Episode 419

NC to Protect Minors from Gender Transitions, FDA Erred in Easing Access to Abortion Pill & God, Our Champion of Justice

Aug 21, 2023

North Carolina is the 22nd state to ban medical gender transitions among minors, although similar laws have been either struck down or face court challenges in other states. The Food and Drug Administration erred in easing access to the so-called abortion pill, a federal appeals court ruled Aug. 16 in a decision that will have no impact unless the U.S. Supreme Court agrees. And, in a Lifeway Bible study on Baptist Press we’re reminded, “Jeremiah knew that God was stronger than any earthly kingdom. God would be a champion for His people and redeem them, bringing lasting peace. He will also bring suffering and chaos to those who have mistreated His people.”

Transcript

North Carolina is the 22nd state to ban medical gender transitions among minors, although similar laws have been either struck down or face court challenges in other states.

The North Carolina General Assembly on Aug. 16 overrode Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of House Bill 808 among three veto overrides of bills impacting transgender youth.

Gender transition medical procedures, puberty-blocking drugs and hormone treatments for those under the age of 18 are now illegal in the state, and medical professionals violating the law would face revocations of their medical license.

A federal judge struck down a similar law in Arkansas, and courts have blocked the enforcement of such laws in Alabama, Florida, Indiana and Kentucky, according to the Human Rights Campaign’s tracking site.
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The Food and Drug Administration erred in easing access to the so-called abortion pill, a federal appeals court ruled Aug. 16 in a decision that will have no impact unless the U.S. Supreme Court agrees.

But the Fifth Circuit’s three-judge panel reversed a lower court’s ruling that mifepristone should be removed from the market in both its brand name and generic forms. The statute of limitations has likely expired regarding any challenges to the 2000 approval of Mifeprex, and the plaintiffs had not shown they were injured by the 2019 approval of the generic drug, the Fifth Circuit ruled.

The decision is automatically stayed because the High Court ruled effectually in April that access to the drug – used in abortions, miscarriages and other gynecological concerns – must remain in place until appeals work their way through the courts.
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In a Lifeway Bible study on Baptist Press we’re reminded, “Jeremiah knew that God was stronger than any earthly kingdom. God would be a champion for His people and redeem them, bringing lasting peace. He will also bring suffering and chaos to those who have mistreated His people.”

The study author wants believers to remember:

1. We can rejoice that God’s justice includes forgiveness, not just discipline.

2. Believers can be confident that God is capable of redeeming His people.

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