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God is very merciful. Do not be afraid of Him. Look into The Divine Mercy. It is so Beautiful.

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Not at all, but my sister thinks (regarding the Latin Mass),

"Yes. I heard about that you can still have it with bishop approval but I am worried they will try again. If he tries to change the other liturgy and words of the mass we can suspect he is the one who will surrender the church to the antichrist"

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Hello fellow Catholic. I love the Catholic Church. I am so sad about our Pope.

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Our Priest used to be an atheist. He would say, "I'd rather believe and be right, then not believe and be wrong." How Amazing is God that an atheist would become a Priest? Have you seen "The Passion of The Christ"? It truly depicts the Sacrifice our Lord made for us. Love is Sacrifice. There is also a really great book that was also made into a movie, "The Case for Christ".

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God Bless you. I got chills reading this. God is Amazing.

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I Love My President!!! He looks so Great!!!

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High School graduates at a graduation ceremony in a file photo. (Shutterstock) High School graduates at a graduation ceremony in a file photo. (Shutterstock)MORE CENSORSHIP & SOCIALISM High School Valedictorian’s Speech Censored for Being ‘Very Christianized’ BY SAMUEL ALLEGRI June 2, 2021 Updated: June 2, 2021 FacebookTweetEmail 117 Shares 91 Comments A valedictorian’s speech in a Michigan high school is being canceled over concern that it is “very Christianized,” according to a letter (pdf) from First Liberty Institute.

First Liberty, a nonprofit law firm dedicated to defending religious liberty, is representing graduating senior student at John Glenn High School, Savannah Lefler. She submitted her speech on May 19 to the speech coordinator for the school’s “Honors Night.” It is critical of certain philosophies and maintained that “[t]he purpose of life is to live a life devoted to Christ.”

Michael Wegher, the school’s principal, wrote in an email to Lefler that the school needs to be inclusive and respectful of other beliefs.

“We have a diverse student body and staff. It is one of the things I love about the John Glenn community,” he wrote.

“That diversity goes well beyond race and ethnicity, it certainly would include religious beliefs as well. We have students and staff who would identify as Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindi, Sikh, Jehovah’s Witness, atheist, etc. We must be inclusive and respectful of their beliefs as well,” the principal added.

“With this said, we do need to see a revision that sticks to a non-secular [sic] approach. I am not opposed to thanking God for the great honor bestowed upon you, but we cannot take the approach that is currently laid out in your speech. I look forward to what you will come up with to honor this outstanding community to which we all belong and to honor your accomplishments.”

In the letter directed to Wegher by First Liberty, titled “Unconstitutional Censorship of Religious Speech,” the attorneys bring up that there was a portion of the speech that was rejected to avoid offending others who might disagree with the student’s way of thinking.

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The Epoch Times reached out to Wegher for comment.

Lefler’s speech read in part: “So, what is the goal for our future generation? It ultimately reflects the purpose of life. What is our purpose? The philosopher Plato says that our purpose is to obtain the highest end of knowledge. Charles Darwin claims that it is to be the most fit for survival. Various religions claim that it is to be a good person. ”

RELATED Packing the Supreme Court: An Attempt to Stamp Out Religious Liberty? Packing the Supreme Court: An Attempt to Stamp Out Religious Liberty? “In reflecting on this question, I read a book entitled, ‘Don’t waste your life.’ In it, Rev. Piper recalled a story of an old man weeping, ‘Oh, how I’ve wasted it!’ The man’s remorse is a reflection of his past. He recognizes the folly that his life had become. This is why, students, I want to urge you not to waste your life. Seek the truth. But how is this possible? I’d argue that the philosophies listed above are wrong.”

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Tina Lopez receives her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine prior to a game between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Brooklyn Nets at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wis., on May 2, 2021. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)MORE VACCINES & SAFETY Federal Agency: Businesses Can Make Employees Get COVID-19 Vaccine BY JACK PHILLIPS June 1, 2021 Updated: June 1, 2021 FacebookTweetEmail 271 Shares 201 Comments The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued new guidance last week and said businesses can require that their employees get the COVID-19 vaccine without violating federal laws.

Other federal laws including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that prohibits discrimination based on disability, as well as state and local laws may impact whether businesses can mandate their employees to get the vaccine, according to updated guidance posted on the EEOC’s website on May 28.

Employers will also have to make “reasonable accommodations” for workers who can’t or won’t get vaccinated due to religious reasons, pregnancy, or a disability, the EEOC said.

“Federal EEO laws do not prevent an employer from requiring all employees physically entering the workplace to be vaccinated for COVID-19, so long as employers comply with the reasonable accommodation provisions of the ADA and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other EEO considerations,” said the updated guidance. Meanwhile, laws that are outside the agency’s purview might “place additional restrictions on employers,” it added.

From the EEOC’s viewpoint, the guidance added, “employers should keep in mind that because some individuals or demographic groups may face greater barriers to receiving a COVID-19 vaccination than others, some employees may be more likely to be negatively impacted by a vaccination requirement.”

“The updated technical assistance released today addresses frequently asked questions concerning vaccinations in the employment context,” EEOC Chair Charlotte A. Burrows said in a statement. “The EEOC will continue to clarify and update our COVID-19 technical assistance to ensure that we are providing the public with clear, easy to understand, and helpful information.”

The EEOC’s latest guidance was cited by a Houston Methodist hospital spokesperson, who was responding to a question from The Epoch Times on Sunday about a lawsuit filed by 117 employees of the hospital who alleged that the company mandated that they receive the vaccine or would face termination.

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Hospital CEO Marc Boom, in a response to the lawsuit, asserted that most of the employees have received vaccines.

“It is unfortunate that the few remaining employees who refuse to get vaccinated and put our patients first are responding in this way,” Boom said, according to a spokesperson for the hospital system. “It is legal for health care institutions to mandate vaccines, as we have done with the flu vaccine since 2009.”

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John Earle Sullivan in a file mugshot photograph. (Utah County Jail)MORE US NEWS DOJ Seizes $90,000, Charges Black Lives Matter Supporter Who ‘Stormed Capitol,’ Sold Footage to News Outlets BY JACK PHILLIPS May 23, 2021 Updated: May 23, 2021 FacebookTweetEmail 6 Shares 3 Comments The Department of Justice (DOJ) seized $90,000 from a Utah man who sold footage of Ashli Babbitt being shot during the Jan. 6 Capitol breach, according to court filings.

John Earle Sullivan, a political activist who reportedly attended Black Lives Matter protests last year and who allegedly agitated rioters inside the Capitol, was also charged with new weapons charges, according to the documents unsealed last week.

So far, more than 400 people have been charged in connection to the breach, which occurred as members of Congress were voting to certify the 2020 presidential election.

According to the court filings, Sullivan portrayed himself as an independent journalist who was reporting on the chaos, but he actually encouraged other participants to “burn” the building and engage in violence.

Sullivan is accused of having a conversation with others in the building and allegedly told them: “We gotta get this [expletive] burned,” according to court documents in his case.

“There are so many people. Let’s go. This [expletive] is ours! [Expletive] yeah,” he cheered after he and protesters entered the Capitol, the DOJ documents said. “We accomplished this [expletive]. We did this together. [Expletive] yeah! We are all a part of this history,” and “Let’s burn this [expletive] down.” The documents said that he allegedly called on others to burn the Capitol down multiple times.

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At one point, he’s also heard saying, “I am ready bro. I’ve been to too many riots. I’ve been in so many riots,” the documents added. “It would be fire if someone had revolutionary music and [expletive],” Sullivan also allegedly claimed.

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Prosecutors alleged that Sullivan apparently broke a window inside and said, “I broke it. My bad, my apologies. Well they already broke a window, so, you know, I didn’t know I hit it that hard. No one got that on camera.”

Sullivan recorded video of the confrontation between rioters and police just outside the U.S. House of Representatives chamber that included the shooting of Air Force veteran Babbitt and, according to court filings, boasted to an unnamed witness that “my footage is worth like a million of dollars, millions of dollars.”

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After the breach in January, Sullivan appeared on several corporate media outlets including CNN and MSNBC.

During his CNN appearance in January, Sullivan said that he was “not on the Trump side” or the “MAGA side” and alleged he was just there to document the incident.

Sullivan in July 2020 was arrested in Utah for alleged rioting, making a threat of violence, and criminal mischief because he engaged in a riot that resulted in the shooting of a motorist amid nationwide Black Lives Matter demonstrations last year.

“As a protest organizer, John Sullivan is heard talking about seeing the shooting, looking at the gun, and seeing smoke coming from it. John did not condemn the attempted murder nor attempt to stop it nor aide in its investigation by police,” the police affidavit said, according to the Utah-based Deseret News.

Later, on Dec. 28, Sullivan also wrote on Twitter that he supported “armed revolution,” saying that it “is the only way to bring about change effectively.” His account was later suspended.

Sullivan, who has used the nickname “Jayden X” online, also tweeted in early January Black Lives Matter and Antifa slogans, calling for the system to be burned down.

And on Jan. 2, just days before the breach, Sullivan’s account wrote: “[Expletive] The System – Time To Burn It All Down. #blm #antifa #burn #[expletive]thesystem #abolishcapitalism #abolishthepolice #acab #[expletive]trump.”

The Epoch Times contacted Sullivan’s lawyer for comment.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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It is 5/21/2021, my name is ******** and I work for the Pocatello Costco and I have been sent home three times from work after showing up on time and fully ready to work. I was suspended for 3 days without pay because of my religious beliefs. This is bullying, harassment, and persecution for my religion. Some of, but not all of the results of this miss treatment has been an extreme lack of sleep, uncontrolled crying, loss of appetite and extreme stress. I am being told that I have to wear an article of clothing on my person because of my religious beliefs. My religious beliefs dictate that I can not be vaccinated. I should not be singled out or branded for not wearing a mask while others at the same job don’t have to.

Since being put on a three day suspension, I have looked up the OSHA standards. On a November 18th update of Frequently asked questions about Covid 19 OSHA stated “Cloth face coverings are not considered personal protective equipment (PPE) and are not intended to be used when workers need PPE for protection against exposure to occupational hazards. OSHA's PPE standards do not require employers to provide them.” None of the covid-19 vaccines are FDA approved, therefore are not considered PPE. With both not being considered PPE, it means I have been discriminated against seeing as I showed up to work with the same attire as others who were allowed to work. Costco may have a legal right to make its own uniform policy as well as have a stronger guideline for safety, but every employee must be held to the same account. This has not been done here. Compelling any employee to take any current Covid-19 vaccine violates federal and state law.

First, federal law prohibits any mandate of the Covid-19 vaccines as unlicensed, emergency-use-authorization-only vaccines. Subsection bbb-3(e)(1)(A)(ii)(III) of section 360 of Title 21 of the United States Code, otherwise known as the Emergency Use Authorization section of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, demands that everyone give employees the "option to accept or refuse administration" of the Covid-19 vaccine. ( ... ) This right to refuse emergency, experimental vaccines, such as the Covid-19 vaccine, implements the internationally agreed legal requirement of Informed Consent established in the Nuremberg Code of 1947. ( http://www.cirp.org/library/ethics/nuremberg/ ). As the Nuremberg Code established, every person must "be able to exercise free power of choice, without the intervention of any element of force, fraud, deceit, duress, overreaching, or other ulterior form of constraint or coercion; and should have sufficient knowledge and comprehension of the elements of the subject matter involved as to enable him to make an understanding and enlightened decision" for any medical experimental drug, as the Covid-19 vaccine currently is. The Nuremberg Code prohibited even the military from requiring such experimental vaccines. (Doe #1 v. Rumsfeld, 297 F.Supp.2d 119 (D.D.C. 2003).

Secondly, demanding employees divulge their personal medical information invades their protected right to privacy, and discriminates against them based on their perceived medical status, in contravention of the Americans with Disabilities Act. (42 USC §12112(a).)

Costco has informed me that it is following CDC but those are “guidelines” and not required or mandatory by any law. Telling me that I have to wear a mask because of my religious choice of not getting vaccination is coercion. Proof that the masks are punishment is obvious by the fact that those employees that have been “vaccinated” are happy, relieved and openly discuss how glad they are to be mask free. Telling me that I will be sent home for not wearing a mask is an act of coercion. I believe what Costco is doing to me and others is against the law, unethical and religious persecution. Sincerely,

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Seated from (L): Associate Justice Samuel Alito, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John Roberts, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer and Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, standing from (L): Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Associate Justice Elena Kagan, Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch and Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett pose during a group photo of the justices at the Supreme Court in Washington on April 23, 2021. (Erin Schaff / POOL / AFP)MORE JUDICIARY Supreme Court Agrees to Take on Major Abortion Case BY JACK PHILLIPS May 17, 2021 Updated: May 17, 2021 FacebookTweetEmail 1190 Shares 590 Comments The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to take a major abortion case and would consider Mississippi’s appeal of a lower court ruling that reversed a ban on most abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

The case will grant the Supreme Court the opportunity to reconsider landmark abortion rulings including Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. With Roe v. Wade, in a ruling that was derided by conservatives and religious adherents, the high court in 1973 ruled that a woman had a right to an abortion and reaffirmed it about 20 years later.

In a single-line order, the court wrote, “The petition for a writ of certiorari is granted limited to Question 1 presented by the petition.”

The announcement Monday is being seen as a boon for opponents to abortion, who have long sought to overturn Roe v. Wade, and who are pinning their hopes on a more conservative Supreme Court after Justice Amy Coney Barrett—who some have said would be more receptive to overturning the ruling—was appointed last year.

The Supreme Court will start hearing arguments in the case in October, and it will be the first abortion-related case since Barrett was confirmed. The other two justices nominated by former President Donald Trump, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, voted in dissent last year to allow Louisiana to enforce restrictions on doctors that could have closed two of the state’s three abortion clinics.

The case stems from the 2018 Gestational Age Act that was passed in Mississippi, which allowed abortions after 15 weeks only in medical emergencies or in cases involving severe fetal abnormality.

Later, Federal District Court Judge Carlton Reeves struck the law down and said that Mississippi “chose to pass a law it knew was unconstitutional to enforce a decades-long campaign, fueled by interest groups, to ask the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.” The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the ruling by Reeves, who was appointed by former President Barack Obama.

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“America cannot be a humane, civilized society if its courts preclude lawmakers from imposing reasonable limits on the taking of innocent life,” Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch said.

Mississippi has a separate law that bars abortions after 20 weeks, which is not included in the Supreme Court petition.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Capt. Matthew Lohmeier, 460th Operations Group Block 10 chief of training, stands in the Standardized Space Trainer on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., on July 22, 2015. (Darren Scott/U.S. Air Force)

Space Force Officer Relieved After Denouncing Marxism, Critical Race Theory in Military BY JACK PHILLIPS May 16, 2021 Updated: May 16, 2021 FacebookTweetEmail 3618 Shares 642 Comments A U.S. Space Force officer was relieved of his post after he published a book that warned of the spread of Marxism and critical race theory in the military.

The Space Force confirmed that it relieved Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier of command of the 11th Space Warning Squadron of his post.

“Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting, Space Operations Command commander, relieved Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier of command of the 11th Space Warning Squadron, Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, May 14, due to loss of trust and confidence in his ability to lead,” the Space Force said in a statement to various news outlets over the weekend.

“This decision was based on public comments made by Lt. Col. Lohmeier in a recent podcast. Lt. Gen. Whiting has initiated a Command Directed Investigation (CDI) on whether these comments constituted prohibited partisan political activity,” the Space Force continued to say.

The “public comments” that he made in a podcast were likely in reference to Marxism spreading within the military, which was detailed in Lohmeier’s recently self-published book, “Irresistible Revolution: Marxism’s Goal of Conquest & the Unmaking of the American Military.”

Lohmeier had appeared on the podcast “Information Operation” to promote his book, and during the show, he criticized Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s agenda. After Austin was confirmed, he ordered a “stand down” to deal with alleged extremism within the ranks of the military coming after the Jan. 6 Capitol breach.

“I don’t demonize the man, but I want to make it clear to both him and every service member this agenda—it will divide us. It will not unify us,” Lohmeier said, adding that Austin is promoting “diversity, inclusion, and equity,” which he and others have said are “rooted in critical race theory, which is rooted in Marxism.”

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In recent days, a number of GOP-led states have barred schools from using curriculum based on critical race theory or the New York Times’ “1619 Project,” which critics have denounced as ahistorical and inaccurate. Recently, White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended both the 1619 Project and critical race theory.

“What you see happening in the U.S. military at the moment is that if you’re a conservative, then you’re lumped into a group of people who are labeled extremists, if you’re willing to voice your views. And if you’re aligned with the Left, then it’s OK to be an activist online because no one’s gonna hold you accountable,” Lohmeier also said, according to the Washington Examiner.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announces the reopening of more Texas businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic at a press conference at the Texas State Capitol in Austin, Texas, on May 18, 2020. (Lynda M. Gonzalez-Pool/Getty Images)MORE TEXAS Texas Governor Expected to Sign Bill Banning Abortions When Fetal Heartbeat Is Detected BY MEILING LEE May 15, 2021 Updated: May 15, 2021 FacebookTweetEmail 1043 Shares 256 Comments Texas Gov. Greg Abbot is expected to sign into law a bill that bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can occur as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.

Texas Senate Bill 8, also known as the Texas Heartbeat Act or “heartbeat bill” was passed in the state Senate 18-12 on Thursday, and awaits Abbott’s signature. The Republican governor has indicated that he will sign the bill on the same day.

“The Texas Legislature PASSES the heartbeat bill,” Abbot wrote on Twitter. “It’s now on its way to my desk for signing.”

State Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr., one of two Democrats who voted in support of the bill, told The Dallas Morning News: “I hope that we can continue to do our best to make sure that those soon to be born babies have an opportunity to be born and live in our world.”

The Texas legislation differs from the other states’ heartbeat law in that the state of Texas is forbidden from enforcing the ban on abortion. Instead, private citizens—except for the individual who impregnated the woman through rape or incest—may file lawsuits against doctors, clinics, and anyone who “knowingly engages in conduct that aids or abets the performance or inducement of an abortion, including paying for or reimbursing the costs of an abortion through insurance or otherwise, if the abortion is performed or induced in violation of this chapter, regardless of whether the person knew or should have known that the abortion would be performed or induced in violation of this chapter.”

The bill does not include an exception for rape or incest besides in cases where the woman’s life is endangered.

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“The Texas Heartbeat Act is novel in approach, allowing for citizens to hold abortionists accountable through private lawsuits,” pro-life group Texas Right to Life said in a statement, adding that the bill did not “punish women who obtain abortions.”

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“We want to make one thing clear: Planned Parenthood will continue to fight for the RIGHT to abortion access, no matter what,” the organization said in a tweet.

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“Texas lawmakers have passed extreme legislation that would ban abortion as early as 6 weeks,” the group said. “But let’s be clear: this dangerous bill is unconstitutional, abortion in Texas is still legal, and we will keep fighting.”

There has been misinformation spread from some opponents of the bill, including the ACLU, which said that the bill allowed anyone to sue.

“This bill is so extreme it would allow anyone in the country—wherever they are—to bring a lawsuit in Texas for violating the law. This means a rapist who impregnates a teenager seeking an abortion in Texas, could sue the doctor who performs it,” the organization said in a statement.

The bill states the opposite of what opponents claim, “notwithstanding any other law, a civil action under this section may not be brought by a person who impregnated the abortion patient through an act of rape, sexual assault, incest, or any other act prohibited by Sections 22.011, 22.021, or 25.02, Penal Code.”

The bill will take effect on Sept. 1 if signed into law.

States Tightening Abortion Restrictions According to the pro-choice research and policy organization Guttmacher Institute, 61 abortion restrictions have passed in 13 states since Jan. 1. Within four days between April 26-29, about 28 abortion restrictions were signed into law in seven states, accounting for 46 percent of all legislation passed this year.

In Montana, three bills were signed by Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte on April 26 banning abortion beginning at 20 weeks, requiring the abortion provider to inform patients of the opportunity to view an ultrasound and hear a fetal heartbeat of the unborn child before potentially having an abortion, and regulating how abortion-inducing drugs are administered.

Doctor performs ultrasound A doctor performs an ultrasound scan on a pregnant woman at a hospital in Chicago, Ill. on Aug. 7, 2018. (Teresa Crawford/AP Photo) While in Oklahoma, Gov. Kevin Stitt, a Republican, also signed three bills into law that go into effect on Nov. 1. The bills signed into law on April 27 prohibits an abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detected except when the woman’s life is in danger, requiring abortions to be performed only by a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist, and suspending a doctor’s license for at least one year if they perform abortions in violation under certain circumstances.

On April 29, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb signed House Bill 177 that requires abortion providers to inform patients that they may discontinue the abortion-inducing drug after they had taken the first of the two pills procedure. The law goes into effect in July.

In Idaho, Gov. Brad Little, also a Republican, signed House Bill 366 (pdf) into law on April 27, banning abortion after the fetal heartbeat is detected, except in the case of a medical emergency or the pregnancy resulted from rape or incest.

Also on April 27, Republican Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona signed Senate Bill 1457 (pdf) that bans abortions of an unborn child with a genetic abnormality, prohibits mail delivery of the abortion-inducing drug, and prohibits state funds to go toward organizations that provide abortion “unless an abortion is necessary to save the life of the woman having the abortion.”

At the beginning of April, Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon, a Republican, signed the Born Alive Infant-Means of Care (SF34) bill that ensures any baby born alive following a failed abortion receives similar care as any other infant born alive. The law takes effect on July 1.

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