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

Nov 3, 2020

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

Oct 8, 2020

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

Aug 29, 2020

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

Aug 27, 2020

By Mary Farrow

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

Aug 21, 2020

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

Jul 1, 2020

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

Jun 26, 2020

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

Jun 12, 2020

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

Jun 9, 2020

By Kevin J. Jones

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

May 20, 2020

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

May 7, 2020

By Jonah McKeown

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

Jan 27, 2020

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'

Nov 25, 2019

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

Oct 5, 2019

By Perry West

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

Florida parents who refused chemo for child denied custody

Sep 12, 2019

By Jonah McKeown

A judge in Florida has denied a couple custody of their four-year-old son, who has leukemia, because there is “imminent... Read more

The Royal Courts of Justice on Fleet Street, London. Via Shutterstock

Parents petition UK court to move comatose daughter to Italy

Jul 17, 2019

Parents of a comatose five-year-old are attempting to move their child to Italy from a London hospital after doctors in... Read more

Photo of a rural school building in Ireland. Via Shutterstock

Catholic foster child can attend Protestant school, Irish judge rules

Jul 8, 2019

A judge in Ireland has decided that a Catholic girl in foster care can attend a Protestant Church of Ireland... Read more

State Capital Building in Springfield, Illinois. Via Shutterstock

Illinois lawmakers aim to repeal parental notification for minors' abortions

Jul 8, 2019

The move follows the enactment of a state law recognizing a “fundamental right” to abortion in the state.  Read more

Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker, who signed H.140 into law April 8, 2019.

Mass. bans therapists from efforts to change minors' orientation or gender identity

Apr 11, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker signed into law Monday a broadly worded bill banning therapy for minors with same-sex attraction that... Read more

Dirk and Petra Wunderlich, pictured with their four children.

German officials did not violate homeschoolers' rights, European court says

Jan 11, 2019

Two homeschooling German parents who said their parental rights were violated by the enforcement of compulsory school attendance laws did... Read more