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    Pregnancy Center Sues City for Religious Discrimination

    A team of attorneys representing Hand of Hope Pregnancy Resource Center in North Carolina filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Raleigh City Council’s decision to prohibit Hand of Hope from providing young women with free pregnancy education and support at its property abutting Preferred Women’s Health abortion clinic on Jones Franklin Road. Hand of Hope is a nonprofit, pro-life ministry which seeks to share the love of God and free pregnancy education with women facing the challenges of an un...  Read More...

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    Pastors File Lawsuit Challenging Illinois’ Ban on Sexual Identity Counseling

    (August 11, 2016, Chicago, Illinois) On Thursday, Pastors Protecting Youth (PPY), an association of Illinois pastors, filed a Federal lawsuit against the State of Illinois in regards to the Youth Mental Health Protection Act, the state’s newly enacted ban on sexual identity counseling for minors. The suit maintains that the ban unconstitutionally restricts a young person’s right to make personal choices regarding his or her own choice of sexual identity, as well as the pastors’ right to free spe...  Read More...

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    Illinois Forces Doctors, Medical Facilities to Promote Abortion; Pregnancy Centers File Suit in Response

    ADF attorneys represent doctor, two pregnancy care centers in suit against SB 1564ROCKFORD, Illinois – Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing an Illinois doctor and two pregnancy care centers filed suit in state court against Gov. Bruce Rauner after he recently signed a bill into law that forces doctors and medical facilities to promote abortion regardless of their ethical or moral views on the practice. ADF sent a letter to Rauner in May on behalf of numerous pro-life physicians, pre...  Read More...

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    Radio Interview: Attack on Right of Conscience Becomes Law in Illinois

    Noel Sterett joins Mark Elfstrand of AM 1160 in studio, explaining the radical Senate Bill 1564. Governor Bruce Rauner signed the bill into law past week which forces Christian doctors and pregnancy centers to promote abortion.Follow Mauck & Baker on Social Media:  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn.   Read More...

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    Pediatric Nurse Sues Winnebago County Health Department After Losing Job for Her Beliefs

    (Rockford, Illinois—June 9, 2016) On Wednesday, Rockford nurse Sandra Mendoza sued the Winnebago County Health Department for forcing her out of her long-time job as a pediatric nurse on account of her refusal to participate in abortion related services. Ms. Mendoza, a devout Catholic, had worked for the Health Department for 18 years providing pediatric care, immunizations, and screenings.In 2015, the County’s new Public Health Administrator, Dr.   Read More...

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    Bodnariu Family Reunited, Norway Returns Children to Christian Parents

    It is a great pleasure to announce that after seven months the Bodnariu family will be reunited. (For background information, please see our January post). On June 3rd, 2016, Norway’s Child Protection Services “Barnevernet” agreed to drop all charges against Marius and Ruth Bodnariu and have decided to return their children within the next two weeks. The decision was made on the heels of a County Board hearing held last week.   Read More...

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    Federal Suit Filed Before Easter to Protect Living Spring Church

    (Chicago, IL—March 23, 2016) Pastor Yomi Joel and Living Spring International Church filed suit in federal court today against the Village of Midlothian to protect the Church’s right to worship at its building located 4645 147th Street. After dragging the Church through a nearly year-long permit process, the Village Board voted to deny the Church’s permit request on February 24, 2016, ignoring the Zoning Board of Appeals recommendation to approve the Church. “Our church may not look like their c...  Read More...

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    A Divine Collision in Africa: Interview with Jim Gash and Henry

     How did a California law professor and a wrongfully accused prisoner come to inspire justice reform for an entire nation in Africa? This week, we spoke with Jim Gash and Henry about their new book, Divine Collision, and their remarkable story of how God orchestrated murder accusations into meaningful reform in the Ugandan criminal justice system. Tune in Saturdays at 3:00 pm on AM 1160 for Lawyers for Jesus Radio. Each week, the attorneys from Mauck & Baker wil...  Read More...

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    Politics from the Pulpit?

     Unless you are a cloistered cleric, you are aware—perhaps painfully aware—that we are in the thick of a presidential election year. Social media and the 24 hour news cycle provide an incessant source of political punditry and prognostication. You may enjoy and engage in the political debate in hopes that it will produce a better America with better laws—laws which greatly affect you, your family, and your neighbors.   Read More...

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    Norway’s Parental Rights Down the Rabbit Hole, America Next?

     In 1865, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll, published his famous novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Readers then and now continue to be mystified by a narrative that can only be described as illogical and wholly irrational. The novel introduced readers to a world of such absurdity that it helped launch the phenomenon now known as the literary-nonsense genre. Lately, another story has been unfolding rivaling even Carrol’s work within the same genre.   Read More...