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Nuns’ Victory For Pro-Life Pregnancy Centres

by | Sat, Nov 18 2023

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A New York-based pro-life order of Catholic nuns called the Sisters Of Life is celebrating a victory over New York State authorities. The Christian Post reports the state has pledged not to seek “sensitive information” about clients that the sisters serve at their pro-life pregnancy centres. The Sisters of Life agreed to drop a lawsuit against the state of New York in exchange for a promise not to subject their centres to government investigations.

The Sisters of Life originally sued the state over a recently enacted law that critics claim is an attempt to target pro-life centres that do not provide or offer referrals for abortions. It authorised and directed the Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health “to conduct a study and issue a report examining the unmet health and resource needs facing pregnant women in New York and the impact of limited service pregnancy centres on the ability of women to obtain accurate, non-coercive health care information and timely access to a comprehensive range of reproductive and sexual health care services.”

Additionally, the statute authorised the state to request “data and information” from “limited service pregnancy centres” that do not provide or offer referrals for “abortion” services. The nuns’ lawsuit contended that the statute constituted a violation of their First and Fourth Amendment rights under the US Constitution.

In response to the settlement, the order’s Vicar-General, Sister Maris Stella, said: “We are grateful for this victory, which protects our right to continue to uphold and defend the beauty and strength of women. In over 30 years of serving women in the state of New York, we have learned that what a woman really needs is to be seen, heard, and believed in, which is why we are committed to providing the necessary emotional, practical, and spiritual support for her to flourish. We are called to bring hope, comfort, and joy to women who feel they have nowhere else to turn. The judge’s order will protect us as we continue our ministry.”

President and CEO of legal non-profit Becket which represented the Sisters of Life, Mark Rienzi, described the settlement as “a win for the Sisters and the women they serve. The government should never have enacted this law, and we are thrilled that it ends with a federal court order that the state should just leave the Sisters alone while they do their important work.”

Photo: Facebook – Fans Of the Sisters of Life