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CONSCIENCE RULE IN COURT  Planned Parenthood and the ACLU have filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over a federal rule which prevents health care workers from being fired for refusing to perform abortions or refusing other services because of religious or moral objections. READ
JUDICIAL NOMINEE WITHDRAWSMichigan attorney Michael Bogren has withdrawn from consideration to serve as a federal district court judge after three GOP senators announced their objection to his nomination. In representing the city of East Lansing, Bogren had suggested that a Catholic family’s religious objections to same-sex marriage were analogous to a KKK member claiming religious objections to interracial marriage. READ
DEMS STOP FIGHT OVER HYDE  Democrats control the House, but they’ve backed away from trying to end the Hyde Amendment, a policy which prevents taxpayer funding of abortions. The Hyde Amendment, first passed in 1976, is a provision that must be renewed every year. READ 
SOCIAL MEDIA CENSORSHIP  A high-ranking individual at Pinterest placed the pro-life group Live Action on a list of pornographic sites, which prevented users from sharing pro-life posts from the organization on the social media site. When Project Veritas went public with their story about the blacklisting, Pinterest didn’t back down. Instead, Pinterest permanently banned Live Action from their site. READ 
2020 & ABORTION  When asked about using support for abortion as a requirement to selecting judicial nominees, Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand compared being pro-life to being racist. “Imagine saying that it’s okay to appoint a judge who’s racist or anti-Semitic or homophobic. Asking someone to appoint someone who takes away basic human rights of any group of people in America—I don’t think that those are political issues anymore,” she told the Des Moines Register editorial board.  READ 
HEALTH CARE FOR NON-CITIZENS  Gov. Gavin Newsom, D-CA, has reached an agreement with Democrats in the legislature to become the first state in the nation to provide health care benefits to illegal immigrants. If passed, the budget would be effective beginning Jan. 1, 2020.  READ 
DOCS AGAINST “MEDICARE FOR ALL” The American Medical Association still opposes “Medicare for All.” The nation’s largest doctor group narrowly defeated a resolution that would have ended their opposition to “Medicare for All” – which would ban private health insurance plans.  READ 
WOMEN’S SPORTS President Trump should issue a directive upholding Title IX protections to prevent biological males from dominating women’s sports, says Terry Schilling. “It is one of the greater ironies of today’s politics that the same progressive Democrats who claim to oppose a “war on women” are actively pushing policies to effectively annihilate women’s sports. President Trump has a massive opportunity to expose this hypocrisy and at the same time defend the important American principle of equal opportunity for all. It’s a critical opportunity he cannot afford to waste,” said Schilling.  READ 
LATIN MASS  The leader of the Order of Malta restricted the use of the extraordinary form within the order. “[H]enceforth all the liturgical ceremonies within our Order must be performed according to the ordinary rite of the Church (rite of St. Paul VI) and not the extraordinary rite (Tridentine rite),” wrote Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre.  READ 
BISHOPS TO RETURN “GIFTS”  Several American bishops have said that they will return money given to them by former West Virginia Bishop Michael Bransfield, who was accused of sexual and financial improprieties. READ 
SAINT OF THE DAY  Blessed Jolenta of Poland and her husband assisted many from their means. Once widowed, and with two of her three daughters married, Blessed Jolenta and her third daughter entered the Poor Clares. She eventually became an abbess.  READ 
DAILY READINGS  “Holy is the Lord our God.” (Ps. 99:5)  READ 

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Joshua Mercer is a co-founder of CatholicVote.org, where he serves as Political Director. Mercer previously served as Washington Correspondent for the National Catholic Register and Chairman for Students for Life of America. He lives in Michigan with his wife and six children.

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