Churches need to be in prayer for the justices that they will see the need to defend Christian faith and principles. These cases are:
(1) Oral argument on November 6 – Town of Greece v. Galloway
Does a town’s policy of having local clergy recite prayers at government meetings violate the First Amendment’s establishment clause when nearly all the prayers are Christian?
A three-judge panel of the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last year that the predominance Of Christian prayers “impermissibly affiliated the town with a single creed.”
Marsh v. Chambers (1983) held that the Nebraska Legislature could fund the opening of its sessions with a chaplain’s prayer, citing the “unique history” of the United States.
(2) Oral argument possibly November or December – Cline v. Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice.
Can a state limit the administration of abortion-inducing drugs to the protocols specified on their labels, thereby restricting so-called medical abortions?
The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled in December that a state law barring off-label uses of such drugs is unconstitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court asked the state court to clarify its ruling before proceeding.
Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992) upheld the right to abortion established in Roe v.Wade (1973) by a 5-4 majority, although it approved several new restrictions.
(3) Oral argument possibly December – Sebelius v Hobby Lobby Stores
Can a family-owned corporation whose owners oppose abortion refuse to offer health insurance policies that include coverage of contraceptives, as required by President Obama’s health care law?
The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in June that the company should not have to comply with the requirement. But a three-judge panel of the 3rd Circuit Court of appeals ruled in July that another company did.
These are among the first cases to reach the Supreme Court since the Affordable Care Act, colloquially dubbed “Obamacare,” was enacted in 2010.
Richard Wolf of USA Today stated, “ after two blockbuster terms in which it saved President Obama’s health care law and advanced the cause of same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court appears poised to tack to the right in its upcoming term on a range of social issues, from abortion and contraception to race and prayer.
The justices, whose term begins soon, could rule against racial minorities in two cases and abortion rights in one or two others. They also could uphold prayers at government meetings."