Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Abortion and Prayer - #2946 - Russian Lawmakers Prepare for Major Crackdown on Abortion - The Blaze (2) Texas School District Sued for Including Prayer at Graduation - The Blaze

Russia‘s Orthodox Church teamed with Conservative parliamentarians Monday to push legislation that would radically restrict abortions in a nation struggling to cope with one of the world’s lowest birthrates. The legislation would ban free abortions at government-run clinics and prohibit the sale of the morning-after pill without a prescription, said Yelena Mizulina, who heads a parliamentary committee on families, women and children. She added that abortion for a married woman would also require the permission of her spouse, while teenage girls would need their parents’ consent. If the legislation is passed, a week’s waiting period would also be introduced so women could consider their decision to terminate their pregnancy, Mizulina said.  Read more.........


Texas School District Sued for Including Prayer at Graduation - The Blaze - A national group fighting for separation of church and state has filed a lawsuit against a local Texas school district because it has refused to remove prayer from its graduation ceremony.  Americans United for Separation of Church and State filed suit against the Medina Valley Independent School District (near San Antonio) on Friday on behalf of a local family. The group is upset that the June 4 ceremony will include a student-led invocation and benediction. But according to the district, the two planned statements by students do not constitute official school positions and those students have a right to free speech.  “A disclaimer is printed in each graduation program that notes the content of each student speaker’s message is the private expression of the individual student and does not reflect the endorsement of the district,” school board president Roland Ruiz told the San Antonio Express.  Read more.........

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