1. In Defense of the Child Tax Credit, A break for working families is a matter of basic fairness., By Timothy P. Carney, The Wall Street Journal, February 8, 2024, Pg. A13, Opinion The tax code should be neutral and shouldn’t pick winners or losers. Its role is to generate revenue, not to modify behavior. Conservatives and libertarians often cite those principles in opposition to the child tax credit. But that credit is no special-interest giveaway.  Those who argue that the tax code shouldn’t favor parenthood treat children as a lifestyle choice or a consumption good, like a Tesla. The tax code shouldn’t be pro-Tesla, but it should be pro-human, especially amid our baby bust. America’s fertility is below 1.7 per woman, and the number of births has fallen nearly every year since 2007. An aging society will be a poorer society. This doesn’t mean we should have massive cash giveaways to parents. Excessive child subsidies can discourage marriage, so that more children are raised without the example of a working parent. It’s a good thing, then, that Congress isn’t seriously considering a massive expansion to the child tax credit, only from $2,000 to $2,100, with more generous “refundability” for parents who don’t earn enough to owe income taxes. There’s plenty to debate about work requirements and refundability. But a larger child tax credit in itself is a matter of basic fairness. Mr. Carney is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a columnist at the Washington Examiner and author of “Family Unfriendly: How Our Culture Made Raising Kids Much Harder Than it Needs to Be,” forthcoming next week. https://www.wsj.com/articles/in-defense-of-the-child-tax-credit-its-a-matter-of-basic-fairness-642e0b8d__________________________________________________________ 2. Pro-life groups ask Congress to ‘intervene’ in disposal of aborted baby bodies, By Joe Bukuras, Catholic News Agency, February 8, 2024, 9:37 AM Thirty-five pro-life organizations this week asked Congress to “intervene” and demand that the remains of five late-term aborted babies in Washington, D.C., not be discarded before an autopsy is done.  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 said it acquired the remains from the Washington Surgi-Clinic run by Dr. Cesare Santangelo, an OB-GYN and well-known abortionist in the city. On Monday of this week PAAU announced that the D.C. medical examiner’s office told the group’s legal counsel of the medical examiner’s intent to “destroy” the remains of the babies — known among pro-life activists as the “D.C. Five” — at the behest of the Department of Justice. “The D.C. medical examiner has informed our attorneys that the DOJ has instructed them to destroy the remains of the [D.C. Five],” the group said.   https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/256771/pro-life-groups-ask-congress-to-intervene-in-disposal-of-aborted-baby-bodies__________________________________________________________ 3. Florida asks state Supreme Court to keep abortion rights amendment off the November ballot, By Brendan Farrington, Associated Press, February 7, 2024, 11:07 AM Lawyers trying to keep an abortion-rights measure off the Florida ballot told the state Supreme Court on Wednesday that the proposed amendment is deceptive, and that voters won’t realize just how far it will expand access to the procedure. But the justices seemed to think the proposed ballot question isn’t so much a wolf in sheep’s clothing, but rather a clear effort to keep the state from restricting most abortions. “This is a wolf coming as a wolf,” said Chief Justice Carlos Muniz, one of five appointees of Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on the seven-member court. “The people of Florida aren’t stupid. They can figure it out.”  https://apnews.com/article/florida-abortion-election-2024-17540f14ed2880f03a2bb14274b03ed3__________________________________________________________ 4. Studies cited in case over abortion pill are retracted due to flaws and conflicts of interest, By Laura Ungar And Matthew Perrone, Associated Press, February 7, 2024 A medical journal has retracted two studies claiming to show the harms of the abortion pill mifepristone, citing conflicts of interest by the authors and flaws in their research. Two of the three studies retracted by medical publisher Sage Perspectives were cited in a pivotal Texas court ruling that has threatened access to the pill. The U.S. Supreme Court will take up the case next month, with a decision expected later this year. The court’s ruling could impact nationwide access to mifepristone, including whether it continues to be available by mail. Medication abortion accounts for more than half of all abortions in the U.S., and typically involves two drugs: mifepristone and misoprostol. Both studies cited in the court ruling were published in the journal Health Services Research and Managerial Epidemiology. They were supported by the Charlotte Lozier Institute, part of an advocacy group that seeks to end access to abortion. A 2021 paper looked at 423,000 abortions and more than 121,000 emergency room visits following medication abortions and abortions done through a medical procedure from 1999 to 2015. Researchers concluded medication abortions are “consistently and progressively associated with more postabortion ER visit morbidity” than the other type. U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk cited the studies in a controversial legal ruling that will go before the U.S. Supreme Court next month.  https://apnews.com/article/abortion-pill-mifepristone-redacted-studies-supreme-court-ebd60519fd44dc69c5ac213580d1c1ba__________________________________________________________ 5. Pope Francis: To be ‘scandalized’ by gay couple blessings is ‘hypocrisy’, By Matthew Santucci, Catholic News Agency, February 7, 2024, 1:00 PM Pope Francis this week again defended the Vatican’s controversial document authorizing blessings for same-sex couples, with the Holy Father arguing that humans “must all respect each other” and stating that blessings should be extended to “everyone.” The pope’s comments come from an exclusive Italian-language interview he gave to the Italian weekly print periodical Credere, which will be available in newsstands across Italy on Thursday. When asked by editor Father Vincenzo Vitale about Fiducia Supplicans — the December document published by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (DDF) that authorized nonliturgical blessings for same-sex couples and others in “irregular situations” — the pope said that “the gravest sins … are those that disguise themselves with a more ‘angelic’ appearance.” “No one is scandalized if I give a blessing to an entrepreneur who perhaps exploits people: and this is a very serious sin,” the Holy Father said. “Whereas they are scandalized if I give it to a homosexual … This is hypocrisy! We must all respect each other. Everyone.” “I don’t bless a ‘homosexual marriage,’” the pope said. “I bless two people who love each other and I also ask them to pray for me.”  https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/256760/pope-francis-to-be-scandalized-by-gay-blessings-is-hypocrisy__________________________________________________________

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