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1. Trump Moves Forward On Defunding Planned Parenthood
"He said he would, so now he is.
President Trump and his administration are moving forward with cutting off taxpayer funds to Planned Parenthood, which performs hundreds of thousands of abortions each year.
This week, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a new regulation that will cut off $50 million in taxpayer money to the organization — although Planned Parenthood will still haul in nearly half a billion dollars."
2. YouTube Suspends Abortion Pill Reversal Explainers As ‘Harmful,’ ‘Dangerous’ Content
"Last week, YouTube suspended the Abortion Pill Reversal (APR) account for “repeated or severe violations of [the] Community Guidelines.” Four videos were posted to the account. The “offending” videos included one webinar explaining APR in scientific and medical terms. The remaining three told the stories of women who chose life for their babies using the APR protocol.
Citing its policies on “harmful or dangerous content,” YouTube opted to suspend the APR account entirely, explaining that it “doesn’t allow content that encourages or promotes violent or dangerous acts that have an inherent risk of serious physical harm or death.” Examples of videos that violate this policy are videos about “instructional bomb making, choking games, hard drug use, or other acts where serious injury may result.”
The move comes mere weeks after a new study found the abortion pill reversal protocol is both safe and effective for women who change their mind after beginning a chemical abortion. The study, which followed 754 women who wanted to stop their in-progress chemical abortions, reported a 68 percent success rate in reversing the effects of mifepristone, the first pill in the two-part chemical abortion process."
"China is planning to scrap all limits on the number of children a family can have, according to people familiar with the matter, in what would be a historic end to a policy that spurred countless human-rights abuses and left the world’s second-largest economy short of workers.
The State Council, China’s cabinet, has commissioned research on the repercussions of ending the country’s roughly four-decade-old policy and intends to enact the change nationwide, said the people, who asked not to be named while discussing government deliberations. The leadership wants to reduce the pace of aging in China’s population and remove a source of international criticism, one of the people said."
4. Trump Quotes Jeremiah 1:5 at Pro-Life Gala, Says 'Every Life Has Meaning'
"President Donald Trump assured a prominent gathering of pro-life leaders and activists Tuesday night that the pro-life movement will "never fail" as long as "we keep trusting God" and quoted the Old Testament to argue that "every child is a precious gift from God."
Trump addressed hundreds gathered for the 11th annual Campaign for Life Gala, hosted by the nation's most prominent pro-life lobbying organization, Susan B. Anthony List, at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C."
5. Updates from the Capitol. NC Values meets with your Representatives.
Watch Tami Fitzgerald live from Washington DC with an update on how your NC Values are being represented in our nation’s Capitol. We've had a fruitful time in D.C. this week meeting with your federal representatives. Would you take a moment to pray for all your political officials?
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 in congress, as they govern the nation. Help them to have the courage to enact laws and vote in accordance with your laws. Give them clear thinking and prioritize their actions to pursue protecting life, religious freedom, and the nuclear family according to your will. Help the ones who obey Your commands and walk according to Your ways to be elected this fall. GOD, we thank YOU for President Trump standing up for the life of the unborn. We ask that you continue to place in his heart the importance of protecting life, guarding our religious freedoms, and advancing family values. LORD, we are so happy to hear of the momentous news in China, more children will have the opportunity to live and learn of you because of these cultural shifts. LORD, we lift up our state legislators, Governor Cooper, and Lt. Governor Forest as they consider the State’s budget and pass new laws to govern our State. Help them to draft and pass bills that advance religious freedom, family values, and the pro-life cause as their top priority and not to make business and economic gain their idols. Give them the courage to make laws that advance your Kingdom, despite attacks from godless forces in our State. We ask that our work in the nation's and our state's capitols brings about the positive change we believe is YOUR will. Help us every day wake up and do YOUR work. 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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