Arkansas Gender-Transition Ban Praised for Protecting Kids

Arkansas Gender-Transition Ban Praised for Protecting Kids

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Todd Rush
The floor of the Arkansas House of Representatives.

The Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian legal group, praised the bill’s passage as a protective measure for children in the state.

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Pope Francis Hails St. Teresa of Ávila as Exemplar of Courage and Spiritual Motherhood

Pope Francis Hails St. Teresa of Ávila as Exemplar of Courage and Spiritual Motherhood

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St. Teresa of Avila.

When she was nearly 40, Saint Teresa experienced profound changes within her own soul in contemplative prayer, and remarkable visions that seemed to come from God.

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Northern Ireland mom encourages Down syndrome families with gift packages of ‘joy’

Northern Ireland mom encourages Down syndrome families with gift packages of ‘joy’

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A mother from County Antrim in Northern Ireland is working to spread awareness about the joys of being a parent to a child with Down syndrome. Ciara Smyth gave birth to her son, Jacob, nearly two years ago, and found at the time that resources for parents of children with Down syndrome were scarce. “A lot of the medical professionals were lovely and supportive in their demeanour,” says Smyth, “But there was no specific place you could go to or people you could speak with and you weren’t put in touch with anybody.”

Smyth then discovered the “Congratulations Book” put together by an American organization called Pals.

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Doctors save preemie with heart defect using groundbreaking new surgery

Doctors save preemie with heart defect using groundbreaking new surgery

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A premature baby weighing barely two pounds at birth has overcome not only the challenges that come with prematurity but a life-threatening heart defect as well, thanks to pioneering doctors at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles willing to try a groundbreaking new surgical intervention.

Alejandra Romero went into labor early and delivered her son Alex at just 26 weeks. He weighed only two pounds and one ounce, and his premature delivery was a major shock. Romero told PEOPLE that just two weeks before Alex was born, her ultrasounds had come back completely normal. But then, on October 26, she suffered a premature rupture of her amniotic sac, and was forced to undergo a C-section.

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MIRACLE BOY: Noah, born with just 2% of his brain, is now 9 years old

MIRACLE BOY: Noah, born with just 2% of his brain, is now 9 years old

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Noah Wall, who was born with only 2% of his brain, has defeated the odds and just celebrated his ninth birthday. The United Kingdom resident was diagnosed with a rare brain condition while in his mother’s womb, and doctors told his parents, Michelle and Rob, that he would most likely never walk, talk, or eat on his own. Today, Noah has 80% of his brain, he surfs and skis, and he aspires to one day be an astronaut.

While in utero, Noah was given the prenatal diagnosis of spina bifida, a spinal cord developmental issue that causes a baby’s spine to form improperly.

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Stand with Women Athletes Against Transgender Ideology, Groups Ask South Dakota Governor

Stand with Women Athletes Against Transgender Ideology, Groups Ask South Dakota Governor

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Denis Kuvaev
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem.

The letter, led by the Colorado Family Policy Alliance and signed by 47 national and state policy leaders, asked Noem to reconsider her March 19 “style and form” veto of HB 1217.

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Fraternal twins with Down syndrome are reaching thousands on social media

Fraternal twins with Down syndrome are reaching thousands on social media

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A pair of twins from Nampa, Idaho, are taking the social media world by storm — but they aren’t your typical twins. Charlie and Milo McConnel are five years old, and they both have Down syndrome. With almost 300,000 followers on their social media accounts, they’re already making a big difference, with a little help from their mom, Julia.

KTVB first brought attention to the boys in 2019, who are affectionately nicknamed Chuckles and Meatloaf. “We had a lot of nicknames for them, the ones that stuck? Chuckles and Meatloaf,” McConnel said. “We have followers all over the world, I don’t even know how many countries, just all over the place and it’s been really fun.”

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Arkansas Legislature Passes Ban on Gender-Transitioning for Children

Arkansas Legislature Passes Ban on Gender-Transitioning for Children

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The Arkansas Senate voted 28-7 on Monday to pass House Bill 1570, known as the “To Create The Arkansas Save Adolescents From Experimentation (SAFE) Act.”

The bill states that “A physician or other healthcare professional shall not provide gender transition procedures to any individual under eighteen (18) years of age.”

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Singer with cystic fibrosis wins golden ticket to Hollywood on American Idol

Singer with cystic fibrosis wins golden ticket to Hollywood on American Idol

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A 15-year-old girl recently got a golden ticket on American Idol, meaning she will advance to the Hollywood round of auditions. But what makes her stand out is that she also has cystic fibrosis (CF), and overcame many obstacles to win the hearts of the judges.

Brianna Collichio is from Spencerport, New York, and performed Alessia Cara’s “Scars to Your Beautiful” for judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan. But it was also a long road for her to get there. CF is a progressive illness affecting the lungs which causes infections, inflammation, and respiratory failure. People who have CF have typically lived into their 30s, although recent medical advancements are making a huge difference.

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Doctor drives hours in snowstorm to save high-risk newborn baby’s life

Doctor drives hours in snowstorm to save high-risk newborn baby’s life

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The actions of one heroic doctor helped save a high-risk baby’s life recently in Virginia. Carrie Rush was thrilled to discover she was pregnant after some initial difficulty, but her joy turned to concern when she discovered her preborn baby had a dangerous jaw abnormality. And her delivery only became more dangerous when she went into labor hours away from the hospital, in the middle of a snowstorm.

Dr. Stephen Early of the University of Virginia Health system was ready for Rush. “That type of abnormality creates difficulty with breathing at birth and may be a fatal abnormality,” Early told CBS19 News.

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Listen To Our Parishioners, Phil Johnson and Peggy Desiderio on Quest Radio!

Listen To Our Parishioners, Phil Johnson and Peggy Desiderio on Quest Radio!

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Be inspired this Lent to Seek His Kingdom as our parishioners go on the air at AM 1160 The Quest.

The Spring Pledge Drive on March 16-18 will be hosted by local guests including Transfiguration’s own Phil Johnson at 9:00 a.m.
and Peggy Desiderio at Noon on March 16.

Tune in to listen to our friends and support Catholic Radio here in Atlanta!

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Baby abandoned in Boston trash can rescued by passerby and paramedics

Baby abandoned in Boston trash can rescued by passerby and paramedics

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A woman in Boston saved the life of a newborn baby after she heard him crying inside a trash can on Dorchester Avenue Friday afternoon. According to CBS, the mother has been located and both she and the baby are being treated at the local hospital.

Silvana Sanchez works in the area and told WBZ-TV that she heard crying coming from the garbage can. She waved over some paramedics who happened to be nearby.

“To be honest, I was just really nervous so I didn’t want to look inside of it and be the one to find it and do all the stuff,” she said.

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MIRACLE: 25-week preemie born in SUV during Texas snowstorm is now thriving

MIRACLE: 25-week preemie born in SUV during Texas snowstorm is now thriving

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Texas’ historic recent snowfall and freezing temperatures were already causing problems when Helen Woldemichael thought her Braxton-Hicks contractions might be actual labor. But she never expected to give birth to a 25-week preemie in her SUV.

The 33-year-old mom wasn’t due until May. She had never experienced preterm labor before — both of her other babies were born at term. But her contractions kept coming. “They were starting to get stronger, but I didn’t think it was the real deal,” she told News Nation Now. “I didn’t think they were actually labor contractions.”

But soon she realized she would have to get to the hospital as quickly as possible.

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HHS Nominee Dr. Rachel Levine Won’t Say if Parents Can Refuse Child’s Gender Transitioning

HHS Nominee Dr. Rachel Levine Won’t Say if Parents Can Refuse Child’s Gender Transitioning

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Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine speaking at a virtual press conference for the Pennsylvania Department of Health March 20, 2020.

Levine, a biological male who identifies as transgender female, is currently Pennsylvania’s health secretary.

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Preemie given 10% chance of survival heads home from the hospital

Preemie given 10% chance of survival heads home from the hospital

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Sofia Viktoria Birina could possibly be Scotland’s youngest surviving premature baby after she was born at just 22 weeks on October 2. Doctors gave her only a 10% chance of surviving the birth, according to The Mirror, and even less of a chance of survival if she was born alive. However, the one-pound, one-ounce baby overcame the obstacles and is now home with her mother Egija and father Inars.

“Everything was fine at the twenty-week scan,” said Egija. “Then just over a week later, I felt pain so I went into hospital and was told that I was already dilated and had to go into labour.”

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