Some of the fiercest battles have been with religious organizations that have objected to the mandate as a violation of their teachings.
A day after the U.S. Senate failed to garner the support necessary to pass amendment to a gun control bill, the Catholic bishops joined others in voicing their disappointment that the high chamber rejected legislation that “builds a culture of life.”
The new proposal offers a 13-year path to full citizenship, but the doorway would not open until the U.S.-Mexico border was first declared secure.
The Senate voted down Wednesday numerous amendments to a gun control bill, but Newtown families vow "we will not be defeated."
Several patients and former employees testified about the squalid conditions they saw at Dr. Kermit Gosnell's abortion clinic. Prosecutors seek the death penalty.
Kansas lawmakers passed a bill declaring that life begins "at fertilization" and Virginia gave its approval on new regulations for abortion clinics.
Finding safe and effective cures to disease and illness does not have to go against moral and ethical principles; that was the message of a three-day conference at the Vatican on adult stem-cell therapies.
"To address global suffering, one does not have to choose between faith and science. ... These two ideas fit together symbiotically," said Dr. Robin Smith, chairman and CEO of the for-profit NeoStem biopharmaceutical company and president of its nonprofit Stem for Life Foundation.
Days before the Senate began debate over gun-control legislation, Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, Calif., urged senators to support a bill that "builds a culture of life by promoting policies that reduce gun violence and saves people's lives in homes and communities."
Blaire, head of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, said in a letter to Senate members Monday that one bill, S. 649, was "a positive step in the right direction."
The bill requires universal background checks for all gun buys and makes gun trafficking a federal crime.
From across the country, by bus, plane and train, tens of thousands of people calling for comprehensive immigration reform covered the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, in one of more than a dozen similar events taking place around the United States.
Cries of: "Si, se puede," Spanish for "yes, we can," and "What do we want? Citizenship. When do we want it? Now!" rose from the crowd in Washington.
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