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Liz & Gabe Rutan-Ram

Americans United celebrates court win for Rutan-Rams, Tenn. couple denied foster care services because they’re Jewish

Americans United for Separation of Church and State is celebrating an important victory after the Tennessee Supreme Court refused to grant the state’s request to review an intermediate appellate court’s ruling in the case of Liz and Gabe Rutan-Ram, a Knox County couple challenging Tennessee’s funding of a foster care agency that denied them services because they are Jewish.

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Lawsuit dropped in wake of Biden rule restoring religious-freedom protections for people using federally funded social services

Plaintiffs represented by Americans United and allies in a lawsuit challenging Trump-era rules that weakened protections against religious proselytization and coercion in the delivery of federally funded social services announced Friday, May 3, 2024, that they are dismissing their case, pointing to new rules recently enacted by the Biden administration that restore religious-freedom safeguards for people who use these services.

Religious Freedom Demands Abortion Rights

Supreme Court should affirm that federal law EMTALA protects pregnant patients who need emergency abortion care

Americans United for Separation of Church and State President and CEO Rachel Laser urged the U.S. Supreme Court to affirm that EMTALA, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act, requires hospitals to provide stabilizing abortion care to pregnant patients seeking treatment during medical emergencies: "No one in America should be denied emergency medical care because of someone else’s beliefs."

Religious Freedom Demands Abortion Rights

Supreme Court should affirm that federal law protects pregnant patients who need emergency abortion care

Americans United for Separation of Church and State joined more than 100 reproductive rights, civil rights, religious and other social justice organizations in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to affirm that the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) requires Idaho hospitals to provide stabilizing abortion care to pregnant patients seeking treatment during medical emergencies.


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