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1. BROKEN PROMISE: Trump, GOP Congress Give Planned Parenthood $500 Million In Taxpayer Funds
Broken promise. Shame on them!
"President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans broke their promise to conservative voters by including funding for Planned Parenthood, which receives approximately $500 million in taxpayer funding each year, in the omnibus bill that Trump signed into law on Friday."
We must praise the NC delegation who voted AGAINST the Omnibus bill, many of them for the stated reason that it continues to fund Planned Parenthood: Senator Thom Tillis, Congressman George Holding (NC 2nd), Congressman Mark Walker (NC 6th), Congressman David Rouzer (NC 7th), Congressman Mark Meadows (NC 11th), and Congressman Ted Budd (NC 13th).
2. New Report Misleads on the Health Risks of Abortion for Women
"Earlier this month, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) released a report on the safety of abortion in the United States. It examines various methods used for abortion and concludes that abortion is safe and poses minimal health risks. The report also puts a negative spin on pro-life laws, arguing that many of them have no basis in medical research, and states that some abortion-specific regulations create barriers to safe health care. This report has received sympathetic coverage from a number of mainstream-media outlets including National Public Radio, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times.
There is far less substance in this study than meets the eye. Indeed, a pro-abortion-rights bias is readily apparent in this report. The consultants on the National Academies report include both the abortionist Willie Parker and George Washington University law professor Sara Rosenbaum, a vocal supporter of Planned Parenthood. Two of the consultants are also affiliated with the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, which supports legal abortion."
"The Donald Trump administration has issued a new directive that permits transgender military service only “under certain limited circumstances.” The policy tweak could render moot legal challenges to President Trump’s previous ban of transgender troops, says a former military attorney.
A presidential memo released late March 23 revoked Trump’s August 2017 directive – which has been blocked by multiple federal court decisions – and replaced it with a policy “that transgender persons with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria ... are disqualified from military service except under certain limited circumstances.”"
4. Planned Parenthood: “We Need a Disney Princess Who’s Had an Abortion”
"Nothing is sacred to Planned Parenthood, except the mass killing of unborn babies.
This week, a Pennsylvania branch of the abortion chain targeted young, idealistic girls with its abortion agenda.
“We need a Disney princess who’s had an abortion,” Planned Parenthood Keystone wrote Tuesday on Twitter. “We need a Disney princess who’s pro-choice.”"
5. He Is Risen! Have a Blessed Easter Sunday
Easter symbolizes our calling -- speaking truth and life to our dying culture. Jesus Christ is the reason we do what we do. It is our prayer that you be blessed by the LORD as you spend time with your family. Remember, while we can speak truth and life, only Jesus can save. We owe everything to Him and his sacrifice.
WEEKLY PRAYER: OFFICIALS
LORD, you are the Judge of the nations. You are Creator of the Heavens and the Earth. You are sovereign over all.
LORD, may we find assurance and comfort in the reality that you are the LORD God. In spite of the political events that are unfolding in our country and around the world, we remind ourselves that you are in control. That the Church is within the protection of your providence. That Jesus is our Prince of Peace, and that one day every knee shall bow and declare His Lordship.
LORD, we also bring these specific prayer requests to you, and pray that your Spirit may empower our petitions: LORD, be with our Representatives and President Trump as they pass this omnibus bill that gives Planned Parenthood $500 million of our money to have them betray the life of the most innocent. LORD, abortion is being promoted in our culture and government using lies about the health risks involved to mothers who are convinced they have no choice. Please let them know that you offer them solace and refuge, that they will never go without want. If you take care of the birds LORD, how will you not care for these mothers and their children. We pray for the officials who have the authority to stop the lies and murders, give them clarity and direction. We thank You oh LORD for the resurrection and the promise within that act. Easter Sunday gives us solace and hope as we face the cruelty and pain of our cultre. We bring all these issues to Your feet and ask for Your will to be done.
“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God." (Romans 13:1)
"For kingship belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations." (Psalms 22:28)
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