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Catholic Connection – June 20, 2022 – Hour 1

Teresa shares part of a talk Steve Ray gave during their pilgrimage. Erin Mersino on Governor Whitmer’s fight for abortion. Dr. Michelle Cretella on State Farm’s gender identity project. Julie Blake on the Biden administration eliminating coverage of fertility awareness family planning.


Segment 1 – Intro
Teresa checks in from her pilgrimage and shares part of a talk Steve Ray gave in Germany.

Segment 2 – Ignore Outside Abortion Investigators, Michigan Governor Orders
Originally aired June 3, 2022

Erin Mersino is Senior Legal Counsel for Great Lakes Justice Center. She is an accomplished attorney who practices in our nation’s highest courts to protect our First Amendment freedoms with a special focus on the protection of our religious freedom and freedom of speech. Erin authored numerous briefs before the United States Supreme Court, both as a party and as amicus curiae – and has won! In addition to her work before the United States Supreme Court she also litigated several cases before the United States Court of Appeals (Second, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and D.C. Circuits).

Ignore Outside Abortion Investigators, Michigan Governor Orders


Segment 3 – State Farm scraps gender identity project after ‘Like a Creepy Neighbor’ campaign brings awareness
“State Farm quickly distanced itself from a program that pushed books about gender fluidity on young children Monday after a new ad campaign slammed the insurance giant as “a creepy neighbor,” but Consumers’ Research thinks the insurance giant still has to ‘undo the damage’ it caused.”  Dr. Cretella joins us. (Originally aired June 7, 2022)

Dr. Michelle Cretella, Catholic Medical Association member, Executive Director of the American College of Pediatricians, and pediatrician.

State Farm scraps gender identity project after ‘Like a Creepy Neighbor’ campaign brings awareness




Segment 4 – Biden admin sued for eliminating coverage of fertility awareness family planning
Dr. Cami Jo Tice-Harouff, a Texas nurse practitioner, is challenging the Biden administration for violating regulatory laws when it deprived women of required health insurance coverage for fertility awareness-based methods of family planning, leaving coverage of only contraceptive and abortifacient drugs and devices. (Originally aired June 2, 2022)

Julie Marie Blake serves as senior counsel for regulatory litigation at Alliance Defending Freedom. Over the last decade, she has been on the front lines of high-profile, precedent-setting cases challenging federal overreach in courts across the country. Blake served as deputy solicitor general for the state of Missouri from 2017 to 2020 and as assistant solicitor general for the state of West Virginia from 2013 to 2017. In these roles, she argued 26 federal and state appeals, including before the en banc U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. She received the Best Brief Award from National Association of Attorneys General for her U.S. Supreme Court advocacy.

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