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South Bay Pentecostal Church and its pastor, Bishop Art Hodges III, filed a civil rights lawsuit on May 11 in San Diego federal court, challenging Governor Gavin Newsom’s series of stay-at-home orders that have banned religious services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the Complaint To stem the spread of the coronavirus, Newsom on March 19…

HHS Reminds Entities Not to Deny Medical Care based on “Stereotypes” and “Ruthless Utilitarianism” The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a bulletin warning healthcare providers receiving federal funding to “keep in mind their obligations” not to discriminate against elderly and disabled patients when prioritizing…

Current anxiety about the COVID-19 pandemic has been multiplied by the suggestion of “health care rationing” based on the age or disability of infected patients. Attorneys representing the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund and the Thomas More Society have published a legal memorandum detailing the tenets of federal law and explaining that federal civil rights…

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights sent a “Notice of Violation” to California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, informing him that the State’s Department of Managed Health Care was violating federal conscience protections by targeting our client, Skyline Wesleyan Church, for its pro-life beliefs. With Planned Parenthood’s lobbying, State bureaucrats…

The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF) sent a letter this afternoon to Poway Unified School District Superintendent Marian Kim Phelps, expressing concern about the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)—a designated terrorist organization—holding an event with anti-Semitic U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) at Westview High School’s Performing Arts Center. According to District officials, CAIR’s facility…

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