Judge blocks S Carolina ‘heartbeat’ abortion ban, but backers look to Supreme Court

CNA Staff, Feb 19, 2021 / 07:01 pm (CNA).- A federal judge has temporarily blocked South Carolina’s heartbeat-based abortion ban just days after its passage, in response to court filings from Planned Parenthood. However, the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office has argued that Planned Parenthood can’t be sure the U.S. Supreme Court will reject the law.

 

Lawyers for Planned Parenthood said the state is “openly flouting” federal precedent allowing abortion.

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Filipino Catholics grateful for easing of Mass restrictions as Lent begins

CNA Staff, Feb 19, 2021 / 06:26 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Charles Brown, the apostolic nuncio to the Philippines, applauded the government’s decision to ease restrictions on religious services, which he said is especially timely as the Church enters the season of Lent.

Brown spoke to CNN Philippines after a government task force loosened regulations on religious services throughout the country. The archbishop said this will allow Catholics to have additional spiritual opportunities during the penitential season of Lent. He encouraged Catholics to use this time to pray for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Whatever we can do to bring more people to mass in a safe way, I’m absolutely in favor of [it],” Brown told CNN.

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Priest challenges Scotland’s coronavirus ban on public worship

Glasgow, Scotland, Feb 19, 2021 / 05:01 pm (CNA).- Scotland’s coronavirus-related ban on public worship goes too far and churches that follow appropriate precautions should be allowed to open for in-person worship like in other parts of Europe, a Scottish priest has said in a challenge to the government.

 

“As a priest, I have witnessed first-hand the grief and suffering that Covid-19 has caused for my parish members,” Father Tom White, Dean of the City East St Alphonsus Church in Glasgow, said Feb. 16. “Therefore I know, as a priest, that we need to open my church to be able to support them best in their hour of need.”

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