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Colorado High School Student Forfeits Wrestling Matches Over Girl

What would you do as a young man if you had to compete against a girl in a state wrestling match? For Brendan Johnston, a senior at the Classical Academy in Colorado Springs, the simple answer was to forfeit the state tournament and end his wrestling career.

After forfeiting to Jaslyn Gallegos in the first round, he then forfeited to Angel Rios in the third-round consolation match. Gallegos and Rios made history as the first females to place at the tournament.

Citing personal and religious reasons, Johnston said, “It’s so physical . . .physically close. I don’t think that’s really appropriate with a young lady. It’s also very aggressive and I’m not really, I guess, comfortable with that.”

Johnston told the Denver Post, “Wrestling is something we do. It’s not who we are. There are more important things to me than my wrestling, and I’m willing to have those priorities.”

While Johnston might have lost the tournament, he won in terms of standing up for his beliefs. In the end, that’s what matters most.

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Too Scared to Have Kids Because of Climate Change

While many liberals say no to having kids as a “pro-choice” decision, a group of about 60 British women and men have banded together and vowed not to have children as an environmental response.

The movement, called BirthStrike, founded by 33-year-old Blythe Pepino, has decided “not to bear children due to the severity of the ecological crisis and the current inaction of governing forces in the face of this existential threat.”

Group member Alice Brown says, “I am depressed every day because of the ecological crisis and I’m terrified of passing this burden on to a child . . . I’m 24 and instead of dreaming about my career and family, I’m burdened with the disease we’ve created. My decision not to have a child I truly feel is a necessity not a choice.”

This hopelessness brought on by the fear of an overwhelming impending extinction-level event is what can happen when humanism as the basis of one’s belief system fails. But when our hope is in the providence of a sovereign God who loves the world He created, denying His creational mandate to be fruitful and multiply cannot be the answer.

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Born-Alive Infant Bill Fails in U.S. Senate

Despite a 53-44 vote in favor of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would guarantee medical care to babies who survive abortions, the U.S. Senate failed to reach the 60 votes necessary to overcome a Democrat filibuster.

While some staunch Democrats tried to mischaracterize the bill by saying it was about limiting a woman’s “right to an abortion,” Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), who introduced the current version of the bill, countered with, “[T]his bill is not actually about anything that limits abortion. This bill doesn’t have anything to do with Roe v. Wade. . . . What this bill does is try to secure basic rights, equal rights for babies that are born and are outside the womb.”

According to a McLaughlin and Associates poll released earlier this month, 77 percent of Americans support the bill’s protections.

Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, said, “The tragedy today is that even though a majority of Senators voted to protect infants born alive during an abortion, the ‘new math’ of the Congress means this is still a loss.”

Republican Rep. Ann Wagner and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise hope to garner 218 signatures on a discharge petition, which would force a vote on the bill in the House.

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Trump Cuts Title X Family Planning Funds for Planned Parenthood

The Trump administration is finding a creative way to defund Planned Parenthood. Last week the administration filed a final rule aimed at breaking the tie between Title X Family Planning grants and any programs or organizations that perform abortions or provide abortion referrals.

With one swift move, the administration made it clear that abortion services were not deemed family planning nor healthcare. This will definitely affect Planned Parenthood’s bottom line by as much as $60 million. While this is bad news for organizations that kill babies, it is great news for pregnancy care centers that believe in preserving lives and that want to help low-income women get the care they need.

The final rule will become effective 60 days after being published in the Federal Register. Organizations receiving Title X funding have 120 days to financially separate their family planning and abortion operations and one year to physically separate their family planning and abortion operations.

The rule will likely be challenged by abortion activists.

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Iowa Jury Awards Transgender Man Access to Men’s Prison

A transgender man was recently awarded $120,000 in damages from an Iowa jury for emotional distress resulting from the former employer’s discriminatory actions.

As a former nurse at the Iowa Department of Corrections, Jesse Vreogh, a biological woman who self-identifies as a man, claimed that the department’s refusal to allow her access to male prison restrooms and locker rooms and failure to include “medically necessary” gender reassignment surgery in the state insurance plan violated the state’s sexual orientation and gender identity protection law (SOGI law). The law prohibits “discrimination against a person because of his/her sexual orientation or gender identity.”

Even though the Department of Corrections accommodated Vreogh by giving her access to her own bathroom, the jury also sided with Vreogh in believing that the state should have paid for her double mastectomy so she could look more like a man.

“Watching the transgender lobby, with the powerful ACLU behind them, take the transgender bathroom wars from schools to the workplace with success shows a frightening disdain for the privacy and rights of others,” writes journalist Nicole Russell.

The state of Iowa will likely appeal.

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