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Trump rescinds transgender bathroom order

gender-neutral bathroom

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has reversed an Obama-era directive that advised schools to open bathrooms and locker rooms to students based on their perceived sexual identity or risk losing federal funding. The new ruling leaves bathroom use policies to …

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Congress fails to act on assisted suicide

WASHINGTON — Physician-assisted suicide officially has a new home in the wake of congressional inaction, and its proponents are pushing more jurisdictions to legalize the lethal practice. The District of Columbia’s Death With Dignity Act went into effect Feb. 18 …

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Family Christian Stores closing after 85 years

Family Christian Stores

Family Christian Stores, which filed for bankruptcy protection two years ago, has announced it is closing after 85 years. The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based company employed more than 3,000 people in 240 retail sites across 36 states. It was considered the world’s …

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Texas blocked from defunding Planned Parenthood

Cecile Richards

WASHINGTON — Texas is the latest state to suffer a judicial setback in its effort to eliminate government funds for Planned Parenthood. Federal Judge Sam Sparks of Austin, in a Feb. 21 ruling, blocked enforcement of a December decision by …

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Unlikely allies unite to fight transgender restroom access

The debate about transgender restroom access has forged unlikely allies. The conservative Family Policy Alliance (FPA) and the self-described “radical feminist” Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF), co-filed a brief with the Supreme Court opposing efforts to allow transgender students to use …

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House votes to rescind rule protecting Planned Parenthood

Congress

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives voted to rescind a two-month-old rule from the Obama administration that effectively restricts states from prohibiting funds for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers. The House voted 230-188 for House Joint Resolution 43, …

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Churches respond to Boy Scouts transgender policy

Trail Life Troop

When the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced in January a policy to allow transgender children into its programs, it said church affiliated troops could claim a religious exemption from the change. But it might not be that simple in …

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Florist aims for Supreme Court for religious liberty

Baronelle Stutzman

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Washington florist Barronelle Stutzman has lost her appeal of a ruling declaring she cannot refuse business that violates her religious beliefs. The Washington Supreme Court today (Feb. 16) upheld a lower court ruling convicting Stutzman of violating …

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