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Pennsylvania | May 4, 2021

His mom chose life, now he heads to the NFL Draft

Pennsylvania | May 4, 2021

Penn State All-American linebacker Micah Parsons believes God has big plans for his life. He recently shared with Pennlive.com that his mom almost had an abortion when she got pregnant with him. She had two kids, was struggling to pay the bills, and his father was in and out of the house. She didn’t tell anyone else, but was planning on going to the abortion clinic.

Here’s the story as told to Pennlive:

One day the phone rang, Sherese [Micah’s mom] said, and on the other end was Sister Hall from the church. When Sherese told her that she was “doing fine,” Hall said she was hiding something and eventually surfaced the truth.

“She talked my mom out of it,” Micah said. “I think that is why (my mom) was always like, ‘God looks over you, son, and you should continue to keep doing good things in your life and give back to God.’ That was one of the first lessons she taught me.”

And now, he’s about to become a first-round NFL draft pick in Cleveland on April 29th.

What a beautiful pro-life story…

(Excerpts from Pennsylvania Family Institute)

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Pennsylvania | May 3, 2021

Proposed PA bill would ban transgender athletes from competing in women’s sports

Pennsylvania | May 3, 2021

A group of Republican state lawmakers are introducing a bill they said would keep women’s sports fun and fair in Pennsylvania.  The group of five Republicans that introduced the bill said biological men playing on women’s sports teams is unfair

“There is never a bad time to protect opportunities for girls and women who deserve to compete on a level playing field,” said Rep. Barb Gleim (R-Cumberland)

Republican State Representative Barb Gleim said biological men playing on women’s sports teams could put some women on the sidelines.

“Allowing biological males to compete in girls and women’s sports destroys fair competition and women’s athletic opportunities,” said Rep. Gleim.

Representative Gleim is the prime sponsor of House Bill 972, also known as the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act…

(Excerpts from Fox 56)

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Florida, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas | April 27, 2021

TX and FL Report Fewer COVID Cases Than Locked-Down PA, MI & NY

Florida, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas | April 27, 2021

After President Joe Biden bashed states for their “neanderthal thinking” for lifting COVID restrictions, fully opened Florida and Texas have reported less COVID cases per-capita than Democrat-led lockdown states like Michigan, Pennsylvania and New York. 

Fox News reports:

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was widely criticized by the left after he completely reversed the state’s mandate on March 10 and fully reopened his state. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was also accused of endangering Florida residents when he allowed businesses to fully reopen in September without a mask mandate in place.

While both states managed to keep case positivity rates down and begin the long road to economic recovery, Pennsylvania, New York and Michigan — who are still bound to ongoing restrictions — have led the daily increase in COVID-19 cases.

 Together, New York, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey accounted for 44% of all new infections between March 29 and April 4 with about 197,500 cases out of around 452,000 seen nationwide, data from John Hopkins University show. ..

(Excerpts from Charlie Kirk)

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Pennsylvania | April 10, 2021

Pennsylvania Court Rules Taxpayers Don’t Have to Fund Abortions

Pennsylvania | April 10, 2021

According to local station WTAJ, a seven-judge panel of a Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court has ruled that state taxpayers do not have to fund abortions for low-income women through the state Medicaid program. Currently, the state’s Medicaid program pays for abortions in cases of rape or incest, or when the mother’s life is at risk (though deliberately killing a preborn child is never medically necessary).

Abortion businesses, including Planned Parenthood, sued in 2019 to reverse a decades-old court ruling that upheld limits on how PA state Medicaid dollars can be used, including that the funds cannot be used to pay for abortions. Their goal was to force the state Medicaid program to begin to fund abortions, claiming that the 1982 Pennsylvania law that prohibited this violates the constitutional equal protection rights of low-income women.

The court panel ruled that the abortion businesses do not have standing to argue on the constitutional rights of low-income women who seek abortions. Essentially, the court ruled that the pregnant women themselves must be the ones to go to court to fight the law.

The issue of “third-party standing” is not new and was brought to the surface regarding abortion specifically in the Supreme Court case regarding Louisiana’s Act 620, dubbed “The Unsafe Abortion Protection Act.” While the Supreme Court ruled that the law was unconstitutional, Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote in his dissenting opinion:

[…] the abortion providers before us seek only to assert the constitutional rights of an undefined, unnamed, indeed unknown, group of women who they hope will be their patients in the future. In narrow circumstances, to be sure, this Court has allowed cases to proceed based on “third-party standing.” But to qualify, the plaintiff must demonstrate both that he has a “‘close’ relationship” with the person whose rights he wishes to assert and that some “‘hindrance’” hampers the right-holder’s “ability to protect his own interests.”…

Think of parents and children, guardians and wards. In these special cases, the logic goes, the plaintiff ’s interests are so aligned with those of a particular right-holder that the litigation will proceed in much the same way as if the right-holder herself were present. Nothing like that exists here.

The Commonwealth Court has ruled along these lines and House Republican leaders have praised the court “for making the right decision and not taking an action to rewrite existing law.”….

(Excerpts from LIVEACTION)

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