In Italy, Religious Objections to Abortion Are Preventing Women from Having Them

In the United States, there is a wide range of federal and state laws that exempt healthcare providers from offering reproductive care — everything from contraception to sterilization — based on the provider’s religious beliefs.

The reason for these laws, ostensibly, is to protect the conscience of the provider. And women need not worry since they can just find other providers, right? Of course, as we’re already seeing, that’s becoming more and more difficult as more restrictions are applied to reproductive care. Like in Mississippi, where abortion is so heavily restricted that only a single clinic remains open in the state, and even that one’s in trouble of being closed.

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Restricting women’s health care is the method-of-choice in certain parts of our country, but that’s not the only way to prevent women from accessing those services. In Italy, a country that allows first trimester abortions, it can still be very hard to obtain one.

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This is Why God Doesn’t Answer Your Prayers

DarkMatters2525 shows us how, if God actually answered your prayers, it would ruin his entire Master Plan:

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God’s Memory Aid Isn’t Very Helpful, Is It?

God is all-powerful and all-knowing… but His memory is just awful.

In a comic at It’s the Tie, He explains to His assistant how pillows help remind Him of all the important things on His agenda.

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Supreme Court to Decide if Churches Are Eligible for State Grants to Renovate Their Property

On Friday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a church/state case that could poke a large hole in the wall of separation between them.

It involves the Trinity Church of Columbia (Missouri). The church runs a Christian preschool and they wanted to renovate the playground. As it turns out, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has a special program offering money for just that reason. So the church applied for a grant in 2012.

There were 44 applicants that year, but the state only had cash to fund 14 of them and the church didn’t make the cut. Even though reports later came out that they ranked 5th out of the 44 applicants.

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Hindu Posse Attacks Train Passengers For Possibly Carrying Beef

In an almost-replay of a shocking story out of India last year, a group of Hindu activists went berserk on a train in Khirkiya station in Madhya Pradesh state a few days ago.

The reason for the group assault? A Muslim couple on the train was suspected of carrying beef.

The 80-percent-Hindu majority in India believes that cows are sacred animals and that eating beef is tantamount to blasphemy. So a gang of especially devout nannies attacked the Muslims to teach them a lesson.

The police said the couple was in a train when members of the Gauraksha Samiti seized a bag from them. The couple told the BBC that they were not carrying any bag containing beef.

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