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Aborted requirements?

Religious Liberty | Leaked regulation shows victory for religious groups challenging HHS mandate
by Emily Belz
Posted 6/01/17, 03:02 pm

After years of litigation, religious liberty lawyers are tentatively celebrating over the leak of a new version of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) contraceptive and abortifacient mandate. The new proposal, obtained by the website Vox, would grant broad exemptions to religious and nonreligious moral objectors to the mandate, whether nonprofits, for-profits, or individuals. 

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Minnesota filmmakers make free-speech argument in court

Religious Liberty | Case preemptively challenges mandate for wedding industry businesses to participate in same-sex weddings
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 5/30/17, 11:56 am

A Minnesota federal judge heard arguments Friday in a lawsuit brought by the owners of a film company who want to tell stories of marriage from an exclusively Biblical perspective. The state’s non-discrimination law requires wedding industry businesses to serve all prospective clients, including same-sex couples, or face stiff fines and even imprisonment.

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Justice Samuel Alito’s first freedom fears

Supreme Court | In recent seminary commencement address, Supreme Court justice reiterates the importance of religious liberty to American democracy
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 5/23/17, 09:40 am

“This case is an ominous sign.”

That’s the opening salvo of Justice Samuel Alito’s dissent in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last June not to hear the case of Stormans v. Wiesman. The owners of a Washington pharmacy sought an exemption from the state’s mandate that all pharmacies dispense abortion-inducing drugs. Citing First Amendment protections, the Storman family objected on religious grounds. State and appellate courts disagreed.

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