LOS ANGELES — The trial is winding down for a former NASA-affiliated computer specialist who says he was fired because of his belief in intelligent design.
Mr. Coppedge worked as a team leader on the Cassini mission exploring Saturn. He claims he was discriminated against because he engaged his co-workers in conversations about intelligent design and handed out DVDs on the idea while at work.
Intelligent design is the belief that a higher power had a hand in creation because life is too complex to have developed through evolution alone.
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory denies the allegations.
Governor signs new limits on abortion
JACKSON — Mississippi’s already strict abortion laws have become even tighter with Gov. Phil Bryant’s signing of a bill that will place new regulations on the state’s only abortion clinic.
Effective July 1, the new law requires that anyone performing abortions in an abortion clinic must be an obstetrician-gynecologist who has admitting privileges at a local hospital. The Republican governor signed the bill Monday.
Such privileges aren’t easy for doctors to obtain, particularly for those who live out of state or because some religious-affiliated hospitals may refuse to provide the privileges to physicians who perform elective abortions.
Diane Derzis, who runs the Jackson Women's Health Organization, said the requirements threaten the clinic’s existence. She said the clinic will try to comply with the new regulations but she will file a lawsuit if it can’t.
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