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Abortion providers adjust to new federal funding rules

WASHINGTON (BP) -- Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers said last week they will go without federal family planning money after the Trump administration began enforcement of new pro-life rules on July 15. Jacqueline Ayers, Planned Parenthood's vice president of government relations and public policy, said the nation's largest abortion provider would continue to fight the rules in court, and emergency funds would replace federal funding in the meantime.

D-Day heroes honored on 75th anniversary

NORMANDY, France (BP) -- Leaders and veterans from around the world assembled on the beaches of Normandy, France, on Thursday (June 6) to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion that led to the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II. U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron delivered addresses at the Normandy American Cemetery, where more than 9,000 U.S. soldiers are buried. The ceremony honored the American veterans who landed in France as the guests of honor.

Maine bans ‘conversion therapy’ for minors

AUGUSTA, Maine (BP) -- Maine Gov. Janet Mills signed a bill into law Wednesday (May 29) that reportedly prohibits so-called "conversion therapy" for minors struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction. The law defines conversion therapy as "any practice or treatment that seeks or purports to change an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity," but it says the definition does not include "any practice or treatment that provides acceptance, support, and understanding to an individual."

Ill. bill would ‘strip all protections’ from unborn

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (BP) -- The Illinois House of Representatives and its Democratic majority on Tuesday (May 28) passed a bill that would reportedly strip all protections from unborn children, allowing for abortions up to the moment of birth. The so-called "Reproductive Health Act" also allows partial-birth abortions and removes protection for pro-life doctors and insurers who object to the practice.