Pro-life groups are denouncing Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump for saying mothers who get an abortion should be punished.
At a town hall event hosted by MSNBC, Trump stated that pregnant women seeking an abortion should have "some form of punishment" for doing so.
Family Research Council Action President Tony Perkins released a statement saying that Trump's opinions on who should be punished shows he "is ill informed in this vital issue." more >>
Virginia's Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed a bill that would have defunded Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion business.
McAuliffe vetoed House Bill 1090 on Tuesday, arguing in a statement that if the bill had become law it "would restrict access to healthcare services."
"This bill, aimed at Planned Parenthood, would harm tens of thousands of Virginians who rely on the healthcare services and programs provided by Planned Parenthood health centers by denying them access to affordable care," stated McAuliffe. more >>
The head of the Presbyterian Church (USA) has called on North Carolina to repeal its law barring transgender bathroom ordinances.
"We find that the recent legislation approved in North Carolina and signed into law, which bans people from using bathrooms that don't match the sex indicated on their birth certificate, is discriminatory," argued PCUSA's Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons in a statement Tuesday, calling on North Carolina lawmakers to repeal the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act.
"The North Carolina law also prevents cities and counties from establishing ordinances extending protections covering sexual orientation and gender identity to restaurants, hotels, and stores." more >>
In commenting on the passage of Charlotte, North Carolina's transgender bathroom ordinance last month, prominent conservative Christian twins Jason and David Benham jokingly quipped that the rise of transgender ordinances in America could make them eligible to dominate in the Women's National Basketball Association.
After the Charlotte City Council passed an ordinance last month allowing transgender individuals rights to use bathrooms and changing areas of the genders in which they identify, the Benham brothers posted a video to their Facebook page while on their way home from the council's vote on the legislation.
The Benham brothers, who gained notoriety when their reality real estate television show was canceled by HGTV in 2014 because of their opposition to gay marriage, explained that although they were upset with the council's passage of the ordinance, the rise of transgender ordinances could make themselves one day able to fulfill their dreams of playing professional basketball. more >>
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal's decision to veto a religious freedom bill was a "craven capitulation," "cowardly" and discriminatory toward Christians, according to social conservatives.
The Republican Governor announced at a press conference on Monday that he planned to veto House Bill 757 after many companies and celebrities claimed the bill was anti-LGBT.
David French, an attorney and columnist, wrote in an opinion piece published by the National Review that Governor Deal's veto was a "craven capitulation" on religious liberty. more >>
One of the two girls carrying explosives on an apparent suicide bombing mission in Cameroon said after her arrest that she was one of the 276 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram from Chibok in neighboring Nigeria in 2014. Meanwhile, the terror group's purported leader, Abubakar Shekau, is reported to be contemplating stepping down.
The government of Nigeria is sending some parents from the Chibok community to Cameroon to verify the claim of the girl, who was arrested along with her associate by local self-defence forces in Limani village in northern Cameroon before she could blow herself up, according to The Guardian.
Of the 270 schoolgirls kidnaped by Boko Haram in April 2014, 50 managed to escape and 219 remain missing. more >>