Nebraska's high court has published a public opinion ruling that a 16-year-old foster child seeking an abortion was not sufficiently mature to make an independent decision to have the procedure. The girl was requesting that the court waive the state requirement of parental consent for a minor's abortion because she did not think her foster parents would approve of the procedure.
Nebraska's Supreme Court made a split 5-2 ruling earlier this summer that the 16-year-old foster child, who is identified in court documents only as "Anonymous 5," was not mature enough to make the personal decision to abort her fetus that was 10-weeks old when she first applied for the court waiver in May. Although the Supreme Court made its decision earlier this past summer, it did not issue a public opinion until last week.
The court found that the minor "failed to establish by clear and convincing evidence that she is sufficiently mature and well informed." Specifically, the court determined that she was too immature to decide on the procedure because she continued to be dependent on her foster parents, did not have an employment history, and had never lived on her own. more >>
A Saudi preacher has received the sentence of eight years imprisonment and 800 lashes for the murder of his 5-year-old daughter, who he allegedly raped and severely beat to the point of death two years ago. The sentence has been blasted as lenient by activists in the country, who had campaigned for an appropriate sentence to be handed down in the run up to the case.
On Monday a judge found Fayhan al-Ghamdi, a preacher who often appears on television in Saudi Arabia, guilty of beating and torturing his 5-year-old daughter, Lama, to death back in 2011. Along with the sentence of eight years and 800 lashings, the judge also ruled that Ghamdi pay $270,000 in "blood money" to his ex-wife and the girl's mother, Syeda Mohammed Ali. The girl's mother had previously requested a payment of $2.7 million.
"The girl's mother ceded her original request to sentence the father to death," Mohammed Almadi of Saudi Arabia's Human Rights Commission told CNN recently. "She has since asked for the father to pay her blood money instead, which is her right in the Saudi legal system." Under Saudi law, because the mother accepted the "blood money" offer, she could no longer pursue a life sentence charge for her former husband. more >>
In what the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) considers a victory for free speech, a sign reading "God Bless America" has been returned to a public display at a North Carolina library, after it was removed on suspicion of violating the separation of church and state.
"This situation reveals two fundamental misunderstandings of the law," Travis Barham, ADF spokesman and litigation staff counsel told The Christian Post in a Wednesday interview. Nevertheless, Barham praised the officials who "quickly realized that they had overstepped their bounds and quickly took corrective action."
In the entryway to the Fairview Library in North Carolina lies a display case which the library allows community groups to reserve on a first-come, first-serve basis. Last month, a private organization set up a Constitution Week display that included a God Bless America sign. A library official allegedly removed the sign, claiming "the sign could not be displayed because someone might complain about it, even though the library had received no complaints," according to the ADF website. more >>
A lawsuit aimed at guaranteeing ownership of church property by the largest Presbyterian Church (USA) congregation will be tried at the state level rather than federal, ruled a U.S. District Court.
Judge Jane Boyle of Dallas ruled Monday that the Highland Park Presbyterian Church congregation's lawsuit will be held in Texas state court.
Monty Montgomery, an elder and Session-appointed spokesman for Highland Park Presbyterian, told The Christian Post about the reasoning behind Judge Boyle's ruling. more >>
Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is set to stand trial along with 14 other Muslim Brotherhood members on November 4 for inciting murder and violence during his leadership of the country.
The charge is related to an incident on December 5, 2012, when Morsi allegedly called Muslim Brotherhoods supporters to rally against anti-government protests outside the Ittihadiya presidential palace in Cairo, which resulted in the deaths of 10 people and hundreds of others injured, according to BBC News.
Morsi, along with the 14 other defendants from the Brotherhood, are expected to be tried before a criminal court, after a ruling by the Cairo Appeals Court on Wednesday. more >>
A Mennonite couple that owns an art gallery in Iowa has filed suit against the state's Civil Rights Commission over being threatened with punitive action for refusing to host a same-sex wedding on their property.
Görtz Haus Gallery, a former church turned art gallery facility, filed a lawsuit Monday against the commission in Polk County District Court.
"The Odgaards welcome all customers into the Gallery, regardless of their race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, or disability," reads the suit in part. more >>