Friday Five: Banning Late-Term Abortions and more

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1. House Will Vote on Pro-Life Bill Banning Late-Term Abortions After 20 Weeks on Oct. 3rd

 LEGISLATIVE PRAYER ALERT: "The House of Representatives will vote in the coming days on a pro-life bill that bans abortions from after 20-weeks of pregnancy up to the day of birth. The House has previously approved the legislation only to see a Democrat-led filibuster prevent the bill from moving forward in the Senate."

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2. ROWAN CO. COMMISSIONERS VOTE UNANIMOUSLY TO APPEAL PRAYER CASE TO SUPREME COURT

"Rowan County Commissioners voted unanimously to take the prayer case to the Supreme Court Monday night.

The county commissioners voted 5-0 in favor of appealing the case to the U.S. Supreme Court."

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3. Anti-abortion groups fuming over GOP failure to defund Planned Parenthood

"Anti-abortion groups fuming over the Republican failure to defund Planned Parenthood as part of ObamaCare repeal are eyeing tax reform as the next vehicle for their cause.

The groups want Republicans to defund Planned Parenthood in a tax reform package that the GOP plans to move through the Senate under special budgetary rules that protect it from a Democratic filibuster."

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4. State Laws on Student Free Speech – How Does Your State Measure Up?

"More than four decades ago, the Supreme Court made it clear that public college students do not sacrifice their constitutional rights when they arrive on campus, finding “no room for the view that … First Amendment protections should apply with less force on college campuses than in the community at large.”

Yet the reality of most students does not reflect the promise of the “marketplace of ideas.” Universities are regulating what students may say, when and where they can say it, and even who will speak for them. Increasingly, state legislatures are responding by enacting laws to protect student free speech. We are pleased to release today a review of these state laws – highlighting the states that have protected free speech on their state-funded campuses…and those that have a lot of work to do."

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5. NC Values has filed an amicus brief for one of the most important religious liberty Supreme Court cases of our lifetime.

We have been very busy this month! Since the election of Supreme Justice Gorsuch, we have been busy writing a number of important Amicus Brief documents that we have submitted to courts considering major legal questions that will have as much an impact on religious liberty as Roe vs. Wade had on abortion.

Yesterday we filed a fourth major religious liberty brief in the Kenosha Unified School District v. Whitaker case in the US Supreme Court. This case is similar to the transgender bathroom G.G. case in the Fourth Circuit that was dismissed by the 4th Circuit. It presents the issue of whether transgender students can use bathrooms of the sex they identify with or whether they must follow school district policy requiring bathroom use by the sex you were born with.

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Will you chip in $100, $50, $25, or even $10 to help the NC Values Coalition find out which schools LGBT activists are targeting, and help equip parents and pastors to make their voices heard? You can donate by clicking here. Our goal is to build a team across the state to begin investigating which schools are planning on making these changes. However, we need to build and fund a team. What you donate this month will determine the size of the team we can build.


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