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Pregnancy Care Centers in Hawaii Fight Abortion Referral Mandate

Through a House and Senate bill, state lawmakers in Hawaii are trying to force pregnancy care centers to tell pregnant women where they can go to abort their babies. Care centers must share a pro-abortion statement on posted signs in the waiting area or deliver the statement to clients. If care centers don’t, they could be fined $500 the first time and $1,000 for each subsequent offense and could get sued by women who report a violation.

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Pro-Life Groups to Protest at Planned Parenthood Clinics This Saturday

This Saturday, as part of the #ProtestPP movement, a coalition of pro-life groups will demonstrate outside more than 200 Planned Parenthood clinics in 44 states and Washington, D.C., hoping to influence the debate in Congress over defunding the abortion giant. “The federal government has been subsidizing Planned Parenthood to the tune of more than $430 million annually,” said Eric Scheidler, national organizer of the #ProtestPP campaign.

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Unlikely Team Speaks Up for Women

Family Policy Alliance, with whom The Family Action Council of Tennessee is allied, and radical feminist group Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF) have joined together in an amicus brief to oppose Obama’s Title IX transgender bathroom mandate that would open all women’s restrooms, locker rooms, and showers to men who self-identify as women. The unlikely pair agrees that the privacy and safety of women are paramount. Said the chair of WoLF’s board of directors, Kara Dansky, “If we define sex, under Title IX, to mean gender identity, what we’re essentially saying is that ‘women and girl’ can mean anyone who self-identifies as ‘women and girl,’ which makes the category ‘women and girls’ meaningless as a category.” Sign the petition to support the safety and privacy of women and girls.

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TN Counselor Group Takes a Chill Pill

The American Counseling Association and its Tennessee counterpart had come unglued in recent weeks over state Sen. Jack Johnson’s bill that prohibited Tennessee’s licensing board from farming out its duty to develop rules governing professional counselors to a private organization. But on Wednesday Sen. Johnson announced that he would not pursue his bill and instead support a bill introduced by Sen. Mike Bell and Rep. Dan Howell that would prohibit any Tennessee licensing board from turning over their power to a private association. The Tennessee Counseling Association said the new bill was an “improvement” because it treated all groups the same.

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Human Rights Campaign Comes Unglued Over TN Bill

This week the Commerce Committee in the Tennessee Senate unanimously referred a bill to the full Senate that would prohibit rogue liberal mayors and cities from trying to impose on local businesses liberal personnel policies beyond what state law requires. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) said the bill was “a thinly veiled legislative assault on LGBTQ Tennesseans and their families” because “government agencies who choose to take action to protect LGBTQ people would be barred from doing so.”No, they are just barred from imposing any requirement on a business beyond what state law requires and subjecting business from a variety of unlawful and potentially contradictory requirements. It will be interesting to see if business groups are now afraid to protect their own business interests if HRC protests.

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