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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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Battling sex trafficking at hotels & motels

Amy Lipovsky felt like a song playing on loop — walking into the same hotels, saying the same things week after week and showing the same pictures of missing girls. “It’s emotionally draining” trying to get people to care, she …

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Last-ditch effort aims to stop D.C. assisted suicide

WASHINGTON — A congressional committee has taken the first step in a fast-track effort to prevent the legalization of physician-assisted suicide in the nation’s capital. The House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted 22-14 Monday night (Feb. 13) …

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Pro-life rallies call for Planned Parenthood defunding

pro-life rally

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Pro-life demonstrators held rallies Feb. 11 at more than 220 Planned Parenthood clinics in 45 states to advocate withdrawing government funds from America’s largest abortion provider. Meanwhile, a petition drive led by the Ethics & Religious Liberty …

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Evangelicals divided over refugee order

Syrian refugees

WASHINGTON—Thousands of evangelical leaders are asking President Donald Trump to reconsider his executive order pausing the United States refugee program and barring travel from seven Muslim-majority countries. Christian humanitarian group World Relief published a letter in the Washington Post on …

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