Monday, February 8, 2016

More on pharmacists’ rights of conscience Tuesday on FOT

Tuesday Deacon Mike and Gina will be joined by Alliance Defending Freedom senior vice president of legal advocacy Kristen Waggoner and pharmacist Greg Stormans to discuss the case of Stormans v. Wiesman which challenges the right of pharmacists to act on conscience by referring a client to another pharmacist rather than to fill a prescription for an abortion inducing drug.

Kristen Waggoner
For four generations, Kevin Stormans’ family has owned Ralph’s Thriftway, a store located in Washington state. Regulations passed by the Washington State Pharmacy Board in mid-2007 mandated that pharmacies like Ralph’s Thriftway must stock and dispense the “morning-after” pill if requested by a patient. Stormans chose not to stock the product in his pharmacy after reading research demonstrating that the pill can prevent the implantation of a human embryo, an early-stage abortion procedure which Stormans opposes on religious, moral, and ethical grounds. Stormans, Inc., and two pharmacists, Margo Thelen and Rhonda Mesler, who work elsewhere, are challenging the regulations in federal court.
See the video below which features Kristen and the Stormans family. Also see the earlier story about the support the Stormans are receiving as they take their case to the United States Supreme Court.
Kristen serves as senior vice president of legal advocacy with Alliance Defending Freedom, leading the organization’s legal advocacy efforts. She is a Martindale-Hubbell AV peer-review rated attorney who clerked for Justice Richard B. Sanders of the Washington Supreme Court after law school and served in private practice in Seattle for nearly 20 years. Waggoner is admitted to the state bars in Washington, Florida, and Oregon. She is also admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 1st and 9th Circuits, and the U.S. District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Washington.

Join Deacon Mike, Gina, Kristen, and Greg for an interesting, disturbing, and perhaps inspiring story Tuesday at 9 a.m. on Iowa Catholic Radio 1150 AM; 88.5 & 94.5 FM and streaming on IowaCatholicRadio.com.
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Leading medical groups urge Supreme Court to protect pharmacists’ right of conscience

            Diverse coalition opposes rules that would force pharmacists
                      to choose between their faith and their livelihood  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A diverse coalition of medical organizations, states, Members of Congress, scholars, and religious organizations urged the Supreme Court to hear a case involving two female pharmacists and a family-owned pharmacy, who face the loss of their livelihood unless they sell abortion-inducing drugs in violation of their religious beliefs (view full list). The pharmacists in Stormans v. Wiesman are challenging a controversial regulation in Washington State that has been condemned by the American Pharmacists Association as “a radical departure from past regulation of the pharmacy industry.”
“[The] ‘right of conscience’ has always been integral to the ethical practice of pharmacy,” said the brief of the American Pharmacists Association and 37 other national and state pharmacy associations. “No other regulation in the country so clearly targets pharmacists who conscientiously object to stocking or delivering certain drugs.” 
Margo Thelen, Rhonda Mesler, and the Stormans family have worked in the pharmacy profession for over seventy years. When a customer requests an abortion-inducing drug, they refer the customer to one of over thirty pharmacies within five miles that willingly sell the drugs. For decades, this has been standard pharmacy practice, has been approved by the American Pharmacists Association, and has been legal in all 50 states.
But in 2007, Washington adopted a new law making referrals for reasons of conscience illegal. The law was passed in a cloud of controversy, with then-Governor Christine Gregoire threatening to terminate the State Pharmacy Commission and replacing Commission members with individuals recommended by abortion-rights activists. The law leaves pharmacies free to refer patients elsewhere for a wide variety of reasons related to business, economics, and convenience—but not for reasons of conscience. Because of the law, Margo Thelen lost her job, Rhonda Mesler was threatened with losing hers, and the Stormans family faces the loss of its pharmacy license.
“It is absurd to force a pharmacy to sell drugs against their conscience when there are over thirty pharmacies within five miles that already sell the exact same drugs,” said Luke Goodrich, Deputy General Counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which represents the pharmacists.
“The regulation was a solution in search of a problem,” said the brief of Democrats for Life and seven other organizations. “Washington’s regulations depart radically from widely established norms within the health-care industry,” said a brief of over 4,600 individual health care professionals.
The Supreme Court will likely consider whether to take the appeal this spring. If the Court agrees to hear the case, it would be argued later in the 2016 term. The plaintiffs are represented by The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, together with Alliance Defending Freedom, the law firm of Ellis, Li, & McKinstry, and former Tenth Circuit Judge Michael McConnell. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

FOT host on EWTN to discuss Iowa caucus results




EWTN Nightly News – Published on Feb 2, 2016:

A victory for Ted Cruz and a close call for Hillary Clinton in Iowa – Jason Calvi reports from Des Moines with more on caucus results. Lauren Ashburn sits down with Roll Call’s Melinda Hennenberger to discuss the latest from Iowa and we speak with Deacon Mike Manno from Iowa Catholic Radio to talk about Catholic voting patterns. Loras College’s David Cochran breaks down the history of Iowa caucuses and Catherine Szeltner highlights how social media responded to last night’s results. House Republicans make their latest push to dismantle Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood today – Wyatt Goolsby reports from Capitol Hill. Pope Francis gives his first interview about China – Mary Shovlain has more from Rome. And Right to Life of Louisville’s Margie Montgomery fills us in on a Kentucky order for Planned Parenthood to stop performing abortions.

Monday, February 1, 2016

What’s next for the candidates after the caucus? Join political columnist Kathie Obradovich for a discussion of all things post-caucus.

The shouting, the claims, counterclaims, TV ad blitzes, and robo calls are coming to an end here in Iowa and, in just a few hours, caucus chairman in over 1,700 precinct caucus sites will gavel their meetings to order and the process of selecting the next President of the United States will officially begin.


Kathie Obradovich
It is only the beginning, and not the end of the process, however. What will the Iowa decision mean? Will some candidate be flying high and others crash on take-off?
We’ll try to answer some of those questions Tuesday when our favorite political columnist, Kathie Obradovich of the Des Moines Register, joins us to take stock of the fall-out from the uniquely Iowa precinct caucuses. And to analyze the huge media coverage of the event our media critic Todd Erzen will join us later in the program.
So join Deacon Mike Manno, Gina Noll and our guests Tuesday morning at 9 (Central) on Iowa Catholic Radio 1150 AM; 88.5 & 94.5 FM and streaming on IowaCatholicRadio.com. The program will re-broadcast Tuesday night at 9.
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WEATHER WARNING: Due to the possibility of heavy snows and blizzard conditions in Central Iowa Tuesday morning, the program could be delayed or pre-empted.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Special pre-caucus program Tuesday: Everything you always wanted to know about the Iowa caucuses but were afraid to ask

Dem. Chair Tom Henderson
This week will be our last program before the Iowa caucuses and so we are devoting the entire program to the caucuses. Did you know that each party caucuses differently? The Democrats count delegates while the Republicans count individual votes.

How will that make a difference in how the results are reported an analyzed?
Deacon Mike Manno (a poli-sci guy) and Gina Noll (a poli-sci gal) will be joined by the chairman of the Polk County Democratic Party, Thomas Henderson. Deacon Mike, Gina and Tom will discuss the similarities and differences in the way each party conducts its caucus and the effect it will have on the declared – and maybe undeclared – presidential candidates, and how you can best maximize your influence.
We'll also discuss the three-fold purpose of the caucus ... bet you might have only thought of one.
You can also get further information on caucus procedures from the websites of the Iowa Republican Party; the Iowa Democratic Party; and from our friends at the Family Leader. You might also want to check our Facebook page for the latest surrounding Candidate Donald Trump’s campaign spokesperson’s bigoted tweets.
So join us for this special pre-caucus primer this Tuesday at 9 a.m. on Iowa Catholic Radio, 1150 AM; 88.5 & 94.5 FM and streaming on IowaCatholicRadio.com. for all things caucus! The Dowling Catholic Basketball game Tuesday night will pre-empt our regularly scheduled re-broadcast at 9 p.m.
Faith On Trial is proudly sponsored by: Attorney Rick McConville, Coppola, McConville, Coppola, Carroll, Hockenberg & Scalise PC 2100 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines, 515-453-1055; Confluence Brewing Company – off the Bike Trail just south of Grey’s Lake, 1235 Thomas Beck Road where there is live entertainment in the tap room every Thursday, and Rob denHartog, Wealth Management Advisor at Northwestern Mutual Life, NW corner of 128th Street and Hickman Rd, 515-210-4472.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Tuesday: Judie Brown, president of American Life League, on threats to life and the “culture of death”

Tuesday we’ll be discussing attacks on life, especially euthanasia and physician assisted suicide with Judie Brown, co-founder and president of the American Life League (ALL), the largest grassroots Catholic pro-life organization in the United States. ALL stands up for every innocent human whose life is threatened by the “culture of death,” which ranges from single cell embryos to the elderly and infirm threatened by euthanasia.


Judie Brown 
ALL started in 1979 and has grown from a kitchen table operation to a full-fledged professional organization with more than 30 full-time employees and 120 Associate organizations throughout the nation. Judie has distinguished herself as an unapologetic pro-life leader. She served three five-year terms (1996-2011) as a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life in Rome. Daily Catholic cited her as one of the top 100 Catholics of the 20th century. She has written 12 books, including the most recent The Broken Path: How Catholic Bishops Got Lost in the Weeds of American Politics (2011) and Saving Those Damned Catholics: A Defense of Catholic Teaching (2007).

So join Deacon Mike Manno and Gina Noll for a lively conversation with Judie, Tuesday at 9 a.m. on Iowa Catholic Radio, 1150 AM; 88.5 & 94.5 FM and streaming on IowaCatholicRadio.com. Time is Central.
Faith On Trial is underwritten by our loyal sponsors: Attorney Rick McConville, Coppola, McConville, Coppola, Carroll, Hockenberg & Scalise PC 2100 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines, 515-453-1055; Confluence Brewing Company – off the Bike Trail just south of Grey’s Lake, 1235 Thomas Beck Road where there is live entertainment in the tap room every Thursday, and Rob denHartog, Wealth Management Advisor at Northwestern Mutual Life, NW corner of 128th Street and Hickman Rd, 515-210-4472.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Is there a governmental assault on the family? Next FOT

Do you get the feeling these days that there is a societal attack on the family? If you have been a regular listener to our program, you won’t be surprised that it is happening. And when you add in attacks from governmental authorities the problem only seems to be
Michael Quinlan
getting worse.


Our discussion Tuesday will center on this issue. Our guest is Michael Quinlan, the Executive Director of the Center for Christian and Family Renewal in St. Louis, who recently penned an article for Crisis Magazine, “First Steps Toward Protecting Parental Authority.” He is an attorney, mediator and conciliator, with extensive experience and course work in mediation, conflict resolution, personal coaching, and child advocacy, including knowledge of domestic relations law and experience in the family courts.  He has degrees in Philosophy and Law from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Laws degree from Washington University.
So join Deacon Mike Manno, Gina Noll, and our guest as they discuss these and other important issues facing men and women of faith. Faith On Trial airs on Iowa Catholic Radio every Tuesday at 9 a.m. (re-broadcast at 9 p.m.) 1150 AM; 88.5 & 94.5 FM and streams on IowaCatholicRadio.com. All times are Central.
Faith On Trial is brought to you by our loyal sponsors: Attorney Rick McConville, Coppola, McConville, Coppola, Carroll, Hockenberg & Scalise PC 2100 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines, 515-453-1055; Confluence Brewing Company – off the Bike Trail just south of Grey’s Lake, 1235 Thomas Beck Road where there is live entertainment in the tap room every Thursday, and Rob denHartog, Wealth Management Advisor at Northwestern Mutual Life, NW corner of 128th Street and Hickman Rd, 515-210-4472.