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Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising, a pro-life group that recovered the bodies of five-full-term aborted babies from an abortion clinic in Washington, D.C., last year, is continuing to demand justice for the babies. PAAU demonstrated outside the D.C. Board of Medicine Tuesday, where they called on regulators to revoke abortionist Cesare Santangelo's license to dispense medication. The group held the press conference and demonstration as part of a weeklong series of events to raise awareness and call for "justice" in response to the five, aborted full-term babies who were discovered by activists Terrisa Bukovinac and Lauren Handy last March. The duo believes the babies may have been aborted in manners that violate federal law. During the press conference, PAAU founder Bukovinac stated that Santangelo has been "embroiled" in lawsuits, accusing the abortionist of being responsible for the death of at least one female patient. She said that three of the five full-term babies who were recovered "appear to be victims of federal crimes" and asked, "How long are we going to go without justice?" A representative for Santangelo hung up when contacted by CP for comment on PAAU's push to delicense the abortionist. Read more.
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Evangelist Franklin Graham took to Twitter to call on his followers to pray ahead of the possible indictment of former President Donald Trump. "We need to pray for our country and where it's headed," he wrote. "The left in Washington and across the country just can't get their fill of attacking Donald Trump. They are so paranoid of him. The onslaught against him is continual," Graham, the son of Billy Graham, wrote. "Night after night, the media runs negative stories about former President Trump. Now they're talking about the possibility of arresting him in the hopes that this would prevent him from running for president again—this would be a huge mistake. The charges against him are definitely politically motivated," the evangelist, who is also the CEO of Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, stated. Trump took to Truth Social over the weekend to state that he would be arrested on Tuesday. While no arrest took place, the threat of legal action against the former president looms large as the Manhattan District Attorney's office is currently investigating whether or not a payment made to porn star Stormy Daniels in the weeks leading up to the 2016 presidential election constituted a violation of campaign finance law. Read more.
U.S. News
Abigail Zwerner, a first-grade teacher who was shot in the chest by a troubled 6-year-old boy, is speaking out about the terrifying experience. "I just will never forget the look on his face that he gave me while he pointed the gun directly at me," said Zwerner, recalling the moment she was shot by the boy at Richneck Elementary School in an interview on NBC’s "TODAY" show Tuesday. Her interview came two weeks after Newport News Commonwealth's Attorney Howard Gwynn announced that the boy will not face criminal charges. Since the shooting, Diane Toscano, Zwerner's attorney, has detailed in a three-page notice of claim how the boy had exhibited a history of violent behavior toward her client and other teachers before the shooting. The attorney also revealed how the school's now removed Assistant Principal Ebony Parker failed to seriously treat warnings that the student had a gun prior to the shooting, noting that Parker was warned three times by concerned teachers or employees that he had a gun at school. "The tragedy was entirely preventable if Assistant Principal Parker had done her job and acted when she had knowledge of imminent danger," the claim asserts. The family of the boy claims he has an "acute disability." They offered prayers for Zwerner's recovery. Read more.
Journalist David Zweig published a report this month alleging that enforcement officers with Santa Clara County in California used cell phone data to track Calvary Chapel San Jose church members that defied ongoing lockdown orders during the COVID-19 pandemic. The report contends that enforcement officers with Santa Clara County spied on the congregation, including by "tracking the cellular mobility data of churchgoers." The surveillance operation, which Zweig alleges began in Aug. 2020, included "stakeouts, forced in-person monitoring of prayer groups and other intimate activities, and tracking the cellular mobility data of churchgoers." A spokesperson for the County of Santa Clara denied the "false assertions" in a statement provided to CP, asserting that they do "not reflect an understanding of basic facts of the County's public health orders or enforcement program." Although the spokesperson denied that the county issued "any restrictions specific to churches or religious institutions whatsoever," a county statement from Feb. 8, 2021, on indoor worship services clearly warned such services "may only proceed subject to all other State and local safety protocols, including mandatory face coverings, social distancing, and the prohibition on singing and chanting indoors." Read more.
Global Insights
A pastor and his 14-year-old son were seriously injured by a mob of Muslim extremists on March 15 while preparing for an all-night prayer vigil at their church site in eastern Uganda, sources report. The Muslim extremists destroyed the church building in Kigulu village, Mayuge District; Pastor John Balidawa, 35, and his son were hospitalized. "When I refused to obey their orders, the sheikh and two others started slapping me and then pushed me to the floor and thereafter stepped on my stomach," Pastor Balidawa told Morning Star News. "Others started boxing my son, who started wailing and crying for help. For me and my son to survive is by God's grace." The pastor, who was beaten unconscious, awoke alongside his son in a hospital in Buluuba, where he learned that the assailants destroyed their mobile phones, the church building, and its more than 70 chairs. Balidawa sustained a broken leg, a broken bone in his hand, swelling in his face and injuries to his intestines and stomach, while his son suffered a broken bone in his right hand, a deep cut on his forehead, and swelling of his face. The church's senior pastor, Gerald Kato Wakabi, said he found a note at the site of the demolished church on March 16 that read, "No more church in this area. This area is holy ground for Allah’s worship only." Read more.
Faith & Society
In recognition of World Down Syndrome Day, Lifeline Children's Services President Herbie Newell calls for people to celebrate the 200,000 individuals living with this genetic condition in the U.S. While between 60-90% of women in the U.S. who learn they are pregnant with a baby with Down syndrome choose abortion as the solution to their "problem," many families recognize these children as valuable gifts and beloved members of their families. "This World Down Syndrome Day, let us remember the value of every person. Let us remember our calling to be the hands and feet of Jesus to all people. Let us open our homes and hearts to people with special needs. Let us come alongside moms and dads currently caring for a loved one with special needs and offer respite, a meal, and our presence," Newell writes. Read more.
In this editorial, professor Carl Trueman writes about the poor treatment of federal judge Kyle Duncan at Stanford Law School last week. Duncan, who visited the campus to give a lecture sponsored by the Stanford Federal Society, was interrupted by students who heckled him for his rulings on LGBT issues. "Not only was Duncan subject to the now-traditional vile personal abuse from the pampered students who inhabit the lecture rooms of the nation’s most elite institutions, he was also treated to a lecture by the dean of diversity, equity, and inclusion (who else?) on what an evil person he is," Trueman writes. In reflecting on the differences between peaceful protests and pretentious attacks, Trueman concludes, "No doubt there are professors in Ivy League classrooms even now declaring that Judge Duncan's crime is that he treats those who disagree with him as the Other. The irony, of course, is that in doing so they stand guilty of precisely that of which they accuse him. But those in power have always been able to bend language to suit their own purposes. Just ask a postmodernist." Read more.
ADF NEWS Alliance Defending Freedom
In recent months, pro-life pregnancy centers around the country have been threatened, vandalized, and even firebombed. They’ve also become the target of smear campaigns by those who profit from abortions. But what are these pregnancy centers? What are the myths being spread about them? And what are the facts? Read on to find out.
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