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Weekly briefing: Abortion pills without doctor, Calif.'s indoor worship ban, Christian author comes out as gay

Weekly briefing: Abortion pills without doctor, Calif.'s indoor worship ban, Christian author comes out as gay

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Judge allows women to get abortion pills without seeing doctor

U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang suspended a Food & Drug Administration rule requiring that women be seen by a doctor before accessing abortion-inducing drugs.

“The end goal of the abortion industry is to have the drugs sent through the mail making possible ‘Do-It-Yourself’ abortions. However, this is not some benign ‘take-two-aspirin’ treatment.” — Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life

Calif. gov. bans indoor church services

Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a new order this week that shuts down indoor operations for churches, gyms, and certain businesses in 30 counties amid rising COVID-19 cases.

Some churches said that they won’t be complying.

"I believe my mandate as a pastor is to obey the Word of God. And part of what we do is worship together as a church. We are not going to allow our government to use data that is not supported factually to shut the church down.” — Greg Fairrington, pastor of Destiny Christian Church

Others are adjusting their services to stay in line with the governor’s order by holding outdoor worship.

Read Andy Stanley suspends in-person services until 2021

Millions of children forced into labor amid pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused at least 110 million children to go hungry and pushed 8 million others into child labor and begging, according to assessments in 24 countries across Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia by evangelical Christian humanitarian aid organization World Vision.

“Without urgent action, this will only get worse given that every second child, out of 2 billion children in the world, is living in poverty.” — World Vision

Christian author announces divorce: ‘I am gay’

Christian children's book author Matthew Paul Turner came out as gay and announced that he and his wife are divorcing.

Turner, author of When I Pray for You and who grew up in evangelical churches, said he and his wife will be putting the well-being of their three children first.

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