Liberty Counsel

Liberty Counsel is an international nonprofit, litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family since 1989, by providing pro bono assistance and representation on these and related topics.

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Court Strikes Abortion Buffer Zone Law

Nov 20, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

NEWARK, NJ - A New Jersey federal court struck down a City of Englewood eight-foot buffer zone that prohibits pro-life speech near abortion facilities. Applying the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous 2014 opinion in McCullen v. Coakley, which held unconstitutional an identically worded Massachusetts buffer zone law, the New Jersey court ruled the ordinance violates the First Amendment.

House Committee Votes to Stop Funding Terrorism

Nov 16, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

House Committee Votes to Stop Funding Terrorism, Taylor Force Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The House Committee of Foreign Affairs unanimously voted yesterday to proceed with the Taylor Force Act, which will defund the Palestinian Authority (PA) until they cease and denounce their “Pay to Slay” policy, which rewards terrorists and their families for acts against Israel and the United States. The Taylor Force Act will now advance to the Senate and House for a floor-wide vote.

Liberty Counsel and Christians in Defense of Israel have been instrumental in encouraging legislators to pass the Taylor Force Act. This legislation is named in memory of U.S. army veteran and Vanderbilt student, Taylor Force, who served in combat deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq, only to be senselessly killed as a civilian by a Palestinian terrorist in Israel.

Criminal Charges Against Planned Parenthood?

Nov 15, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that Planned Parenthood and organ procurement companies could be criminally charged for the illegal sale of aborted baby body parts upon completion of an FBI investigation.

Rep. Trent Franks referenced a report that the FBI had asked to view unredacted documents obtained by the Senate Judiciary Committee’s year-long investigation. That investigation was initiated by undercover videos released in 2015 by the Center for Medical Progress.

SCOTUS Will Hear California Forced Abortion Speech Law

Nov 13, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Supreme Court has agreed to review the California Reproductive FACT Act, which compels pro-life crisis pregnancy centers to post notices regarding the availability of free and low-cost abortions in their physical clinics, printed material and online. The Court agreed to hear National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra, one of four cases brought by crisis pregnancy centers challenging the law as a violation of the First Amendment guarantees of free speech and free exercise of religion.

Liberty Counsel’s case, Mountain Right to Life v. Becerra, and the other two cases, will be held at the Court until it resolves the NIFLA case, likely in spring 2018. The ruling on the NIFLA case will apply to the other three cases. The NIFLA case, the first of the four cases to reach the Supreme Court, is represented by Alliance Defending Freedom. The other three cases are represented by the Pacific Justice Institute, American Center for Law and Justice and Liberty Counsel.

Liberty Counsel Launches Annual Christmas Campaign

Nov 7, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

Liberty Counsel Launches Annual Christmas Campaign
ORLANDO, FL - Liberty Counsel has launched its fifteenth annual Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign. The campaign educates, and if necessary litigates, to make sure that Christmas and Christian themes are not censored.
Liberty Counsel has been actively monitoring cases across the country where there is intimidation by officials and groups to remove the celebration of Christmas in public and private sectors. These threats include atheist groups seeking to ban Nativity scenes from public property, senior living centers that prohibit residents from singing Christmas carols, public schools that ban students from wearing the Christmas colors of red and green, school officials who censor religious words from Christmas carols and retailers which profit from Christmas while pretending it does not exist. Liberty Counsel has successfully educated and reversed these anti-Christmas actions in all of these situations.

Planned Parenthood Hired Fusion GPS to Create Fake Report

Nov 2, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Fusion GPS, the group hired by the Clinton campaign (Hillary) and the Democratic National Committee to prepare the so-called Trump dossier, was also hired by Planned Parenthood to create a false report about the undercover videos produced by Sandra Merritt and David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress (CMP).

In the summer of 2015, CMP began releasing undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood executives regarding the procurement of aborted baby body parts. Planned Parenthood hired Fusion GPS to conduct a “forensic analysis” to discredit the videos. Not surprisingly, the Fusion GPS report falsely declared that the videos had been edited and were fake, even though the “research” organization has no known qualifications in the field of forensic video analysis.

Court Halts President Trump’s Military “Transgender” Directive

Nov 1, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

WASHINGTON, D.C.—A federal district court in Washington D.C. issued a preliminary injunction on Monday that halts the implementation of two portions of President Donald Trump’s August 25, 2017 memorandum regarding so-called “transgender” people serving in the United States military.

In the August 2017 order, President Trump reversed policies put in place by the Obama administration in June 2016.  Those Obama administration policies themselves reversed long-standing military rules against “transgender” people serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Prior to June 2016, “transgender” people were not permitted to enlist in the military and members of the military who identified themselves as “transgender” were discharged.  Obama’s Department of Defense announced in June 2016 that openly “transgender” people would be permitted to enlist in the military as of January 1, 2018 and those already in the military could not be discharged.

CA Pro-Life Centers Win Against Forced Speech Law

Nov 1, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

RIVERSIDE, CA —A California state trial court issued a permanent injunction on Monday in The Scharpen Foundation vs. Kamala Harris against California’s AB775, which imposes onerous notification and disclosure requirements on pro-life crisis pregnancy centers.  Under this law, pro-life pregnancy centers are required to conspicuously post a message alerting all who enter that California offers free and low-cost abortions with a local phone number for more information. The Scharpen Foundation is represented by Bob Tyler.

All licensed and unlicensed pregnancy counseling centers in the state are required to post the following government-prescribed message in their facilities and in their online advertising or be fined $500 for the first violation and $1,000 for each additional violation:

Trump Will Aid Persecuted Christians in Middle East

Oct 30, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

Trump Will Aid Persecuted Christians in Middle East
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Vice President Mike Pence announced a new policy at the In Defense of Christians annual summit in Washington, promising direct aid to persecuted Christians in the Middle East.

The Obama administration previously gave over a billion dollars in aid to the Middle East through the United Nations. However, little of that money made it to Christians and other vulnerable religious minority groups in that region. The Trump administration has now promised to bypass the United Nations and give the funds directly through the United States Agency for International Development to organizations on the ground to help victims of persecution and genocide.

FEC complaint accuses Clinton campaign, DNC of violating campaign finance law with dossier payments

Oct 26, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee violated campaign finance law by failing to disclose payments for a dossier on Donald Trump, according to a complaint filed Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission.

The complaint from the nonprofit Campaign Legal Center said the Democrats effectively hid the payments from public scrutiny, contrary to the requirements of federal law. By law, campaign and party committees must disclose the reason money is spent and its recipient.— More….

PragerU Sues Google and YouTube for Censoring Videos

Oct 25, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

LOS ANGELES, CA - Prager University (PragerU)  has filed a federal lawsuit in California against Google and YouTube for censoring its educational videos. The suit charges that YouTube (which is owned by Google) “use their restricted mode filtering ... as a political gag mechanism to silence PragerU.”

PragerU, founded by radio talk show host Dennis Prager, is a conservative nonprofit digital media organization that is associated with and presents the views of leading conservative experts on current and historical events. The organization produces short, concise, graphics-based videos that are viewed by millions of people, including a large viewership of young people. These are broadly based on Judeo-Christian values and conservative thought. Many of the videos regarding Israel have been censored, as well as those regarding discussions of the history of the Korean War, legal decisions by courts including landmark rulings of the United States Supreme Court, and trending current events such as foreign affairs, male-female differences, environmental issues and other topics discussed on university campuses.

Obama Judge Tells Trump Administration to Abort Illegal Mother’s Baby

Oct 19, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

WASHINGTON, D.C. - An Obama-nominated federal judge ordered the U.S. government to pay for an undocumented illegal immigrant teenager’s abortion at taxpayer expense in Texas. U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan ordered the government to transport the teenager to have the abortion - or allow her guardian to transport her - “promptly and without delay.”

The Justice Department has appealed the case, asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to suspend Judge Chutkan’s ruling regarding the 17-year-old, who crossed the border from Mexico.

Prayer Prevails in the U.S. House

Oct 18, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

WASHINGTON, D.C. —The D.C. District Court recently dismissed the lawsuit brought by Daniel Barker, an atheist and co-president of the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), in his attempt to become a guest chaplain for an opening session of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Beginning of the End of Obamacare

Oct 13, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

WASHINGTON, D.C. - This week President Donald Trump’s three executive orders have placed Obamacare on life support. He first ended the Obamacare mandate that required employers to provide contraception and abortion drugs and devices. His second executive order opened up the marketplace for insurance companies to compete for business by allowing small employers to participate in group plans and allowing individuals to purchase insurance across state lines. The third executive order effectively kills Obamacare by immediately stopping the illegal use of taxpayer dollars to cover other people’s insurance bills.

Trump Announces New Security Strategy for Iran

Oct 13, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump, in consultation with his national security team, has approved a new strategy which focuses on neutralizing Iran’s destabilizing influence and constraining its aggression, particularly its support for terrorism and militants.

Senate Defunds Hizballah Terrorist Group

Oct 13, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States Senate recently passed the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act of 2017, which seeks to cut off the flow of resources to the Lebanese-based terrorist organization and its affiliates, and targets foreign governments, individuals and companies that support them.

President Dismantles More ObamaCare

Oct 12, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Donald Trump signed an executive order today to reform the United States healthcare system, to begin expanding choices and alternatives to Obamacare plans and to increase competition to bring down costs for consumers.

US Withdraws from UNESCO

Oct 12, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Trump announced today that the United States will withdraw from the United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization (UNESCO) because of its anti-Israel bias. The withdrawal will take effect on Dec. 31, 2018 but the U.S. may remain involved as a nonmember observer state.

Contraception-Abortion Mandate Crumbles

Oct 12, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

ATLANTA, GA - The Trump Administration has voluntarily dismissed the government’s appeal in Ave Maria School of Law v. Sebelius, solidifying a legal victory for the Catholic law school and repairing some of the damage done by the ObamaCare abortion and contraception mandate. Ave Maria is represented by Alliance Defending Freedom and Liberty Counsel.

Sex-Change Surgery Regrets on the Rise

Oct 11, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

SACRAMENTO, CA - A world-leading genital reconstruction surgeon is alarmed by the increase in his patients seeking reversals of so-called “gender reassignment surgery.”

According to a report in The Telegraph, Professor Miroslav Djordjevic has seen a high number of “transgender” people who have undergone sex-change surgeries later express regrets and experience crippling depression and suicidal thoughts. Djordjevic cites two reasons: a lack of robust research on the topic and a lack of psychiatric evaluation and counseling before the surgeries. While Djordjevic requires his patients to undergo a year or more of psychiatric evaluation followed by hormone evaluation and therapy, some patients seeking reversals have told him that they were only asked if they had the money for the surgery beforehand.