Welcome to the Friday Five! Every Friday we share our top five articles, stories, and quotes for you to read and share with your friends and church families.
1. THE DAILY SIGNAL: Pro-Life ‘Trigger’ Laws Take Effect in Idaho, Tennessee, Texas
“Life is now officially protected in three more states.
Idaho, Tennessee, and Texas have anti-abortion “trigger” laws—pro-life laws restricting abortion—that went into effect Thursday.
The three states are among more than a dozen states to pass trigger laws protecting the unborn that would take effect following the Supreme Court’s June 24 ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned Roe v. Wade.”
2. N&O: Trimester restrictions? Exceptions? NC GOP leaders talk about potential abortion bans
“North Carolina’s GOP leaders gave more indications Tuesday of what abortion legislation might look like if Republicans gain a supermajority this fall. The General Assembly has a Republican majority, but not a supermajority needed to override vetoes from Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper. The Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade has given states power over their abortion laws. North Carolina bans abortions past 20 weeks of pregnancy, a law recently upheld in court.”
3. DAILY CALLER: ‘Psychologically Abusive’: Some Back-To-School Programs Dividing Students By ‘Gender, Culture And Identity’
We’ve seen this type of ‘diversity inventory’ strategy for ourselves first-hand when we visited a group of angry parents at Heritage High in Wake Forest a couple of years ago.
“A back-to-school curriculum focused on social-emotional learning (SEL) lays the foundation for Critical Race Theory (CRT) by dividing children through the creation of identity charts, ‘getting to know you’ questionnaires and classroom contracts, experts told the Daily Caller News Foundation.”
4. THE DAILY SIGNAL: Did American Academy of Pediatrics Just Blink on ‘Gender-Affirming Care’ or Bluff?
“Some of the bad press has been spillover from Boston Children’s Hospital. Recently, this hospital, a pioneer in applying the methods championed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, put a series of short explainer videos on its YouTube channel.
The videos, set to soothing music, feature talking heads describing services such as breast removal and the surgical fashioning of penile and vaginal simulacra. The former requires the harvesting of skin from the forearm or thigh of the patient. The latter demands daily balloon dilation inside the “neovagina” for the rest of the patient’s life.
Note: This is a hospital for children.”
5. DAILY WIRE: Yelp Now Flagging Listings For Crisis Pregnancy Centers
“Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America President Marjorie Dannenfelser slammed Yelp’s move in a statement, saying the ‘discriminatory labels’ are meant to ‘scare women away’ from getting the resources they need.
‘Shame on Big Tech companies like Yelp for colluding with the abortion lobby in their war on compassionate pregnancy help,’ Dannenfelser said.”
WEEKLY PRAYER: OFFICIALS
LORD, you also have instructed us to pray for our governing officials, and we come to you in the spirit of this petition. We pray for our national government and its executive, legislative, and judicial servants. May they indeed be servants unto the people, and govern in a manner that protects liberty and virtue. In the same spirit, we pray for public servants across our state and local governments. May they all heed your mandate in Romans 13:4 to be in positions of authority as "God's servant" and for the "good" of the public. They govern in what we confess are difficult times. May they plead with you to give them wisdom, and may your grace to govern wisely be poured out on them.
Protect us from the oppression and loss of freedoms that other countries have experienced, and help us to value and preserve freedom, which we know comes only from You.
"I have indeed seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their groaning and have come down to set them free. Now come, I will send you back to Egypt." Acts 7:34 (God's words to Moses)
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