Harvest Prude

Harvest is a reporter for WORLD based in Washington, D.C.

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Power of the purse

Religious Freedom | Will the U.S. use its economic weight to force respect for religious freedom?
by Harvest Prude
Posted 11/20/18, 01:07 pm

When Yazidi advocate Pari Ibrahim goes back to the Yazidi refugee camps in the Kurdistan region in Iraq, the people always ask, “What did the U.S. say? What will happen now?” Four years ago ISIS radicals began a genocidal campaign against the Yazidis, killing or kidnapping almost 10,000 people; now survivors languish in refugee camps on Kurdistan’s Mount Sinjar and in Syria and Turkey.

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Judge blocks Trump asylum order

by Harvest Prude
Posted 11/20/18, 10:54 am

A federal judge in California has temporarily barred the Trump administration from refusing asylum to migrants who illegally cross the border into the United States. In his Monday ruling, U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar, who was nominated by former President Barack Obama, said immigration law allows persons to seek asylum regardless of whether they arrived “at a designated port of arrival,” adding, “Whatever the scope of the President’s authority, he may not rewrite the immigration laws to impose a condition that Congress has expressly forbidden.”

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Ohio tries again with heartbeat bill

Abortion | The protections for the unborn pass the state House but face another likely veto from outgoing Gov. John Kasich
by Harvest Prude
Posted 11/19/18, 05:41 pm

Ohio state lawmakers are trying once again to shake the foundation of Roe v. Wade by protecting unborn babies from abortion after their heartbeats can be heard, typically at six to eight weeks’ gestation.

The Ohio House on Thursday passed a bill that would penalize anyone who performed an abortion on a baby with a detectable heartbeat. Abortionists violating the law could face a fifth-degree felony charge, the potential for up to one year in prison, and a $2,500 fine. The bill includes an exception for “substantial and irreversible” physical threat to the mother.

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