Weekly briefing: Ruling against Obamacare mandate, ceasefire in Syria, US Christianity in decline

www.christianpost.com | 10/18/2019 | Staff
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U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor vacated a 2016 Obamacare mandate that would have required doctors to perform gender-transition procedures and abortions even if it violates their religious beliefs.

The Obama-era rule incorporated a broadened interpretation of federal anti-discrimination law that bars discrimination in healthcare on the basis of “gender identity and termination of pregnancy.”

O'Connor - Freedom - Restoration - Act

O’Connor said it violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

After meeting with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed on Thursday it will pause its invasion of Kurdish-held areas in Syria along the Turkish border for five days.

Kurdish - Syrian - Defense - Forces - Zone

This will allow Kurdish Syrian Defense Forces to withdraw from a nearly 20-mile-wide designated safe zone along Turkey’s southern border.

The agreement comes about a week after Turkish forces crossed into Syria in an attempt to expel Kurdish...
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