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1. NC VALUES: Chloe’s story.
Meet Chloe Cole who had a double mastectomy at age 15 and took puberty blockers for years. Her body has rejected the skin grafts after the mastectomy, and she now wears bandages. Chloe said her exposure to gender ideology on the Internet was a significant factor in her gender dysphoria. She now travels the country to warn people about the dangers of medically transitioning children. For more on the issue, check out this article by NC Values’ Laura Macklem.
Read more: https://ncvalues.org/chloes-story/
2. NEWS & OBSERVER: NC’s Foxx, Adams and Manning at odds on transgender athletes, parents’ rights at schools
“Three of North Carolina’s representatives spent 16 hours over two days debating whether transgender girls should compete on girls’ sports teams and how much access parents should have to their children’s education. In the end, both bills are heading to the House floor. Debate on the bills began last week in the House Committee on Workforce and Education, which is chaired by Rep. Virginia Foxx, a Republican from Banner Elk. She helped champion the bills.”
Read more: https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article272977465.html
3. CAROLINA JOURNAL: Cooper, Stein ignore rules to engage in partisan posturing
4. WRAL: Judge lets NC lawmakers defend abortion pill laws
“North Carolina Republican legislative leaders can defend in federal court the state restrictions on dispensing abortion pills that are being challenged by a physician, a judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge William Osteen granted the request by House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger to formally intervene in the lawsuit filed in January.”
Read more: https://www.wral.com/judge-lets-n-carolina-lawmakers-defend-abortion-pill-laws/20761900/
5. YOU’RE INVITED: Join our friends on March 21st for a day of educational freedom advocacy
Our friends at the NC chapter of Americans for Prosperity are having a pro-educational freedom legislative advocacy day on March 21st. We wanted to invite you to consider joining them at the NC Capitol to advocate and speak with your local legislators about Educational Freedom. They will also be hosting a luncheon for everyone afterward at the Marbles Kids Museum, where they will also have some great guest speakers.
Here’s the schedule: 9:30:
- Meet at the Halifax Mall (300 N Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27603)
- 10-11:45: Legislative Meetings
- 12-1: Luncheon at Marbles Kids Museum (201 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601)
To register, visit: https://americansforprosperity.actcentr.com/Events/afp-nc-advocacy-day-of-action
WEEKLY PRAYER: FREEDOM
LORD, you have blessed us with a spiritual liberty that is so wonderful and beyond description, that it can only be understood through experiencing a life-giving relationship with Christ. However, we also recognize that in your grace, you have blessed our country with a political liberty that enables us to openly proclaim the experience of a life lived in the freedom of the Gospel.
LORD, as individuals and as a nation, may we never take the inalienable right of religious freedom for granted. Right now our country has faced a rapid increase in the number of attacks made against this cherished right. We have seen groups across our public arena increase in boldness and frequency their smears against religious liberty. They claim it is bigotry, when we know it is the security of the greatest of all possible loves.
Be with your people and our country as it continues to protect the constitutional right protected by our nation’s Founders. Be with legislators and the Supreme Court, as they determine through their actions the protection of this particular and fundamental freedom.
“It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1)
“For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” (Galatians 5:13)
“Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God.” (1 Peter 2:16)
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Tami & Team