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1. NC VALUES: They want abortions up to birth and to allow non-physicians to perform them.
On Wednesday, abortion advocates in the General Assembly proposed a codify-Roe bill called the “RGB Act” in both the House and Senate. The bill allows for late term abortion of viable babies, lowers standard of care for pregnant women, and abolishes reporting requirements. It also forces taxpayers to fund abortions for state and municipal employees.
Read more: https://ncvalues.org/they-want-abortions-up-to-birth-and-to-allow-non-physicians-to-perform-them/
“Wyoming Republican Gov. Mark Gordon signed a bill Friday outlawing the use or prescription of abortion pills, making it the first state to prohibit the drugs.” The legislation was passed by the state’s GOP-controlled legislature earlier this month. Included in the bill is a provision making it illegal to “prescribe, dispense, distribute, sell or use any drug for the purpose of procuring or performing an abortion.”
Read more: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/wyoming-outlaws-abortion-pills-becoming-first-state-enact-ban
“North Carolina’s Republican Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson is expected to announce his long-anticipated run for governor April 22, Axios has learned. And he’ll do it in a place that became the hornet’s nest of hostility toward Democratic policies during the COVID-19 pandemic: Alamance County’s Ace Speedway.”
Read more: https://www.axios.com/local/raleigh/2023/03/23/mark-robinson-north-carolina-governors-race-2024
4. FOX NEWS: De-transitioned teen sues Kaiser Permanente for performing double mastectomy on her at 13: ‘Intentional fraud’
“De-transitioned teenager Layla Jane is suing Permanente Medical Group and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, the medical providers who performed a double mastectomy on her when she was just 13 years old after beginning to identify as transgender two years before. Now 18 years old, Jane is accusing the hospital system of “intentional fraud and concealment” involving her gender transition, alleging the doctors pushed her into the procedure and characterized her gender transition as the only way to treat her preexisting mental health problems.”
Read more: https://www.foxnews.com/media/de-transitioned-teen-sues-kaiser-permanente-performing-double-mastectomy-intentional-fraud
5. FOX NEWS: Arkansas enacts bill banning transgender students from using bathroom of their choice in public schools
“Arkansas joined several states on Tuesday by enacting a bill into law prohibiting transgender people at public schools from using the restroom that uses their gender identity. Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders signed her name on the piece of legislation, which applies to multi-person restrooms and locker rooms at public schools and charter schools from kindergarten through 12th grade.”
Read more: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/arkansas-enacts-bill-banning-transgender-students-using-bathroom-their-choice-public-schools
Weekly Prayer: NC Officials
LORD, you also have instructed us to pray for our governing officials, and we come to you in the spirit of this petition. We pray for our state government and its executive, legislative, and judicial servants. May they indeed be servants unto the people, and govern in a manner that protects liberty and virtue. In the same spirit, we pray for public servants across our local governments. May they all heed your mandate in Romans 13:4 to be in positions of authority as “God’s servant” and for the “good” of the public. They govern in what we confess are difficult times. May they plead with you to give them wisdom, and may your grace to govern wisely be poured out on them.
Protect us from the oppression and loss of freedoms that other countries have experienced, and help us to value and preserve freedom, which we know comes only from You.
“I have indeed seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their groaning and have come down to set them free.” Acts 7:34
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