The religious exemptions currently folded into the Employment Non-Discrimination Act are broad enough to allow Catholic schools to continue firing teachers for being gay. But these base religious exemptions were not broad enough to satisfy some key Republican senators.
The senator is optimistic that her amendment, the Military Justice Improvement Act, could reach even the 60 votes needed to break a filibuster.
The Liberty Institute, a Christian conservative legal advocacy organization
, claims an anti-choice doctor’s religious liberty was threatened by the West Virginia University School of Medicine when he allegedly received a letter of reprimand for his anti-choice activism.
Earlier this year, New Jersey became the second state to ban reparative therapy—the practice of trying to change a person’s sexual orientation—for minors. Now a couple is suing, saying that their son wants this therapy and should be allowed to get it.
New rules proposed by the Washington health department would require hospitals to disclose what reproductive health-care and end-of-life services they provide. Behind the push are concerns about the ethical religious directives of religiously affiliated hospitals.
It has little chance of passing, but Sen. David Vitter hopes to attach a destructive anti-choice amendment to a landmark non-discrimination vote, according to news reports.
Attorneys for Mark Holick argue his “wanted” posters featuring a Wichita clinic operator were protected free speech, but a Kansas judge ruled a trial is necessary to decide.
The decision stays an Iowa Board of Medicine rule that threatened to end access to medication abortion for rural patients. The decision will allow Planned Parenthood to continue offering medication abortions at 15 rural clinics while the court challenge proceeds.
Girls are reaching puberty as young as 8, and new research suggests that rising rates of obesity may be the driving factor behind this trend.
Tennessee voters will decide in November 2014 whether to pass a constitutional amendment restricting access to abortion.