Abortion case revisited

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to decide whether a 2003 federal ban on the procedure known as "partial-birth abortion" is constitutional, setting the stage for its most significant ruling on abortion rights in almost 15 years. Without comment or recorded dissent, the court granted the Bush administration’s request to review a lower court’s […]

Locke v. Davey oral arguments heard

Deep divisions and considerable ambivalence over the proper relationship between church and state emerged at the Supreme Court Tuesday, as the justices heard oral arguments on the constitutionality of a Washington state scholarship program that aids academically excellent low-income college students — except those who major in theology. The case, Locke v. Davey, is a […]

Supreme Court weights ‘under God’ quote in pledge

WASHINGTON–The Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it will attempt to settle the legal battle over the Pledge of Allegiance — but without the participation of one of its most conservative justices. The court said it would consider whether the Constitution’s ban on official establishment of religion prohibits Elk Grove Unified School District near Sacramento, Calif., […]