UPDATE: Fed Judge Partially Blocks Trump Sanctuary City EO, DOJ Responds

U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick has granted a preliminary injunction blocking the Trump administration from enforcing a portion of its sanctuary cities executive order. Though the suit was brought by Santa Clara County, the city of San Francisco, and a few other jurisdictions, the order is to be applied nationwide.

Judge Orrick pointed out, though, that the order:

“…does not affect the ability of the Attorney General or the Secretary to enforce existing conditions of federal grants or 8 U.S.C. 1373, nor does it impact the Secretary’s ability to develop regulations or other guidance defining what a sanctuary jurisdiction is or designating a jurisdiction as such.”

The basis, Judge Orrick wrote, was that the President does not have the power of the purse.

“The Constitution vests the spending powers in Congress, not the President, so the Order cannot constitutionally place new conditions on federal funds.”

The upshot:

Sanctuary city fans, enjoy a symbolic victory.

UPDATE:

Department of Justice Spokesman Ian Prior said:

“The Department of Justice previously stated to the Court, and reiterates now, that it will follow the law with respect to regulation of sanctuary jurisdictions. Accordingly, the Department will continue to enforce existing grant conditions and will continue to enforce 8 U.S.C. 1373. Further, the order does not purport to enjoin the Department’s independent legal authority to enforce the requirements of federal law applicable to communities that violate federal immigration law or federal grant conditions.”

Prior did not say whether an appeal was planned.

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Trump FLIP FLOP: Admin Defending Obamacare Contraception Mandate

In a complete reversal of what was promised on the campaign trail, the Trump administration is continuing to hold up a key element of Obamacare. Namely, the contentious contraception mandate.

This requirement in the Affordable Care Act has caused many problems for religious groups who are morally opposed to providing birth control to their employees. As it stands right now on this issue, the Trump administration looks like Obama 2.0.

The Star Tribune reports:

The Justice Department has asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit for an additional 60 days to negotiate with East Texas Baptist University and several other religious schools and nonprofit groups objecting to a requirement to which they are morally opposed.

Several religious groups are dismayed and confused by the Trump administration’s move, including the Little Sisters of the Poor — a group of nuns — that fought the mandate for several years but expected an immediate reprieve under the GOP president. They believed either the Justice Department would halt its appeal in the case or the administration would seek a rules change from the Department of Health and Human Services.

East Texas Baptist University and other plaintiffs represented by the nonprofit law firm Becket are now asking the Justice Department to drop its appeal of a district-court ruling in their favor, allowing them permanent relief from the mandate.

Conservatives who oppose the birth control mandate on religious liberty grounds are bewildered by the move at a Justice Department headed by former Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., who is well known for his conservative views.

As things stand now, it appears that Justice plans to continue defending the way the Obama administration applied the birth-control mandate, said Eric Rassbach, a Becket attorney.

“That just seems to be very contrary to what they’ve been saying publicly,” Rassbach said.

Yes, it is very contradictory to what they have said publicly. The religious groups in question were certain the promises from Trump regarding this requirement in the ACA would be swiftly dealt with, not supported.

Priests for Life were hopeful in January, as The Washington Times reported.

Pro-life advocates say they’re counting on Mr. Trump and Mr. Price to free religious nonprofits from the mandate requiring them to file a certification if they want to opt out of providing birth control for their employees.

“We are fully confident that Mr. Trump, Mr. Price and the entire new administration will act as swiftly as they can to bring this long saga to a conclusion,” said Father Frank Pavone, director of Priests for Life, a pro-life ministry that opposes emergency contraceptives it equates with abortion.

These groups, eager to be out from under a requirement which goes directly against their beliefs, will have to wait at least sixty more days while Trump’s Justice Department negotiates. Whatever that means.

That the Trump administration is wasting any time supporting this mandate is unacceptable. This is a matter of religious liberty, and what the current administration is doing now goes directly against that.

As Streiff wrote in February, a draft of Trump’s religious freedom order included the following:

It instructs the secretaries of health and human services, labor, and treasury to finally grant relief to the Little Sisters of the Poor and others who weren’t exempted from the Obamacare abortifacient and contraception mandate.

At the National Prayer Breakfast, President Trump even said he would defend religious liberty.

From what I’m seeing with this defense of the ACA contraception mandate, those were just words.

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Amazing. Artificial Wombs Could Soon Help Premature Babies

After decades of premature babies surviving birth at fewer and fewer weeks old a new solution to many of the issues these babies deal with through life could be forthcoming.

The scientific journal Nature Communications published Tuesday about an artificial amniotic sac that is keeping baby lambs (a close model to premature humans) alive and gestating for another four weeks after initial delivery.

This could mean survival for many babies born between 23 and 25 weeks, roughly of which 50 percent die after birth due to complications.

One common complication has to do with those first few moments after birth when a baby takes its first breaths. The lungs stop developing once oxygen touches their lungs, leading to arrested lung development and likely lifelong breathing issues.

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Here’s how the artificial womb attempts to remedy the critical issue of lung development:

With the artificial womb, the infant would continue “breathing” through the umbilical cord as its floats in amniotic fluid, which would flow into and out of the bag. Using its tiny heart, the fetus would pump its own blood through its umbilical cord and into an oxygenator, where the blood would pick up oxygen and return it to the fetus—much like with a normal placenta. In addition to boosting lung growth, the amniotic fluid would protect the baby from infections and support the development of the intestines.

While there are still many issues with artificial wombs, the idea has been tried before and met with failure, it would give hope and life to many parents of babies born too soon.

Of course, as anything involving fetal viability, pro-abortionists would likely have a problem with such a technological development as they fear a baby at 20 weeks might be seen as just as human as a baby of a ripe old age of 23 or 25 weeks. It certainly always amazes to see the “Party of Science” reject science at every turn when it comes to abortion.

In any event, this is a remarkable development that will hopefully be a step along the way for many of the approximately 30,000 babies born prematurely every year a chance at a better life, or even at life itself.

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