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Hollie Dance (center left) and Paul Battersbee (center right)), the mother and father of Archie Battersbee, speak to the media as they leave the Royal Courts of Justice on June 29, 2022 in London, England. Archie's parents ultimately lost their legal fight to keep their son on life support. He died on Aug. 6, 2022.

Archie Battersbee, 12, dies after being taken off life support against his parents’ wishes

Aug 7, 2022

By Shannon Mullen

Archie had been in a coma since April when he was found unconscious with a ligature around his neck. Read more

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Minors seeking abortion in Illinois no longer need notify parents

Jun 1, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

Minors in Illinois are no longer required to notify an adult before seeking an abortion, as a repeal signed by... Read more

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

Spanish bill would allow girls 16 and 17 to get an abortion without parental consent

May 13, 2022

By Marta Gómez de Castro

Spain’s coalition government of Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez intends to propose a bill that would legalize abortion without parental consent... Read more

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Peru passes bill supporting parents' rights in education

May 10, 2022

By Diego Lopez Marina

The Peruvian Congress on Thursday passed Bill 904, which supports the right of parents to educate their children according to... Read more

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After religious controversy, Massachusetts school board okays Christian private school

Apr 29, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

A Massachusetts school committee has fulfilled its duty and approved the application of a private Christian school despite controversy when... Read more

The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles.

Funding for poor Los Angeles Catholic schools in limbo as judge nixes lawsuit

Apr 22, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Despite a State of California report saying that the Los Angeles Unified School District wrongly withheld federal funding from Catholic... Read more

Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield in Illinois

Bishop Paprocki: Illinois repeal of parental notice abortion law 'a dark and disgraceful moment'

Dec 17, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker on Friday signed a repeal of the state’s Parental Notice of Abortion Act, a move which... Read more

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Supreme Court considers religious liberty in Maine education case

Attorneys representing a Maine family at the Supreme Court are feeling confident following Wednesday’s oral arguments in the case Carson... Read more

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Parental notice repeal puts unborn children and young girls at risk, Illinois critics say

Oct 28, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

The Illinois legislature’s vote to repeal parental notice requirements for abortion hurts young girls and unborn children, the Catholic Conference... Read more

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signs a state budget in Lansing, Mich., Sept. 29, 2021.

Whitmer ought to back school choice bill, not veto it, Michigan Catholic Conference says

Oct 27, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

The Michigan Catholic Conference has welcomed the passage of legislation that would help fund scholarships for private and religious K-12... Read more

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Alta Fixsler dies in hospice

Oct 23, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

Alta Fixsler, the two-year-old British girl whose parents fought to keep on life support, died October 18 after her life... Read more

California State Governor Gavin Newsom.

'Absurd' pro-abortion laws in California highlight need for parent-child communication, policy expert says

Sep 27, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a pair of bills Sept. 22 that relate to privacy surrounding abortion, and a policy... Read more

Govenor Gavin Newsom of California.

California governor moves to protect 'privacy' of minors who procure abortions 

Sep 25, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a pair of bills Sept. 22 that relate to privacy surrounding abortion, both of which... Read more

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Colombian Supreme Court rules minors can marry or cohabit with an adult without parental consent

Aug 26, 2021

By Walter Sanchez Silva

The Supreme Court of Colombia ruled last week that minors between 14 and older can choose, without parental consent, legally... Read more

Parents urge Chilean president to veto bill that would undermine parental authority

Jul 1, 2021

By Giselle Vargas

Pro-family organizations in Chile are urging President Sebastián Piñera to veto completely the recently passed "System of Guarantees of Children's... Read more

Rough road leading to the Illinois State Capitol Building. Springfield, Illinois.

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

Mar 17, 2021

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

Mar 16, 2021

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

The Four Courts in Dublin, Ireland. Credit: Mariusz Gwizdon/Shutterstock.

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

Jan 27, 2021

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

Jan 19, 2021

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

Dec 31, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

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