SCOTUS Nominee Gorsuch Headed for Confirmation Vote

After several days of grueling challenges by Democrats during the confirmation hearings, it looks like the Senate will take a vote on the confirmation of Gorsuch the first week of April. During the hearings, we learned that Gorsuch does not believe in the “living Constitution” approach to interpreting the Constitution, believes that taking a human life through assisted suicide is always wrong, and supports religious liberty. Democrats have threatened to filibuster the vote.

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Should Pro-Life Centers Be Required to Promote Abortion?

On Monday, Alliance Defending Freedom asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that had upheld a California law that forces pro-life pregnancy care centers to provide free advertising about abortions. “The abortion industry already makes millions on abortion and from taxpayer funding; we are asking the Supreme Court to ensure that they won’t be allowed to force unwilling people to promote their business,” said ADF Senior Counsel David Cortman. We will let you know if the Supreme Court agrees to hear the case; if it does not, the California law will stand.

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Google Starts Tagging Offensive Content

On March 14, Google jumped on the bandwagon of censoring content by scoring content through “quality raters” who can then flag content as “upsetting” or “offensive” to steer users away from what they deem hate speech, violence, or false information. At first glance, this sounds like a responsible way to categorize unsavory content, but knowing that Google’s politics tends to lean left and that the company manipulated data to provide more positive search recommendations for searches about Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign, Google’s tactics might not be as saintly as some think. Can we really trust a left-leaning company to rate content?

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New Healthcare Bill Goes Against Employee Privacy Rights

Under the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act filed this month by North Carolina Congressman Virginia Foxx, employers would offer genetic testing as part of a voluntary workplace wellness program. Employees who agree to genetic testing and share results with the company would then save up to 30 percent on their workplace health insurance. Those who decline to participate in the testing because it invades privacy rights would not get a discount and thus would end up paying more for their health insurance. Currently, federal law protects genetic privacy and nondiscrimination. Nearly 70 organizations are fighting the bill. The bill is currently under review by the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee.

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Woman’s Freedom to Pray in Own Home Challenged

Mary Ann Sause, a retired Catholic nurse on disability in Louisburg, Kansas, was allegedly ordered by cops in her own home to stop praying. The police were originally responding to a minor noise complaint but then allegedly proceeded to harass her. First Liberty Institute, which is representing Sause, completed oral arguments in the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday. “The government’s attempt to redefine the First Amendment through this case could set a dangerous precedent for religious freedom,” said Stephanie Taub, senior counsel for First Liberty Institute.

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