Alliance Defending Freedom

Court clears narrow path for religious liberty

Religious Liberty | Kentucky justices rule in favor of one Christian business owner
by Steve West
Posted 11/05/19, 02:37 pm

The Kentucky Supreme Court vindicated a Christian printer who didn’t want to print pro-LGBT messages, but the victory may prove hollow. The court dismissed an LGBT organization’s discrimination claims last Thursday but left significant free speech questions unanswered.

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Inside voices outside abortion centers

First Amendment | Court allows pro-life sidewalk counselors inside free speech buffer zones
by Steve West
Posted 10/29/19, 03:11 pm

A federal appeals court on Oct. 18 gave pro-life sidewalk counselors outside a Pittsburgh abortion facility the green light to enter the so-called “bubble zone.” Pro-life volunteers who want to speak with women entering the abortion facility can now stand closer to the door and don’t have to raise their voices to be heard, said Nikki Bruni, Pittsburgh director of 40 Days for Life. She and other volunteers tell women about nearby clinics that provide free ultrasounds, pregnancy tests, sexually transmitted disease testing, and other help.

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Court decision protects religious healthcare workers

Religious Liberty | Judge upholds right of faith-based providers to opt out of transgender surgeries and abortions
by Steve West
Posted 10/22/19, 04:22 pm

A federal judge last week struck down an Obama-era regulation that required medical professionals to perform abortions and gender-transition procedures despite their religious convictions. The decision comes as a relief to Christian physicians like Mike Chupp, a general surgeon in Bristol, Tenn. Chupp, who is also CEO of the Christian Medical and Dental Associations (CMDA) said that if the 2017 rule stood, it might have required him to perform surgeries against his Christian convictions such as a mastectomy on a teenage girl who identified as a boy.

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