NCR Today: The U.S. bishops created an expanded notion of religious liberty and have contributed dramatically to our nation's polarization by latching on to a technical and arcane issue.
An Oklahoma bill that could send any doctor who performs an abortion to jail headed to the governor on Thursday, with opponents saying the measure is unconstitutional and promising a legal battle against the cash-strapped state if it is approved.
The bill to make abortion a felony punishable by up to three years in prison was approved by the Republican-dominated Senate on Thursday. Governor Mary Fallin, a Republican opposed to abortion, has not indicated whether she will sign it.
The Missouri Court of Appeals heard arguments in a case saying a judge incorrectly dismissed a lawsuit challenging the state’s procedures for obtaining the drugs it uses to perform executions.
COMMENTARY: Some religious conservatives are calling on prayer warriors to petition heaven for relief from federal overreach in response to the government's directive concerning bathroom accommodations for transgender students.
Commentary: The Religious Freedom Restoration Act is being used as a vehicle for institutions and individuals to argue that their faith justifies myriad harms.
NCR Today: On May 18, the Missouri Court of Appeals will hear our case, challenging the Missouri Department of Corrections practice of buying execution drugs out of state.
The Obama administration's directive on transgender access to bathrooms "that treats 'a student's gender identity as the student's sex' is deeply disturbing," said two chairmen of U.S. Catholic bishops' committees.
The seven cases consolidated in Zubik v. Burwell will return to the appeals level with time to "resolve any outstanding issues between them," the justices said.
On May 9, the U.S. Justice Department sued North Carolina for civil rights violations in the state's House Bill 2 -- which requires people to use the restroom that corresponds with their birth gender -- and North Carolina countersued claiming government overreach. The next day, David Greene, host of the National Public Radio program "Morning Edition" spoke with Theodore Shaw, head of the Center for Civil Rights at the University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill.
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Vice President Joseph Biden and former Speaker of the House John Boehner received the University of Notre Dame's Laetare Medal at the commencement ceremony on May 15.