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The Slingshot: Case about abortion; Tweet about Jim Carrey; Book about gay bunny

Members of Chicago feminist group FURIE protest the crisis pregnancy center The Women’s Center in Chicago on Nov. 15, 2014. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

Need to know: Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Abortion and freedom of speech: a volatile mix heads to the Supreme Court

The case pits "crisis pregnancy centers" that seek to prevent abortions against California, which enacted a law to ensure that these centers do not mislead women.

Mike Huckabee calls Jim Carrey a ‘Christaphobe’ after tweet about his daughter

"This is the portrait of a so-called Christian whose only purpose in life is to lie for the wicked. Monstrous!" the actor tweeted underneath a portrait that bears resemblance to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

John Oliver’s new children’s book depicts Pence’s pet bunny as gay

The bunny falls in love with the same-sex bunny of his dreams, but their nuptials are threatened by the Stink Bug, who sports a Pence-inspired haircut and deep red tie.

Mississippi bans abortions at 15 weeks, earliest in the nation

"I am committed to making Mississippi the safest place in America for an unborn child, and this bill will help us achieve that goal," Gov. Phil Bryant tweeted Monday.

Kentucky considers law on student prayer

One of the five Republican House sponsors of the bill said the proposed law is nondiscriminatory because it does not mention a specific religion.

Hannibal Buress stand-up set is interrupted at Loyola after his sex-abuse joke

At the Jesuit university in Chicago, the comedian made a joke referencing sexual abuse of children in the Catholic Church. And the mic went out.

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Can the government force pregnancy centers to speak a message they disagree with?

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