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Anti-vax exodus

Vaccinations | As New York ends its religious exemption for vaccines, some parents turn to homeschooling
by Emily Belz
Posted 9/11/19, 03:06 pm

A New York moment: 

I wrote back in April about the measles outbreak in New York, and I’m still getting long emails from readers about that piece. People feel more passionately about vaccines than about most other issues I’ve written about! The drama here in New York continues to unfold. 

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Lethal combinations

Legislation | Democrats in Maine pass dozens of bills in a legislative frenzy, expanding abortion and legalizing assisted suicide.
by Esther Eaton
Posted 6/24/19, 03:45 pm

In the months leading up to the frenzied conclusion of Maine’s 2019 legislative session, pro-life protesters in the state braved evening rain to call for revival, churches organized prayer chains, and dozens of citizens spoke at hearings or submitted statements to lawmakers. Despite their efforts, right-to-life advocates this spring found only disappointment from the many laws a newly Democratic Legislature passed in Maine.

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House passes gun control bill

by Alyssa Jackson
Posted 2/28/19, 12:40 pm

The Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed the first of two sweeping gun control bills that would require federal background checks for all firearms sales and transfers. The bill passed 240-190 after eight Republicans voted for it and two Democrats, Reps. Jared Golden of Maine and Collin Peterson of Minnesota, voted against it. The Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 is the first major gun control legislation Congress has considered in nearly 25 years.

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