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1. Budget passes first House vote; Senate’s work on budget complete
The budget is appropriating $1.5M to help the victims of sex trafficking and an additional $3M to school choice—the Opportunity Scholarship for Children with Disabilities.
"The $23.9 billion state General Fund budget for 2018-19 is a step away from being sent to Gov. Roy Cooper for his signature.
The Senate gave 36-14 final approval to the spending plan early Thursday morning, May 31. Sen. Don Davis, D-Pitt, was the only member to vote across party lines. The House took up the measure shortly afterward and passed it 72-45 after more than 5 1/2 hours of partisan wrangling. A third vote is needed, but House rules prevent that from happening until Friday, when the House will meet at 9:00 a.m.
The budget cuts corporate and personal income taxes, increases savings, adds $700 million in education spending, and gives teachers and state employees pay raises. Spending would increase 3.85 percent, which is under the level of population growth and inflation Republicans have used as a benchmark cap."
2. Supreme Court Agrees to Arkansas Abortion Regulations
"The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a plea by the Planned Parenthood to challenge an Arkansas law that regulates medication-induced abortions, which could force two abortion clinics in the state to close down when the legislation goes into effect.
The Supreme Court refused to review a ruling from the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that allowed the Arkansas law, passed in 2015, to take effect, according to Washington Examiner.
The law requires a physician who "gives, sells, dispenses, administers, or otherwise provides or prescribes the abortion-inducing drug" to have a contract with a doctor who has admitting privileges at a hospital in the state. The New York Times said abortion clinics in the state won't be able to find physicians willing to sign such contracts."
3. Louisiana’s Democrat governor signs 15-week abortion ban into law
"Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, signed legislation today banning abortions on babies 15 weeks or older, pending the outcome of a legal challenge.
The law, SB 181, would sentence any abortionist who commits an abortion beyond that date to a prison sentence of up to ten years and a fine between $10,000 and $100,000, though it expressly exempts the woman seeking the abortion from punishment.
The law does not contain an exception for babies conceived in rape, and only allows exceptions for abortions deemed necessary to save a woman’s life from physical danger."
"Despite the rise of the #MeToo movement against powerful institutions enabling sexual abuse, Planned Parenthood’s own history of covering up crimes against minors has gone largely ignored. But, Live Action hopes to change that in a new video series, the first of which was released today.
On Wednesday, the group announced its seven-part “Aiding Abusers” series, which will “expos[e] a systemic, decades long cover-up of child sexual abuse at Planned Parenthood.”
The first video provides an introduction to the project and an overview of what to expect in its future installments, including documented cases, the testimony of former abortion industry insiders, two of Live Action’s own previous undercover investigations, the lies Planned Parenthood has told in response to the allegations, and what consequences the offending personnel have faced, if any. "
5. NC Values Coalition and Concerned Women for America presents: Annual Day at the Capital
At the core of the NC Values Coalition are the relationships we have with you and our leaders. That's what makes us a Coalition--we're dependent on a network as parents, pastors, patriots, and politicians who share the same values and convictions.
While we keep ourselves busy throughout the year with maintaining relationships with your representatives, the most effective thing you can do in public policy is talk to them yourself. Without a doubt, your presence at the General Assembly is the most influential political contribution you can make outside of voting.
That's why events like the NC Values Coalition & Concerned Women for America NC's Annual Day at the Capital is so important. We need our closest supporters and volunteers to join us on June 6th from 9am-2pm at the North Carolina General Assembly.
Will you consider joining us at the Capital? Click here to RSVP and for more information!
WEEKLY PRAYER: LIFE
LORD, we recognize that you are Sovereign over all creation. We recognize you made man from the dust, and in your mercy crowned creation with man and woman made in your image. What a wonder it is that you would bestow upon us this blessing and responsibility!
We pray LORD that we would not take this for granted. We pray that both this great responsibility, and this great dignity, may motivate us to love you more, love our neighbor more, and love ourselves more.
We pray that such a great dignity--to be made in your image--may sober our minds and hands. LORD, let us work and love towards respecting and protecting the dignity of your human creation. Be with us as we champion this dignity in public by calling for the protection of human life in the womb; a life that you tell us you knit and know. Be with the efforts of the pro-life movement in abolishing the inhuman savagery of terminating human life in the womb. Be with our families, churches, and ministries as they work through pregnancy centers or adoption and fostering to care for the orphans and needy. Be with us in loving mothers and caring for widows.
LORD, we also bring these specific prayer requests to you, and pray that your Spirit may empower and protect our labor: LORD, thank you for guiding the Supreme Court and having them agree with Arkansas regarding their anti-abortion bill. We ask that you bless the life of those children that will now be born and bring laughter and light to their parents. GOD, we thank you for the Governor of Louisiana and his signing of the law to bring down the abortion limits to 15 weeks. It is a huge step that will result in less children being murdered. LORD, we pray for for all the abused children that are not being protected by those who interact with them in their most vulnerable times, we ask for justice to be done! GOD we thank you for all your blessings and ask that you guide us in raising children who walk in the path you have for them.
"Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him. 4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. 5 Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court." (Ps 127:3-5)
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