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Tell Illinois lawmakers not to junk parental notice abortion law, Catholic bishops say

Illinois’ requirement to notify parents of a minor who seeks an abortion is a law that helps save lives and... Read more

Poll: most Illinois voters want parental notification for abortion, but lawmakers seek repeal

Some Illinois lawmakers want to repeal a law requiring abortion providers to notify parents of a minor who seeks an... Read more

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Irish Supreme Court: Hospital may withhold treatment of child against parents' wishes

The Supreme Court of Ireland ruled Friday that a hospital may withhold medical treatment contrary to the wishes of the... Read more

Private school parents will appeal to EU for relief against Spanish education law

An association of Spanish education advocates will appeal to the European Union to prevent Spain's socialist government from implementing an... Read more

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Michigan bishops welcome court decision favoring funds for private schools

The Michigan Catholic Conference is pleased with a recent state Supreme Court decision that requires a lower court to review... Read more

In Spain, 1.2 million people urge defeat of new education law

Proposed legislation to remodel the education system in Spain has drawn opposition from parents’ groups and educators who warn that... Read more

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Catholic girl in Pakistan in protective custody after abduction, forced marriage

Arzoo Raja, a 13-year-old Catholic girl in Pakistan whom a 44-year-old man allegedly kidnapped, forced to convert to Islam, and... Read more

Spanish Equality Minister Irene Montero speaks after the Council of Ministers, March 3, 2020.

Spain's government wants to repeal need for parental consent for abortion

The Spanish Equality Minister said Wednesday it is “more than necessary” to repeal a law that requires parental consent for... Read more

Court halts Education Department’s rule for pandemic relief money to private schools

A federal judge has blocked a rule by the Department of Education for allocating pandemic relief money to private schools.  Read more

'The rug was pulled from under us': Catholics fight Wisconsin county ban on in-person school

Twice a week for three months, the administration of St. Ambrose Academy in Wisconsin met with Dane County public health... Read more

Justice Department: Vermont college tuition program can't exclude Catholic school student

The U.S. Department of Justice has sided with a Vermont Catholic high school student who has said a state program... Read more

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis appoints judges to Miami's Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court, March 27, 2019.

New Florida law requiring parental consent for abortion limits harm, Catholic bishops say

After Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a new law requiring parental consent for a minor’s abortion, the Florida Conference of Catholic... Read more

Coronavirus relief must benefit private schools equitably, US Education Department says

Federal coronavirus aid to private schools is now enforceable by law, the U.S. Department of Education has said, following concerns... Read more

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Austin to fund secret abortions for minors, despite Texas law

The Austin City Council on Thursday voted to provide funding to an abortion organization that helps minors procure abortion without... Read more

Pennsylvania Catholic Conference appeals diversion of coronavirus relief from private schools

Pa. Catholic Conference appeals diversion of coronavirus relief from private schools

The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference is asking the U.S. Department of Education to reverse state authorities’ decisions that the conference says... Read more

Pennsylvania bishops urge governor not to divert emergency funds from private schools

The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference is urging Governor Tom Wolf not to divert federal emergency funds, appropriated to help K-12 schools... Read more

Data contradicts Harvard professor's assertions about homeschooling

A Notre Dame sociologist is using data to challenge a Harvard Law professor’s assertions that homeschooling is “dangerous”, and detrimental... Read more

TX judges increasingly denied abortion to minors without parental consent from 2016

A study of statistics from Texas suggests that since 2016, judges in the state were less likely to grant permission... Read more

AMA supports federal ban on 'conversion therapy'

The American Medical Association announced last week that it had adopted a number of new policies, including advocacy for a... Read more

Newborns' removal after refusal of optional shot raises parental rights concerns

Concerns over parental rights violations are being raised as a group of families in Chicago files a lawsuit saying their... Read more