In today’s News:
Preemie babies saved in Louisiana
Thousands of people from Lake Charles, La, were forced to evacuate as Hurricane Laura approached from the Gulf of Mexico last week. The powerful Category 4 hurricane threatened 150 mph winds and catastrophic storm surges, causing nearly one-million people to flee from Texas and Louisiana, with the Lake Charles area ultimately the hardest hit. Yet a small group of brave people remained behind to care for babies who weren’t able to leave. Nineteen babies remained in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, and a team of 14 nurses, two neonatal nurse practitioners, three respiratory therapists, and one doctor stayed behind to make sure they stayed safe. Some of the babies weighed as little as one pound, others relied on ventilators, feeding tubes, and respirators, and some were born premature as early as 23 weeks. The team slept in shifts when they could to make sure someone was always caring for the babies. The babies had been moved from the women’s hospital to the main hospital in advance of the storm, as the main building had a generator and was built to withstand hurricane-force winds.
California churches fight to stay open
As California officials continue threatening residents for exercising their First Amendment right to religious assembly, one Christian pastor is standing up to offer to pay any legal penalties for those who worship in defiance of state mandates. Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom has banned indoor religious services, along with various types of secular gatherings, in 29 counties representing 80 percent of the state’s population, in the name of containing the spread of covid-19. Numerous churches have defied the order, including Grace Community Church of Sun Valley, Cornerstone Church of Fresno, Destiny Christian Church of Rocklin and Harvest Rock Church of Pasadena. Last week, Pastor Ché Ahn Of Harvest Rock Church announced that he would pay for any tickets given to those who choose to attend in person despite the order, Pasadena Now reported. Local officials have threatened Ahn with fines, jail time, or worse for his civil disobedience.
Another pro-abortion group accused of racism
The National Organization for Women (NOW) appears to be the latest pro-abortion group accused of racism at the highest levels of leadership. Abortion giant Planned Parenthood has dealt with numerous accusations of racism in recent weeks, as has NARAL Pro-Choice America. NOW, founded in 1966 by feminist icon Betty Friedan, fractured after two pro-abortion men, Lawrence Lader qnd Bernard Nathanson, convinced Friedan to add abortion rights to the organization’s platform. Lader maintained that in order for abortion to be legalized, the eugenic agenda must be hidden from the public, and “women… and some blacks” must be kept “out front” once recruited to the cause. Recently, The Daily Beast reporter Emily Shugerman conducted interviews with nearly a dozen members and employees of now who claim that women of color were being “heckled, silenced, or openly disparaged at now meetings and offices.” As a result, 26 of 35 now state chapters signed a letter demanding the resignation of NOW’s president, Toni Van Pelt.