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Feb. 26, 2020: Court upholds Protect Life Rule, Movieguide Awards winners, church pays medical debt

Feb. 26, 2020: Court upholds Protect Life Rule, Movieguide Awards winners, church pays medical debt

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020:

Here are the latest headlines, brought to you by The Christian Post.

— Court: Ban on Title X funds for clinics that promote abortion can be enforced

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled on Monday that the Trump administration can enforce a rule denying Title X funds to family planning clinics that promote abortion.

The Protect Life Rule was challenged legally by nearly two dozen states as well as Planned Parenthood and the American Medical Association.

Pro-life groups celebrated the ruling as it upholds the ban on taxpayer funding of abortion.

— Movieguide Awards: ’The Lego Movie 2,’ Mr. Rogers film win

The winners of the 2020 Movieguide Awards were announced on television Monday and the top prize of Best Movie for Families went to “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.”

“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” a film about Fred Rogers, won Best Movie for Mature Audiences.

Also, Emmy Award-winning TV host Kathie Lee Gifford was presented with the Visionary Award.

— Ohio megachurch pays $46.5M medical debt for community

Crossroads Church, a megachurch in Ohio, helped eliminate $46.5 million in medical debt for families in the state and outside Ohio.

It’s the largest medical debt relief amount to date.

The church partnered with RIP Medical Debt, which has worked with several other churches to help families get their debt forgiven.

— Study: Majority of arts professionals hide support for conservative ideas

A U.K. study found that some 80 percent of arts and cultural workers say they mute their support for conservative or politically incorrect ideas due to fear of backlash from the public, colleagues or people who fund their work.

More than 500 artists and arts workers responded to questions for ArtsProfessional’s Freedom of Expression survey.

ArtsProfessional editor Amanda Parker said, “Our survey shines a damning light on the coercion, bullying, intimidation and intolerance that is active among a community that thinks of itself as liberal, open minded and equitable.”

— Barna: 5 trends driving Americans’ perception of church relevance, influence

Findings from Barna’s State of the Church 2020 study revealed five trends among American Christians.

One included a decline in church loyalty where nearly two in five churchgoers say they regularly attend multiple churches.

Barna also found that two-thirds of churched adults say they attend church because they “enjoy doing it” while one in seven says they do so “out of habit.”

Many also report positive emotions after attending church, with 37 percent of churches adults saying they feel inspired or encouraged after leaving a worship service. Still, 32 percent say they feel disappointed by the experience at least half of the time and another 40 percent leave feeling guilty.

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