Trump Administration Quietly Meets With Anti-Choice Groups Ahead of Lame Duck Session

Anti-choice groups met with White House officials on Wednesday to pressure the Trump administration to further restrict reproductive rights during the lame duck session and the next session of the U.S. Congress. The groups called on the president to not sign any budget containing federal funding for Planned Parenthood or government funding for fetal tissue …

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California’s right-to-die law upheld by state appeals court

A state appeals court rejected a challenge Tuesday to California’s right-to-die law for terminally ill patients, overturning a judge’s ruling in May that had briefly blocked enforcement of the law. The statute, in effect since June 2016, allows a dying adult patient to take lethal drugs that a doctor has prescribed. Before that, two doctors …

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Donald Trump buried a climate change report because ‘I don’t believe it’

President Donald Trump on Monday dismissed a study produced by his own administration, involving 13 federal agencies and more than 300 leading climate scientists, warning of the potentially catastrophic impact of climate change. Why, you ask? “I don’t believe it,” Trump told reporters on Monday, adding that he had read “some” of the report. Read …

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After Legal Battle, Alaskan Borough Ends Discriminatory Invocation Policy

In early 2016, members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in Alaska were thinking about getting rid of invocations at meetings… but they kept them and said anyone who wanted to give one could do so. Hearing that invitation, a member of The Satanic Temple signed up. She delivered an invocation that included the line, …

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Religious exemption laws exacerbating foster and adoption ‘crisis,’ report finds

Religious exemption laws allowing child placement agencies to deny LGBTQ prospective parents from fostering or adopting are exacerbating the current “child welfare crisis,” according to a new report from the liberal Center for American Progress (CAP), Voice for Adoption and the North American Council on Adoptable Children. […] In 2017, there were about 443,000 children …

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Atheist Group Demands Chicago Stop Funding Church Renovations with Taxpayer Cash

The Supreme Court’s 2017 Trinity Lutheran decision allowed for churches to apply for taxpayer-funded grants as long as it was for a secular reason. But a church in Chicago is under fire after receiving more than $220,000 to advance its religious agenda. According to the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the First Church of Deliverance got …

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Mississippi Judge Blocks Abortion Ban, Slams ‘Controlling’ Male Lawmakers

A federal judge has blocked a Mississippi state law that sought to ban most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, issuing his judgment alongside a stinging rebuke of “controlling” male lawmakers who “gaslight” the public into believing they care about women’s health. The proposed law made exceptions for medical emergencies or cases in which there’s …

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Anti-vaccination stronghold in N.C. hit with state’s worst chickenpox outbreak in 2 decades

Chickenpox has taken hold of a school in North Carolina where many families claim religious exemption from vaccines. Cases of chickenpox have been multiplying at the Asheville Waldorf School, which serves children from nursery school to sixth grade in Asheville, N.C. About a dozen infections grew to 28 at the beginning of the month. By Friday, …

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