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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14  

 
AT-HOME ABORTIONS  The Biden administration cited the coronavirus pandemic as a reason to authorize the prescription of the abortion pill mifepristone through the mail. This new Biden policy will allow at-home, self-administered abortions. "With this action, the Biden administration has made it clear that it will prioritize abortion over women's safety. Allowing unsupervised chemical abortions via telemedicine, without requiring timely access to medical care, will put women in grave danger," said Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life.  READ
 
 
 
OHIO PRO-LIFE WIN  The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Ohio's pro-life ban on abortions based on a Down syndrome diagnosis. “The right to an abortion before viability is not absolute,” wrote Judge Alice Batchelder in the court’s majority opinion, adding: “Simply put, there is no absolute or per se right to an abortion based on the stage of the pregnancy.”  READ
 
 
MEDIA CORRUPTION  A CNN director admitted that the network actively worked to get President Trump out of office, even creating “propaganda” on issues that they knew little about to further the goal. In a secretly-recorded conversation, CNN Technical Director Charlie Chester said: “Look what we did, we [CNN] got Trump out. I am 100% going to say it, and I 100% believe that if it wasn’t for CNN, I don’t know that Trump would have got voted out. … I came to CNN because I wanted to be a part of that.”  READ
 
 
BORDER CRISIS  The president of Guatemala said President Biden's confusing messaging encouraged smugglers to drop off children at the U.S.-Mexico border. President Alejandro Giammattei said: "They were compassionate messages that were understood by people in our country, especially the coyotes, to tell families, 'we'll take the children, the children can go in and once the children are there they will call their parents.' And so those messages were confusing. Not because of the way they were communicated, but because of the way they were translated here.”  READ 
 
 
BASEBALL'S MONOPOLY  A group of three senators introduced legislation that would revoke Major League Baseball’s exemption under antitrust law. The legislative push comes after MLB pulled its All-Star Game from Georgia in protest against the state’s recently-passed election integrity bill. “We’re here today to talk about legislation to remove the antitrust exemption that’s long been enjoyed by Major League Baseball,” Sen. Mike Lee, R-UT, said at a press conference Tuesday. “It’s important to remember that this exemption was created from whole cloth by the Supreme Court 99 years ago.”  READ
 
 
AUTO COMPANIES VS. ELECTION REFORM?  Executives from Ford, General Motors, and other Michigan-based corporations sent a warning shot across the bow of the state’s GOP lawmakers Tuesday as the legislature considers a bill against election fraud. “Government must avoid actions that reduce participation in elections,” read a statement signed by dozens of corporate executives, “particularly among historically disenfranchised communities, persons with disabilities, older adults, racial minorities, and low-income voters.”  READ
 
 
PROTECTING CHILDREN  Here's a rundown of 16 states, from Alabama to Utah, that are considering legislation to prohibit doctors from performing transgender surgeries and procedures on minors.  READ
 
 
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RELIGIOUS FREEDOM  California formally lifted its restrictive capacity limits on religious gatherings following a Supreme Court ruling. “In response to recent judicial rulings, effective immediately, location and capacity limits on places of worship are not mandatory but are strongly recommended,” the state announced Monday.  READ

 
 
 
POPE PRAISES TERESA OF AVILA  Pope Francis celebrated Saint Teresa of Avila as an exemplar of courage and spiritual motherhood in recognition of the 50th anniversary of her being declared the first female Doctor of the Church. “Her courage, her intelligence, and her tenacity to which she united a sensitivity for the beautiful and a spiritual motherhood toward all those who approached her work are an exemplary example of the extraordinary role that women have played throughout history in the Church and society,” the pope wrote.  READ
 
 
 
CATHOLIC 101  Sister Anna Marie McGuan writes about how Jesus teaches the apostles on the road to Emmaus. “Jesus explained that it was actually necessary that the Messiah would undergo the suffering of the Passion and crucifixion. He does this by walking the disciples through the Old Testament. The evangelist writes: 'Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them what referred to him in all the scriptures' (Lk 24:27).”  READ
 
 
 
SAINT OF THE DAY  Blessed Peter Gonzalez had a bad experience while riding a horse that changed the course of his life. He became a Dominican, was ordained a priest, and worked in the court of King Ferdinand III.  READ
 
 
 
DAILY PSALM  “The Lord hears the cry of the poor.” (Psalm 34:2)  READ
 
 
 
DAILY READINGS  Today's Mass readings  READ
 
 
 
WOW  A good reminder: In 2018, while the media was telling stories about racism and violence, comedian Steve Harvey told the story of a young man who walked 20 miles to get to his first day of work and got a little surprise help from the police. "This ain't a story about color," Harvey said. "Every police ain't shootin' us. We gotta start telling these stories, man."  SHARE
 
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