The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the appeal of a state supreme court ruling that denies the voters of Oklahoma their right to decide on a pro-life personhood initiative in that state.
Ruth Sweats, a woman at a senior citizens housing complex in Minneapolis, was forbidden to talk about her faith because the apartment received funds from the federal government.
U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock has been attacked by both Democrats and members of his own Republican Party for saying that a child conceived because of rape is still a gift from God.
Over the past couple of years higher education institutions across the nation have been targeting student Christian groups that require their leaders to embrace the tenets of biblical Christianity. In mid-October Tufts University in Massachusetts became the latest example of that secular intolerance when the school's student government banned Tufts Christian Fellowship (TCF), the school's chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, because of the group's requirement that its leaders embrace the “basic biblical truths of Christianity.”
On October 23, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago blocked Indiana's defunding of Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers, affirming a lower court's preliminary injunction against the state law as a Planned Parenthood lawsuit against it makes its way through the courts. In its ruling, the three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit said that the suit, filed jointly by Planned Parenthood and the ACLU, would likely succeed on the argument that the funding ban violates a federal statute that allows patients in state Medicaid programs to choose their healthcare providers.