Here are some important law-and-religion news stories from around the web:
- The Little Sisters of the Poor petitioned the Supreme Court for a writ of certiorari after the Third Circuit affirmed the entry of a nationwide preliminary injunction against enforcement of the Trump administration’s new rule protecting religious non-profits from the contraceptive mandate.
- A federal district court ruled that University of Iowa officials are personally liable for kicking the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and other religious student groups off campus for requiring leaders to uphold Christian beliefs while giving a pass to secular student groups that also have selective leadership requirements.
- A Pennsylvania lawmaker introduced a bill that would allow the motto “In God We Trust” to be displayed in classrooms or other places throughout public schools.
- A Muslim woman filed a lawsuit against Fast Track Management, claiming the marketing company was about to hire her but abruptly showed her the door after she asked for prayer breaks during the workday.
- A year-long investigation revealed that the Archdiocese of New York is following proper protocols whenever a complaint concerning clergy sex abuse is received and that the archdiocese is taking steps to support victims of abuse.
- A federal judge upheld a Virginia law requiring women to undergo an ultrasound and wait at least twenty-four hours before having an abortion, as well as the state’s “physician-only law” barring nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants from performing abortions.