LOOP: Alabama governor signs abortion ban

PRO-LIFE ALABAMAGov. Kay Ivey, R-AL, signed the almost near-total ban on abortion in Alabama. In signing the bill, Governor Ivey said: “This legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious & that every life is a sacred gift from God.”  READ
NYC MAYOR IN 2020  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will announce a presidential run today, becoming the 23rd Democrat to seek the party’s nomination. READ
BARR JABS PELOSI Some House Democrats have been calling for the arrest of Attorney General William Barr after the House Judiciary Committee voted to hold him in contempt of Congress. Yesterday, at a law enforcement ceremony at Capitol Hill, Barr joked to Pelosi: “Madam Speaker, did you bring your handcuffs?” Pelosi replied that the sergeant-at-arms was present at the ceremony should an arrest be necessary, but Barr just laughed and walked away.  READ
BANNING GAS ENGINES Three Democratic presidential candidates have signed off on legislation to ban the sale of gas-powered cars by 2040. The candidates are: Bernie Sanders, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Kamala Harris. The bill would also mandate that 50% of new vehicle sales be zero-emission vehicles by 2030. READ 
MOM DEMANDS APOLOGY State Rep. Brian Sims, D-PA, harassed several teenage girls who were praying outside of a Planned Parenthood last month. In his livestream, Sims asked his audience for the identities and personal information of the girls. Now, the mother of the teenagers is demanding that this lawmaker atone for this actions. “The three girls deserve your genuine, explicit apology. I believe you know that your actions toward them were inherently wrong,” said Ashley Garecht.  READ 
ABORTION IS NOT HEALTH CARE  Rep. Andy Biggs, R-AZ, introduces a bill which would prevent the IRS from accepting abortion costs toward tax-deductible medical expenses. “It’s time for us to be honest with ourselves – health care is primarily a restorative function, one that helps our bodies heal from a disease or ailment. Under no circumstances should health care include the intentional taking of a life,” said Biggs. READ 
DAYTIME TALK “The View” host Whoopi Goldberg claimed abortion is legal to prevent women from drinking Tide or Drano or throwing “themselves down the stairs” in order to kill an unwanted baby. READ 
BIRTH RATE FALLS AGAIN The U.S. fertility rate fell to a record low in 2018. And the number of births fell to 3,788,235 – the lowest in 32 years. Brookings Institute demographer William Frey said recent economic trends may be to blame. “Our younger citizens are still grappling with the Great Recession, and a lot of people in their twenties got a late start,” he said.  READ 
CHURCH SCANDAL Police raided the offices of the Diocese of Dallas. In January, the Diocese of Dallas released the names of 31 accused clerics. READ 
NYC CATHEDRAL ATTACKER A man who tried to enter St. Patrick’s Cathedral last month with several containers of gasoline and a lighter has been deemed unfit to stand trial due to his mental health. READ 
THE CONFESSIONAL Regardless of his personality or character, his virtue or personal courage, virtually any Catholic priest would rather go to jail than betray a penitent who comes to him for confession,” writes Catholic journalist Brian Fraga. READ 
SAINT OF THE DAY  Saint Margaret of Cortona’s life story certainly had its ups and downs. Having run away from her stepmother after her mother’s death, she lived with a man and bore him a son. When her lover was murdered, Saint Margaret had a change of heart, became a penitent, and founded a religious community. Her son became a friar. READ 
DAILY READINGS “For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.” (Ps 89:2)   READ 
THE SABBATH  The Archdiocese of Detroit announced that they will cease sporting events (games and practices) on Sunday. “In our time, Sunday has slowly lost its pride of place. In the Archdiocese of Detroit, we are committed to setting aside this day as much as possible for God-centered pursuits,” said Archbishop Allen Vigneron.   SHARE 

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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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