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Nashville Planned Parenthood Clinic Suspends Abortion Services

Nashville’s only remaining abortion provider has suspended its abortion services indefinitely because it could not find a physician to perform the abortions.

The Nashville office of Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi, the largest provider of abortions in the state, is now referring clients to clinics in Knoxville and Memphis.

The decision to stop offering abortion services has resulted in Tennessee Right to Life receiving an increase in calls from desperate pregnant women wanting abortions, giving the pro-life group an opportunity to introduce these women to life-affirming pregnancy care options.

In August, the Women’s Center abortion facility in Nashville also closed after almost three decades of aborting unborn babies.

Tennessee now has six abortion providers, down from 16 in 2000.

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U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Resolve Circuit Split on Planned Parenthood Defunding Cases

Six of the nine U.S. Supreme Court justices refused on Monday to hear two cases involving a state’s right to end taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood through Medicaid programs.

The assent of four justices is required for the Court to take up the case. Unfortunately, both Justice Roberts and new Justice Kavanaugh agreed with the liberal justices in refusing to hear the case.

Justice Clarence Thomas’ dissent, in which both Justices Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch joined, chastised the Court for refusing to hear the cases: “[T]hese cases are not about abortion rights. They are about private rights of action under the Medicaid Act . . . Some tenuous connection to a politically fraught issue does not justify abdicating our judicial duty. If anything, neutrally applying the law is all the more important when political issues are in the background.”

The Court’s refusal to hear the cases means that in some states abortion providers can sue over the defunding and in some states they can’t.

Thomas is right that the Court should resolve this inconsistency in the law.

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Teacher Fired for Calling a Student by the Wrong Pronoun

Peter Vlaming, a French teacher at a Virginia high school, was fired after a unanimous vote by the West Point School Board for “misgendering” a gender-confused female student who self-identified as a male. Misgendering is a term used by the Left that means refusing to call a “transgender” by his or her “preferred pronoun.”

Vlaming noted that his position is based on his Christian beliefs. “I’m happy to avoid female pronouns not to offend because I’m not here to provoke, but I can’t refer to a female as a male, and a male as a female in good conscience and faith,” Vlaming said. To try to accommodate the student, Vlaming agreed to use the student’s new, male name, but, apparently, that was not enough.

According to the school board, Vlaming had violated the school’s harassment and non-discrimination policies. West Point schools Superintendent Laura Abel explained, “Mr. Vlaming was recommended for termination due to his insubordination and repeated refusal to comply with directives made to him by multiple WPPS administrators.”

Yet if you dig a little deeper into those “directives,” the school has no specific policy concerning pronoun use.

Sympathizing with Vlaming, Rod Dreher of The American Conservative calls this example of the LGBT agenda the “new normal.”

In contrast to school officials who are towing the politically correct line, a group of students staged a peaceful walkout to show solidarity for their teacher less than 24 hours after his firing. “I think he really was going with what he believed was right and it’s really unfair that he’s being punished for that, especially in such a dramatic way,” said Wyatt Pedersen, one of the protesting students.

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A Christian Response to Lauren Daigle

Award-winning crossover singer-songwriter Lauren Daigle gave a very weak answer on iHeart radio’s “Domenick Nati Show” recently in response to whether she thought homosexuality was a sin.

Instead of pointing to Scripture to make the case that same-sex relationships are indeed wrong in God’s eyes, she waffled: “I can’t say one way or the other, I’m not God. When people ask questions like that, I just say, ‘Read the Bible and find out for yourself. And when you find out let me know because I’m learning too.’”

Whether her response was due to spiritual immaturity or fear of losing her new fanbase, Daigle’s less-than-stellar answer has concerned many Christians.

While correcting Daigle, writer John Burton also instructs the entire Body of Christ to exhort those who might be leading wrongly. “Our mandate as believers is to confront compromise and immorality in culture by trumpeting truth without apology,” he said.

Breakpoint’s John Stonestreet made a great point that if evangelicals had been doing their job of presenting God’s truth, the question about a Christian’s views on homosexuality would never have been asked because it would be obvious that the Christian always believes what God’s Word clearly states.

Whether you believe Daigle is entitled to grace or in need of a strong reprimand, we can all agree on one thing: We need to pray for not just this talented singer but for all those given a platform in our culture. We must pray that they will not compromise their faith or falter in the truth they are to speak.

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Church of England Offers ‘Baptism’ Ceremonies for Gender Confused

In a compromising move, the Church of England’s newly issued pastoral guidance has revised the “Affirmation of Baptismal Faith” ceremony to honor “transgenders.”

While not offering a new blessing for a “gender transition,” the revised ceremony invites individuals baptized into the church prior to their gender “change” to “renew the commitments made in baptism in a public setting and provides space for those who have undergone a major transition to re-dedicate their life to Jesus Christ.”

Thus, gender dysphoria is not only celebrated but spiritualized. Pastors who conduct this revised ceremony are to use the “transgender’s” newly selected name and may choose to also sprinkle holy water and anoint the person with oil.

“The point of baptism is to identify a person with Jesus as they begin a life of following him,” said Christian Concern’s chief executive Andrea Minichiello Williams. “Using an affirmation of baptism to celebrate a gender transition turns this upside down by encouraging people to follow their own feelings and live in identities contrary to how God created them.”

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