prefers to camouflage their true intentions), a deputy director of the ACLU announces it is time for the RFRA to be retired. RFRA was okay so long as it was used to defend vaguely quaint behaviors, such as the right of a Sikh not to doff his turban while participating in ROTC.  But now that RFRA is being used to defend the content of one’s faith, well, that’s a threat to the common good. The ACLU objects to the Hobby Lobby decision, of course, which held that the owners