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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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Shout Your Abortion Co-Founder to Release Children’s Book

The co-founder of the pro-choice #ShoutYourAbortion social media campaign that is attempting to put a positive spin on murdering children in the womb teamed up with Seattle-based HiHo Kids to produce a YouTube video in which children ask her questions about her abortion.

In the video, Amelia Bonow compares the abortion procedure to “a crappy dentist appointment.” Bonow goes on to say that she believes “life begins when a person has a baby,” not at conception, and that abortion “is all part of God’s plan.”

Bonow is the author of the book Shout Your Abortion and plans a children’s book about abortion in 2020.

While the secular media, including Oprah’s O Magazine, is promoting Bonow’s activism and the pro-choice narrative, there is a conservative counter-movement called Silent No More that details the regrets of women who have had abortions. Pro-life activist Alveda King is one of the movement’s spokespersons.

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New York City Gender-Neutral Birth Certificates Become a Reality

This week a New York City law went into effect that allows adults to change their birth certificates to reflect either “male,” “female,” or the so-called gender-neutral “X” and gives parents the same options for their newborns.

New Yorkers no longer need a letter from a physician or an affidavit signed by a licensed health care provider to change their sex on their birth certificates. No gender reassignment surgery necessary.

“You be you. Live your truth. And know that New York City will have your back,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said after signing the measure into law last October.

California, Oregon, Washington state, and New Jersey (in February) also have similar laws.

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