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Woman’s Freedom to Pray in Own Home Challenged

Mary Ann Sause, a retired Catholic nurse on disability in Louisburg, Kansas, was allegedly ordered by cops in her own home to stop praying. The police were originally responding to a minor noise complaint but then allegedly proceeded to harass her. First Liberty Institute, which is representing Sause, completed oral arguments in the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday. “The government’s attempt to redefine the First Amendment through this case could set a dangerous precedent for religious freedom,” said Stephanie Taub, senior counsel for First Liberty Institute.

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Sexual Risk Avoidance Approach to Sex Ed Shows Promise

Instead of using the typical Sexual Risk Reduction (SRR) approach to sexual education that teaches high school students how to avoid pregnancy, the Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) approach to sex ed uses sound scientific research, a holistic approach, and common sense to teach teens not just to delay sexual activity through abstinence, but also how to build healthy relationships and set goals. Though 90 cents out of every federal sexual education dollar goes to SRR, more than 80 percent of teens in those types of programs fared either worse or no better than their peers who were not a part of the program. On the other hand, according to 25 peer-reviewed studies, students who went through SRA were more likely to wait for sex and were more likely to avoid other risky behaviors.

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Air Force Email States ‘Boy’ and ‘Girl’ Are Offensive Terms

According to an email sent by a senior Air Force leader to airmen at Lackland Air Force Base, the words “boy” and “girl” were among the list of words and phrases that “may be construed offensive.” The email asked the airmen to “please be cognizant that such conduct is 100 percent zero tolerance in or outside of the work climate.” We guess the word “airmen” will now need to be changed to “airpeople.”

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SCOTUS Nomination of Gorsuch and Abortion-Related Laws

The Judiciary Committee hearings on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court start March 20, and the legal team at Americans United for Life will be pinpointing discussions during those hearings related to abortion. To stay educated, visit their Scotus 101 project.

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Birth Control App Awaits FDA Approval

If approved by the FDA, Natural Cycles would be the first government-approved, non-drug option for birth control. The natural family planning app, developed by Swedish nuclear physicist Elina Berglund Scherwitzl and her husband, Dr. Raoul Scherwitz, tracks a woman’s ovulation cycle using an algorithm. In a peer-reviewed study of 4,000 women, the app was 93 percent effective at preventing pregnancy compared to the 91 percent effectiveness of the birth control pill. The app is available on iPhones, iPads, Android devices or any device with a browser.

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