Here are some important law-and-religion news stories from around the web:
- The Voice of the Martyrs, a nonprofit that aids persecuted Christians around the world, reports that COVID-19 has not stopped the Chinese Communist Party from persecuting religious minorities.
- The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales decided to close all churches to the public until further notice, even though the United Kingdom’s stay-at-home order specifically exempted houses of worship.
- As state health officials make plans to decide who to prioritize to receive critical care when there is a shortage of available equipment, lawyers, ethicists, and theologians warn that denying care based on age or disability violates federal law.
- The Ohio Attorney General’s office has ordered health care providers in the state to halt all nonessential or elective surgical abortions to help conserve medical supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Louisiana’s Catholic Governor, John Bel Edwards, asked fellow citizens to pray and fast on March 24 for those affected by COVID-19.