Pandemic and ICE Hamper Catholics’ Aid to Refugees

For years, Catholic-led, U-S.-based nonprofits have been at the forefront of efforts to support asylum-seekers along the Mexican border. Tough new border policies, coupled with the Covid-19 pandemic, have drastically changed their work, much of which now must take place in Mexico.

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Justices Turn Away Fight Over Religious Ads on DC Buses

The Supreme Court on Monday said no thanks to taking up a debate over the right of the Catholic church to post religious advertisements on the side of Washington buses, but Justice Neil Gorsuch warned the local transit agency to tread carefully on the First Amendment.

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Uniform Policy

A federal court in Massachusetts granted default judgment to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in a suit against Aviation Port Services, which fired six Muslim women after denying them a religious accommodation to its uniform policy. The women, who worked at Boston’s Logan Airport, were not permitted to wear long skirts and were fired for refusing to wear knee-length skirts or pants.   

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Planned Parenthood Sues Texas Over Halt on Abortions

Planned Parenthood and several other abortion providers sued Texas’ Republican leaders in federal court Wednesday, challenging an executive order that temporarily halts all non-essential surgeries due to fears it may be used to block non-surgical abortions as the state seeks to conserve medical supplies and clear hospital beds to handle the COVID-19 pandemic.

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