ALABAMA SUPREME COURT JUSTICE CALLS ON U.S. SUPREME COURT TO OVERTURN ROE V. WADE (Friday Church News Notes, October 26, 2018, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143) - The following is excerpted from “State Supreme Court: Roe v. Wade ‘patently illogical,’” WorldNetDaily, Oct. 19, 2018: “The Alabama Supreme Court has ruled that an unborn baby is a ‘person’ under the law, and, consequently, the death of that person can be punished with execution. Further, in a special concurrence, Justice Tom Parker called on the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that created a ‘right’ to abortion. ‘I write specially to expound upon the principles presented in the main opinion and to note the continued legal anomaly and logical fallacy that is Roe v. Wade,’ he said. ‘I urge the United States Supreme Court to overrule this increasingly isolated exception to the rights of unborn children.’ Parker affirmed the Alabama court’s rationale that ‘unborn children are persons entitled to the full and equal protection of the law.’ He asserted Roe v. Wade is ‘without historical or constitutional support, carved out an exception to the rights of unborn children and prohibited states from recognizing an unborn child’s inalienable right to life when that right conflicts with a woman’s ‘right’ to abortion.’ ‘This judicially created exception of Roe is an aberration to the natural law … and common law of the states,’ Parker said. ... In August, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down an Alabama law banning the gruesome, second-trimester abortion procedure in which limbs are removed from a baby’s body in the womb. At the time, Chief Judge Ed Carnes lamented in his opinion that he was bound by U.S. Supreme Court precedent to rule against the state, writing that ‘dismemberment’ is the best description of the procedure, which clinically is known as dilation and extraction. ‘In our judicial system, there is only one Supreme Court, and we are not it,’ he wrote, calling the high court’s history of abortion rulings an ‘aberration’ of constitutional law. ... ‘There is a growing chorus of voices urging the Supreme Court to overrule its abortion decisions,’ said Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver. ‘The Supreme Court has created a constitutional aberration and caused incalculable harm by its abortion decisions. ... We applaud Justice Tom Parker in calling on the Supreme Court to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision and once again protect precious children, women, and families. Abortion is simply a euphemism created by activists to soften what it really is: the murder of innocent unborn children. “We must stop this human genocide. We must demand that the Supreme Court undo the horrendous ruling and make the womb a safe place again in America. As we hear about the horrible descriptions of the dismemberment of Jamal Ahmad Khashoggi, every breathing person naturally shudders. Yet, every day in America, helpless, preborn children are dismembered while they are still alive. We too must shudder at this horrible act and stop it.’”
WORLD CYCLING BRONZE MEDALIST COMPLAINS AFTER TRANSGENDER “WOMAN” WINS GOLD (Friday Church News Notes, October 26, 2018, www.wayoflife.org, email@example.com, 866-295-4143) - After a transgender “woman,” won a world-championship cycling race for women, the third-place winner, a real woman, complained that it isn’t fair. The forum was the 2018 Masters Track Cycling World Championship in Los Angeles, and the event was the women’s 35-39 bracket. The winner, Rachel McKinnon, “identifies” as a woman but is a biological male (“Biological Male Wins World Championship Event,” Daily Signal, Oct. 14, 2018). Third place winner, Jennifer Wagner, tweeted, “It’s definitely NOT fair” (her emphasis). Four days later, Wagner apologized to McKinnon, saying “I apologize for not properly congratulating you on race day. I hope you accept it a few days later.” But far from accepting the apology, McKinnon wrote, “This is why the apology is not accepted: she still thinks what she said.” So McKinnon doesn’t merely want the “right” to be whatever sex he wants to be, he wants to control the thinking of those who disagree with him. Seeking to end all debate on the subject, he labels all critics of his lifestyle “transphobic bigots.” This is the fruit of the unisex movement of the 1960s, and it is absolute confusion. Intimately associated with unisexuality are feminism and gay rights. This generation can rail against “nature” and do its best to change it, but it won’t work. God’s Word is true, even if the whole world disbelieves it. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” (Genesis 1:27). That is both the first word on the subject, and the final word.
AMAZING DANDELION SEEDS (Friday Church News Notes, October 26, 2018, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143) - New research at the University of Edinburgh has found that dandelion seeds have “a remarkable form of flight never before seen in nature.” Using a specially-designed wind tunnel, long-exposure and high-speed photography, X-rays, and microscopes, researchers were amazed to find that the seed bristles (collectively called the pappus) create ring-shaped air bubbles to form a vortex that increases air resistance and slows descent (“Scientists unlock the secrets of the flying dandelion seeds,” New Atlas, Oct. 19, 2018). The dandelion seed is four times more efficient in maintaining altitude than a human parachute. But of course, we know that while a human parachute and the scientists’ research equipment are intelligently designed, the dandelion is an accident of evolution. Don’t we?
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