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Illinois nurse fights firing over pro-life views

First Amendment | Case illustrates the importance of conscience protections for healthcare providers
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 2/20/18, 04:53 pm

A nurse in Illinois forced from her job in 2015 for her pro-life convictions can move forward with her lawsuit against the Winnebago County Health Department, a judge ruled last week. The case highlights the ongoing challenges Christian medical providers face amid eroding conscience protections and the importance of having state laws to protect them.

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California judge backs Christian baker’s conscience rights

First Amendment | Forcing business owners to participate in same-sex weddings ‘does violence’ to free speech protections, judge rules
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 2/13/18, 03:15 pm

A California judge has denied a state agency’s request to punish a baker who declined to make a cake for a lesbian couple’s wedding reception, delivering a rare win for a Christian business owner caught in the culture war crossfire. 

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Federal court blocks Kansas anti-boycott law

First Amendment | Judge rules bill shielding Israeli businesses from discrimination violates constitutional free speech protections
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 2/06/18, 03:37 pm

A federal judge has temporarily blocked a Kansas law requiring state contractors to certify they are not participating in any boycotts against Israel. U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree said the Kansas law, enacted in July, stymies protected political speech.

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