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Fostering confusion

Fostering confusion

Illinois’s child welfare agency now requires that any individual working with a child in its system support LGBT rights. The new policy, signed and implemented May 6 by Illinois Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) director George Sheldon, is …

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Transgender student wins restroom case appeal

Tremper High School

CHICAGO, Ill. — A Wisconsin high school girl who identifies as a boy should be allowed to use the boy’s restroom, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today (May 31). Ashton Whitaker, a 17-year-old senior, won permission to …

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Trump’s budget doubles abstinence education funds

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s proposed 2018 federal budget has drawn praise from advocates of teen sexual abstinence for asking Congress to double the percentage of sex education funds devoted to abstinence-based approaches. Of the approximately $1 billion in federal funding …

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School choice finds a voice in federal budget

school choice

The Trump administration proposes $1 billion to advance vouchers, parental control. The $4.1 trillion proposed budget released May 24 by the White House asks for overall cuts to education spending, including for federally backed student loans, but gives school choice …

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From baby mice to designer humans?

Baby mice

Scientists in Japan are growing mice from skin cells. A team of researchers at Kyushu University last year converted tail cells from adult female mice into viable eggs, and then inseminated those eggs to produce embryos. They implanted the embryos …

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U.S. deports Indonesian Christian who fled persecution

Arino Massie

As the U.S. tightens immigration enforcement, officials have deported an Indonesian Christian back to a country grappling with persistent Christian persecution. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials on May 18 put Arino Massie on a plane back to Indonesia. ICE …

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Justice Samuel Alito’s first freedom fears

religious freedom

“This case is an ominous sign.” That’s the opening salvo of Justice Samuel Alito’s dissent in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last June not to hear the case of Stormans v. Wiesman. The owners of a Washington pharmacy sought an …

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