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Freedom of Religion - Part 1

• The United States Supreme Court upheld the validity of the Adolescent Family Life Act. The Act was designed to address the problem of adolescent pregnancy, and among other things provided grants to public and nonprofit organizations engaged in "educational services relating to family life and problems associated with adolescent premarital sexual relations." Congress recognized that "legislative or governmental action alone" was insufficient to deal with the problem, and accordingly the Act required that all federally funded services should "emphasize the provision of support by family members, religious and charitable organizataions." In addition, all applicants for federal grants had to demonstrate how they would involve religious and charitable organizations in the delivery of services and counseling. A number of agencies associated with churches and religious denominations received ...

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  • September 1, 1988

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