LOOP: Democrats pass spending bill that repeals pro-life policy

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PRO-LIFE POLICY IN PERIL?The Democratic House passed a $1 trillion spending bill which keeps in place the pro-life Hyde Amendment, but would restore taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood and other international abortion groups. During the last full year of the Obama administration, Planned Parenthood International performed 1 million abortions and received $100 million in U.S. tax dollars. President Trump ended this funding in 2017 by restoring the pro-life Mexico City Policy. READ
TRUMP’S RECORD HAULPresident Trump raised $24.8 million in less than 24 hours on his first official day of his reelection campaign. In fact, Trump raised more money in 24 hours than the combined first-day hauls of Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Beto O’Rourke, and Kamala Harris combined.  READ
BIDEN WON’T APOLOGIZEFormer Vice President Joe Biden cited his ability to work with two Southern segregationist senators in the 1970s. His fellow Democratic presidential candidates attacked him, but Biden refused to apologize. “Apologize for what? I’ve not a racist bone in my body. I’ve been involved in civil rights my whole career. Period, period, period.”  READ 
NEW BILL AIMED AT BIG TECH Websites which allow users to post content are immune from lawsuits because they qualify as platforms according to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. But under proposed legislation by Sen. Josh Hawley, R-MO, companies would lose this immunity unless they could prove to the Federal Trade Commission that their content removal practices are neutral. “This legislation simply states that if the tech giants want to keep their government-granted immunity, they must bring transparency and accountability to their editorial processes and prove that they don’t discriminate,” Hawley said.  READ 
SANCTUARY CITIES  The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released a list of rapists and murderers who are protected under sanctuary city policies. In a statement, the agency said: “ICE commends our local law enforcement colleagues who work to minimize that risk by cooperating with ICE to apprehend criminal aliens at the time of their release from local custody.”  READ 
HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONSChina strip mines political prisoners for their organs, writes Wesley J. Smith. Several years ago, China promised to end the practice. But an independent investigative tribunal repoted that: “forced organ harvesting has been committed for years throughout China on a significant scale.”  READ 
MEXICO PASSES USMCA Mexico becomes the first country to approve the USMCA – the new treaty backed by President Trump to replace NAFTA. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to encourage House Democrats to pass the trade deal when he visits Washington next week. He is slated to meet with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. READ 
CORPORATIONS & LGBT Mastercard will allow “non-binary” genders to pick whatever name they desire on their credit cards. The company said that a person’s credit card should reflect their “true identity.”  READ 
McCARRICK SCANDAL  The sex abuse scandal involving Theodore McCarrick occurred one year ago. Here’s a timeline of events involving various Church scandals since that story first broke.  READ 
FAMILIES ARE A WITNESS“Our society has rejected what twenty centuries of Christian civilization considered a basic fact of nature — that most men and women will find their life’s purpose in forming loving marriages, working together, sharing their lives, and raising children,” said Archbishop Jose Gomez, at a four-day conference on Liturgy and the Domestic Church at the University of Notre Dame.  READ 
SAINT OF THE DAY  Saint Paulinus was a married priest and bishop. In his day, marriage was not an impediment to the priesthood. Though married for many years, Saint Paulinus and his wife were childless. When they finally were blessed with a son, he lived but a few weeks. READ 
DAILY READINGS  “Your works, O Lord, are justice and truth.” (Ps 111:1) READ 

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Joshua Mercer is a co-founder of CatholicVote.org, where he serves as Political Director. Mercer previously served as Washington Correspondent for the National Catholic Register and Chairman for Students for Life of America. He lives in Michigan with his wife and six children.

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