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May 11, 2012

Missouri Seeks Protections for Pregnancy Resource Centers

The Missouri House of Representatives gave preliminary approval to a bill this week that would bar local governments from limiting the free speech of pro-life pregnancy centers. While Missouri cities and counties have not seen a formal effort by abortion activists to control what can be said and advertised by pregnancy centers that do not provide abortions, there is evidence such campaigns are gearing up, said Sam Lee, director of Campaign Life Missouri.

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May 11, 2012

Same-Sex Weddings on Military Bases Still Verboten

Two amendments to a defense spending bill protecting the religious liberties of military service members were passed by the U.S. House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday. An amendment introduced by Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., would protect military personnel — including chaplains who refuse to perform same-sex ceremonies — from being punished for expressing “their moral principles and religious beliefs? on sexuality was approved 36-25.

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May 11, 2012

Same Bible, Different Verdict On Gay Marriage

When President Obama announced he now supports same-sex marriage, he cited his Christian faith. "The thing at root that we think about is, not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf, but it's also the Golden Rule, you know — treat others the way you would want to be treated," he said in his interview with ABC News.

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May 09, 2012

Gay Marriage Issue Looming, Obama Sits for an Interview

President Obama, who is under mounting pressure to clarify his thinking on same-sex marriage after top aides publicly embraced it in recent days, will sit down for an interview with ABC News on Wednesday during which he is likely to be questioned about his “evolving? views on the issue, according to people familiar with the matter. The interview, to be conducted by Robin Roberts, an anchor on ABC’s “Good Morning America,? is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and was secured in the wake of a declaration by Mr. Obama’s vice president, Joseph R. Biden, on Sunday that he was “absolutely comfortable? with same-sex marriages.

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May 09, 2012

North Carolina Voters Pass Same-Sex Marriage Ban

As expected, North Carolinians voted in large numbers on Tuesday for an amendment that would ban same-sex marriages, partnerships and civil unions, becoming the 30th state in the country and the last in the South to include a prohibition on gay marriage in the state constitution. About half a million people voted early, a record for a primary in the state, and turnout on Tuesday was unusually high as well. The amendment, which passed by a margin of more than 20 percentage points, was on the ballot along with other party primary races, some of which were closely contested.

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May 09, 2012

Vatican Paper Compares Pro-Abortion and Euthanasia Arguments to Nazi Eugenics

A Vatican newspaper has suggested that abortion providers who terminate ill fetuses and proponents of euthanasia are using the same arguments in their defense as did Nazi Germany in its eugenics program of mass extermination. The article, which appeared on the front page of the L'Osservatore Romano on May 5, is signed by Lucetta Scaraffia, an Italian historian and contributor to the Vatican newspaper. As the piece reveals, the Nazis' ideas of eugenics, which is a theory that suggests those terminally ill or disabled should be left to die while the strong ones survive, was marked down in a book by two German scholars, Karl Binding and Alfred Hoche, more than a decade before the Nazis took power.

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May 09, 2012

Utah Becomes First State to Have 72-Hour Waiting Period for Abortion

Utah has become the first state to enact a 72-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion. The new law took effect on Tuesday. Sponsored by Republican Representative Steve Eliason, HB 461 expands the previous 24-hour waiting period for an abortion by two days, making it the longest waiting period in the country.

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May 09, 2012

Half of All Americans Support Gay Marriage; Protestants Most Resistant

A new Gallup poll on the attitudes of Americans toward same-sex marriage has revealed that around 50 percent of all respondents agree with its legalization. The poll reveals, however, that among religious Americans, Protestants in general are opposed to legalizing same-sex marriage. A chart by Gallup showed that those on board with homosexual marriage have been increasing in number throughout the past few decades, and in the past two years their numbers have reached 50 percent or more. This year's survey results are slightly lower than 2011's in which 53 percent of all Americans were favorable to gay marriage.

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May 09, 2012

Congressional Prayer Caucus Urges Vanderbilt to Reconsider Policy

For the second time this academic year, 36 members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus are asking Vanderbilt University Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos to ensure religious groups are not being unfairly and unconstitutionally treated under the school’s new nondiscrimination policy. The private school adopted the policy last year after a campus Christian group removed a person who came out as gay. It requires all university-recognized groups to allow any student to join and run for office — regardless of whether the student agrees with the group’s beliefs.

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May 08, 2012

California Senator Pulls Abortion-Expansion Bill

State Sen. Christine Kehoe pulled her bill to allow nondoctors in California to perform abortions Friday because it didn’t have the support to clear a key Senate committee vote. The Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee was set to reconsider SB 1338 today after an April 26 deadlock. The bill would have allowed an estimated 24,000 nurse practitioners, midwives and physician assistants to perform first-trimester suction abortions.

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May 08, 2012

Federal Court: Texas Must Resume Funding Planned Parenthood

After three court rulings within the space of a week, a three-judge panel from the 5 th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that Texas must continue using taxpayer dollars to fund Planned Parenthood as a lawsuit continues. Planned Parenthood is suing the state over a law passed in 2011 which says no organizations affiliated with abortion sellers will receive public funds. Because some Planned Parenthood clinics in Texas don’t perform abortions, the group claims it is constitutionally entitled to a share of the Medicaid funds that fuel Texas’ Women’s Health.

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May 07, 2012

Arne Duncan Supports Gay Marriage

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan endorsed same-sex marriage Monday, following Vice President Joe Biden's comments Sunday saying that he's "comfortable" with gay marriage. Appearing on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Duncan was asked by Time's Mark Halperin whether he believed it should be legal for same-sex couples to get married in the United States.

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May 07, 2012

Joe Biden Appears to Endorse Gay Marriage, Then Clarifies Position Is ‘Evolving’

Vice President Joe Biden seemed to endorse same-sex marriage Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press." Conflicting responses then came from Biden's office and the Obama campaign. A spokesperson for Biden clarified that the vice president had not changed his position, but his position is "evolving." "Look, I just think that the good news is that as more and more Americans come to understand what this is all about, it's a simple proposition: Who do you love? Who do you love? And will you be loyal to the person you love? And that's what people are finding out, is what all marriages at their root are about, whether they're marriages of lesbians or gay men or heterosexuals," Biden said.

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May 07, 2012

Colorado Legislature Advances Civil Unions Bill

The Colorado House Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted 6-5 to approve a bill seeking to establish same-sex civil unions. SB 2 now heads to the Finance and Appropriations committees, and could be heard by the full House of Representatives as early as next Tuesday. If it reaches the House floor, passage is likely. One Republican who flipped her vote at the eleventh hour — after voting against the measure in the same committee last year — made the difference.

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May 04, 2012

Kansas Sends Conscience Bill to Governor

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is expected to sign into law a bill that expands protections for health care providers who refuse to perform abortions or provide drugs that could induce them. While the state has long had similar laws on the books, SB 62, approved 23-16 by the Senate Wednesday updates those laws to reflect the use of new drugs and nonphysicians working in the field.

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May 04, 2012

Gov. Bill Haslam uses first veto on Vanderbilt’s ‘all-comers’ bill

Gov. Bill Haslam announced Wednesday that he will veto legislation that targets Vanderbilt University’s “all-comers? nondiscrimination policy, saying it is inappropriate for the state to meddle in a private affair. Haslam also said in a prepared statement that he will allow legislation that caps hiring of foreign nationals by charter schools to become law without his signature, a sign of his misgivings about the measure. But he did not say whether he will sign or veto a third piece of high-profile legislation, a bill that rewrites the state’s abstinence-first sex education curriculum.

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May 03, 2012

Georgia Governor Signs Pro-Life Laws

Georgia made a dramatic shift in protecting life Tuesday, as Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law bills banning late-term abortions and making it a felony to assist in suicides. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Act, which takes effect on Jan. 1, 2013, shifts Georgia from having one of the most liberal abortion policies nationwide to becoming a state with one of the strictest. Currently, abortions may be obtained in the state for almost any reason throughout the entire pregnancy.

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May 03, 2012

Justice Department Seeks to Have ObamaCare Case Dismissed

The U.S. Department of Justice asked a federal district court this week to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a federal mandate for all employers to provide insurance that covers contraceptives and possible abortifacient drugs for workers. According to the lawsuit, filed jointly by six state attorneys general, the Obama administration is violating the First Amendment by requiring church-affiliated schools, hospitals and other programs to provide the coverage.

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May 02, 2012

European war zone

For Lionel Roosemont spring is a busy season. Tourists flock to Ypres Salient as the ground warms and the poppies bloom in the ditches and cemeteries. Roosemont is owner and operator of Frontline Tours, giving four-hour guided excursions through arguably the bloodiest battlefields in the world. As Roosemont recently pointed out to me, "Almost as many soldiers died here as in the whole U.S. Civil War ... but in an area not bigger than 70 square miles."

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May 02, 2012

Calif. Legislature Considers First-Ever Regulation of ‘Conversion Therapy’

A bill currently being amended in the California State Senate would make it harder for doctors who practice conversion therapy to service homosexual clients. If passed, it would be the first bill in the United States to regulate the practice. Senate Bill 1127, which was introduced by State Senator Ted Lieu in February, would ban conversion therapy for anyone under the age of 18 and require adults to sign an informed consent form before entering treatment.

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