Girls of any age are now allowed to buy the morning-after pill without a prescription, a move that has disappointed U.S. Catholic officials.
As the Supreme Court prepares to issue two historic decisions on gay marriage this month, judges and lawyers don't expect anything all-encompassing.
Patricia McGuire, the president of Trinity Washington University, located less than four miles from the U.S. Capitol, has a strong opinion about the possibility that interest rates for student loans will increase.
"Nobody wants student loan interest rates to double; that just hurts students and for a number of low-income students it may mean they may choose not to come to college at all," said McGuire, who has testified before Congress on this issue.
"Marriage redefinition -- even in the face of intense political pressure -- is not inevitable," said Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco.
Catholics on the front lines of social justice are delighted that Pope Francis spends so much energy talking about and visiting the poor.
Lawsuits filed by family-owned businesses against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' contraceptive mandate on moral grounds continue to make their way through the courts.
Those testifying at the hearing said the brain structures that communicate pain are in place by the 18th week of gestation.
Expecting a delayed farm bill to finally go through Congress before June, advocates -- among them four Catholic entities in a joint letter -- are reminding representatives of their priorities as a bill is being hashed out.
In a May 9 letter to Sens. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Thad Cochran, R-Miss., the chairwoman and ranking member, respectively, of the Senate Agriculture Committee, the Catholic groups outlined domestic hunger, international food security, conservation, rural development and subsidies as key issues to be treated in a farm bill.
Human trafficking is so widespread that congregations of women religious are uniting in a nationwide effort to limit its reach.
The effort will focus on broader education about sex and labor trafficking, legislative advocacy for stricter laws and penalties for traffickers, and wider support for victims through much-needed social services and employment.
As Oregon scientists announced they converted human skin cells into embryonic stem cells, the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities said the technique destroys human life.