Kansas lawmakers advance constitutional amendment to exclude ‘right to abortion’

Topeka, Kan., Feb 2, 2021 / 08:01 pm (CNA).- The Kansas Senate on Jan. 28 passed a measure that, if approved by voters, would amend the state’s constitution to exclude a “right to abortion” and reserve the right to regulate abortion in the state to the legislature.

The proposed “Value Them Both” amendment would codify that “the constitution of the state of Kansas does not require government funding of abortion and does not create or secure a right to abortion.” The Kansas House had passed the amendment Jan. 22.

The impetus for the amendment is an April 2019 ruling from the Kansas Supreme Court blocking a law that would have banned dilation and evacuation abortions, which found that the state constitution protects a woman’s right to have an abortion.

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Stray bullet falls at feet of priest celebrating Mass in Brazil

CNA Staff, Feb 2, 2021 / 06:40 pm (CNA).- A stray bullet pierced the roof of a church in Brazil this weekend as a Catholic priest was celebrating Mass. The local diocese pointed to the incident as a sign of worrying violence in the region.

Fr. Robinson de Castro Cunha was celebrating Sunday Mass at San José parish in the state of Vitória on January 31. He was about to conclude his homily when the bullet hit the building.

The parish reported that the bullet pierced the tin roof at around 7:37 p.m., and “fell at the feet of the priest, who picked it up and handed it over to the community coordinator, and continued with the celebration of Mass as normal.”

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