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NY’s highest court rules against physician-assisted suicide

ALBANY, N.Y. (BP) -- The New York State Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, on Sept. 7 unanimously refused to legalize assisted suicide, a huge moment in the state's fight over the practice.

N.Y. attorney general approves late-term abortions

NEW YORK (BP) -- New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat, issued a legal notice to the state comptroller on Sept. 8 saying that abortions after 24 weeks are legal in the state. Schneiderman argued that the "health" exception in judicial precedent allows abortion at any time in a pregnancy. "New York law cannot criminalize what the federal Constitution protects," Schneiderman wrote in the opinion. "[A]n abortion performed after 24 weeks from the commencement of pregnancy is legal in New York when the fetus is not viable or when the abortion is necessary to protect the health of the pregnant woman."

Church-state case goes to Supreme Court

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- A case the Supreme Court has agreed to hear is about ground-up tire rubble for a church playground, but it could be one of the more significant religious-exercise cases in a decade. The court will consider when states can provide aid to religious institutions.

N.Y. mayor defends ban of churches in schools

NEW YORK (BP) -- Although New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had said repeatedly he opposes a Bloomberg-era policy forbidding churches from renting public school spaces for worship services, his administration's lawyers have filed a brief at the U.S. Supreme Court arguing for the policy.

CDC reports decline in U.S. abortions

ATLANTA (BP) -- Abortions are on the decline in the United States, though numbers remain shockingly high in New York City, according to a CDC report released over Thanksgiving.

American Bible Society fires new president

NEW YORK (BP) -- Eleven prominent Christian leaders, including Redeemer Presbyterian Church pastor Tim Keller, penned a letter expressing dismay over the New York-based American Bible Society's decision to fire Douglas Birdsall just weeks before his inauguration as the ministry's president.