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U.S. House Republicans Bring Pro-Life Hearing to Capitol Hill

House Democrats, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, have made their pro-infanticide stance clear: For the past seven months they have blocked all attempts to have a vote on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 962) leading to House Minority Whip Steve Scalise’s procedural tactic known as a discharge petition.

The petition has been signed by more than 200 members of Congress but needs at least 218 signatures to bring H.R. 962 to a floor vote. The bill would require hospital care to babies born after failed abortions and levy fines or even a prison term for abortion doctors who intentionally kill the infant abortion survivor.

In response to Democrat obstruction, House Republicans invited pro-life medical experts and others to Capitol Hill on Tuesday for a hearing to examine the abortion survivors legislation. The hearing was held in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center because Speaker Pelosi denied House Republicans a committee hearing room.

Jill Stanek, a pro-life activist with Susan B. Anthony List, explained that babies born alive can survive for an hour or more, enough time to get them medical care to save them. Stanek then added, “How far will doctors go to comfort themselves for letting abortion survivors die? Pretty far. Clearly, little abortion survivors desperately need Congress to pass the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act to provide them with legal medical protections and not leave open the decision whether they live or die.”

Since every Republican House member has already signed it, the remaining signatures have to be from Democrats. See if your member of Congress has signed the petition, and if not, encourage him or her to do so today.

“I live for the day when abortion is not just illegal but it is unthinkable, and what is happening to these babies that are born because they are unwanted is unconscionable,” said Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Mo., one of the hosts of the hearing.

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New 9/11 Memorial Honors First Responders

Wednesday marked the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. As in years past, the names of those who lost their lives during the World Trade Center attacks were read in a special ceremony.

This year there is one addition: a memorial at Ground Zero called Memorial Glade honoring the more than 2,000 first responders who have died due to illnesses diagnosed in the aftermath of the attacks caused by inhaling toxic fumes. The memorial opened on May 30 on the 17th anniversary of the official end of the rescue-and-recovery efforts after the 9/11 attacks.

President Trump, who was at the Pentagon observance ceremony, said, “The First Lady and I are united with you in grief. We come here in the knowledge that we cannot erase the pain or reverse the evil of that dark and wretched day, but we offer you all that we have: our unwavering loyalty, our undying devotion, and our eternal pledge that your loved ones will never, ever be forgotten.”

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Christian Filmmakers Gain Free Speech Victory

A federal appeals court has sided with the First Amendment rights of a Minnesota Christian filmmaking couple who want to expand their business to include wedding videos.

Based on Minnesota’s antidiscrimination law, the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA), the state ruled that Carl and Angel Larsen, owners of Telescope Media Group, had to create videos celebrating same-sex “marriages” if they wanted to continue creating videos to celebrate the marriage between one man and one woman. Failure to comply with the law could have resulted in steep fines or even jail time for up to three months.

The couple challenged the application of the state law to the video’s they produced, but the federal district court dismissed their claim.

Then late last month the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit overruled the lower court. The appellate court ruled that the MHRA effectively compelled the Larsens to create speech contrary to their religious beliefs and also regulated speech based on the viewpoint being expressed, both of which violate the First Amendment. It, therefore, reinstated the lawsuit and ordered the district court to consider whether the couple was entitled to a preliminary injunction barring enforcement of the law against them.

This is the first time that religious business owners have been able to invoke First Amendment rights when refusing to serve a same-sex wedding.

“We are thankful the court recognized that government officials can’t force religious believers to violate their beliefs to pursue their passion. This is a win for everyone, regardless of your beliefs,” said Carl Larsen after the court’s decision.

The case is being sent back to the lower court unless Minnesota appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Federal Appeals Court Rules that Religious Businesses Refusing Service to Same-Sex Weddings Is a Free Speech Right
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Planned Parenthood Ropes in Popular Artists to Promote New Campaign

Planned Parenthood is enlisting nearly 140 popular artists, including Ariana Grande, Beck, Foo Fighters, Heart, Idina Menzel, John Legend, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Norah Jones, and Sarah McLachlan, to promote its latest effort to normalize abortion.

The new campaign is called “#BansOffMyBody,” and it is intended to garner opposition to state legislative efforts to limit abortion and promote the abortion giant’s blatant lie that “the Trump administration forced Planned Parenthood and other providers out of the Title X program through the unethical gag rule.” In reality, Planned Parenthood consciously chose not to follow the federal rules, and that is what resulted in the loss of funds.

This new effort is a way to protect what they deem to be the “fundamental right to control our bodies” through abortion. While Planned Parenthood clamors that “everyone deserves health care that’s free of shame, stigma, or judgment,” and seeks to do that by equating abortion with “health care,” shame, stigma, and judgment are the natural by-products of a conscience pricked by the killing of one’s unborn child. Release from those things will not come from a human law, but from God’s forgiveness for breaking His law.

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David Daleiden Hearing Over Undercover Fetal Tissue Trafficking Videos Begins This Week

David Daleiden, the investigative journalist for the Center for Medical Progress, and his cohort, Sandra Merritt, who together created a series of undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s fetal tissue trafficking, have been the subject of a nine-day preliminary hearing in San Francisco that started this week. The purpose of the hearing is to determine whether there’s enough evidence to try them on 15 felony counts for invasion of privacy.

The argument against Daleiden and Merritt is that they videotaped Planned Parenthood-affiliated abortion providers without their knowledge concerning fetal tissue procurement at the National Abortion Federation’s annual conferences in 2014 and 2015. The prosecution contends that conference attendees were required to sign confidentiality agreements prohibiting them from divulging details about the conference to anyone not in attendance.

However, the defense claims that the NAF’s exhibitor rules and regulations did not prohibit video recordings. Further, Daleiden’s attorney, Peter Breen, said that California’s Invasion of Privacy Act excludes any conversation that can be reasonably overheard or recorded, and therefore “none of the content was confidential.” Breen added that Daleiden’s journalistic efforts should be protected by California’s shield laws.

Tuesday marked the first time that any of Daleiden’s undercover videos have been played in an open court.

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