First Amendment

Wheaton wins one for religious nonprofits

First Amendment | The Christian college’s victory could set a precedent for others still fighting Obamacare’s contraceptive and abortifacient mandate
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 2/27/18, 03:39 pm

Wheaton College has secured what even the Little Sisters of the Poor has not: A permanent injunction against the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive and abortifacient mandate. After five years of legal wrangling, a U.S. district court judge’s Feb. 22 ruling finally freed the college from the federal regulation.

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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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Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund

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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