Viability -- the period when a fetus can survive outside the mother's womb -- has become a key factor in efforts to restrict abortion, with pro-life advocates and politicos citing medical advancements that have allowed premature babies to survive after shorter pregnancies.
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A coalition of Christian nonprofit groups is asking the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child to end support for "institutional" orphanages and emphasize family-based care for orphans, whose ranks have grown by 1.5 million during the coronavirus pandemic.
German security officials said Thursday they had detained four people, one of them a 16-year-old, in connection with a suspected plan to attack a synagogue in the western city of Hagen.
The Biden Justice Department wants a federal judge to temporarily block Texas' abortion law, arguing it is a "severe intrusion" on women's constitutional rights.
In the nearly 10 years it took for Jessica Chastain to get made a film about the Christian televangelist Tammy Faye Messner, she studied many of the kinds of things you'd expect - the hours of television footage, Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato's 2000 documentary. But one of the most revelatory sources was a largely forgotten WB reality show from 2002.
After a string of antisemitic attacks in recent years, including shootings and deaths at synagogues in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Poway, California; the stabbing of a Chabad rabbi outside a Jewish school in Boston; and -- just days ago -- threats at a Minnesota synagogue that forced the cancellation of in-person weekly services, security has become a priority for the Jewish community.
Activists marched in front of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's home in Maryland late Monday to protest his refusal to block a Texas law curtailing abortions.
Pope Francis traveled to the far east of Slovakia on Tuesday to meet with the country's Roma in a gesture of inclusion for the most socially excluded minority group in Slovakia, who have long suffered discrimination, marginalization and poverty.
A group of faith leaders Monday said a new survey supports the ideas behind the Fairness For All Act, a bill pending in Congress that would guarantee the rights of LGBTQ individuals while protecting the religious freedoms of schools, social service agencies and congregations.
A federal judge has ruled in favor of a gay substitute teacher this month in a lawsuit over his being fired from a Catholic school because of his marriage to another man.
Pope Francis opened his first full day in Slovakia on Monday by meeting with church and state leaders ahead of an encounter with the country's Jewish community to honor its Holocaust dead and atone for Catholic complicity in World War II-era racial laws and crimes.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops wants the nation's 70 million Roman Catholics to "lower the temperature" when the subject of politics comes up at church and elsewhere.
Liberty University is returning to broad in-person instruction after a two-week "temporary mitigation period" in which the Virginia school saw a record number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on campus.
Almost 70% of Muslim Americans say they have "personally experienced one or more incidents of anti-Muslim bigotry or discrimination since 9/11," a report released by a Muslim advocacy group Friday found.
The Supreme Court could overrule its nearly 50-year precedent on abortion during the upcoming term in a case out of Mississippi where the state has asked the justices to uphold its ban on abortions after 15 weeks.
Pope Francis is paying a visit next week to a neighborhood in Slovakia most Slovaks would not even think about going, which until recently even the police would avoid after dark.
Harris Zafar, an Ahmadiyya Muslim author and speaker who often sports a "Talk to a Muslim" T-shirt, is thinking about the image of his faith as the twentieth anniversary of 9/11 approaches.
President Biden "is not demonstrating Catholic teaching" on life when the chief executive denies that life begins at conception, Archbishop Cardinal Wilton Gregory of the District told a National Press Club audience Wednesday.
The Supreme Court declining to block a pro-life law in Texas earlier this month that curtails most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected has motivated lawmakers in red states to mirror the legislation.
Former newspaper reporter Lee Strobel hopes to see his dog -- and have a byline -- in heaven.
Maybe the third time will be the charm for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. The Republican governor on Tuesday called his third special legislative session of the year, citing the need to take up redistricting, COVID-19 vaccine mandates, American Rescue Plan spending and transgender athletes in women's collegiate sports.
A Texas death row inmate won a reprieve Wednesday evening from execution for killing a convenience store worker during a 2004 robbery that garnered $1.25 after claiming the state was violating his religious freedom by not letting his pastor lay hands on him at the time of his lethal injection.
Their houses of worship have been torched and hit by gunfire, their statues smashed and defaced repeatedly in the last 18 months, but Catholics are having a hard time getting the powers that be to notice.
Conservative leaders are warning American corporations they will pay a price for punishing right-leaning employees and red states after a Georgia-based video game company ousted its CEO for a pro-life tweet in support of a Texas law banning abortions.
A Catholic church in Boulder County, Colorado, was vandalized Sunday with pro-abortion graffiti in what police described as a "bias motivated" crime, the latest in a surge of national anti-Catholic attacks.
A Virginia judge postponed Tuesday a trial in a lawsuit brought by three teachers challenging Loudoun County Public Schools' policy requiring staff to use transgender students' chosen pronouns.
Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Monday the Justice Department would help women seeking abortions in Texas after a state law went into effect last week banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.
New York City is planning to pay at-risk youth to get a high school diploma or a driver's license as part of a $1 million crime prevention program -- and drawing criticism from a national law enforcement group.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Sunday that the Supreme Court's recent decision allowing a Texas law banning most abortions to stand "cries out" for Justice Stephen G. Breyer to consider retiring "sooner rather than later."
Former Roman Catholic Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the once-powerful American prelate who was expelled from the priesthood for sexual abuse, pleaded not guilty Friday to sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy during a wedding reception in Massachusetts nearly 50 years ago.
President Biden said Thursday that he had visited the Pittsburgh synagogue where 11 worshippers were killed by a White supremacist gunman. The Tree of Life synagogue says he didn't.
The sudden Aug. 27 termination of National Religious Broadcasters chief spokesman Dan Darling has focused attention on how evangelical Christianity is perceived in an increasingly secular culture.
President Biden announced Thursday he has directed his Department of Health and Human Services and the Justice Department to launch a "whole-of-government" push to look for ways to protect women's rights after the Supreme Court refused to block a Texas law banning abortions after six weeks.
The Supreme Court divided 5-4 on Wednesday, leaving a Texas ban on abortion after six weeks in place while litigation challenging the law continues in the lower courts.
Peng Bo, most recently deputy director of the Chinese central government's anti-cult office, was expelled from the Chinese Communist Party and jailed on corruption charges, media reports indicate.
A suburban Los Angeles megachurch will get $800,000 from the state of California and Los Angeles County after state and federal courts issued permanent injunctions over COVID-related restrictions on houses of worship.
Pro-choice advocates in Texas found themselves in an "unprecedented and complicated situation" Wednesday after the Supreme Court had failed to act on emergency requests to block a state law banning abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. Later that day, the high court ruled to keep the Texas law in place.
President Biden said Wednesday his administration is "deeply committed" to protecting a woman's access to abortion and "will protect and defend that right," as a law in Texas banning abortions after six weeks went into effect.
A Texas law banning abortions after six weeks went into effect Wednesday after the Supreme Court did not intervene to block it this week.
Twenty state attorneys general are suing to stop the Biden administration from enforcing new federal guidance on transgender student rights, which they argue is unlawful and stepping over congressional and state authority.
A nationwide effort to help congregations better understand police forces will hold its second annual weekend gathering in October, organizers said Tuesday, noting the 65 million Americans who attend worship each week.
Abortion providers and pro-choice advocates asked the Supreme Court on Monday to block a Texas law going into effect on Wednesday that bans abortion after six weeks and allows private citizens to sue abortion providers for violating the law.
The Education Department is investigating whether five states are violating the rights of students with disabilities by barring schools from requiring that masks be worn indoors.
China is banning children from playing online games Monday through Thursday and will allow them to play only 3 hours each week over concerns about addiction, according to China's National Press and Publication Administration.
China is one of only a few countries that have suspended intercountry adoptions, as many other nations have reopened that process amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a State Department official.
The National Religious Broadcasters, a D.C.-based group of evangelical Christian communicators, found itself in a war of words Sunday after firing its top spokesman. Daniel Darling, a noted pastor and author, was let go in a furor over advocating for the COVID-19 vaccine, a subject of contention among evangelicals.
The most dangerous political figure in California may not be who you think. That title has been claimed by the Rev. Brian Hawkins, a Republican running for Congress in southern California and promising to unify the nation.
A Washington-area Catholic bishop has issued a letter rebutting the transgender movement root and branch, calling gender reassignment "wrong and harmful" and saying everyone is male or female as seen in that person's body.
Morgan Jones knew she had a hit on her hands when downloads of "All In," the podcast she hosts for LDS Living magazine, surpassed the 8.6 million mark. After listeners told her they'd been writing down the insights of her guests, she figured, "maybe we just make it easier on them and compile them all ourselves." The resulting book, "All In," is available Friday from Deseret Books.
A few weeks into the new school year, growing numbers of U.S. districts have halted in-person learning or switched to hybrid models because of rapidly mounting coronavirus infections.
The return of the Taliban, a word meaning "students," to control in Afghanistan marks the return of a top-down set of strict beliefs unlikely to evolve with the times, scholars who have studied the group say.
The Biden administration Thursday said it wants to roll back protections the Trump administration issued that allowed colleges and universities to fund campus faith-based clubs even if they required their leaders to affirm religious beliefs about marriage, abortion and other hot-button issues.
The minuscule community of Christian believers in Afghanistan has gone underground in fear of their lives after the hard-line Islamic Taliban returned to power this week in Kabul, an expert on persecution in the region said this week.
A religious rights legal battle over Transcendental Meditation and classroom "Quiet Time" got new life this week when a federal district court judge reinstated the University of Chicago and the David Lynch Foundation, operated by the "Twin Peaks" director, as defendants along with Chicago's public school system.
The Manassas Mosque, an Islamic worship center in Northern Virginia, will be able to claim 750 pounds of Iranian ceramic tiles inscribed with Koranic verses, the Treasury Department decided in a letter revealed Tuesday.
The great contradiction of Boston's Old North Church is that a site pivotal to the freedom of the nation is the same place where slave owners and traders once worshiped.
A school district in Dallas is keeping its mask mandate in place when school reopened Monday, defying Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and a Texas Supreme Court ruling that temporarily blocked local mandates.
For two years, New York temporarily set aside its usual time limit on civil lawsuits in order to allow victims of childhood sexual abuse to sue churches, hospitals, schools, camps, Scout groups and other institutions and people they hold responsible for enabling pedophiles or turning a blind eye to wrongdoing.
A federal court this week blocked the Biden administration's mandate requiring doctors and faith-based hospitals to perform abortions and transgender surgeries.
A Texas agency has ruled that the genital mutilation of a child for purposes of gender confirmation, a surgery almost never performed on minors, should be considered child abuse.