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Texas Legislature Starts Session With Pro-Life Push – January 14, 2009
The Texas state legislature is already looking at two proposed bills on abortion. The first proposed bill aims at making a specialty “choose life” license plate available to Texas drivers. The other bill, if passed, would make ultrasounds mandatory before a woman could have an abortion. KLTV

Obama To Close Gitmo, But It Won’t Be Easy – January 13, 2009
Obama said his legal and national security teams are crafting procedures to determine the fate of each detainee but, “It is more difficult than I think a lot of people realize.” “Today, very dangerous men remain at Guantanamo Bay, which include terrorist trainers, bomb makers, recruiters and facilitators, terrorist financiers, and potential suicide bombers,” said Cynthia O. Smith, a Defense Department spokeswoman. AP

Sexually Spread Diseases Up, Better Testing Cited – January 13, 2009
Sexually spread diseases — for years on the decline — are on the rise, with reported chlamydia cases setting a record, government health officials said Tuesday. The increase in chlamydia is likely because of better screening, experts said. In 2007, there were 1.1 million cases, the most ever reported. Syphilis is relatively rare but has become a growing threat, particularly for gay and bisexual men, who accounted for about 65 percent of the 2007 cases. AP

Iran Accuses US of Financing Overthrow Plot – January 13, 2009
Iran has tried four Iranians on charges of trying to overthrow the government with the support of the United States, a judiciary spokesman said Tuesday. Iran has accused the US of giving money and training to the conspirators. Iran’s prosecutor general also said in November that Tehran had broken a spy ring run by Israel’s intelligence service, Mossad, and that it would seek the death penalty for three of the suspects in custody. The New York Times

Bush to Defend His Record in Prime-Time Address Thursday Night – January 12, 2009
White House press secretary Dana Perino said Monday that Bush will “uphold the tradition of presidents using farewell addresses to look forward – by sharing his thoughts on greatest challenges facing the country, and on what it will take to meet them.” The president also will defend his record, Perino said. AP

40-day Right to Life Campaign Starts Soon – January 12, 2009
“As America approaches the 36th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade US Supreme Court ruling that imposed abortion on our nation, pro-life advocates are launching the next wave of a unique pro-life campaign, 40 Days for Life,” said David Bereit, national director of 40 Days for Life. “From February 25 until April 5, people will join together for 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion…” Christian Newswire

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