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Texas wins appeal on abortion ruling

by Mickey McLean
Posted 3/31/20, 04:31 pm

Texas can resume enforcing a governor’s order that counts elective abortions as a nonessential medical procedure that must be postponed during the coronavirus pandemic. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a Monday ruling by U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel that allowed abortionists to continue aborting babies while pro-abortion groups fought Gov. Greg Abbott’s order in the courts.

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Judges say abortions must go on

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 3/31/20, 10:31 am

Healthcare providers across the country have postponed elective surgeries during the COVID-19 outbreak, but courts are telling states they cannot require abortionists to do the same. Several governors have ordered a halt to nonessential medical procedures, including abortion, but federal judges in Alabama, Ohio, and Texas rolled back the measures on Monday. Judges are expected to rule soon in similar cases in Iowa and Oklahoma.

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Religious liberty in a pandemic

Religious Liberty | Lockdowns tests the limits of freedom of worship in times of public crisis
by Steve West
Posted 3/24/20, 06:15 pm

As pastors and religious leaders across the country faced tough decisions about whether to hold worship services over the weekend, Pacific Justice Institute President Brad Dacus gathered 500 of them on a conference call on Thursday. They talked about how to keep their ministries going and whether shelter-in-place orders and other restrictions on public gatherings violated the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

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