1. Florida attorney general set to ask state Supreme Court to keep abortion protections off the ballot, By Brendan Farrington, Associated Press, February 7, 2024, 9:36 AM Florida’s attorney general is expected to ask the state Supreme Court to keep an abortion-rights measure off November’s ballot on Wednesday, saying it misleads voters and could be used to expand abortion rights in the future. Proponents of the proposed amendment say the language is clear and concise and that Attorney General Ashley Moody is playing politics instead of letting voters decide whether to protect access to abortions. The case will be a test on whether Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who appointed five of the seven judges, has changed the direction of a court that in past years has interpreted a privacy clause in the state constitution to strike down some abortion restrictions. No decision is expected Wednesday. The proposed amendment would allow abortions to remain legal until the fetus is viable. Moody has argued that abortion rights proponents and opponents have differing interpretations as to what viability means. Those differences along with the failure to define “health” and “health-care provider,” are enough to deceive voters and potentially open a box of legal questions in the future, she previously told the court.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/02/07/florida-abortion-election-2024/c92b7928-c577-11ee-bbc9-9b5ca9b20779_story.html__________________________________________________________ 2. More Christians charged, harassed in India under anti-conversion laws, By Nirmala Carvalho, Crux, February 7, 2024 In the latest signs of what critics have long described as a deteriorating climate for religious minorities in India under a Hindu nationalist government, several Protestants, including two American nationals, and a Catholic priest have been arrested in separate incidents under the country’s controversial anti-conversion laws. In the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, Father Dominic Pinto of the Lucknow diocese was arrested Feb. 5 along with six Protestants on charges of trying to convert poor Dalits, or “untouchables,” from Hinduism to Christianity, while in Assam, in far northeastern India, two American Baptists were fined Feb. 2 for engaging in religious activities that violated the conditions of their tourist visas. The Americans, named John Matthew Bone and Michael James Flinchum, were not arrested but were compelled to pay a fine of $500. Pinto, meanwhile, and his Protestant companions, remain in custody pending a bail application. According to local media reports, Pinto is the director of the Navintha pastoral center of the Lucknow diocese, which he had agreed to make available to a group called Khrist Bhakts, or “followers of Christ,” composed of Hindus, Muslims and members of other religions who nevertheless find inspiration in Christ and pray to him.  https://cruxnow.com/church-in-asia-oceania/2024/02/more-christians-charged-harassed-in-india-under-anti-conversion-laws__________________________________________________________ 3. Florida considers allowing volunteer chaplains in public schools, By Brendan Farrington, Associated Press, February 6, 2024, 3:13 PM Florida school districts could opt to allow volunteer chaplains in schools under a bill approved Tuesday by a Senate committee. Supporters of the legislation said it will provide another resource for children during tumultuous times, while opponents said there could be consequences ranging from children receiving bad or unwanted spiritual advice to white Christian nationalists using the program to indoctrinate students.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/2024/02/06/florida-school-chaplains/278f52ba-c52c-11ee-bbc9-9b5ca9b20779_story.html__________________________________________________________ 4. Remains of DC aborted babies reportedly to be destroyed with no chance of autopsy, By Joe Bukuras, Catholic News Agency, February 6, 2024, 5:40 PM The remains of five late-term aborted babies in Washington, D.C., will not be receiving an autopsy that could have determined if federal law was violated by the abortion clinic responsible for their deaths, a pro-life group announced Monday.  “BREAKING: EMERGENCY ACTION NEEDED! The DC Medical Examiner has informed our attorneys that the DOJ has instructed them to destroy the remains of the #DC5. But these babies are evidence of federal crimes! Call your Reps NOW and demand #JusticeForTheFive!” a Feb. 5 social media post on X said. The secular pro-life group Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising (PAAU) originally obtained the remains of the aborted babies in March 2022. The pro-life group says it acquired the remains from the Washington Surgi-Clinic run by Dr. Cesare Santangelo, an OB-GYN and well-known abortionist in the city. The group, along with dozens of federal lawmakers and pro-life activists, has called for an investigation and autopsy to determine if the babies were killed in violation of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003. The federal law prohibits abortion after the child is partially born.  https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/256754/remains-of-dc-aborted-babies-reportedly-to-be-destroyed-with-no-chance-of-autopsy__________________________________________________________

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