In today’s News:
Louisiana voters support pro-life amendment
Louisiana voters passed an amendment to the state constitution yesterday evening establishing that there is no constitutional right to an abortion. The New York Timesreported that 62 percent of Louisiana voters supported Amendment 1, “Love Life Amendment,” an amendment stating that nothing in the Louisiana state constitution protects the right to abortion or abortion funding. Louisiana also has a trigger law automatically banning all abortions if Roe v. Wade is overturned, according to NBC News. Abortion advocates argued that if Roe v. Wade is overturned, the amendment unfairly impacts access to abortion. Michelle Erenberg, executive director of the abortion-rights group Lift Louisiana, said the amendment is part of a long strategy to strip the right to an abortion.
Colorado voters reject pro-life legislation
Voters in Colorado have rejected a pro-life ballot measure that would have banned abortion after 22 weeks, according to the Associated Press. The measure was defeated, with approximately 60 percent of the vote opposing the measure. Proposition 115 would have prohibited abortion once a preborn child reached 22 weeks gestation. Any doctor who committed or attempted to commit an abortion after 22 weeks would have been charged with a misdemeanor and faced fines. There was an exception for when the mother’s physical health was in danger. Babies born as young as 21 weeks have survived with medical assistance.
Facebook censors a pregnancy crisis center
An Illinois pro-life organization trying to raise money to help pregnant women and babies is being censored on Facebook. The Federalist reports the social media giant rejected the fundraising ad From Illinois Right to Life this fall, claiming it violates its advertising policy. The ad highlights Project Love, an initiative of Illinois Right yo Life to “Support pregnant women and new mothers in a financial crisis by providing grants for rent, utility bills or other necessities.” The pro-life organization hoped to raise money through the ad to help mothers and babies in need, but Facebook refused to run it. Meanwhile, the abortion Giant Planned Parenthood is still running ads on Facebook.
School bans ‘Jesus Loves Me’ mask
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a federal lawsuit Monday on behalf of an elementary school pupil and her parents against the Simpson County School District in Mississippi after school officials prohibited her from wearing a face mask with the message “Jesus Loves Me” on it. The third-grade pupil, Lydia Booth, wished to peacefully share her Christian views with her schoolmates but, even though she wore the mask without disruption or incident on Oct. 13, the principal at her school in Pinola required her to remove and replace it. Two days later, administrators announced a policy that prohibits messages on masks that are “political, religious, sexual or inappropriate symbols, gestures or statements that may be offensive, disruptive or deemed distractive to the school environment.”