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I’m a pro-life evangelical. Republicans are pushing a health care bill that isn’t. by Katelyn Beaty: “As it stands, the AHCA would create economic barriers that make it very difficult for women to choose to bring children into the world. A health care bill that prohibitively raises the cost of bringing life into the world is not pro-life.”

Why Democrats and Republicans (still) cannot agree on health care reform by Michael Rozier: “Republicans are trying to replace a health care system that is already built on a conservative framework. There is no way to make it more market oriented and keep the protections people now enjoy.”

The conservative mind has become diseased by Michael Gerson: “A conspiratorial approach to politics is fully consistent with other forms of dehumanization — of migrants, refugees and “the other” more generally. Men and women are reduced to types and presented as threats. They also become props in an ideological drama. They are presented as representatives of a plot involving invasion and infiltration, rather than being viewed as individuals seeking opportunity or fleeing oppression and violence. This also involves callousness, cruelty and conspiracy thinking. In Trump’s political world, this project of dehumanization is far along. The future of conservatism now depends on its capacity for revulsion. And it is not at all clear whether this capacity still exists.”

Gasping for life Syria’s merciless war on its own children by CNN: “Terms like “war crimes” and “crimes against humanity” are bandied about on an almost weekly basis when it comes to Syria, abstract concepts that are often weighed down with convoluted language related to the geopolitical machinations of the conflict. Yet when you watch these children choking on what were likely their last breaths, you understand what evil is.”

Somalia Is On The Brink Of Famine, And Time Is Running Out by Mohamed Dahir: “We can do better, and we owe it to Abdi and others in Somalia to act now before the cost of our inaction is forever engraved on the tombstones of hundreds of thousands more Somalis.”

Open Letter to Cardinal Cupich by Dan Masterton: “s. But there was something more that helped strengthen and solidify my peace and humble confidence in approaching fatherhood: I knew, that for at least twelve weeks, my full-time job would simply be learning how to be a dad.”

Six of the worst cuts in Trump’s budget: “The administration’s budget proposal would cut overall development funding in half, slash international disaster assistance by 43 percent and completely eliminate the leading U.S. food-aid program. Make no mistake, these deep cuts are not about making programs more effective or rooting out inefficiencies. These actions are not actions of reform. They are a wrecking ball. Congress must soundly reject this proposal.”

These Are The Victims Of The Portland Train Stabbing Attack by Julia Reinstein and Salvador Hernandez: “Ricky Best, 53, and Taliesin Namkai-Meche, 23 were killed when they tried to stop a man hurling abuse at two women of Muslim appearance, police said. Micah David-Cole Fletcher, 21, was injured but expected to survive.”

An Open Letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney: “You will be personally involved in telling the next generation to go fend for itself. It’s no coincidence that you can’t spell womb without O-M-B, so as an official representative of the unborn, let me be clear: I’d rather have higher taxes and lower temperatures, thank you very much. I’m sure your grandkids will feel the same.”

How Government Support Saved Me by D. L. Mayfield: “To me, the WIC symbol at the grocery store is a small beacon of hospitality in a world increasingly dominated by utilitarianism. When I go to the grocery store and see the blue WIC signs over the corresponding food—cereal, eggs, beans, corn tortillas—I remember the paltry amount we received for fruits and vegetables ($12 a month) and wonder how much people judged me for taking that handout. Now that I have been slightly in need, I have the opposite response: I wish we as a country did more.”

Publicity Campaign Freudian Slip: Planned Parenthood Wants You to “Slay” With Them by Artur Rosman: “I have to give Planned Parenthood credit for its failed attempt–failed because of the “Slay” Freudian slip–to hide the fact that it is complicit in 300,000+ abortions annually. Studies show that the much-maligned Millennials are increasingly opposed to the slaying the innocent. This generation realizes that abortion is not a conservative issue, it is a human issue. There is nothing heroic about scapegoating the most vulnerable members of our society, the unborn.”