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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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Senate’s Healthcare Draft Includes Pro-life Provisions

Jun 22, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

WASHINGTON - Seven weeks after the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act, today the Senate released a “discussion draft” that would prevent women from using federal tax credits to buy plans that cover abortion and that blocks the nation’s largest abortion mill, Planned Parenthood, from receiving federal funds for one year.

This bill would also repeal and replace Obamacare and give states wider latitude in opting out of its regulations.

Court Dismisses 14 of the 15 Counts Against Sandra Merritt

Jun 21, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

SAN FRANCISCO - Today, the San Francisco Superior Court dismissed criminal counts 1-14 against Sandra “Susan” Merritt. The court ruled that counts 1-14 were legally insufficient. The state has the opportunity to amend if it can plead a more legally sufficient and specific complaint. The California’s Attorney General filed 15 criminal counts against Merritt, with counts 1-14 for each of the alleged interviews and count 15 for an alleged conspiracy. “This is a huge victory to have 14 criminal counts dismissed,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “We will now turn our attention to dismissing the final count. Sandra Merritt did nothing wrong. The complaint by the California Attorney General is unprecedented and frankly will threaten every journalist who provides valuable information to the public. This final count will also fall,” said Staver.

The Attorney General has been an advocate for Planned Parenthood, and the abortion giant has supported his political campaigns. Merritt was one of the two journalists who exposed Planned Parenthood’s unethical and potentially illegal profiteering from the sale of aborted baby body parts.

DOE Gets Failing Grade for So-called Transgender

Jun 20, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued a memo to public schools and teachers explaining that refusal to refer to so-called transgender students by their preferred pronoun or name could be grounds for an investigation.

The OCR recently issued an internal memo “to explain the effects of developments on the enforcement of Title IX” regarding complaints involving so-called transgender students.

The memo, written by acting assistant secretary for civil rights Candice Jackson, lists several reasons why OCR investigators would assert “subject matter jurisdiction over and open [a case] for investigation.” For example, a school’s failure to quickly resolve a so-called transgender student’s complaint of sex discrimination or treating a student different because of his or her failure to conform to “stereotyped notions of masculinity or femininity.”

D.C. Shooter a Fan of the Southern Poverty Law Center

Jun 15, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The D.C. shooter was a Facebook fan of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a reckless organization that falsely labels people and organizations as “haters” or “hate groups.” The SPLC has now admitted James Hodgkinson “liked” the SPLC on Facebook. The SPLC continues to ignore warnings about its dangerous and false labeling, even though two separate mass murder attempts have been perpetrated by followers of the SPLC. Yesterday was the most recent attempted mass murder by someone who followed the SPLC. The first mass murder attempt was in 2012, when Floyd Corkins confessed he was motivated by the SPLC “Hate Map.”

Yesterday, James Hodgkinson gunned down Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), Zach Barth, a staff member for Congressman Roger Williams, former Congressional staff member Matt Mika and two U.S. Capitol Police officers yesterday at a practice for a charity baseball game for members of Congress.

Harrisburg Abortion Center Closed After Ordinance Win

Jun 10, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

HARRISBURG, PA - Two weeks after the Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Liberty Counsel’s pro-life clients in their lawsuit against a Harrisburg ordinance which created buffer zones that silenced pro-life speech on public sidewalks around abortion clinics, one of the abortion centers involved in the case has closed.  Hillcrest Women’s Medical Center in Harrisburg now has a sign on the door that reads “Office will be closed until further notice.”

The Department of Health (DOH) ordered the Hillcrest abortion facility to close after state inspectors found numerous violations and stated that it has until August 31 to make corrections, comply with state laws, and pass another inspection before it can reopen.

Victory for American Pastor Falsely Accused of ‘Crimes Against Humanity’

Jun 6, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

SPRINGFIELD, MA - Late yesterday, Liberty Counsel client and American pastor Scott Lively won summary judgment against the foreign LGBT activists, Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), which sued Lively for sharing his biblical views on homosexuality during three visits to Uganda in 2002 and 2009. The summary judgment order, entered by U.S. District Judge Michael A. Ponsor, puts an end to SMUG’s attempt to silence Lively and others who speak internationally about the LGBT agenda.

SMUG is represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights, which has received funding from George Soros. CCR is located at 666 Broadway in New York, an apt address for such an organization that attempts to use international law to silence people of faith and attack Israeli government officials.

Legislators Push to Prohibit Gender Identity Counseling

Jun 6, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

BOSTON—Today the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities (chaired by Representative Kay Khan and Senator Jennifer Flanagan) held a hearing on H1190, an overly broad piece of legislation that would prohibit an entire class of patients from accessing the talk therapy, labeled “sexual orientation change efforts” (SOCE), they desire. The legislation prohibits any social worker, doctor, counselor, or human service professional from engaging in therapy that attempts to aid a minor in a desired change in sexual orientation or gender identity from a LGBT supportive position. This is referred to as a “Counseling Ban Bill.”

Liberty Counsel submitted testimony against the legislation, authored by Rep. Khan, and co-sponsored by 81 Massachusetts legislators, which uses the claim of abuse to abolish legitimate psychological practices that involve nothing more than talking to a patient. Even worse, because the penalties are folded in under Massachusetts’ child abuse code, if a parent indulges the desire of her child to speak with a psychologist, that conversation would give the state a pretext to permanently take her children, deny her access to them and place them in a foster home of the state’s choosing. As a result, H1190 denies patients access to treatment of their choice and forces physicians to violate the confidentiality of the patient-physician relationship.

Liberty Counsel Responds to SPLC Lawsuit

Jun 6, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

BURLINGTON, VT - Today, Liberty Counsel filed a comprehensive response in federal court to the lawsuit backed by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in the case of Jenkins v. Miller, et al. The legal Memorandum of Law is 116 pages, not counting affidavits. Liberty Counsel also filed a second Motion and Memorandum of Law raising Vermont’s anti-SLAPP, which prevents suits designed to restrict free speech.

While living in Virginia, Lisa Miller and Janet Jenkins entered into a Vermont same-sex civil union.  Lisa gave birth to her biological child, Isabella. For a brief period, they moved to Vermont. There Lisa became a Christian and left the lesbian relationship. Lisa moved back to Virginia and a visitation battle ensued between the laws of Vermont (which recognized the civil union) and Virginia (which did not). Liberty Counsel represented Lisa from late 2004 until she disappeared in September 2009.

Sandra Merritt Seeks Dismissal of Criminal Charges

May 30, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

SAN FRANCISCO - Sandra ‘Susan’ Merritt has filed a Motion to Dismiss asking the San Francisco Superior Court to dismiss the politically-motivated criminal complaint brought against her by the State of California, because it is legally deficient.

Liberty Counsel is defending Merritt and seeks dismissal of the 15 felony charges brought against her for her undercover work in exposing Planned Parenthood’s unethical and potentially illegal profiteering from the sale of aborted baby body parts. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed these charges against Merritt, claiming that her undercover video recordings violated California law because she did not obtain Planned Parenthood’s “consent” prior to exposing its gruesome schemes. To date, no other citizen journalist or journalism organization has ever been charged with a crime for undercover recordings.

Court Rules Against Harrisburg Abortion Law

May 25, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

HARRISBURG, PA - Today, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Liberty Counsel’s pro-life clients, Colleen Reilly and Becky Biter, in their lawsuit against a Harrisburg ordinance which created unconstitutional buffer zones that silence pro-life speech on public sidewalks around abortion clinics. The federal Court of Appeals held that the lower court erred when it denied Liberty Counsel’s request to immediately prohibit further enforcement of the ordinance.

Orlando Church Promotes Pro-LGBT Agenda

May 25, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

ORLANDO, FL—Northland Community Church and Pastor Joel Hunter recently hosted a pro-LGBT event, “Elevating the Dialogue on LGBTQ Inclusion and Understanding in the Church,” with the overt message to “affirm” LGBTQ in and around Orlando. The pastor of Joy Metropolitan Church, who is in a same-sex relationship, and the founding pastor of The Impact Church of Orlando joined Hunter to discuss how Christians can work to make Orlando churches supportive of the LGBTQ lifestyle, regardless of their churches’ theological positions on marriage and sexuality. The purpose of the event is to distort the Bible and change theology in order to affirm an LGBTQ lifestyle as normative.

Texas House Gets Tough on Abortion

May 22, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

AUSTIN, TEXAS—The Texas House voted 96-47 on Friday regarding legislation that bans the most common second-trimester abortion procedure and regulates how health care providers dispose of unborn baby body remains.

An addition to Senate Bill 8, this amendment prohibits physicians from dilation and evacuation abortions, a procedure using forceps or similar instruments on a live unborn baby to remove it from the womb in pieces. It also stipulates that doctors performing the procedure in Texas would face felony charges.

Birth Certificate Finally Reflects Restored Life

May 19, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

SACRAMENTO, CA - It was 34 years to the day that Walt Heyer’s birth certificate was changed from “male” to “female” that his restored birth certificate finally arrived in his mail reflecting his birth sex as “male.”

Heyer’s first attempt to restore his birth certificate was in 1989, after realizing his “sex reassignment surgery” was a grave mistake. He made numerous unsuccessful attempts over 28 years to restore his original certificate to “male.” In 2017, with help from Liberty Counsel, Heyer was finally successful in having his birth certificate changed back to “male,” after he had experienced numerous denials by the State of California.

Sexually abused as a boy by a family member, combined with his grandmother’s decision to secretly clothe him as a girl, Heyer struggled with gender dysphoria, sexual abuse, alcohol and drug abuse. Heyer finally experienced restoration and healing from the transgender lifestyle after he embraced a relationship with Jesus Christ. Now, Heyerpublicly shares his story at numerous conferences and churches throughout the country, and he has been featured in the January 2017 publication of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’  Decision Magazine and in World Magazine in February of this year. Heyer’s work on transgenderism includes 19 articles published in the and nine articles published in

Tampa School District Must Stop the Bullying

May 18, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

TAMPA, FL - Liberty Counsel renewed a previous demand with a follow-up letter to Hillsborough County Public Schools regarding its pitiful investigation and whitewash of the discriminatory bullying behavior of Lora Jane Riedas, a math teacher at Riverview High School.

Liberty Counsel now represents four students who independently confirmed and provided additional information regarding the classroom political activism and bullying of Riedas. Her social media confirms her activism during class time. School officials failed to properly address and discipline Riedas’ behavior, despite the obvious contradictory evidence.

Liberty Counsel Ranks Among Most Effective Conservative Organizations

May 18, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

ORLANDO, FL - A survey of politically active Christians found that Liberty Counsel was named the top 12 most effective organization, making “the most positive impact on American society during 2016,” according to the American Culture & Faith Institute (Culture and Faith Institute). This ranking is remarkable out of 1.5 million non-profits and an estimated 28 million businesses. In another article, the Culture and Faith Institute named leaders popular among conservatives, which included Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel, among those perceived to have ushered in positive cultural transformation in 2016.