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Michigan Township Bans Christian School

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review a ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit that effectively prevented the Livingston Christian School (LCS) from relocating to a nearby township.

The issue arose when LCS, recognizing the need to relocate for the school’s long-term viability, determined the only reasonable possibility was to lease property owned by Brighton Church of the Nazarene in Genoa Charter Township, Michigan. Breaking with general practice, the township board went against the recommendation of its Planning Commission and Community Development Director and denied the church’s special purpose permit application to utilize the church as a school.

LCS then filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court contending the denial of the application violated a federal law aimed at preventing cities from using zoning rules to push religious organizations out of their city.

The appellate court upheld the district court’s ruling that the denial was not a “substantial burden” on the church’s exercise of religion.

“This is a deeply disappointing decision, not only because of what it means for our clients, but because it will embolden other cities and towns across the country to keep religious organizations from contributing to their community,” said Hiram Sasser, general counsel to First Liberty, which represents the school. “We are extremely disappointed the Supreme Court will allow this terrible precedent to stand.”

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YouTube Censors Abortion Pill Reversal Videos

YouTube has suspended Heartbeat International’s Abortion Pill Reversal account that featured all of four life-saving videos for being “harmful” and “dangerous.”

The YouTube channel instructed pregnant women on how to safely reverse chemical abortions to save the lives of the unborn. A new study released in the medical journal Issues in Law and Medicine shows that 68 percent of the women who chose to use Abortion Pill Reversal gave birth to healthy babies.

Yet YouTube said that APR violated community guidelines prohibiting “content that encourages or promotes violent or dangerous acts that have an inherent risk of serious physical harm or death.”

Heartbeat International is appealing YouTube’s decision. “It’s hard to understand why YouTube would treat the rescuing of babies from an abortion pill the same as terrorism videos,” said Jor-El Godsey, president of Heartbeat International.”

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Iowa Lawmakers Pass Heartbeat Bill for the Unborn

Following earlier approval by the Iowa Senate, the Iowa House, in a 51-46 vote earlier this week, sent to the governor a bill that prohibits abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected except in cases involving medical emergency, rape, incest, or fetal abnormalities deemed to be “incompatible” with life.

If the bill becomes law, it would limit most abortions in the state, since a fetal heartbeat is typically detected by about six weeks into a pregnancy. Naturally, pro-abortion advocates are claiming this is unconstitutional because it violates Roe v. Wade.

Whether or not this bill would survive a legal challenge is uncertain. North Dakota and Arkansas passed heartbeat bills several years ago, but federal courts struck down both laws. However, Iowa’s pro-life legislators are hopeful that by the time the bill reaches the U.S. Supreme Court, President Trump will have had the opportunity to appoint one or two pro-life justices who would join the four conservatives on the Court to overturn Roe.

“There’s a real decent chance that we’re going to wind up with another justice or two to tilt the balance a little bit, and we need to have a case in the pipeline,” said Martin Cannon, a senior counsel for the Thomas More society.

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Planned Parenthood Sues Trump Administration Over Title X Grant Application

Planned Parenthood is suing the Trump administration for revisions to the application for Title X grants that, according to Health and Human Services officials, emphasizes sexual risk avoidance strategies, which include abstinence and natural family planning. This means less taxpayer money going toward graphic “Get Real” sex education programs.

Planned Parenthood, along with the ACLU and the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, contend that this redirection of funds puts low-income families at risk.

But pro-life advocates suggest the real reason for the lawsuit is greed. “Clearly they view the Title X Family Planning Program as their personal slush fund, to which only they are entitled for propping up their massive abortion enterprise,” Mallory Quigley, vice president of communications at Susan B. Anthony List, told NPR.

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Boy Scouts Drops ‘Boy’ From Its Name

The Boy Scouts of America announced steps this week that will extend its appeal to girls. Specifically, it announced that the Eagle Scouts level for older boys is changing its name to Scouts BSA in February 2019 to better reflect the club’s mission to include older girls. Additionally, girls are now being recruited into the Cub Scouts through this summer’s Scout Me In initative as a way to “reinforce that the mission and core values in the Scout Oath and Scout Law are welcoming, inclusive, and foundational for both young men and women.”

For now, Boy Scouts will remain the name for younger scouts, and Cub Scouts will remain the name for the youngest scouts.

John Stemberger, who serves as Chairman of the Board of Trail Life USA, an alternative to the Boy Scouts that was created in 2013, said: “Today’s decision to change the name of the Boy Scouts of America by dropping the male designation ‘boy’ in its name signals the final death of an American institution. It’s simply stunning that a leading youth organization which parents have entrusted the protection of their children with for over a century has now opted to again appease LGBT activists rather than follow clear, common-sense best practices for child protection and do what’s truly in the best interest of the boys.”

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