A young church in Southern California has sprouted in an unusual place: the middle of a rescue mission. And this rescue mission is no hovel in a rundown part of town. At Orange County Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope in Tustin, Calif., palm trees, statues, and fountains greet visitors inside a set of beautiful carved gates.
Last Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court released audio files from the March 25 arguments in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby. The case asks whether Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate violates the religious freedom of for-profit employers such as Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, who do not cover abortifacient drugs in employee health insurance plans. Here are some of the statements made and questions asked by justices as they listened to both sides:
A Massachusetts judge ruled this week against the parents of a Connecticut teen who has been hospitalized without her mother and father’s consent for more than a year.
Judge Joseph Johnston on Tuesday granted permanent custody of 15-year-old Justina Pelletier to the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF). If the ruling withstands appeals, Justina will likely be in state custody until she is 18.