We'll start in Missouri. Last year, a member of the Satanic Temple filed a lawsuit challenging an abortion law that required a waiting period (along with certain information requirements) before a woman could get an abortion. The member challenged the law by claiming it violated their religious beliefs, citing Missouri's Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The case was recently dismissed, and the court held that the plantiff's "pleadings fail to allege facts, which if true, state a claim for relief under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act." It turns out that RFRA laws are not blank checks, as some have previously argued.
In Florida, "faith-based groups may continue to partner with the state of Florida," for various forms of prison outreach. A New York-based group argued that Florida could not work with two Christian groups that provided food, housing, and job assistance to former prisoners. A court rejected the argument, allowing the groups to continue their prison ministry.
Looking towards China, you may see fewer crosses on public display than you could have in recent history. You may even see one less pastor. Recently, Gu Yuese was removed from his position at a prominent church in Hangzhou for opposing the removal of crosses from churches.
Sanctity of Life
Let's say you're pro-life, but you work in an industry wholly unrelated to pro-life work. Do you think that your views could be grounds for termination? If you answered "No, of course not," you'd know the law. But that didn't stop this young woman from losing her job in the cleaning business for her pro-life views.
If you've been a little confused about the two Center for Medical Progress indictments in Houston, you may find this explanation helpful.
Belgium is often first in people's minds when discussions turn to physician-assisted suicide. There's ample reason for this (after all, Belgium made headlines when a doctor helped kill a woman without informing the woman's son until after she had died). The nation legalized assisted suicide back in 2002, but this is the first time that the number of euthanasia cases has exceeded two thousand. That's nearly double what they were just five years ago, in 2011.
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