1. Texas judge to consider pregnant woman’s request for order allowing her to have an abortion, By Paul J. Weber, Associated Press, December 7, 2023, 12:20 AM Texas’ strict abortion ban will face an unprecedented test Thursday, when a judge considers a request for an emergency court order that would allow a pregnant woman whose fetus has a fatal diagnosis to have an abortion in the state. The lawsuit filed by Kate Cox, a 31-year-old mother of two from the Dallas area, is believed to be the first of its kind in the nation since the U.S. Supreme Court last year overturned Roe v. Wade, according to the Center for Reproductive Rights, which is representing Cox. Since that landmark ruling, Texas and 12 other states rushed to ban abortion at nearly all stages of pregnancy. Opponents have sought to weaken those bans — including an ongoing Texas challenge over whether the state’s law is too restrictive for women with pregnancy complications — but until now, a woman has not gone to court seeking approval for an immediate abortion.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/2023/12/07/texas-abortion-roe/4c923ff6-94c0-11ee-9d5c-d462c9032daa_story.html__________________________________________________________ 2. A milestone for Notre Dame: 1 year until cathedral reopens to public after devastating fire, By John Leicester, Associated Press, December 7, 2023, 1:25 AM When flames tore into Notre Dame in 2019, people who worked in the cathedral felt orphaned. But as the world-famous Paris landmark’s reopening draws closer, they are beginning to picture their return to the place they call home and are impatient to breathe life back into its repaired stonework and vast spaces. The restoration of Notre Dame hits a milestone Friday: one year until the cathedral reopens its huge doors to the public, on Dec. 8, 2024. French President Emmanuel Macron will don a hard hat and tour the fenced-off reconstruction site where stonemasons, carpenters and hundreds of other artisans are hammering away to meet the 12-month deadline. When their job is done, they will hand over to Notre Dame’s priests, employees, chorists and worshippers. With prayers, songs and devotion, they’ll give the cathedral the kiss of life and celebration to nudge aside the pain the April 15, 2019, blaze inflicted on French hearts and Catholic faithful around the world.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2023/12/07/france-notre-dame-cathedral-reopening-fire-choirs/7a2bdc02-94c9-11ee-9d5c-d462c9032daa_story.html__________________________________________________________ 3. Pennsylvania Governor Rebukes Penn President Over Testimony on Antisemitism, Democrat joins wave of criticism over elite university leaders’ response to campus protests about Israel-Hamas war, By Joseph De Avila and Melissa Korn, The Wall Street Journal, December 6, 2023, 5:46 PM, Editorial Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro called University of Pennsylvania President Liz Magill’s congressional testimony about campus antisemitism a “failure of leadership.” Lawmakers grilled Magill and the presidents of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Tuesday on what they were doing to protect Jewish students as protests against the Israel-Hamas war, sometimes featuring antisemitic rhetoric, roiled their campuses. The presidents were asked if calling for the genocide of Jewish students would violate the policies of the schools. All three said it depended on the context.  “That was an unacceptable statement from the president of Penn,” said Shapiro, a Democrat. “I thought her comments were absolutely shameful. It should not be hard to condemn genocide.”  https://www.wsj.com/us-news/education/pennsylvania-governor-rebukes-penn-president-over-testimony-on-antisemitism-45fdcf64__________________________________________________________ 4. Republican prosecutor will appeal judge’s ruling invalidating Wisconsin’s 174-year-old abortion ban, By Todd Richmond, Associated Press, December 6, 2023, 2:44 PM A Republican prosecutor said Wednesday that he plans to appeal a court ruling that Wisconsin law permits abortions, the first step toward a potential showdown in the state Supreme Court over abortion rights. Sheboygan County District Attorney Joel Urmanski issued a statement through his attorneys saying that he disagrees with Dane County Circuit Judge Diane Schlipper’s July finding and state law clearly bans abortions, including “consensual medical abortions.” The case appears destined to end up at the state Supreme Court. Liberal justices currently hold a 4-3 majority on the court, making it unlikely that conservatives would prevail at that level. Urmanski could string out the process beyond the 2025 spring elections, however, in the hopes that liberal Justice Ann Walsh Bradley loses re-election and conservatives regain control of the court.   https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2023/12/06/wisconsin-abortion-ban-appeal-ruling-court/190f8868-9453-11ee-9d5c-d462c9032daa_story.html__________________________________________________________ 5. Indiana’s appeals court hears arguments challenging abortion ban under a state religious freedom law, By Isabella Volmert, Associated Press, December 6, 2023. 2:11 PM Indiana’s Court of Appeals questioned attorneys this week on exceptions to the state’s abortion ban in a case involving residents who are suing on grounds that it violates a state religious freedom law. The class action lawsuit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana on behalf of five anonymous residents and the group Hoosier Jews for Choice, argues Indiana’s abortion ban violates the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act that was approved by Republican lawmakers in 2015. The suit was originally filed in September 2022 and a county judge sided with the residents last December. Indiana later appealed the decision. The court heard arguments Wednesday at the Indiana Statehouse, but did not indicate when it would rule on the appeal.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2023/12/06/indiana-abortion-ban-religious-freedom-law/429e7122-946b-11ee-9d5c-d462c9032daa_story.html__________________________________________________________ 6. FBI director grilled after release of new report on targeting of Catholics, By Tyler Arnold, Joe Bukuras, Catholic News Agency, December 6, 2023, 5:35 PM Sen. Josh Hawley engaged in a tense exchange with FBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday after the release of the report that found the agency’s investigation into traditional Catholics may be more expansive than FBI officials have claimed. “Now we know that, in fact, FBI agents did approach a priest and a choir director to ask them to inform on parishioners,” Hawley told Wray during a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Dec. 5.  The hearing followed the unveiling on Monday of the House Judiciary Committee’s report detailing the results of a monthslong investigation into a leaked internal FBI memo that discussed investigating Catholics as potential domestic terrorists.  “Good heavens, director, this is one of the most outrageous targetings — you have mobilized your division, the most powerful law enforcement division in the world, against traditionalist Catholics … and you just told us you have not fired a single person,” Hawley said during the exchange.   The new report delved deeper into the FBI’s efforts to investigate traditionalist Catholics and the now-retracted Richmond FBI memo that alleged a link between so-called “radical traditionalist Catholics” and “the far-right white nationalist movement.” The memo suggested “trip wire or source development” within parishes that offer the Traditional Latin Mass and within online communities.  https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/256194/fbi-director-grilled-after-release-of-new-report-on-targeting-of-catholics__________________________________________________________

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