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2016 Republican Party platform hailed as most pro-life, pro-family ever

Gathered in Cleveland, the Republican Party has adopted what is being described as the most pro-life platform in the 162-year history of the GOP.

The 2016 Republican Party platform strengthened its pro-life plank to call - for the first time - for the defunding of Planned Parenthood, banning dismemberment abortion, opposing assisted suicide, halting the Obama administration's transgender restroom edit, restoring the traditional definition of marriage, and recognizing pornography as a public health hazard.

The bustling crowd inside Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland approved the official statement of the party's policy prescriptions by voice vote on Monday, drawing praise from pro-life and pro-family leaders nationwide.

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Supreme Court overturns landmark Texas pro-life law 5-3

The Supreme Court has reversed a landmark Texas pro-life law requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges and abortion facilities to meet more stringent health standards.

An eight-justice Supreme Court has reversed the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt (formerly Whole Woman's Health v. Cole), 5-3.

The case was brought by the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights on behalf of independent abortion facilities in Texas.

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Ted Cruz backs personhood in powerful new campaign video

In a hard pitch for evangelical support, Ted Cruz embraced personhood and said the right to life is the most definitive issue in politics.

"No issue reveals the true character of a candidate for public office more than the life issue," Cruz said in the new video, which was released yesterday. "It's more than a litmus test. It's a window to the soul."

It's also the most effective political barometer when measuring candidates, because "if they're bad on life they're always - repeat, always - bad on everything else, too."

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Officials in 12 states to sue Obama administration over transgender bathroom directive

Officials in 12 states, including Texas, say they will sue the White House over its new transgender directive in schools, once again pitting the Lone Star State against an administration they have relished fighting.

Three individual school districts and a number of states joined Texas' federal lawsuit, which was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas and obtained by CNN. Joining Texas are Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia. Two school districts in Arizona, one school district in Texas and Maine Gov. Paul LePage are also listed as plaintiffs.

Mississippi intends to join the other states in suing the White House, Gov. Phil Bryant said Thursday.

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BREAKING: Grand jury indicts pro-life investigator behind baby part videos, clears Planned Parenthood

The lead investigator behind the undercover Planned Parenthood videos faces up to 20 years in prison after a Houston grand jury decided on Monday not to charge Planned Parenthood with any wrongdoing - and instead indicted him for offering to purchase human organs from the abortion provider.

Center for Medical Progress lead investigator David Daleiden faces a second-degree felony charge of "tampering with a governmental record," and a misdemeanor charge for violating the state's "prohibition of the purchase and sale of human organs."

That is, jurors in the state of Texas are accusing David Daleiden of trying to illegally traffic in aborted babies' body parts.

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Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signs resolution calling porn a 'health hazard'

A state with a national reputation for wholesomeness is taking aim at a medium with quite a different reputation: the pornography industry.

Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert signed two pieces of legislation on Tuesday that aim to combat what's called "a sexually toxic environment" caused by porn.

"Pornography is a public health crisis. Today I signed two bills that will bring its dangers to light. S.C.R. 9 calls for additional research and education so that more individuals and families are aware of the harmful effects of pornography," said Herbert on the governor's Facebook page.

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Obama urges Kenyans to 'choose the path to progress'

Declaring Kenya at a "crossroads" between promise and peril, President Barack Obama on Sunday pressed the nation of his father's birth to root out corruption, treat women and minorities as equal citizens, and take responsibility for its future.

Closing his historic visit with an address to the Kenyan people, Obama traced the arc of the country's evolution from colonialism to independence, as well as his own family's history here. Today, Obama said, young Kenyans are no longer constrained by the limited options of his grandfather, a cook for the country's former British rulers, or his father, who left to seek an education in America.

"Because of Kenya's progress -- because of your potential -- you can build your future right here, right now," Obama told the crowd of 4,500 packed into a sports arena in the capital of Nairobi. But he bluntly warned that Kenya must make "tough choices" to bolster its fragile democracy and fast-growing economy.

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Why Hillary Clinton's Abortion Comments Are So Problematic

In 1818, William Wilberforce, the key influence behind ending the British slave trade, wrote this in his diary, "In the Scripture, no national crime is condemned so frequently and few so strongly as oppression and cruelty, and the not using our best endeavors to deliver our fellow-creatures from them."

Wilberforce saw the protection of his fellow man as not only a personal and spiritual obligation, but as a national duty as well. Most Americans today would agree with this idea, particularly as we enjoy the privileges of living in a nation where our basic rights are protected by the Constitution.

But what if our government stopped protecting those liberties? What if being human no longer qualified us as worthy of certain, unalienable rights?

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Obama admin: Planned Parenthood baby parts harvesting 'entirely consistent' with 'ethical guidelines'

While Congress seeks answers for Planned Parenthood's apparent sale of aborted baby parts in an undercover video, the Washington Examiner reports that the Obama Administration will not.

On Friday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the reports he has read "indicat[e] that the policies that are followed by Planned Parenthood are entirely consistent with the strictest ethical guidelines that have been established in the healthcare industry."

Claiming "there are medical ethicists that have taken a close look at this," Earnest admitted he did not have "intimate knowledge of the kinds of practices that they engage in," but suggested for full understanding that reporters should simply ask the group under suspicion themselves: "for their compliance with them and exactly what that means, I'd obviously refer you to them."

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