Missouri Republicans Rush to Criminalize Abortion Care
May 17, 2019 · 1 

By Auditi Guha Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) praised Alabama Republicans’ passage of the country’s most restrictive abortion ban and said that he would sign a Missouri bill placing draconian new limits on abortion. The anti-choice omnibus bill, known as the “Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act,” contains a cascade of abortion bans at various …

Support for Same-Sex Marriage is Highest Among the Non-Religious. (As Usual.)
May 17, 2019

By Hemant Mehta According to a new survey from the Pew Research Center, the majority of Americans (61%) support same-sex marriage and the number remains virtually unchanged from 2017. That’s not too surprising — more people have accepted it as a reality and the issue hasn’t changed much over the past two years — but what’s …

Televangelist Pat Robertson: Alabama’s abortion ban is ‘extreme’ and has ‘gone too far’
May 16, 2019

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey Longtime televangelist Pat Robertson decried Alabama’s new abortion ban as “extreme,” saying on his show on Wednesday that the state legislature has “gone too far.” Alabama’s law, which has been passed by the legislature and signed by the governor, includes a penalty of up to 99 years in prison for doctors who perform abortions …

‘The Time Is Now’: States Are Rushing to Restrict Abortion, or to Protect It
May 16, 2019

By Sabrina Tavernise WASHINGTON — In April, Indiana placed a near-total ban on the most common type of second-trimester abortion in the state. Days later, Ohio passed a bill banning abortion in the very early weeks of pregnancy after a fetal heartbeat is detected. Now on Wednesday, Gov. Kay Ivey of Alabama signed a bill …

Despite Measles Warnings, Anti-Vaccine Rally Draws Hundreds of Ultra-Orthodox Jews
May 15, 2019 · 2 

By Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura MONSEY, N.Y. — An ultra-Orthodox rabbi falsely described the measles outbreak among Jews as part of an elaborate plan concocted by Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York to deflect attention from “more serious” diseases brought by Central American migrants. A pediatrician questioned whether Jews were being intentionally given “bad lots” …

Pat Robertson: God Is “Going To Get Rid” of America if the Equality Act Passes
May 15, 2019

By Hemant Mehta Pat Robertson is the latest Christian to denounce the Equality Act, which would add explicit non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people to federal civil rights law. We’ve already seen Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver pretend it’ll lead to pedophilia. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said yesterday they also opposed the Act because they wanted “fairness for all.” …

Alabama Lawmakers Vote to Effectively Ban Abortion in the State
May 15, 2019

By Timothy Williams and Alan Blinder MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Alabama Senate approved a measure on Tuesday that would outlaw almost all abortions in the state, setting up a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, the case that recognized a woman’s constitutional right to end a pregnancy. The legislation bans abortions at every stage of pregnancy and …

US environment agency cuts funding for kids’ health studies
May 14, 2019

By Sara Reardon The Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health has tracked the lives of hundreds of children in New York City since 1998. Scientists have collected samples of blood, urine and even the air in children’s homes, starting when their subjects were in the womb, to tease out the health effects of chemicals and …

These Students Found a Perfect Loophole for South Dakota’s “In God We Trust” Law
May 14, 2019

By Hemant Mehta South Dakota’s Republican Governor Kristi Noem recently signed into law Senate Bill 55, a bill that requiresall public schools to display “In God We Trust” signs in a prominent place beginning next school year. But the bill itself is fairly vague beyond those rules… and last night, during a meeting of the Rapid City School Board, members of …

Mike Pence’s speech to Christian college graduates furthers ‘evangelical persecution complex’
May 14, 2019

By Eugene Scott Commencement ceremonies are usually opportunities for college graduates to hear a successful person share wisdom and counsel on how to succeed in a world that many young adults find overwhelming. While Vice President Pence may have attempted to do just that during his Saturday speech to graduates of Liberty University, one of …

Cory Booker: Offering Only Thoughts and Prayers After Shootings is “Bullshit”
May 13, 2019

By Hemant Mehta During an interview for CNN’s The Axe Files With David Axelrod, Democratic senator and presidential candidate Cory Booker argued that gun reform needed to be taken more seriously because the usual Republican reaction of offering nothing more than thoughts and prayers was — and he said this — “bullshit.” “When I’m President of the United States, I’m …

A Record 60% of Americans Say They Could Vote for an Atheist President
May 10, 2019

By Hemant Mehta Every few years, Gallup asks Americans a version of this question: “If your party nominated a generally well-qualified person for president who happened to be _____, would you vote for that person?” Just about every time they’ve asked that question, “atheist” has been at the bottom of the list. (Atheists are unelectable! the …