Liberty / Rights

Federal judge strikes down rule allowing clinicians to object to abortions for moral or religious reasons

Federal judge strikes down rule allowing clinicians to object to abortions for moral or religious reasons

A federal judge in New York on Wednesday struck down a new Trump administration rule that would have allowed health care clinicians to refuse to provide abortions for moral or religious reasons. U.S. District Judge of the Southern District of New York rejected the federal rule after women's groups, health organizations and multiple states sued the Department of Health and Human Services, arguing the exemptions were unconstitutional. Engelmayer ruled that the so-called conscience rule was too coercive, allowing HHS to withhold billions in federal funding unless health care providers complied. "Wherever the outermost line where persuasion gives way to ...
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International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church: Christians Around the World United in Fast and Prayer for Persecuted Christians.

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church: Christians Around the World United in Fast and Prayer for Persecuted Christians.

Christians around the world united in prayer for the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church — a global prayer meeting for Christian brothers and sisters who boldly witness for Christ at any cost. VOM’s 2019 IDOP short film, Sang-chul: North Korea, provides a dramatic example of the challenges of following Christ inside the world’s most restricted nation. The film will inspire you and your family, group, class or church to pray for persecuted Christians in North Korea and around the world. Filmed on the Korean peninsula, the film shares the true story of Pastor Han, who was ...
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Apple introduces gender-neutral versions of nearly every human emoji

Apple introduces gender-neutral versions of nearly every human emoji

The latest iOS 13.2 update is dividing digital fans with dozens of new genderless emoji characters. More choice or a step too far? iOS updates – they drain your battery and cause social anxiety – but the world can relax as the flamingo and otter emojis have finally been released. The update has delivered almost 400 images in total.... and it even includes a gender free vampire. But it seems the new mix of identity politics can stimulate confusion and division. Many online supporters have given a thumbs up to the Unicode Consortium team (that approves new emojis) as ...
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Google Agrees To Buy Fitbit For About $2.1 Billion

Google Agrees To Buy Fitbit For About $2.1 Billion

Google has agreed to purchase fitness watchmaker Fitbit for about $2.1 billion, the activity-tracking company announced in a Friday press release. Both companies have received backlash for their data-collection practices — Google for its massive scale of data collection and Fitbit for collecting specific individual health-related data. “Fitbit will come under Google’s privacy policy. Similar to our other products, including Fit, we will be transparent about the data we collect and why,” Google spokeswoman Heather Dickinson told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “We will never sell personal information to anyone. Fitbit health and wellness data will not be used for Google ads and we’ll ...
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Amazon Facial Recognition Falsely Identified 27 Boston-area Pro Athletes As Criminals

Amazon Facial Recognition Falsely Identified 27 Boston-area Pro Athletes As Criminals

Police and government agencies are becoming increasingly reliant on facial recognition software to hunt for suspects, despite the fact that this technology is notorious for falsely identifying innocent people as criminals. In one of the most recent cases, Amazon’s facial recognition technology falsely identified 27 different professional athletes as criminals. While it may be true that professional football players have been known to get in trouble from time to time, this is obviously a failure of the software. The software is called “Rekognition,” and it has made numerous high-profile mistakes since its launch in 2016. This is the same ...
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