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U.S. Supreme Court Blocks Louisiana Abortion Law From Going into Effect

Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court enjoined enforcement of a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit that had upheld a Louisiana statute regulating doctors who perform abortions.

The striking thing about the 5th Circuit’s decision was that it flew directly in the face of a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court back in June 2016 that had enjoined enforcement of a similar law in Texas.

In essence, the 5th Circuit was giving the Supreme Court a chance to reverse its 2016 decision. But Justice Roberts joined the four liberal members of the Court to delay enforcement of the law. However, not too much should be read into the Supreme Court’s decision since it is pretty clear that the Court will take up the case on the merits for decision.

Some suspect Roberts supported enjoining the statute for the time being in order to allow the Supreme Court to decide whether its 2016 decision should be reversed instead of effectively allowing a circuit court to ignore that decision.

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Jewish Psychotherapist Sues New York City Over First Amendment Violation

A New York City psychotherapist, Dr. Dovid Schwartz, cannot apply his Orthodox Jewish faith and beliefs while counseling patients who are struggling with unwanted homosexual attraction or gender confusion because a 2018 law adopted by the city council prohibits such treatment.

Those who “seek to change a person’s sexual orientation or seek to change a person’s gender identity to conform to the sex of such individual that was recorded at birth”—what is frequently referred to as either “reparative therapy” or “conversion therapy”—could face fines of as much as $10,000. Never mind that most of Dr. Schwartz’s patients share his faith and value his opinion.

“It is difficult to imagine a more direct violation of freedom of speech protected by the First Amendment than New York City’s attempt to regulate the private sessions between an adult and his counselor,” ADF senior counsel Roger Brooks explained.

While ADF is representing Schwartz in a federal lawsuit, the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs is actively encouraging those who know of someone providing “conversion therapy” to file a complaint.

As Nathanael Blake of The Federalist laments, “In New York City, a therapist can tell a man with gender dysphoria that he is a reincarnation of Napoleon, but not that he is a man. The New York City government is not interested in clearing out quacks and charlatans; it wants to drive out religious nonconformists.”

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Radical Colorado Sex Education Bill Advances

A bill filed in the Colorado House known as the Youth Wellness Act wants to teach children in Colorado public schools about the different relationship models they and their peers may engage in.

The bill would allow explicit descriptions of sexual techniques used by the LGBT peers but prohibit teaching that there are two sexes, male and female, which is considered the promotion of “gender norms or gender stereotypes.” Sex education instructors would also be prohibited from “explicitly or implicitly teaching or endorsing religious ideology or sectarian tenets or doctrines” and that would include abstinence-only curriculum.

Fortunately, the state allows parents to opt their children out of sex education and, thankfully, parents have not been silent. Though the measure is backed by Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, ACLU Colorado, and LGBT activist groups, opposition to it has been strong. Nearly 95,000 email messages opposing the bill were sent to legislators and of the 300 people who signed up to testify in last Wednesday night’s hearing most opposed the bill.

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Sasse’s Anti-Infanticide Bill Fails to be Heard

After Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam showed his apparent approval for infanticide and other states began to give serious consideration to legislation that would allow killing babies at birth, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) followed up with the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

His bill would require immediate transportation and admission to a hospital for any child born alive after surviving an attempted abortion and would create penalties for intentionally killing infants born alive.

Said Sasse, prior to requesting “unanimous consent” to expedite the bill’s consideration, “One hundred United States senators are going to have an opportunity to unanimously say the most basic thing imaginable. And that is that it’s wrong to kill a little newborn baby.”

Senate Democrats blocked the bill Monday night and Sasse got a bit of a tongue lashing from Washington State’s Patty Murray, who said, “We have laws against infanticide in this country. This is a gross misinterpretation of the actual language of the bill that is being asked to be considered and therefore I object.”

Yet, no matter how much Democrats might disdain the use of the term “infanticide,” extreme killing and a callous view of life are what they support.

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Disneyland to Hold First ‘Pride’ Event in Paris

While Disney’s American theme parks in Florida and California have hosted “Gay Day” events since as early as 2007 and Disneyland Paris has held unofficial gay-friendly events since 2014, on June 1, Disneyland Paris will host Disney’s first official “Magical Pride” event to honor Gay Pride Month. The event encourages patrons to “dress like a dream, feel fabulous and experience Walt Disney Studios Park like never before—loud, proud, and alive with all the colors of the rainbow.”

Disney’s upcoming film Jungle Cruise will feature an openly homosexual character for the first time. The film is slated for an October release.

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