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Privacy Wins in North Carolina

A recent North Carolina primary race and a new national business report show it’s not political or economic suicide to support privacy rights by requiring men and women to use locker rooms and bathrooms based on their biological sex, not subjective states of mind. Doing so will not result in the dire economic consequences claimed by the Left.

From an economic perspective, the truth is that North Carolina’s privacy bill, HB 2, did not put a damper on that state’s economy. Earlier this year a Forbes report ranked North Carolina number one for Best State for Business. As we have previously reported, business and tourism statistics for 2016, the year HB 2 was in effect, showed similar positive outcomes.

Politically, N.C. Sen. Dan Bishop, the chief Senate sponsor of HB 2, overwhelmingly defeated a primary challenger, Beth Monaghan, who made HB 2 the keystone of her campaign.

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Nursing Student Can Quote Bible in Graduation Speech

Nursing student Karissa Erickson’s graduation speech almost got censored by a Colorado Mesa University faculty member because of fears that her mention of God and a Bible verse might offend someone.

Fortunately, Erickson took steps to protect her First Amendment freedom by contacting Alliance Defending Freedom, and ADF schooled CMU about this important constitutional protection. The university quickly sought to make amends.

College spokeswoman Dana Nunn said, “It was a well-intentioned and honest error but an error nonetheless. As soon as the error came to our attention, we did our best to correct it.”

ADF’s Travis Barham emphasized the importance of standing our ground on these issues: “[I]t’s an important lesson to all of us that just because we have religious freedom doesn’t mean we won’t have to fight to exercise it.”

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Planned Parenthood Sues Iowa Over Heartbeat Bill

It didn’t take Planned Parenthood and the ACLU long to challenge Iowa’s most recent ban on abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which is typically at about six weeks.

The bill was just signed into law earlier this month and is slated to go into effect July 1. And now this lawsuit.

“We’re not slowing down, we’re not going to stop,” said Iowa’s pro-life Gov. Kim Reynolds. “We know that our work is not done, that we must continue to work together to change the hearts and minds. As governor, I pledge to you to do everything in my power to protect life.”

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller has announced he will not defend the law. However, both Thomas More Society and Liberty Counsel have offered to defend the bill in court pro bono.

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Maryland Bans Homosexual ‘Reparative Therapy’

Maryland has now joined ten other states and the District of Columbia in banning therapy that would help minors overcome their same-sex attraction. On Tuesday, Republican Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan signed the Youth Mental Health Protection Act banning this type of therapy.

Several medical associations, including the American Psychiatric Association and the American Medical Association, believe that changing one’s sexual orientation through treatment is a discredited practice. However, that isn’t the complete story.

Dr. Joseph Nicolosi, a pioneer of reparative therapy, helped many overcome homosexual tendencies, including patient David Pickup. “[M]y same-sex attractions automatically, spontaneously . . . through this therapy began to lessen and dissipate,” Pickup said. “So reparative therapy really worked for me. It helped save my life.”

Several Republican lawmakers are hoping the courts will overturn the law as a violation of free speech.

Republican Sen. Bryan Simonaire criticized the bill, saying, “The definition is so expansive this bill could revoke someone’s license and livelihood by a simple conversation.”

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Michigan Court Considers Whether Frozen Embryos Are Persons

A district court judge in Michigan is being prompted by a state Supreme Court justice to decide when life begins to help solve a custody dispute over frozen embryos. If the answer is at conception, then the embryos produced by in vitro fertilization might also be considered persons for which a guardian ad litem would have to be appointed to protect their interests.

As Dr. Maureen Condic of the University of Utah School of Medicine explains, “[T]he conclusion that a human zygote is a human being (i.e. human organism) is not a matter of religious belief, societal convention, or emotional reaction. It is a matter of observable, objective, scientific fact.”

This custody case involves embryos created by unmarried parents Gloria Kato Karungi and Ronald Lee Ejalu. The couple has a six-year-old daughter with sickle cell anemia, a condition that the mother hopes could be cured through the stem cells in the umbilical cord of a sibling birthed from the frozen embryos. The father, however, doesn’t want to have a child born using the embryo he helped create.

If this case is decided by a higher court, it could set a precedent not only for the unborn, but also for whether men have any rights in connection with the potential life or death of an embryo.

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