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Sarah Martin

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A new survey has revealed that the majority of pro-choice Americans do not support allowing abortions to take place up until the moment of birth. 

Americans United for Life (AUL), partnered with YouGov, released on Tuesday the poll’s findings, which surveyed the attitudes of 1,145 American adults toward abortion. 

The survey was taken February 6 and 7, closely following the backlash against the recent New York legislation, and the controversy surrounding Virginia Governor, Ralph Northam. 

Two weeks prior to the poll, late-term abortions were legalized in New York under the Reproductive Health Act, and only one week before, Gov. Northam “suggested babies who survived abortion should only be allowed to live if their mother wants them to,” CBN News reports

Among the findings listed by AUL: 

·      80% of Americans reject abortion the day before a child is born

·      79% reject abortion in the third trimester

·      68% of pro-choice Americans oppose abortion the day before a child is born

·      66% of pro-choice Americans oppose abortion in the third trimester

The survey also gathered that 53% identify as “pro-choice” and 47% identify as “pro-life.” 

President and CEO of AUL Catherine Glenn Foster spoke on how the findings of this survey place representatives at odds with their constituents. They also reveal a deeper breach between the Democratic agenda and the conscience of the vast majority of Americans, including those who identify as “pro-choice.” 

“This survey vividly reveals both the American people’s common-sense appreciation for the sanctity of life and the widespread horror, even among self-identified pro-choice Americans, of new laws like New York’s that effectively allow abortion up until the moment of delivery.” 

 “Planned Parenthood and elected officials like Governor Cuomo who support abortions up to the point of birth are out of step with not only their supposed core constituents, but also our country’s essential tenets of life, liberty, and the opportunity to pursue happiness,” AUL.org reports. “It is our hope that the critical information brought to light here will advance the democratic process by inspiring more Americans to hold their representatives and public institutions to account.” 

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Dr. Scott Stripling and a team of archaeologists say they may have found the location of the Biblical city of Ai from the Old Testament.

The team, the Associates for Biblical Research, has been excavating the site near Jerusalem for years, according to SputnikNews.com.

"There were 14 years of difficult digging with an 8-year hiatus due to the Intifada," Stripling said, referring to the Palestinian uprising against Israel. "We suffered from constant vandalism. But we persevered and did an excellent job of excavating."

The city of Ai was a Canaanite city described in the Book of Joshua where the city was ambushed by Joshua and the Israelites.

Previously, archaeologists and historians have thought that the ruins of the city were near el-Tell in the West Bank. However, Stripling’s team is claiming that the city was located at Khirbet el-Maqatir.

Stripling said the biblical description of the Israelites hiding in a dip could be present-day Wadi Sheban, which is just west of the ancient city of Ai.

Stripling is expected to publish his findings and what he calls “compelling evidence” later this year.

"This gives us a regional perspective, an overview of what was happening in the highlands of Israel in antiquity," he said. "We can see transitions in the culture.”

Stripling says he is a Christian and his work has bolstered his faith.

“My work in archaeology in Israel has affected me profoundly as a believer," he said.

"I already believed in the Bible, but as the years go by I have seen hundreds of examples of synchronisation between the material culture we are excavating and what I read in the text. This is a constant reminder that there is a God and that he left a record of his work in history."

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During a conference on Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence warned European and Middle Eastern leaders of the ‘new Holocaust’ the Iranian regime is plotting.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced on Monday – during the 40thanniversary of the Islamic Revolution – that he would 'raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground' if the U.S. military attacked. 

Two days later, during a two-day conference in Warsaw, Poland, Pence spoke to world leaders noting the Iranian regime’s threat to “eliminate” Israel. 

He said, “the Authoritarian regime in Tehran represses the freedom of speech and assembly, it persecutes religious minorities, it brutalizes women, executes gay people and openly advocates for the destruction of the state of Israel.”

He continued noting remarks made by the former Supreme Leader of Iran. Pence said, “Ayatollah Khomeini himself said that it is the mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to erase Israel from the map.”

Pence went on to condemn anti-Semitism, urging each of the world leaders in the room to condemn anti-Semitic rhetoric as well. “Anti-Semitism is not just wrong, it’s evil,” Pence said.

“Anti-Semitism must be confronted where ever and whenever it arises, and it must be universally condemned,” he added.

“But beyond this hateful rhetoric, the Iranian regime openly advocates another Holocaust and it seeks the means to achieve it,” Pence warned.

According to the Daily Mail, before the conference began, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shared the same sentiments as Pence with reporters. Pompeo said, “The three H's — the Houthis, Hamas and Hezbollah — these are real threats ... you can't get peace in the Middle East without pushing back against Iran.” Pompeo was referring to the Islamic regime’s envoys in Yemen, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq.

On Thursday, Pence denounced the decision by France, Germany and Britain to allow businesses from their respective countries to continue to operate in Iran, noting that the U.S. will be implementing stronger sanctions on the Middle Eastern nation.

Pence said of the European countries’ decisions, “It's an ill-advised step that will only strengthen Iran, weaken the EU and creates still more distance between Europe and the United States.”

“The time has come for our European partners to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and join with us as we bring the economic and diplomatic pressure necessary to give the Iranian people, the region and the world the peace, security and freedom they deserve,' he charged.

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