A roundup of news and commentary from around the interwebs.
Good news from Governor Tate Reeves:
Our new pro-life agenda will not be easy, and it will not be free. But it will be worth it, as more children of God are brought into the world! pic.twitter.com/4V9g8TvO7u
— Governor Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) February 26, 2023
Over at the National Post, Conrad Black offers his thanks to J.K. Rowling for her role in cracking the consensus on transgenderism. I think Black is a tad optimistic in his analysis, but to be fair, there really is reason for cautious optimism—the UK’s government blocking Scotland’s radical transgender law, for example, and medical institutions outside of North America beginning to reject the so-called “affirmative model.”
From National Review, activism paying off politically:
The Tennessee General Assembly passed a bill on Thursday that would prohibit the hosting of drag shows in public venues or anywhere minors might be present. The bill, which passed 74-to-19, makes it illegal to host “an adult cabaret performance” where children may be present. Cabaret performances are defined as those featuring “topless dancers, go-go dancers, exotic dancers, strippers, [and] male or female impersonators who provide entertainment that appeals to a prurient interest.”
Under the bill, anyone who hosts or performs in a drag show in the presence of children would be charged with a class A misdemeanor, subject to a fine of up to $2,500 and up to one year in prison. Any further violations would be escalated to a class E felony and carry one-to-six years of prison time and fines up to $3,000.
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From Santa Fe, the states continue to divide with a stark contrast between blue states permitting abortion up until birth (and sometimes de facto infanticide) and pro-life states passing more restrictions:
A New Mexico legislative panel advanced a bill to protect abortion providers and patients from out-of-state interference, prosecution or extradition attempts, as Democratic leaders seek to shore up existing rights to abortion access for residents as well as visitors from states with bans on the procedure. A 5-3 vote on partisan lines with Republicans in opposition sent the bill to a second committee hearing before it can go to a full Senate vote. Legislators have until March 18 to send the bill to Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who won reelection last year on pledges to safeguard abortion access.
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Stories like this will become a feature rather than a bug in post-modern Canada—and, I suspect, increasingly in blue states as the cultural divide grows to a chasm: “Husband says Canadian hospital pressured him to let them euthanize his wife.”
At The American Conservative, Micah Meadowcroft has a great piece on the decision of Puffin Books to retroactively edit Roald Dahl’s books: “Better to Burn the Books.”