Monday, November 03, 2014

Certiorari Denied In NYC Pregnancy Center and Texas Episcopal Church Property Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court today (Order List) denied review in two groups of cases of interest to Religion Clause readers.

The first involved a challenges to the New York City ordinance requiring pregnancy service centers to disclose various items to potential clients. The 2nd Circuit upheld (by a 2-1 vote) the requirement to disclose whether or not there is a licensed medical provider on staff. It unanimously struck down the requirements to disclose whether or not the center provides or refers out for abortion, emergency contraception and prenatal care, and a requirement to disclose that the New York health department encourages women who may be pregnant to consult a licensed medical provider. (See prior related posting.) The cases are Evergreen Association, Inc.  v. New York, NY, Docket No. 13-1462, cert. denied 11/3/2014) and Pregnancy Care Center v. New York, NY, (Docket No. 13-1504, cert. denied 11/3/2014). Reuters reports on the denial of review.

The Supreme Court also denied review in Episcopal Church v. Episcopal Diocese of New York, (Docket No. 13-1520, cert. denied 11/3/2014).  The petition involved related decisions by the Texas Supreme Court in two cases holding that the neutral principles approach must be used in deciding ownership of property of the break-away Fort Worth diocese. (See prior posting.) AP reports on the Supreme Court's action.