Moments ago, IRD staff joined the victory cheers outside of the U.S. Supreme Court as we listened to the McCullen v. Coakley ruling. This decision is not only a huge victory for the pro-life movement, but also hopefully a forecast of the decisions to come regarding Hobby Lobby and religious freedom.
Ruling unanimously, the Supreme Court chose to overturn a 2007 Massachusetts law that created a “buffer zone” banning pro-life demonstrators from standing on sidewalks and public streets within 35 feet of abortion clinics’ driveways and entrances. For the pro-abortion movement, this was a strategy used to silence peaceful pro-life prayer warriors, sidewalk counsels and protestors speaking up for the rights of unborn babies and the health of their expectant mothers.
As the Church, we should thank God this day for the Supreme Court’s steps to uphold citizens’ freedom of speech on public sidewalks and streets. We also pray that the nine Justices’ sentiments to uphold freedom of speech extends to our constitutionally guaranteed freedom of religion.
On Monday, June 30, 2014 at 10:00am, the Supreme Court will rule on Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and ultimately will declare whether or not Americans will be forced to deny their deeply held convictions for the sake of employer-provided contraception and controversial abortifacients.
IRD staff will be reporting live from the Supreme Court on Monday morning. For up-to-the-minute monitoring, please follow @TheIRD, @ChelsenVicari, and @BigJFuller on Twitter.