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Some House Committees Ban Legislators From Video Streaming During Meetings

Live video streaming of proceedings by legislators using their personal smartphones is being prohibited by some of the committee and subcommittee chairs in the Tennessee General Assembly. And this prohibition could also extend to the House floor.

Said House Speaker Glen Casada’s Chief of Staff Cade Cothren, “The chairmen that are choosing to do this are choosing to do so in order to make the legislative process run more smoothly both for themselves and for the public.”

Apparently, some members were not just streaming the event, which is already being streamed over the Legislature’s website, but they were commenting and editorializing on what they were streaming, creating a distraction among their colleagues while trying to discuss the bill and listen to testimony.

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Heartbeat Bill Gains Support of Key Legislative Leaders

Gov. Bill Lee and two of Tennessee’s top lawmakers, House Speaker Glen Casada and Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, have announced their support for a bill introduced by Rep. Micah Van Huss that would ban an abortion as early as six weeks if a fetal heartbeat is found.

This is the third year that Van Huss has proposed such legislation because as he says, “One of our primary responsibilities as government is to keep our citizens safe. And the killing of our citizens need [sic] to stop.” While Van Huss will not rule out the possibility of minor amendments this year, he stated that it will either pass or fail as it is written.

This latest push comes on the heels of similar legislation that has either passed or is currently working through legislatures in other states. An Iowa judge recently struck down that state’s heartbeat bill holding that it violated the state’s constitution and federal courts have struck down similar laws several years ago.

However, Van Huss expressed optimism that the law would be upheld in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, which includes Tennessee. “The Sixth Circuit is considered the most conservative circuit court in the country, so I’m hopeful if this legislation gets challenged that the Sixth Circuit would side with life,” says Van Huss.

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Planned Parenthood Adds AI Chatbot as Part of Radical Sex Ed

Planned Parenthood has paired with technology company Work & Co. to help teens age 13-17 find the “right” answers to questions about sex through its artificial intelligence chatbot called Roo.

Information given to inquisitive teens is based on what information the young person types in or chooses from a list of FAQs as well as which of the five available genders the young person chooses.

Why, with Google answering so many of these questions already, did the abortion giant decide to come up with Roo? Simple. The AI chatbot is billed as nonjudgmental and personalized, and of course, the answers would come from Planned Parenthood’s perspective.

Parents might want to be careful about their child’s use of an app that answers questions like “What is the right age to have sex for the first time?” and “When are you no longer a virgin?” with mushy answers that basically say it’s up to the teen to decide these things.

Interestingly, Roo is unable to process questions about when life begins and the personhood of unborn babies.

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New NY Legislation Allows for Abortion Until Birth

On the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Reproductive Health Act into law, making it legal to abort babies until birth in the Empire State.

The new law also allows non-doctors to perform abortions, erases the state’s recognition of preborn babies older than 24 weeks as potential homicide victims, and removes abortion from the penal code entirely.

Gov. Cuomo, after receiving a standing ovation from those in the room, stated, “The most aggressive women’s equality platform in the nation is going to be in law in this state. And that’s the way it should be.”

The choice of the word “aggressive” should make those of us who are pro-life cringe. Live Action leader Lila Rose said it well: “This is no different than infanticide.”

Gov. Cuomo later ordered the One World Trade Center spire to be lit up in pink overnight to mark the enshrining of the “fundamental right” to abortion in New York state law. How ironic that this same building holds a memorial to eleven unborn children who were victims of the 9/11 terrorist attack.

“It’s unconscionable,” said Nashville-area resident and board-certified OB/GYN Dr. Omar Hamada about New York’s abortion law when interviewed by FOX News. “It does go against what we do as physicians in terms of saving lives and comforting patients.” Hamada also explained that while liberals try to justify third-trimester abortions, late-term abortions are never necessary to save the life of the mother.

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Six States Push for Elective Bible Literacy Classes

This week President Trump took to Twitter to endorse Bible literacy classes in public schools at a time when at least six states are considering elective courses on the Bible’s historical and literary significance.

The idea of teaching students about how biblical principles shaped our Founding Fathers pleased many conservatives, while liberals screamed about the separation of church and state myth and the supposed violation of the First Amendment.

But the First Amendment simply forbids Congress from making any laws “respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” The goal of the elective Bible classes isn’t to proselytize, as some liberals fear, but rather to educate.

Writes The Daily Signal’s Daniel Davis about this recent push, “It’s really impossible to appreciate American history without a working knowledge of Christianity’s core teachings, since Christianity informed America’s self-understanding going all the way back to the Mayflower.”

Project Blitz, which includes the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation, the Christian public-interest law firm National Legal Foundation, and conservative nonprofit WallBuilders, is behind the Bible literacy agenda and other legislation that promotes Judeo-Christian beliefs.

Tennessee is one of seven states where similar laws already exist.

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