Here are some important law-and-religion news stories from around the web:
- A New York federal district court granted a preliminary injunction barring New York from enforcing COVID-19 orders that impose stricter limits on worship services than other activities.
- A California federal district court refused to dismiss a free exercise challenge to the refusal by a publicly funded charter school to contract with an art instruction business because of the business’ espousal of religious views on its website.
- Suit was filed in an Iowa state trial court challenging a provision requiring women seeking an abortion to first visit a health center to receive an ultrasound and specified information, then wait at least 24 hours before returning to have an abortion.
- A South Carolina circuit judge ruled Friday congregations that broke away from the Episcopal Church in 2012 can keep their properties.
- A new report from U.S. Roman Catholic bishops tallies 4,434 sex abuse allegations against church clergy in the audit year through last June — triple the number from the previous year.