Courtney Crandell

Courtney is a Virginia journalist. Follow her on Twitter @CourtneyLeeC.

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ACLU sues government over contracts with religious aid agencies

Religious Liberty
by Courtney Crandell
Posted 4/15/15, 05:27 pm

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed suit April 6 against the Obama administration for documents regarding government funding contracts issued to faith-based refugee aid groups like the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). 

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Students fight North Dakota schools for right to start pro-life clubs

by Courtney Crandell
Posted 4/10/15, 04:10 pm

A school district in North Dakota has denied two high school students’ requests to start pro-life clubs, despite previously approving clubs for Fellowship of Christian Athletes and gay-straight alliances.

Sophomore Katie McPherson at Davies High School has attempted to start a Students for Life of America (SFLA) club since September 2014. Sophomore Brigid O’Keefe at Fargo North High School attempted to found an SFLA club in February. School administrators denied both girls’ requests.

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Oklahoma bans dismemberment abortions

by Courtney Crandell
Posted 4/09/15, 01:38 pm

Oklahoma is set to become the second state to prohibit late-term, dismemberment abortions.

In yesterday’s overwhelming 37-4 vote, the Oklahoma Senate passed a bill based on model legislation from the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC). The House already passed the bill in February by an 84-2 vote. Though Republican Gov. Mary Fallin hasn’t indicated whether she will sign it, she has approved pro-life bills in the past.

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