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American Medical Association’s Official Position on Assisted Suicide Is Good News

The American Medical Association (AMA), upon recommendation by its Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs, voted by a nearly two-thirds margin to maintain its opposition to physician-assisted suicide.

The current AMA-affirmed language states, “Physician-assisted suicide is fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as healer, would be difficult or impossible to control, and would pose serious societal risks.”

This is a huge victory for the pro-life movement, since the AMA is highly influential in shaping public opinion and legislative policy. Said Matt Vallière, the director of the Patients Rights Action Fund, “Patients deserve care and protection, not a prescription for death. We trust that this decision will encourage states considering legislation to continue to reject assisted suicide.”

Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, was likewise happy with the decision. “We can only hope that the decision of the AMA will result in an understanding that doctors should never be involved with killing their patients,” said Schadenberg.

The World Medical Association also maintained its opposition to assisted suicide last October.

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Georgia Passes Pro-LGBT Bill Allowing Non-Biological Same-Sex ‘Parent’ Custody Rights

Georgia’s House Bill 543, the last bill to win legislative approval during the Peach State’s legislative session, might have flown under the radar largely unnoticed by the majority of Georgians but not the LGBT community.

Ryan Lee of Georgia Voice, a pro-LGBT news outlet, said, “When Gov. Kemp signed the bill into law May 6, Georgia quietly became a national leader in protecting LGBTQ parents.”

The new law, which was approved with near-unanimous votes in both chambers and signed by Georgia’s Gov. Brian Kemp, will allow any person, including the non-biological “parent” in a same-sex marriage, to petition a superior court judge for custody rights if he or she can show proof of a “permanent, unequivocal, committed and responsible parental role in the child’s life.”

How did the state miss the real meaning behind this bill? Writing for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jim Galloway says that the bill’s relevance to LGBT parents never came up in committee hearings or floor debate. Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur, who teaches family law at Emory University School of Law, said, “I think people knew this was going to help a [small] number of people—and some of those people were gay people—who had been functioning in reality as parents. But I don’t think there was interest in making that issue a public talking point.”

The law goes into effect July 1.

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Science Teacher Comes Out as ‘Transgender’ Via Video to Elementary Students

Science teacher Mark “Vince” Busenbark of Frank Allis Elementary School in Madison, Wis., was given permission by school administrators to show his “transgender coming out” video to all the K-5th grade students in the school on May 16. The video was shown without prior parental consent and without the option to exempt chidren from watching the video.

Busenbark revealed himself as the new persona “Vica Steel,” asked students to call him by the title “Mx,” and to refer to him by using the pronouns “they,” “them,” and “their.” He also read this from the book They Call Me Mix by Lourdes Rivas: “Are you a boy? Or a girl? How can you be both? Some days I am both. Some days I am neither. Most days, I am everything in between.” Sadly, Busenbark has a wife, Stella Steel, whose last name he will now be using.

Liberty Counsel is looking into whether the video violated the school district’s policy that says “all instruction should be age-appropriate, medically accurate, non-stigmatizing, and inclusive for all students.”

In a statement, Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel said, “It is outrageous that school administrators would allow a male science teacher to expose children to propaganda that promotes confusion about basic biology, and to instruct students to address him by a false name, title and pronouns.”

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Illinois Abortion Law Even Worse Than New York’s

If you thought New York’s abortion laws that legalized infanticide were bad, you need to take a look at the Illinois Reproductive Health Act, SB 25.

This bill establishes abortion as a “fundamental right” and gives unlimited access to abortion through all nine months of gestation and up to birth for any reason. Moreover, the bill specifically provides that a “fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus does not have independent rights under the law of this state.” The bill also rolls back state restrictions on partial-birth abortion; provides no religious or conscience-based objection to any individual, business, or organization; eliminates waiting periods, parental consent, and criminal penalties for abortionists; and allows even non-physicians to perform abortions.

The bill passed the Illinois House 64-50 and passed the state Senate 34-20. Once signed by Democrat Gov. J.B. Pritzker, the bill will go into effect immediately.

Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver said about the bill, “This a crime against humanity.” Added Peter Breen, a former Illinois representative and Thomas More Society vice president and senior counsel, “This bill remains the most radically pro-abortion measure of its kind and would make Illinois an abortion destination for the country.”

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Washington State Supreme Court Nips Christian Florist’s Rights in the Bud

Washington State Supreme Court yesterday refused to reconsider its ruling against floral artist Barronelle Stutzman, a Christian who runs a popular flower shop in Richland, Wash., that has been in her family for decades.

Six years ago, Washington State’s attorney general took it upon himself to bring charges against Barronelle after she prayerfully declined to design floral arrangements for the wedding of a longtime customer who was marrying another man. She was found to be in violation of the state’s law making sexual orientation a protected class over her objection that the law, as applied to her, violated her right to freedom of expression and freedom of religion under the U.S. Constitution.

Ms. Stutzman asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal from the decision of the Washington State Supreme Court affirming her violation of state law, and the U.S. Supreme Court, having just ruled in favor of Colorado cake artist Jack Phillips in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, sent her case back to the Washington State Supreme Court for reconsideration in light of the Masterpiece ruling.

Washington’s high court affirmed its earlier decision, finding there was no evidence of religious animus in the record. Her case now goes back to the U.S. Supreme Court, which will now decide whether to hear an appeal.

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