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Open confessions

Religious Liberty | California moves to force ministers to report admissions of child abuse
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 4/30/19, 05:28 pm

The California legislature moved this month to require members of the clergy to report to the government some of what congregants tell them during confession. The bill, introduced by state Sen. Jerry Hill, a Democrat, would make clergy subject to criminal prosecution if they didn’t report suspicions of child abuse or neglect that arise during confession or other confidential conversations. The Senate Committee on Public Safety passed the bill on to the Appropriations Committee on April 2.

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More sexual abuse claims surface against Boy Scouts

by Kent Covington
Posted 4/25/19, 11:40 am

The Boy Scouts of America could soon face more legal trouble over alleged sexual abuse. Several states are moving to adjust statute-of-limitations laws so more victims of past abuse can sue for damages. New York passed a law allowing years-old lawsuits in August 2018, and New Jersey has one waiting for the governor’s signature. Similar bills are pending in Pennsylvania and California.

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Political malpractice

Family | California bill would ban surgery on children with sexual abnormalities
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 4/05/19, 03:22 pm

A bill moving through the California legislature this session would ban surgeries on children born with disorders of sexual development, sometimes called intersex traits, until they are old enough to give informed consent.

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