North Carolina Gov. vetoes bill requiring care for babies born alive after failed abortion

North Carolina Democrat Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed legislation Thursday morning that would require abortionists to provide basic medical care to newborns who survive failed abortions, just days after the measure cleared the state legislature.

The North Carolina Senate approved Senate Bill 359 on Monday and the state House approved it on Tuesday. It requires infants born alive after attempted abortions to be guaranteed the “same claim to the protection of the law that would arise for any newborn, or for any person who comes to a hospital, clinic, or other facility.” Violators would be guilty of a Class D felony and face a fine of up to $250,000.

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UK Teacher Fired for Posting Her Concern About LGBT Indoctrination in Christian School

A teacher in the United Kingdom has been fired for her stand against pro-LGBT teaching at her son’s primary school run by the Church of England. Kristy Higgs of Fairford, Gloucestershire posted on her personal Facebook page, according to the London Daily Mail, that the school was requiring “relationship education” be mandatory. In one example, she says the school had started using books about a boy who wears dresses.

She wrote, “Which means, for example, that children will be taught that all relationships are equally valid and ‘normal,’ so that same-sex marriage is exactly the same as traditional marriage, and that gender is a matter of choice, not biology, so that it’s up to them what sex they are.”

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Physician-Assisted Suicide Comes to New Jersey. Here’s Why It’s Badly Misguided.

In becoming the ninth jurisdiction to legalize physician-assisted suicide, New Jersey has unleashed a Pandora’s box on its residents—and the poor, weak, and disabled will suffer the most. The Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act was signed into law by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, after it narrowly cleared both chambers of the state Congress.

As of Aug. 1, 2019, terminally ill patients with a prognosis of six months or fewer will now be able to self-administer lethal concoctions of drugs in order to take their own lives. Murphy claimed in a statement that this bill would “[provide] terminally ill patients and their families with the humanity, dignity, and respect that they so richly deserve at the most difficult times any of us will face.”

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Disciplining Kids Without Yelling: Readers Tell Us Their Tricks

Is it possible to raise children without shouting, scolding — or even talking to kids with an angry tone? Last month, we wrote about supermoms up in the Arctic who pulled off this daunting task with ease. They use a powerful suite of tools, which includes storytelling, playful dramas and many questions

But Inuit parents aren’t the only ones with creative alternatives to scolding and time-outs. Goats and Soda readers sent in more than 300 tricks for getting kids to listen without raising your voice — sometimes without even saying a word.

This story is part of a series from NPR’s Science desk called The Other Side of Anger. There’s no question that we’re in angry times. It’s in our politics, our schools and our homes. Anger can be a destructive emotion, but it can also be a positive force.

Join NPR in our exploration of anger and what we can learn from this powerful emotion. Read and listen to stories in the series here.

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Gallup: Number of Americans who belong to a church or house of worship plummets

Most Americans still say they believe in God, but their involvement in organized religion continues to wane. A new Gallup report found that only half of Americans say they belong to a church or other religious body, down from 69% two decades earlier.

Most of the decline is tied to the rise of the so-called “nones” — those who claim no religious affiliation. Gallup found that the share of Americans who claim a religious identity declined from 90% to 77% in recent decades.
But even those who claim a faith tradition may not belong to a religious congregation or community, according to the report, which compared data from 1998-2000 to data from 2016-2018.

At the turn of the century, Gallup said, 73% of religious Americans belonged to a house of worship. That’s dropped to 64% today. “The still-sizable proportion of religious Americans also contribute to declining church membership, as fewer in this group belong to a church than did so two decades ago,” the report states.

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These Millenials Are Going On a “Birth Strike” Due to Climate Change

BirthStrike is one iteration of a small but growing movement of people around the world (paywall) who are hesitating over whether or not to have children due to worries about climate change. It’s a concern that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman to serve in the US Congress, recently voiced when she told her 3 million Instagram followers that “there’s scientific consensus that the lives of children are going to be very difficult” as a result of climate change. “It does lead young people to have a legitimate question: Is it OK to still have children?”

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Girl Expelled for Fighting Boys Who Stormed Girls’ Bathroom

The school district said the incident took place April 4, a few days after a transgender male student posted a selfie from the boys restroom on Snapchat. That student was not directly involved in the later incident.

As a “form of protest,” a group of boys decided to go into the girls restroom to take a picture of their own. Only one boy in the group passed the door frame before a female student, who was exiting the restroom at the time, kicked him in the groin, according to the school district. The boys all left the area.

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