Legal Stuff

COURT WIN in GEORGIA: When substitute teacher Lindsey Barr requested that her own children be excused from a read-aloud program with books depicting same-sex relationships, the school district fired her. She sued and has won a formal apology, reinstatement to her job plus $181,000. Barr was represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF).

ADOPTION in OREGON: [4:04] – According to its own rules and statutes, the state’s Department of Human Services must actively recruit and retain foster and adoptive parents. In addition, individuals may not be denied the opportunity to become adoptive or foster parents because of their race, color, or national origin.

Note what’s missing? Creed.

When Jessica Bates responded to what she believed was God’s call to care for a couple of orphans, she began the process with Oregon’s DHS. Her application was rejected when they found out that her faith would bar her from following the state’s requirement to “respect and celebrate” queer or gender diverse children by taking them to “pride” parades and similar functions, using alternate names, pronouns and other “gender queer” language, and assist them in obtaining puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and sex change surgeries.

Bates is suing Oregon’s DHS for violating her rights to free speech, free association, and to the free exercise of her faith protected by the First Amendment, as well as her right to equal protection under the law guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment. The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is representing her. They say that DHS selectively “excludes entire religious communities from participating in child welfare programs because of their religious views.” 

ABORTION REVERSAL in COLORADO: Becket Law is representing Bella Health in its lawsuit against a new state lawbanning doctors from prescribing progesterone in hopes of reversing a medication abortion.

This procedure is not yet approved by the FDA … something I will remind my readers is also true for the ‘rona jab. But, unlike the jab, progesterone has been used safely in pregnancy for more than 50 years.

Progesterone must be taken after the first, but not the second, abortion pill has been swallowed. And, the sooner the better. After 72 hours, it’s unlikely to help at all. And even before, it may not work. But it offers hope and sometimes a healthy baby to women who regret swallowing that first pill.

Inexplicably, Colorado has not only decided to insert itself into the doctor-patient relationship, but done so with a slanderous and deceptively worded law. The act is nominatively concerned with banning “deceptive actions regarding pregnancy-related services.” And it starts out by affirming that, “in Colorado, a pregnant individual has a fundamental right to continue a pregnancy or to terminate a pregnancy by abortion.” But then it goes on to deprive women the right to regret and attempt to reverse an abortion.

However, before getting to the meat of the law, it devotes multiple paragraphs to sneering at crisis pregnancy centers which which (horrors) aim “to prevent abortions by persuading people that adoption or parenting is a better option” and which present “the ground-level presence of a well-coordinated anti-choice movement.” IOW, pregnant individuals have a right to continue a pregnancy, but how dare anyone suggest that would be a good idea!

Only after totally ignoring the fact that crisis pregnancy centers are almost always staffed by volunteers who, at the most, may do pregnancy tests and ultrasounds, the law goes on to ban doctors from prescribing progesterone to patients who request it.

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