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On Oct. 22, Texas health investigators raided Planned Parenthood clinics across the state. Representatives of the Texas Office of the Inspector General demanded patient and billing records from clinics in Dallas, Austin, Houston and San Antonio and gave them 24 hours to comply.

Advocates for women’s health swiftly condemned the raids. Read more

Court Rejects Mich. Catholic Hospital Policy Suit

A federal court has dismissed a suit claiming that a Catholic hospital’s refusal to perform abortions negatively impacted patient care.

U.S. District Court Judge Robert Holmes Bell ruled against Tamesha Means, who had sued the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), arguing that Muskegon, Mich.,-based Mercy Health Partners had caused her “severe, unnecessary, and foreseeable physical and emotional pain and suffering” by adhering to USCCB policy on abortion care. Read more

Game On: Catholic Bishops Launch ‘Full-Court Press’ Over Religious Liberty

The NCAA men’s basketball tournament gets under way today, but the nation’s Catholic hierarchy is launching a full-court press of another sort.

Top leaders of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) met in a closed-door session in Washington, D. C., this week. When they emerged, they issued a declaration of political war. Read more