DOJ Lawyers Still Battling Christians Over Obamacare Contraception Mandate

Six months into President Trump’s administration, Department of Justice attorneys are still battling Christian organizations in court over Obamacare’s contraception mandate.

DOJ lawyers have continued to keep alive a slew of cases appealing a 2014 district court ruling that granted an injunction from the mandate to several Catholic organizations. The Supreme Court vacated an appeals court ruling against The Little Sisters of the Poor and similar organizations in 2016, sending the cases back to the lower courts. Many religious freedom advocates expected that the Trump administration, which has vowed to protect The Little Sisters and other organizations burdened by the contraceptive mandate, would drop the legal campaign against the religious organizations. But more than six months into the Trump era, the legal fights are still alive.

President Trump signed an executive order in early May, directing the Secretaries of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury to “consider issuing amended regulations, consistent with applicable law, to address conscience-based objections to the preventive-care mandate” in Obamacare. HHS Secretary Tom Price said the executive order would allow the HHS to “safeguard the deeply held religious beliefs of Americans who provide health insurance to their employees.”

Later that month, a draft Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) rule was leaked to the media. Religious liberty advocates praised the draft rule, which — if implemented — would carve out religious liberty protections for the Little Sisters and other organizations. Under the draft rule, the government would still make sure women’s birth control is covered by insurance — as required by Obamacare — but without compelling religious objectors to take part in the process. (Read more from “DOJ Lawyers Still Battling Christians Over Obamacare Contraception Mandate” HERE)

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Oregon Lawmakers Vote to Bail out Planned Parenthood

The demand for abortion in Oregon is going down, so why do pro-abortion lawmakers there seem so determined to increase it?

From 2011 to 2014, Oregon saw a 15 percent decline in the number of abortions.

It also saw a 7 percent decline in the number of abortion providers.

But, apparently that isn’t a trend line pro-abortion politicians want to see continue.

When it comes to restrictions on abortion, Oregon already has very few.

It has no parental consent or even parental notification laws. There are no mandated counseling or waiting periods for women seeking abortions. There are no additional regulations on facilities performing abortions to increase safety or ambulance-ready requirements.

And, unlike 43 other states that restrict abortion after either 20 weeks or after an unborn child can live outside the womb, Oregon allows abortions up until the moment of birth.

As a matter of fact, the only “restriction” on abortion in Oregon is that it isn’t free—for everyone.

So state lawmakers recently passed legislation to ensure that it is.

Called the Reproductive Health Equity Act, the bill ensures that all Oregonians, regardless of their income, citizenship status, gender identity, or type of insurance, receive the full spectrum of reproductive health services at zero out-of-pocket cost.

Of course, “reproductive health services” is code language for abortion and “zero out-of-pocket cost” means Oregon taxpayers, regardless of their personal views, will be paying for more abortions.

Oregon already allocates $2 million of state Medicaid funds for abortions. This new bill would tack on another $10 million.

But this time they are taking it a step further by forcing all insurance plans, exempting only a handful of religious charities, to cover abortions, for any reason, free of cost, to anyone in the state.

So, whether you are a citizen or noncitizen, rich or poor … whether you are three months pregnant or just weeks away from giving birth … and for whatever reason, including the fact you wanted a boy instead of a girl, you can now get an abortion compliments of Oregon taxpayers.

It’s no coincidence that those lobbying for the bill just happen to be the very entities that will profit from it. Dropping abortion rates means dropping profits for groups like Planned Parenthood who helped draft the legislation.

And just like at the federal level, they want taxpayers to bail them out.

But there is a way to stop it.

If opponents can collect the signatures of 58,789 registered voters between now and October 5, they can force the bill to be put on the 2018 ballot—allowing the people of Oregon, not pro-abortion special interests, to have the final say. (For more from the author of “Oregon Lawmakers Vote to Bail out Planned Parenthood” please click HERE)

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Deadly Social Media ‘Craze’ Takes Aim at Teens

Rina Palenkova was 17 in November 2015 when she posted a goodbye selfie moments before committing suicide.

The photo of the Russian teen went viral internationally, bringing attention for the first time to a cruel and deadly “game” called the “Blue Whale Challenge” that is now blamed for the suicide deaths of hundreds of teen girls and boys all over the world – with a shocking number in the U.S.

Last week, months after Philipp Budeikin, 22, the creator of the “Blue Whale Challenge,” was convicted by a Siberian court in connection with persuading up to 17 teen girls to take their own lives, he was sentenced to three years in prison. He explained that his motive was cleansing society of what he described as “biodegradable waste,” not emotionally troubled human beings.

Budeikin’s Blue Whale Challenge has been described as a “shadowy online phenomenon,” a hideous mind manipulation that assigns participants 50 bizarre, violent and, eventually, lethal tasks. It is named after blue whales’ tendency to beach themselves on purpose before death.

The tasks include tweeting that you are a blue whale using a hashtag. Another instructs participants to cut an arm three times. The last suggests victims take their own life. Players complete the tasks over the course of 50 days. Some reports say participants give a Blue Whale Challenge administrator updates on their progress. Failure to do so, results in administrators threatening them. (Read more from “Deadly Social Media ‘Craze’ Takes Aim at Teens” HERE)

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Charlie Gard’s Dad, Upon Hearing Another Biased Medical Report, Storms out of Court: “I’m Not F***Ing Listening to This Sh*T Anymore!”

By CNN. The parents of baby Charlie Gard stormed out of a pre-court hearing after a lawyer representing Great Ormond Street Hospital in London broke the news that a new brain scan of the terminally ill baby made for “sad reading,” the UK’s Press Association reported Friday.

After the hospital’s lawyer, Katie Gollop, told a judge what doctors thought of results from new scans of Charlie’s brain, the baby’s mother, Connie Yates, burst into tears, and his father, Chris Gard, yelled “evil,” according to the association . . .

Upon hearing the lawyer’s comments, Yates began to cry and said, “we haven’t even read it.”

Charlie’s father then yelled “evil” and added, “I’m not f****** listening to this biased shit anymore.” (Read more from “Charlie Gard’s Dad, Upon Hearing Another Biased Medical Report, Storms out of Court: “I’m Not F***Ing Listening to This Sh*T Anymore!” HERE)

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Judge: Charlie Gard’s Parents Can’t Take Him to America

By CNS News. Charlie Gard’s parents appeared in court again Friday to discuss the next step in his case.

In the course of the hearing, British high court Justice Francis said their son cannot be moved to the United States for treatment without a court order, squashing hope that a move to grant him residency in the U.S. would help him, according to The Independent.

Earlier this week, U.S. Congressional leaders approved a measure to grant Charlie and his parents permanent residency status in an effort to make it easier for him to receive an experimental treatment. Pro-life Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Washington, led the effort; her daughter also was diagnosed with a fatal condition but survived because of an experimental treatment. (Read more from “Judge: Charlie Gard’s Parents Can’t Take Him to America” HERE)

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Teens Filmed, Mocked and Laughed While Disabled Man Slowly Drowned

Authorities in Florida say that a group of teenagers recorded the drowning of a disabled man last week — and did nothing to help as they made fun of his struggles.

Jamel Dunn, 32, of Cocoa, drowned in a retention pond July 9. His body was recovered July 14, two days after his fiancee reported him missing. Late last week, a friend of Dunn’s family came across the video on social media and forwarded it to authorities in Brevard County.

In the video, which was published by the Florida Today newspaper Thursday, the teens can be heard laughing at Dunn as he splashes futilely in the water and screams for help.

“Get out the water, you gonna die,” yells one, while another yells, “ain’t nobody fixing to help you, you dumb (expletive).” As Dunn disappears under the water, one of the teens says, “Oh, he just died.”

Investigators say none of the teens — all between 14 and 16 years old — called 911 to report Dunn’s drowning or tried to help the man. (Read more from “Teens Filmed, Mocked and Laughed While Disabled Man Slowly Drowned” HERE)

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Court Stunner! Girl Must Use Girls Locker Room

Rejecting eight years of “gender identity” politics under President Obama, a Missouri appeals court ruled a biological girl must use a locker room for girls.

The Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, this week affirmed the dismissal of a complaint by a female identified by the court only as R.M.A.

She had sued the Blue Springs R-IV School District and its board of education because, after adopting a male name and changing the gender reference on her birth certificate, she still was being required by the school district to use facilities designated for females . . .

The girl alleged her exclusion from the boys’ restrooms and locker rooms subjected her “to different requirements for accessing the services of the school” due to gender.

However, the school argued that the Missouri Human Rights Act, under which the claim was filed, “does not extend its protection to claims based on gender identity.” (Read more from “Court Stunner! Girl Must Use Girls Locker Room” HERE)

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Bad News for LGBTQ: Plan to Take Back Rainbow

Many thousands of years before the “gay” movement claimed the rainbow as its emblem, God fashioned the brilliantly colored banner of light and painted it across the sky as a beautiful symbol of his enduring covenant with mankind.

Six millennia later, bare-skinned “gay” men would strut their stuff on parade floats wearing nothing but rainbow Speedos, tutu skirts and body paint, celebrating their homosexual “pride” by proudly displaying the spectrum through America’s public streets.

Now, after decades of witnessing the colors splashed across “gay” parades, flags, bumper stickers and even the White House in 2015, one prominent Christian has announced his plan to “take back the rainbow.”

Ken Ham is president of Answers in Genesis, which created the Ark Encounter, a massive reproduction in Kentucky of the biblical Noah’s Ark. Described as the largest timber frame structure in the world, the project re-created Noah’s Ark at 510 feet long, 85 feet wide and 51 feet high . . .

Ham announced on Twitter that the ark will be lit with a massive rainbow every evening. (Read more from “Bad News for LGBTQ: Plan to Take Back Rainbow” HERE)

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Actress Pleads for Ban on Mutilation of Girls

When the news broke in April that federal investigators in Detroit had arrested two doctors in the nation’s first case of female genital mutilation, it was widely reported in the local and national media that the cases were part of a “tiny sect” of Islam . . .

While American feminists have been largely silent about the atrocity of female genital mutilation, stressing the need for “cultural sensitivity,” the cause of banning the procedure in all 50 states has gained a new high-profile ally in Kelly Carlson, a Hollywood actress with family ties to Maine.

Carlson, who is best known for her role as Kimber Henry on the FX drama series “Nip/Tuck,” pulls no punches in championing the cause against FGM, calling out the American Civil Liberties Union for its support of the practice.

Carlson pointedly takes on the ACLU, which has made various excuses for legislators’ inaction in Minnesota and Maine.

One such excuse is that there is no need for a state-level prohibition of FGM, given that it is already a crime under federal statute. In fact, in testimony earlier this year on behalf of the Maine Prosecutors Association, Kennebec and Somerset Counties District Attorney Maeghan Maloney argued strongly that she and her colleagues need lawmakers in Augusta to adopt a state law criminalizing female genital mutilation. (Read more from “Actress Pleads for Ban on Mutilation of Girls” HERE)

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Global Warming Extremists Urge Gov’t to Teach Kids to Have Fewer Babies

Governments and schools should be teaching kids to have fewer children in order to reduce climate change.

That’s according to a study published in Environmental Research Letters, in which University of British Columbia grad student Seth Wynes and Sweden’s Lund University professor Kimberley Nicholas calculate how individual actions cut greenhouse gas emissions.

They claim having one fewer child is a “high impact action” far eclipsing any other in effectiveness.

The study has received widespread attention, reported uncritically in the mainstream media, such as the left-leaning U.K. Guardian, and generating controversy across the conservative blogosphere and Twitter.

But Steven Mosher, president of the Virginia-based Population Research Institute, blasted the suggestion as “ridiculous” and “dangerous,” and the study as “climate extremism masquerading as science.” (Read more from “Global Warming Extremists Urge Gov’t to Teach Kids to Have Fewer Babies” HERE)

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Women’s March Praises Cop-Killing Terrorist as ‘Sign of Resistance’

The Women’s March praised a cop-killing terrorist as a “sign of resistance” on Sunday.

Assata Shakur, whose real name is Joanne Chesimard, has been on the FBI’s Most Wanted list for decades after escaping from a New Jersey prison in 1979, where she was serving out a life sentence for murdering a police officer execution style. Shakur, a wanted terrorist, has become a hero to many on the anti-police left.

Women’s March wished Shakur a happy birthday on Sunday, calling her a “revolutionary” and a “sign of resistance.”

Women’s March wasn’t alone in glorifying Shakur on Sunday.

Black Lives Matter’s New York City chapter held a dance party Sunday night celebrating Shakur, whom the activist group claims “inspired a movement.”

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