Both are significant to us, particularly to those who labor in pro-life arenas. First, I'll relay the national news.
The last nail has been pounded into the coffin of the 28-year-old case known as NOW vs Scheidler. This case has been to the Supreme Court three times - all three times the rulings have been in Scheidler's favor. The Thomas More Society has been assisting Scheidler all along and they have a report. They've also racked up some legal costs during these past two decades. A few days ago, the Seventh Circuit Court ruled that the plaintiffs must cover the costs that had been awarded to the defendants - a little over $63k.
This one is definitely closer to home, but still has much national impact on the pro-life effort. In 2009, the Montgomery County Council (many of the members effectively owned by NARAL) passed a NARAL-inspired piece of unconstitutional legislation aimed solely at crippling the efforts of pro-life pregnancy centers. In December 2009 I spent much time blogging about the hearings. One of the pregnancy centers, Centro Tepeyak of Silver Spring, took the lead in filing legal challenge. They were assisted by Alliance Defending Freedom. As in the Scheidler case above, several court rulings had been decided in favor of the pro-life side. Finally Montgomery County saw the light, realized it just couldn't win and decided to give up its obviously futile effort.
By the way - in reference to the Montgomery County affair, I remind all Montgomery County citizens that every one of these council members is up for reelection this November. Since so many of them show a disdain for the Constitution that they promised to uphold, it's time to give them their pink slips next Election Day.