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Brazil’s New President Vows to Turn Around Moral Collapse

Jair Bolsonaro was recently sworn in as Brazil’s president. In his presidential remarks, Bolsonaro, a Christian, boldly proclaimed, “I place myself before the whole nation, on this day, as the day in which the people began to liberate itself from socialism, from the inversion of values, from big government, and from political correctness.”

He chose Damares Alves, a like-minded Christian leader, as his new minister for Women, the Family, and Human Rights. The staunchly pro-life Alves vowed to stop abortions and to “do away with the abuse of ideological indoctrination” in the form of gender ideology that LGBT activists had been pushing in public schools.

Let’s pray for this new, bold man of God and his successful leadership. We can also pray that those Christians numbered among our political leaders would be so bold in their commitment to stand for life and God’s design for human sexuality.

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Tennessee Pro-Life Law Makes Ultrasound Available to Pregnant Women

This week a new Tennessee law went into effect that requires an abortionist who performs an ultrasound before an abortion to offer the pregnant woman seeking the abortion the opportunity to learn the results. If she opts to know the results, the new law requires that she be advised of whether or not a heartbeat was detected. Abortion providers must also include in an annual report to the Department of Health the number of such ultrasounds where a fetal heartbeat was detected.

While the new law does not require an ultrasound, as required in 13 other states, it is at least another way to encourage pregnant women to keep their babies instead of aborting.

Republican Rep. Micah Van Huss, the bill’s sponsor, noted during debate on the bill that he was unapologetically pro-life. “My concern is not with the emotional health of a person seeking an abortion,” he said. “My concern is with the physical health of the baby inside.”

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Ohio House Overrides Governor Kasich’s Veto, Effort Fails in Senate

Ohio Gov. John Kasich vetoed the pro-life Heartbeat Bill last week, but Thursday, the Ohio House overrode the decision in a 60-28 vote.

Regrettably, the effort fell one vote short in the Ohio Senate when five Republican senators voted with all the Democrats. One of those Republicans, Sen. Bill Beagle, had voted for the bill in the Senate Health Committee and again on the Senate floor.

The bill would have prohibited abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

Citizens for Community Values President Aaron Baer, in a written statement, was disappointed but upbeat about the future. “The pro-life movement will carry on for another day. Thankfully, Ohio has true pro-life champions coming into the Governor’s office in the DeWine/Husted administration,” he said. “Our call to state legislative leadership is to not delay in 2019. The times are urgent, and we must enact this bill as soon as possible.”

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Nashville Planned Parenthood Clinic Suspends Abortion Services

Nashville’s only remaining abortion provider has suspended its abortion services indefinitely because it could not find a physician to perform the abortions.

The Nashville office of Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi, the largest provider of abortions in the state, is now referring clients to clinics in Knoxville and Memphis.

The decision to stop offering abortion services has resulted in Tennessee Right to Life receiving an increase in calls from desperate pregnant women wanting abortions, giving the pro-life group an opportunity to introduce these women to life-affirming pregnancy care options.

In August, the Women’s Center abortion facility in Nashville also closed after almost three decades of aborting unborn babies.

Tennessee now has six abortion providers, down from 16 in 2000.

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U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Resolve Circuit Split on Planned Parenthood Defunding Cases

Six of the nine U.S. Supreme Court justices refused on Monday to hear two cases involving a state’s right to end taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood through Medicaid programs.

The assent of four justices is required for the Court to take up the case. Unfortunately, both Justice Roberts and new Justice Kavanaugh agreed with the liberal justices in refusing to hear the case.

Justice Clarence Thomas’ dissent, in which both Justices Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch joined, chastised the Court for refusing to hear the cases: “[T]hese cases are not about abortion rights. They are about private rights of action under the Medicaid Act . . . Some tenuous connection to a politically fraught issue does not justify abdicating our judicial duty. If anything, neutrally applying the law is all the more important when political issues are in the background.”

The Court’s refusal to hear the cases means that in some states abortion providers can sue over the defunding and in some states they can’t.

Thomas is right that the Court should resolve this inconsistency in the law.

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