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Learn About Crucial Pro-Family Legislation and Lawsuits

Registration is open for our upcoming State Legislative Issues Briefing on March 7 at The Gate Community Church in Franklin, Tenn.

This is your chance to hear from FACT’s policy team about key pro-family bills that we are tracking through the Tennessee General Assembly concerning family, life, marriage, and religious liberty and get an update on our Obergefell-challenging lawsuits.

As in years past, we are also offering online video streaming for those who cannot attend in person.

The hour-long briefing is free but requires an RSVP. Be sure to sign up today and reserve your spot.

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Is a Future Replacement for Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Horizon?

With U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s health in decline and with her missing oral arguments all this week, there is increasing talk about the possibility her health may force her to step down.

Though Justice Ginsburg, 85, has lived through two previous bouts of cancer and has continued working, her most recent lung surgery to remove cancerous growths has taken a toll on her health and her career, forcing her to miss Supreme Court oral arguments for the first time in 25 years.

While she can’t be present in court, Justice Ginsburg is participating in the arguments remotely. However, she has said that she would serve as long as she could “go full steam” at it.

We certainly wish Justice Ginsburg well, but if she should step down, President Trump would make his third appointment to the bench. If President Trump’s past trends continue, his pick would continue to swing the Court to the more conservative side. We will be watching this story as it develops.

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Judge Sides With Christian Baker

A Denver federal judge ruled recently in favor of Christian baker Jack Phillips, allowing his lawsuit against the Colorado Civil Rights Commission to proceed.

The commission filed a new probable cause finding against Phillips for refusing to bake a gender transition cake shortly after he won his case at the U.S. Supreme Court. Phillips then filed a lawsuit alleging that the commission was acting in bad faith and bias toward him.

The state was hoping that the federal judge would dismiss Phillips’ latest lawsuit, but U.S. District Judge Wiley Daniel disagreed and sided with Phillips on three of the four grounds on which the commission sought dismissal. However, the court dismissed Phillips’ bid to make the individual members of the commission and its director personally liable for the damages he was seeking, as they would be under immunity for performing official duties.

Judge Daniel did note, however, that there was evidence that Phillips was treated unfairly by the commission and said, “[Those on the commission] are pursuing the discrimination charges against Phillips in bad faith.”

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Planned Parenthood Sues Idaho to Expand Who Can Perform Abortions

Planned Parenthood has sued the state of Idaho claiming that the state’s law requiring that only licensed physicians be allowed to perform abortions is unconstitutional.

Planned Parenthood reasons that other medical professionals, including nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and nurse midwives, are just as medically qualified to abort babies as physicians, and opening up the requirement to include non-doctors would make abortion more available in not only rural areas but across the state as a whole.

Currently, only eight states and the District of Columbia allow abortions to be performed by non-doctors, according to the Guttmacher Institute, the research arm of Planned Parenthood.

Because of the constitutional amendment approved by Tennessee voters in 2014 limiting the right to abortion, Tennessee’s Legislature has been able to pass more stringent regulation on abortion, such as limiting the procedure to be performed by licensed physicians, which is helping to ensure the safety of pregnant women.

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Brazil’s New President Vows to Turn Around Moral Collapse

Jair Bolsonaro was recently sworn in as Brazil’s president. In his presidential remarks, Bolsonaro, a Christian, boldly proclaimed, “I place myself before the whole nation, on this day, as the day in which the people began to liberate itself from socialism, from the inversion of values, from big government, and from political correctness.”

He chose Damares Alves, a like-minded Christian leader, as his new minister for Women, the Family, and Human Rights. The staunchly pro-life Alves vowed to stop abortions and to “do away with the abuse of ideological indoctrination” in the form of gender ideology that LGBT activists had been pushing in public schools.

Let’s pray for this new, bold man of God and his successful leadership. We can also pray that those Christians numbered among our political leaders would be so bold in their commitment to stand for life and God’s design for human sexuality.

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