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World Health Organization Redefines ‘Transgender’ Condition

The World Health Organization is no longer labeling “transgenderism” as a mental illness in its latest International Classification of Diseases, ICD-11, which was approved at the end of May. What used to be termed “gender identity disorder” will now be referred to as “gender incongruence” and will now be found in the sexual health chapter instead of the chapter on mental disorders.

A WHO representative explained, “We had a better understanding that this was not actually a mental health condition, and leaving it there was causing stigma.”

According to ICD-11, “Gender incongruence is characterized by a marked and persistent incongruence between an individual’s experienced gender and the assigned sex.” The term is the same as “gender dysphoria” used by the American Psychiatric Association.

The WHO’s latest reclassification has been met with both praise from the LGBT supporting Human Rights Watch and frustration from a group of trans activists who don’t think the definition is progressive enough.

As of now, countries have until 2022 to conform to the WHO changes.

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HHS Seeks to Roll Back Obama Interpretation of Civil Rights Laws

Around the same time that the latest International Classification of Diseases, ICD-11, was approved by the World Health Organization, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) submitted proposed regulations to roll back an Obama administration interpretation of section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, which would have revised the understanding of discrimination on the basis of sex to include gender identity.

OCR Director Roger Severino explains, “When Congress prohibited sex discrimination, it did so according to the plain meaning of the term, and we are making our regulations conform. The American people want vigorous protection of civil rights and faithfulness to the text of the laws passed by their representatives. The proposed rule would accomplish both goals.”

HHS’ proposed change would mean that healthcare providers and health insurers would not be forced to provide services for “transgenders,” since “gender identity” would not be considered a protected class under civil rights laws.

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Alabama’s Pro-Life Law Challenges Roe Head-on

Late last week, Alabama’s Republican Gov. Kay Ivey signed the most pro-life bill into law thus far. The Alabama Human Life Protection Act makes all abortions illegal except when it is necessary to protect the life of the mother. An abortionist could be sentenced up to 99 years in prison for violating the law, which does not provide exceptions for instances of rape or incest.

“These new protections simply confirm what science and reason tell us about our most vulnerable Americans,” said 40 Days for Life President Shawn Carney. “The unborn should not be discriminated against but protected and given natural human rights. This is a great day for Alabama and America.”

Writing in the Washington Times, Vice President Mike Pence’s daughter, Charlotte Pence, said, “No one can enjoy any of the freedoms in America if they are not first given the right to life. While the law is hotly debated, its very existence—and the language included in it—may lead to a shift in our culture, one that will serve to produce long-term effects rather than fleeting reactions.”

But some say the shift needs to go even further with one writer suggesting that women who abort their own babies should not be exempt from criminal responsibility; murder isn’t just the sin of the abortionist.

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Former LGBT Members March for Freedom

The second annual Freedom March is set for May 25 at the National Sylvan Theater in Washington, D.C., and hundreds of ex-homosexuals and former “transgenders” will be proclaiming freedom in Christ in overcoming LGBT lifestyles. Led by founder and former “transgender” Jeffrey McCall, the event will have a mixture of worship and testimonies from folks like Luis Javier Ruiz and Angel Colon, survivors of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando.

“I was transformed through the grace of Jesus and found that others have been as well. These marches are a way to ensure that others who have overcome are not feeling isolated and alone,” McCall said.

Besides helping those who have broken free from an ungodly lifestyle, the march is also meant to reach out to the LGBT community and equip local churches that are seeking to know how to minister to LGBT-identified persons.

Two other marches are planned this year, one in St. Paul, Minn., on June 23 and Orlando, Fla., on September 14.

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A Word to Graduates

This is the time of year when high school and college students graduate and are looking to make an impact in society at large. Before making a living and contributing to society’s betterment, what should young adults do to continue living for Jesus once out of school?

Sean McDowell, assistant professor in the Christian Apologetics program at Biola University, has some God-centered tips for young, Christian adults. McDowell suggests young adults should take God’s calling on their lives seriously but not take themselves too seriously, learn the difference between arrogance and confidence, stop comparing themselves to others, live with an understanding that God calls them to be faithful today as well as at the end of the age, and show the love of Christ to those who hurt them.

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