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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

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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

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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

Ecuador congress affirms parents' rights to educate kids on sexuality

Aug 2, 2018

The National Assembly of Ecuador on July 31 unanimously upheld the right of parents to educate their children “in accordance... Read more

Frozen embryos being removed from liquid nitorgen

New Arizona law awards custody of frozen embryos in favor of birth

Jul 19, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

A new Arizona law awards contested custody of frozen embryos to the parent seeking to “develop them to birth.” A... Read more

Alfie Evans. Courtesy of Alfie's Army official Facebook.

The Catholic Association voices support for Alfie Evans' parents

Apr 26, 2018

A group dedicated to offering a Catholic voice in the public square has spoken out on behalf of Alfie Evans... Read more

Alfie Evans. Courtesy of Alfie's Army Offical Facebook.

Italy grants Alfie Evans citizenship in hopes of transfer to Rome

Apr 23, 2018

By Elise Harris

On Monday a hospitalized British child at the center of a heated legal battle was granted Italian citizenship, part of... Read more

Nebraska bishop promotes scholarship bill for school choice

Mar 8, 2018

A bill is being considered in Nebraska that would offer lower-income families a greater variety of educational opportunities. Bishop Joseph... Read more

UK parents lose final appeal to keep baby alive for treatment

Jun 28, 2017

A final appeal to allow continued life support for a U.K. baby whose parents want to seek experimental treatment in... Read more

German family continues to fight for right to homeschool

Apr 11, 2017

In August 2013, a group of 20 police officers and social workers stormed the home of Petra and Dirk Wunderlich... Read more

The "Defend our Children" demonstration against a civil unions bill, at the St. John Piazza in Rome, June 20, 2015.

Thousands gather in Rome to support the family, oppose gender theory

Jun 23, 2015

A pro-family demonstration drew hundreds of thousands of participants to Rome on Saturday, where the rally gathered those opposed to... Read more

Catholic schoolchildren.

Advocates advise that First Amendment protects school choice

Aug 11, 2014

Faith-based schools should not be excluded from Colorado's educational choice programs, according to a brief filed by attorneys in a... Read more

The Wunderlich family met HSLDA Founder and Chairman Mike Farris (center) in Berlin during a conference in October 2012. Courtesy: Home School Legal Defense Association.

German raid on home-schooling family draws condemnation

Sep 4, 2013

German officials’ seizure of four home-schooled children last week prompted strong objections from American home schooling advocates who say the... Read more

Thomas Brejcha, chief counsel, Thomas More Society.

Court decision ends Illinois 'haven' for underage abortions

Jul 11, 2013

A unanimous ruling from the Illinois Supreme Court means that a 1995 law requiring parental notification for a minor seeking... Read more

Council of Europe, Parliamentary Assembly.

Council of Europe hailed for religious freedom resolution

Apr 30, 2013

By Carl Bunderson

A resolution passed by the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly is being lauded as an important – although limited –... Read more


Chile faces criticism for giving morning-after pill to minors

Apr 3, 2013

A new norm approved by Chile’s Ministry of Health has met with disapproval for allowing the morning-after pill to be... Read more

Bill May of Catholics for the Common Good.

Calif. gay therapy law erodes parental rights, critics charge

Oct 3, 2012

By Carl Bunderson

Pro-family and parental rights groups are saying a new California law banning therapy for minors who struggle with same-sex attraction... Read more