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    New video exposing Planned Parenthood

    New video exposing Planned Parenthood

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    New video exposing Planned Parenthood
    The Center For Medical Progress, who exposed Planned Parenthood leadership negotiating the harvesting and sale of aborted fetal body parts, released a new video today featuring Planned Parenthood officials’ sworn videotaped testimony about the sales. The new video release documents the Planned Parenthood officials’ admissions, which came in Planned Parenthood’s own retaliatory lawsuit over the undercover footage and contradict Planned Parenthood’s public claims about both the undercover videos and the abortion provider’s fetal tissue research programs. The testimony was unsealed this spring. The video shows how Planned Parenthood Federation of America, while under investigation in 2015, told Congress that its Gulf Coast affiliate in Houston had “rebuffed” an undercover proposal to sell fetal livers for $750 per liver and $1,600 for liver/thymus pairs. But Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast‘s Senior Director of Abortion Access, Tram Nguyen, testified that she “wanted to move forward with it,” as documented in contemporaneous emails between her and PPGC’s Regional Director Dyann Santos.

    Female athletes challenge law
    Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing two female athletes have filed a motion in federal court to intervene in a lawsuit challenging the state’s fairness in women’s sports act. The lawsuit, which the American Civil Liberties Union filed on behalf of a male athlete, seeks to challenge Idaho’s newly enacted law and force female athletes to compete against biological males who identify as female. ADF attorneys represent two collegiate athletes who run track and cross-country at Idaho State University in Pocatello. As ADF attorneys explain, the proposed intervenors are long-time athletes, well familiar with the difference in strength and speed between comparably gifted and trained male and female athletes. ADF attorneys also represent four female athletes in a federal lawsuit in Connecticut, where a policy that allows males who identify as female to compete in girls’ athletic events has consistently deprived the four girls of honors and opportunities to compete at elite levels.

    An actor stands up for maternity homes
    Pro-life actor Kevin Sorbo is speaking up for mothers and babies in one of the areas hardest hit by the coronavirus. Today, he is scheduled to co-host an online event supporting the work of Good Counsel, a Catholic maternity home charity in New York. New York has been struggling to combat the spread of the virus, and Good Counsel has adapted its services to protect mothers and babies in need, according to the report. The charity runs five maternity homes in New York and New Jersey. Since it began, the charity has sheltered more than 7,800 mothers and babies, according to its website. It also has helped to establish maternity homes in other states.

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    The Supreme Court is asked to intervene

    The Supreme Court is asked to intervene

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    The Supreme Court is asked to intervene

    Southern California’s South Bay Pentecostal Church, represented by a law firm doing pro bono work in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., as the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund, joined by the Chicago-based Thomas More Society, has petitioned the United States Supreme Court to intervene and issue an emergency injunction against California Governor Gavin Newsom. The attorneys are asking the high court to command him to cease and desist his shutdown of religious worship in California, in violation of the First Amendment’s constitutional guarantee that citizens may freely exercise their religious faith. So far, the South Bay United Pentecostal Church and its senior pastor, Bishop Arthur Hodges III, have failed to prevail in their lawsuit before both San Diego’s Federal District Court and the 9th Circuit U.S. Court Of Appeals. In the 9th Circuit the church lost an emergency appeal, 2-1 before a three-judge panel. Judge Daniel Collins sided with the church, filing a powerful 15-page dissent that declared the church deserves the relief it seeks. The South Bay United Pentecostal Church is asking to hold in-person worship services, fully subject to social distancing and other contagion-mitigation steps.

    Physicians recognize the importance of spirituality

    Four medical school educators have said that fully to address a patient’s needs, physicians should begin asking questions about the patient’s spirituality and religion. A May 19 opinion piece in the Annals of Internal Medicine was written by a group of medical educators: Doctors Kristin Collier, Cornelius James, Sanjay Saint, and Joel Howell. “is it time to more fully address teaching religion and spirituality in medicine?” assessing a patient's religious beliefs is important to understanding fully the person. They also highlighted the significance of spirituality in America.

    A governor attempts to stop a pro-life petition drive

    Colorado is one of only seven states in the U.S. that allows abortion until the day of birth with no restrictions whatsoever. Volunteers across the state are aiming to change that as they collect signatures to get a measure on the 2020 ballot. These volunteers must collect 10,000 additional valid signatures by May 29th after turning in over 114,000 valid ones on March 4th. The state’s governor, Jared Polis, in the middle of the night, handed down an executive order changing the signature collection process for ballot measures. He explained that citizens ought to be able to participate in democracy and keep their constitutional rights while still being able to preserve their health and safety in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Polis has declared that Colorado remains under a state of emergency through early June. Despite the governor’s stated intention to preserve rights and health at the same time, he ended his order with a single exception: Directive K. Directive K ordered that none of the changes he was making would apply to the pro-life campaign currently collecting signatures in-person. At a press conference a few days after Polis handed down his executive order changing the signature collection process, he claimed it would be “next to impossible” to collect signatures in person. And yet, despite this belief, he is forcing one campaign to do it anyway: the campaign to ban late-term abortions in Colorado.

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    Memorial Day approaches

    Memorial Day approaches

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    Memorial Day approaches

    Next Monday is Memorial Day, an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the civil war and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe memorial day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season. LCMS chaplains have served in the military since the Civil War. Nearly 200 are serving today.

    A church is arsoned for holding Easter Services

    A Mississippi church that is suing to stay open during the coronavirus shutdowns was destroyed by arson Wednesday, according to local officials. Fox News reports someone also spray-painted graffiti on the First Pentecostal Church of Holly Springs, including a message that read, “I bet you stay home now you hypokrits [sic].” Local authorities said there was an explosion in the front of the church, and the building caught fire sometime between 2 and 4 a.m. Wednesday. Marshall County Sheriff’s Department Major Kelly Mcmillian told the local news that the fire is being investigated as a criminal act of arson. It appears the church was targeted because it continued to hold services during the coronavirus shutdowns. Lawyers with the pro-life Thomas More Society are representing the church in court after Pastor Jerry Waldrop was cited by local authorities for holding services on Easter.

    Two new members of Congress support the Born Alive Act

    The newest members of Congress, Representative Mike Garcia of California and Representative Tom Tiffany of Wisconsin, both signed the discharge petition for the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act Tuesday, just hours after being sworn into office. The petition is intended to force a vote on the bill which would end infanticide and protect infants born alive during abortions. With the two additional signatures, the petition now has 205 of the 218 signatures it needs to force a floor vote. Originally sponsored by Representative Ann Wagner Of Missouri, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act requires that infants who survive an abortion attempt receive immediate medical attention. The petition effort arose after a Senate version of the bill failed to receive the 60-vote majority threshold it needed to pass. If this petition succeeds, it would force a full-floor vote on the issue. The petition expires at the end of the 116th Congress session in January 2021.

    Carillon series returns to Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

    The annual summer carillon series, part of the 2019-20 Concordia Seminary concert series, will be held at 7 p.m. Each Tuesday in June. All recitals are free and open to the public. Following St. Louis County guidelines, guests must observe safe physical distancing from others while on campus. The carillon at Concordia Seminary is one of only 170 such instruments in North America. The 49 bells have been played atop Luther Tower since 1971, and are dedicated to all pastors who have served the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. It is housed in Luther Tower, the 120-foot structure designed by architect Charles Klauder and dedicated in 1966. Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets to campus and sit outdoors to enjoy the music. All guests must observe physical distancing guidelines as noted on signage placed around the campus.

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    President Harrison issues a statement

    President Harrison issues a statement

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    LCMS President Harrison has a recorded statement
    LCMS President The Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison has recorded a statement to the church regarding the changing situations as states and communities face reopening. This follows a letter Harrison submitted to U.S.. Attorney General Barr asking him to safeguard religious liberty. Harrison's address may be viewed on line at Vimeo, YouTube or lcms.org/freetobefaithful.
     
    Minnesota Lutherans and Catholics will defy the governor
    The heads of Minnesota’s Lutheran and Catholic churches say they will defy Governor Tim Walz’s executive order and reopen on May 26 — without adhering to the requirement of no more than 10 worshipers at a given service. Becket Fund law firm released a statement early yesterday evening on behalf of the the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in Minnesota and the Minnesota Catholic Conference, citing the perceived hypocrisy of allowing retail stores, casinos, bars and restaurants to have a 50 percent capacity as a major reason to not follow the governor’s order. Both denominations say they plan to reopen with only about a third of their congregation inside during services, and they will follow social distancing guidelines.
    The Justice Department warns California about its church restrictions
    The U.S. Department of Justice has warned California Governor Gavin Newsom that his plan to reopen the state discriminates against churches and that “the Constitution calls for California to do more to accommodate religious worship and that the governor places an “unfair burden” on them that violates civil rights protections through “unequal treatment of faith communities.” In a letter to the governor, Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband, the head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, pointed out that Newsom’s plan allows a variety of businesses to reopen in “stage 2,” but does not allow churches and other houses of worship to reopen until “stage 3.” Dreiband stated that Newsom should allow some in-person worship under the current second phase of his four-part reopening plan. Currently, restaurants and other secular businesses are being allowed to reopen under social distancing guidelines but not churches, which are limited to online and similar services. A coalition of about 3,000 California pastors are committed to beginning in-person services on Pentecost, which is on May 31. Pentecost is the seventh sunday after Easter, and it marks the birth of the Christian church when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles and followers of Jesus.
    Two senators are demanding Planned Parenthood return $80 million
    Lawmakers and pro-lifers slammed Planned Parenthood following a report from Fox News saying that the nation’s largest abortion provider applied for and received over $80 million in coronavirus funding. Fox News Tucker Carlson Tonight reported Tuesday evening that 37 Planned Parenthood affiliates applied for and received a total of $80 million in coronavirus funding loans from the Paycheck Protection Program. Senators. Marco Rubio of Florida and Josh Hawley of Missouri both called for Planned Parenthood to immediately return the funds in statements following the Tuesday night report.

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    LCMS appeals to the Attorney General

    LCMS appeals to the Attorney General

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    LCMS President Harrison asks the Attorney General to protect religious liberty

    LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison wrote a letter to the U.S. Attorney general in defense of religious liberties. This letter is in concert with the work of several LCMS district presidents who have addressed officials concerning the role of government and the church. The district presidents of Illinois wrote a letter to their governor regarding recent plans for reopening, which they believe are unnecessarily restrictive on church-affiliated bodies. The LCMS has 500 congregations and 115 schools in Illinois.

    A Maine congregation wants meeting restrictions lifted

    Calvary Chapel of Bangor, Maine, filed an emergency injunction to the First Circuit Court of Appeals pending an appeal regarding the lawsuit against Governor Janet Mills’ orders that discriminate against churches and prohibit in-person and drive-in worship services. Under the governor’s orders, no religious gatherings are permitted, including parking lot services. Mills said that churches will only be allowed to meet in small numbers when she is satisfied with the “metrics,” and when that happens, she will require churches to apply to re-open. Approved churches will then need to display a “badge” at the front door signifying they are approved to open. However, Mills has no process in place now to begin the approval process and no application for the churches.

    Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia is commended

    First Liberty Institute commended United States Department Of Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia for issuing a directive and new guidance that protects religious liberty for faith-based organizations that partner with the federal government. The secretary’s actions reflect principles implemented by president Trump’s executive order 13798, “promoting free speech and religious liberty.” Religious organizations, like their secular counterparts, provide essential services desirable to federal agencies through government contracts.

    $80 million in relief funds went to Planned Parenthood

    According to a Fox News report, $80 million in stimulus funds intended to help small businesses struggling through coronavirus economic hardship have gone instead to Planned Parenthood, the multi-billion dollar abortion business. Under the Cares Act’s Paycheck Protection Program, Congress allocated $349 billion in federal funds to provide assistance to small businesses with fewer than 500 employees. In August 2019, Planned Parenthood rejected Title X federal funding after the Tump administration’s rules required abortion facilities to fiscally and physically separate family planning services from abortion, organizations like Planned Parenthood and its affiliates are ineligible to receive the PPP relief funds under affiliation rules established by the Small Business Administration.

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    The US threatens to end aid to UN agency

    The US threatens to end aid to UN agency

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    The US wants cover-19 aid not fund abortions internationally

    The US government’s foreign aid agency on Monday warned the United Nations to stop “promoting abortion” in its response to the coronavirus pandemic — invoking billions of dollars in US donations. US Agency for International Development Acting Administrator John Barsa noted his agency gave the UN $3.5 billion in 2019 and demanded that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres revise wording in its covid-19 global humanitarian response plan. Barsa’s letter comes after President Trump last month ended roughly $400 million in annual aid to the UN’s World Health Organization. Trump last month ended US contributions to the WHO, a UN entity, alleging the agency failed to prevent the coronavirus pandemic by negligently accepting as true Chinese assertions about the scope of the initial outbreak.

    A woman is injured during an abortion

    A woman choked on her own vomit during a surgical abortion at the Cherry Hill Women’s Center in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and required emergency transport to the Cooper Medical Center for suspected aspiration pneumonia. This occurred on May 2 during a serious COVID-19 outbreak when elective surgeries were banned due to a strain on medical resources. Abortions in New Jersey were exempted from the ban. After the vomiting episode during the abortion, the 35-year old woman suffered a drop in her oxygen levels. Once the abortion was completed, she was placed in a recovery room where her oxygen levels failed to fully recover. She was not provided supplemental oxygen at the abortion facility. Pro-life witnesses at the scene recorded the woman being removed from the abortion facility on a gurney. The ambulance had lights flashing, but ran without sirens.

    Some Ohio college students want to defund a pro-life group

    Some Ohio students were not happy with the fact that a pro-life group on campus was treated fairly, so they demanded, and achieved, a referendum vote on the matter. Case Western Reserve University, located in Cleveland, Ohio, recently held an undergraduate student government vote to allocate university funds to student organizations on campus, including Students for Life. In response, a group of pro-abortion students decided to petition against the vote, hoping for a referendum vote on Students for Life's status. The referendum was sent to undergraduate students on May 4. To recall the decision of the USG, there must be a simple majority with at least 20 percent of the undergraduate student body voting, according to the USG constitution. The results of the referendum for another two weeks” after the vote.

    A federal judge reopens North Carolina churches

    A federal judge in North Carolina granted a statewide temporary restraining order on Saturday to block Governor Roy Cooper’s executive order that criminalizes churchgoers for attending indoor worship services of more than 10 people. In his ruling, Judge James C. Dever III wrote, “there is no pandemic exception to the Constitution of the United States or the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment.”

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