1. Bishop clarifies nature of blessing given to celebrity same-sex couple, By Elise Ann Allen, Crux, February 27, 2024 A Uruguayan bishop has issued a statement clarifying the nature of a blessing given to a high-profile same-sex couple shortly after their civil marriage, saying it was authorized by the local nunciature and was fully compliant with a new Vatican document permitting such blessings. On Feb. 19, Uruguayan actor and comedian Carlos Perciavalle, 82, and Jimmy Castilhos, 47, his partner and longtime producer, were married in a small civil ceremony, which they celebrated on Feb. 21 with a blow-out party attended by around 400 guests.The party was described by the media as a “religious wedding” set to take place in the church of San Benito in Garzón, to be presided over by the church’s pastor, Francisco Gordalina. Public details of these plans caused immediate backlash amid the Catholic community, prompting the Diocese of Maldonado-Punta del Este-Minas to issue a statement saying the venue was a private chapel and not a parish. The blessing was later moved to the couple’s farm in Laguna del Sauce.  One aspect of the saga of the couple’s blessing that has drawn ire from critics of Fiducia Supplicans is the fact that Troccoli sought insight from the papal representative in Uruguay, setting what they argue is a dangerous diplomatic precedent. https://cruxnow.com/church-in-the-americas/2024/02/bishop-clarifies-nature-of-blessing-given-to-celebrity-same-sex-couple__________________________________________________________ 2. Florida lawmakers postpone ‘fetal personhood’ bill after Alabama IVF ruling, By Lori Rozsa, The Washington Post, February 26, 2024, 7:30 PM Republican legislators in Florida hit the pause button on a bill that would have given any “unborn child” new protections after opponents raised concerns it would impact women’s reproductive rights in ways similar to the Alabama IVF ruling. The bill had passed easily through most committees in the Republican-led legislature until Democrats began raising concerns last week that the proposal was so broad that it might also impact in vitro fertilization treatments. The legislation sought to define a fetus as an “unborn child” shielded by civil negligence laws. Supporters said the measure would bring civil law in line with existing state criminal law that allows for additional penalties against people charged with harming a pregnant woman. Opponents called it an effort to establish “fetal personhood” that would put abortion providers and people who help women obtain an abortion at risk of being sued.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2024/02/26/florida-fetal-personhood-alabama-ivf/__________________________________________________________ 3. Nation’s top health official to visit Alabama in wake of IVF ruling, By Amanda Seitz, Associated Press, February 26, 2024, 4:02 PM The Biden administration is sending the nation’s top health official to Alabama on Tuesday for discussions with patients and doctors about the controversial court ruling that upended in vitro fertilization treatment in the state. The ruling by the Republican-controlled Alabama Supreme Court has unexpectedly propelled the issue of IVF into the presidential campaign conversation right ahead of Super Tuesday voting on March 5. The visit by Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra comes just days after former President Donald Trump vowed to protect access to the fertility care. President Joe Biden and his allies have been quick to seize on last week’s ruling — which says that frozen embryos can be considered children under state law and threatens the future of fertility care in the state — as evidence that Republicans have gone too far with restricting reproductive care. Some Republicans, too, have said they’re alarmed by the ruling.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/02/26/ivf-biden-becerra-alabama-abortion-ruling/e0071c20-d4e4-11ee-82ad-c2391b06a8f5_story.html__________________________________________________________ 4. Bill filed in Kentucky House would ease near-total abortion ban by adding rape and incest exceptions, By Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press, February 26, 2024, 9:15 PM Legislation aimed at easing Kentucky’s near-total abortion ban by creating limited exceptions for pregnancies caused by rape or incest was introduced Monday in the GOP-dominated House, as lawmakers wrangle with an issue at the forefront of last year’s campaign for governor. Republican state Rep. Ken Fleming filed the measure on the last day that new House bills could be introduced in this year’s 60-day session. The bill’s prospects are uncertain, with House Speaker David Osborne saying the chamber’s GOP supermajority has not discussed any particular abortion bill. Kentucky’s near-total abortion ban has been in place since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in 2022. The state’s so-called trigger law took effect, banning abortions except when carried out to save the mother’s life or to prevent a disabling injury. It does not include exceptions for cases of rape or incest.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/02/26/kentucky-legislature-abortion/4fcefab6-d510-11ee-82ad-c2391b06a8f5_story.html__________________________________________________________

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