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News on The 700 Club: March 31, 2017

As seen on "The 700 Club," March 31: Pro-Life victory: Defunding of Planned Parenthood a Trump signature away; Democratic senators go against their party, support Gorsuch for Supreme Court, and more. Read Transcript

TERRY MEEUWSEN: Hello, and welcome to the 700 Club.

Congress has given pro-life groups a victory.

Now, states don't have to give federal taxpayer dollars

to Planned Parenthood or other abortion providers.

After a very close vote on Capitol Hill.

Mark Martin has the story.

MARK MARTIN: The Republican legislation narrowly made it

through the Senate Thursday.

With the help of GOP Senator Johnny Isakson, of Georgia, who

returned to Capitol Hill after back surgery, and the tie

breaking vote cast by Vice President Mike Pence.

So the measure passed 51 to 50.

In addition to allowing states to deny federal funds

to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers,

Republicans say the bill let states divert that money

to organizations that don't perform abortions,

like community health centers.

The House already approved the measure last month.

The bill now goes to President Trump,

who is expected to sign it.

Democrats called the bill an attack on women.

Senator Patty Murray of Washington,

labeled it shameful and dangerous.

If the measure becomes law as expected,

it would give Republicans and pro-life groups

a morale boost and a victory after the party's health care

overhaul failed to come to a vote in the House last week.

The health care bill would have kept federal funds

from going to Planned Parenthood for a year.

Meanwhile, Speaker Paul Ryan held a meeting Thursday

with conservative leaders, including pro-life leaders,

to talk about moving the Republican agenda forward.

PAUL RYAN: I've asked leaders of the conservative movement

here in America to come today, to talk

about how we move forward and how we advance our principles.

We believe in the principles of conservatism.

We believe in liberty, free markets.

We believe in life, the Constitution.

These are important principles that we

have an historic opportunity to make good on.

MARK MARTIN: Mark Martin, CBN News.

TERRY MEEUWSEN: We do believe in life

and you know, it's been said that today in our culture,

perhaps the most dangerous place where a child is

in the womb of its own mother.

Great to see something positive being done

to perhaps change some of that.

Well, in other news, President Trump's nominee

for the Supreme Court has gained some more support

in the Senate, from two Democrats.

Efrem Grand has that story from the CBN Newsroom.

EFREM GRAND: There's Joe Manchin from West Virginia

and Heidi Heitkamp from North Dakota,

are going against their party by announcing

their votes to approve Neil Gorsuch's nomination

to the Supreme Court.

Manchin and Heitkamp site the judge's record and experience

as reasons for their support.

Both of them also face difficult reelection battles in 2018.

And President Trump won their states by huge margins

last year.

Republicans need at least eight Democrats

to support Gorsuch to get to the 60 votes needed to confirm him.

But well more than half of Senate Democrats oppose him.

If Republicans do not get enough democratic voters,

they can use the nuclear option and move ahead

to confirm Gorsuch, with just 51 votes.

North Carolina has repealed and replaced

it's states transgender bathroom law that

attracted national attention.

The new law was passed by the Republican

led legislature and quickly signed

by the new democratic governor.

TIM MOORE: This, of course, was a bipartisan compromise.

It represents that it's, never, nobody is 100% happy.

But I will say I'm 95% happy with what this bill does.

I think it's a great step forward.

EFREM GRAND: The measure appeals the best known section

of the original law.

A requirement that transgender people

use the bathrooms, public restrooms,

that correspond to the sex on their birth certificate.

Supporters said the measure was necessary for privacy

and to protect people from sexual predators.

Opponents said that was nonsense and the danger was imaginary.

Now the question is whether some sports championships,

businesses, and others, will return to the state

after staying away because of that original bill.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet

approved Israel's first new settlement in two decades.

The new settlement will replace Amona, an Israeli outpost

in the central West Bank that demolished

in February under the order of the Israeli Supreme Court.

The new settlement will be built near Shiloh,

near the Palestinian city of Ramallah, in the West Bank.

Palestinians claim the West Bank and East Jerusalem

as part of a future state.

The Israelis captured those areas in the 1967 Six-Day War.

For decades, the term generation gap

has been used to define how younger people see the world

compared to their parents.

Those differences range from culture, to politics,

to relationships.

And they can also apply to how young people see Israel.

On a recent visit, some young pastors got a special look

at the country and its history.

And as Chris Mitchell shows us, that's

why one ministry is introducing millennial pastors

to the land of the Bible.

ROBERT STEARNS: We need to re-present

Israel in a fresh lens, in a new way, and cultivate that heart.

And so that's why trips like this are really important.

CHRIS MITCHELL: Eagle's Wings founder Robert Stearns

believes, Israel is too often portrayed

as a villain by media, the UN, and movements

like BDS, which calls for boycott, divestment,

and sanctions against the state.

ROBERT STEARNS: And too often, in a narrow, first glance look,

Israel can be painted as the Goliath and the Palestinians

as the David.

And so it's really vital to come here and understand

the realities on the ground.

CHRIS MITCHELL: Those realities include

seeing an Israel beyond the headlines and other noise.

NICK SERBAN: So many people in my generation are like,

I don't know what to believe anymore.

I'm going to have to see it in order to really believe it.

And so to come here, you see the truth.

And you connect with people, you talk with people.

And you really do find out what's actually going on here.

CHRIS MITCHELL: Some felt that as millennials, motivated

by social justice, they needed to hear

the Jewish side of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

CHRISTIAN ARANZA: Taking the journey, really,

of the Jewish people and being able to walk that with them

and then being able to now say, I stand with Israel.

After seeing their journey, there's

no other side to stand on.

And you can't grasp that unless you're here.

CHRIS MITCHELL: Rabbi Pini Dunner,

one of America's leading young rabbis,

join this group of Evangelical Pastors.

RABBI PINI DUNNER: I think that they get it.

And I think that the more the Jews realize

that they have brothers and friends

in the evangelical world and particularly

with the emerging generation of millennials.

I think the greater the chances for the success

of the state of Israel, and for the coming of the Messiah.

CHRIS MITCHELL: Many felt it was time

to make the trip to Israel.

PASTOR TERRELL SNEAD: I would challenge everyone

to do whatever it is, whatever sacrifice they have to make,

whatever they have to set aside to make this trip.

Because it's a life changing.

NICK SERBAN: For me, it's completely opened up my eyes

to God's plan for this land, God's plan

for the Jewish people, God's plan for Christians.

And this partnership that started to come together

has, it's history in the making.

CHRIS MITCHELL: Chris Mitchell, CBN News, Jerusalem.

EFREM GRAND: Stand with Israel.

So nice to see young people's eyes being opened.


TERRY MEEUWSEN: Thanks so much, Efrem.

I've had the privilege of going over there numerous times

and not only is it a rich spiritual experience

for those of us who are Christian believers.

But there is so much in history that we all need to know about.

Don't just take a position without understanding the why

behind it.


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