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If U.N. Treaty Is Ratified, Abortion May Be Strengthened
OneNewNow.com 9/30/12 – A United Nations treaty working its way through the U.S. Senate reveals a hidden agenda that could be dangerous to children in the womb. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was conceived to benefit people with disabilities worldwide. Susan Yoshihara of Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute (C-FAM) says the way it was negotiated resulted in troublesome wording. Read Full Story Here
Federal Judge Says Marriage Law Unconstitutional
OneNewsNow.com - 07/31/12 – U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford ruled Tuesday that the provision in the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) violates the Fifth Amendment right to equal protection.
The ruling came in the case of six married same-sex couples and a widower who sued after being denied federal benefits. The plaintiffs are from Connecticut, New Hampshire and Vermont.
Advocates for homosexuals applauded the ruling but expected an appeal.
Several similar rulings have been made by courts across the country. The Obama administration has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to settle legal fights over the law.
Birth-control mandate a step to abortion coverage?
02/15/12 – OneNewsNow.com - Last week, Obama announced that instead of requiring employers to cover contraception, insurance policies would be required to provide free birth-control coverage in separate agreements with the workers who want it. Even though conservatives do not see it as a compromise at all, and even though serious constitutional questions about the policy still remain, the administration refuses to budge any further.
Matt Bowman of the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) points out that exemptions are being granted to various organizations, including unions, but religious ones still face a mandate.
“It seems like the only people who don’t get some type of special treatment under ObamaCare are groups that want to exercise their God-given first freedom of religious liberty,” Bowman notes.
And he suggests that imposing contraception and sterilization coverage on people of faith could be a stepping stone to mandating coverage for abortion.
“The idea imposed by the Obama administration here against religious liberty is that pregnancy is a disease,” the attorney says. “There is no principle distinction between that and requiring not only these other practices, but surgical… Read More
‘Under God’ Under Fire… Again
02/16/12 – OneNewsNow.com – The case is brought by an Acton atheist family that objects the mention of God in the pledge. The American Humanist Association (AHA) is representing the “Does” in their effort to completely bar the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in Massachusetts schools because of the phrase “under God.” They argue that the state constitution’s equal rights amendment supports their request because the pledge is discriminatory toward them.
But Brian Camenker of MassResistance says the constitution does not protect atheists in that manner.
“It’s a very religious document written by John Adams in Constitution protects atheism is absurd,” he contends.
And if the phrase “under God” is unconstitutional, Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel reasons that the use of God’s name on currency or anywhere else would also be unconstitutional.
“I believe that this is one of these frivolous lawsuits destined for ultimate dismissal,” he suggests. “But we can’t take them lightly because they chip away one little brick at a time, until ultimately, they want to have the entire house topple.”
Most of the failed court… Read More
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Sex-ed available to teens 24-7
1/7/12 – OneNewsNow.com – Smaller school budgets and other factors have reportedly inspired the creation of sites and services like Sex-Ed Loop or the Planned Parenthood-run text-chat program, ICYC (In Case You’re Curious). These texting and web services provide young users with information on sexual acts, diseases, and contraception. While critics say the information only promotes unsafe sex, advocates claim research proves the contrary. Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council (FRC) says he is troubled by the fact they are set up to elude parental scrutiny.
“Even beyond that, these sources of information do not have the kind of oversight that schools might have,” he notes. “Certainly we have problems with some of the sex education that goes on in public schools, but at least there is a certain amount of vetting that takes place there.”
According to The New York Times, Stephanie Cisneros, a Denver-area high school junior, likes ICYC because of its “immediacy and confidentiality.” But as Sprigg points out, it is difficult, if not impossible, for parents to monitor this activity.
“If their… Read More
Still Hope of Stopping Indoctrination Law
12/8/2011 – OneNewsNow.com - The leader of a Christian coalition says his group is prepared to challenge a sexual indoctrination law that is set to be implemented in California public schools next month.
Proponents of an effort to stop SB 48, the law recently approved by California’s governor that requires the state’s public schools to teach on the contributions of lesbian, “gay,” bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals, are creating new campaigns to challenge it.
The Committee to Repeal SB 48 has filed paperwork with the state attorney general’s office to qualify the Repeal SB 48 Act, which is a referendum that would alter the law and remove references to pro-LGBT teachings. Another pending initiative is the Equality in Education Act, which was filed by the Committee for Parental Rights in Education to give parents the chance to opt their children out of the controversial lessons.
Pre-Teen Allowed to Decide Their Gender?
FoxNews.com 10/17/11 - A lesbian couple in California who say their 11-year-old son Tommy who wants to be a girl named Tammy are giving their child hormone blockers that delay the onset of puberty — so that he can have more time that he can have more time to decide if he wants to change his gender.
The couple’s supporters say the Hormone Blocking Therapy has only minor side effects and is appropriate for a child who is unsure of his gender. “This is definitely a changing landscape for transgender youth,” said Joel Baum, director of education and training for Gender Spectrum, a California-based non-profit group. “This is about giving kids and their families the opportunity to make the right decision.”
But critics of the treatment say 11-year-olds are not old enough to make life-altering decisions about changing their gender, and parents should not be encouraging them. They say it’s too soon to tell what the side effects of the treatments may be, and they say Tommy’s parents, Pauline Moreno and Debra Lobel, are irresponsible for seeking them and allowing them to be administered.
“This is child abuse. It’s like performing liposuction on an anorexic child,” said Dr. Paul McHugh, professor of… Read More
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Calls Abortion a ‘Needed Action’ & Refers to Fetal Heartbeats as ‘Sounds’
TheBlaze.com 10/17/11 – Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) took to the House floor last week to state her views on the Protect Life Act. Despite her opposition to the anti-abortion bill, it passed in the House of Representatives, with 15 Democrats joining 236 Republicans in supporting it.
The measure amends the Democrats’ health care law (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) to prohibit federal monies from being spent on health plans that cover abortion services. Additionally, it protects health care workers who oppose the procedure.
Lee’s comments about abortion during her address were somewhat odd, considering that she referred to the controversial medical procedure as a “needed action.” Additionally, she dubbed the heartbeats of fetuses as mere “sounds.” CNSNews.com has more:
Voicing her opposition to the measure on Thursday, Jackson Lee referenced a previous Texas law, “Just as the courts ruled unconstitutional and upheld the provision of the Texas law that required a doctor to talk first to a woman seeking an abortion and to allow or force them both to listen, uh, to sounds that, uh, might discourage this needed action, this is going to be held unconstitutional. This is not a law that can pass,” Jackson said.
Bill would protect home schoolers’ records
OneNewsNow.com – 09/22/2011 -Republican Congressman Randy Hultgren of Illinois has introduced a bill that would give greater protection to the education records of home schoolers.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) currently protects the privacy of student records for those who attend schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. It gives certain rights that transfer to “eligible students” when they reach the age of 18 or attend school beyond the high school level. However, since home schoolers are not covered by that measure, Representative Hultgren sees room for correction.
“Many states require that parents file records regarding their home-schooled children with public education officials, but these records are not protected under FERPA,” the congressman explains. “So, really, that is the intent of this legislation — to address a discrepancy.”
The lack of a federal definition of “home schooling” prevents the Department of Education from exerting its control on home schoolers at the federal level. But Will Estrada of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) says steps were taken during the… Read More
Report: APA wants to destigmatize pedophilia
08/19/11 – OneNewsNow.om - Liberty Counsel Action’s Matt Barber attended the conference and says he felt he was on a different planet, as the presenting professionals aimed to remove pedophilia from the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). That would mean that pedophilia would no longer be considered a mental disorder.
“The entire focus of the event was on the victimhood of the pedophile,” Barber accounts. There was “very little concern for the children who are the victims of these individuals when they are raped, who these individuals lust after,” he adds.
And he says the experts’ discussions were focused on “destigmatizing pedophilia … removing the stigma, and the public to stop demonizing pedophiles.”
Anti-Christian Homosexual Activist Wants Access To Your Children
08/17/11 – OneNewsNow.com …’It Gets Better Project’ headed for public schools? Brian Camenker of MassResistance, an organization that promotes conservative values, says Dan Savage started the “It Gets Better Project” under the guise of suicide prevention for homosexual teens. In reality, he says Savage’s aim is to encourage kids to embrace their homosexuality.
“The homosexual movement discovered in the early 1990s that they could use this tactic of claiming safety or anti-bullying or anti-suicide to do anything,” Camenker notes. “They’ll scream and holler that if you don’t let them into the schools to give their program, then you favor kids killing themselves.”
VICTORY FOR LIFE ALERT!
08/12/11 – COREREPORT.COM – AZ , Center for Arizona Policy: Victory for Life Advocates: Arizona Court of Appeals Upholds Abortion Consent Act. The Arizona Court of Appeals today upheld the Abortion Consent Act. This law, signed by Governor Jan Brewer in 2009, was enjoined by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Daughton following a Planned Parenthood lawsuit.
Today’s 3-0 opinion vacates the injunction in its entirety.
Center for Arizona Policy (CAP) drafted the Abortion Consent Act and is a part of the legal team defending the constitutionality of the law. The team is led by the Arizona Attorney General, Arizona House Speaker, and Alliance Defense Fund and also includes Bioethics Defense Fund and Life Legal Defense Foundation.
Key provisions that will be enacted include:
- The state will require a notarized parental signature before an abortion can be performed on a minor child.
- Women will be provided with full and accurate information by a doctor in person at least 24 hours before an abortion.
- Medical professionals cannot be forced to perform abortions if it contradicts their sincerely held religious or moral beliefs.
- Non-doctors will not be permitted by law to perform surgical abortions.
“The Court acknowledged the Legislature’s right to pass… Read More
Mandatory Sex Education in NYC Schools 11 & Up
08/10/11 – FoxNews.com - Students in New York City will be required to take sex education classes that include lessons on how to use a condom – a curriculum that the head of the school system said is long overdue.
It’s the first time in nearly two decades that middle and high school students will be forced to take the mandatory classes, according to a report first published in The New York Times.
One of the lessons includes instruction on how to properly use a condom.
“We must be committed to ensuring that both middle school and high school students are exposed to this valuable information so they can learn to keep themselves safe before, and when, they decide to have sex,” NYC Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott wrote in a letter to principals and obtained by Fox News Radio.
Children as young as 11 years old will take part in discussions on a variety of topics ranging from the risks of unprotected sex to the appropriate age for sexual activity, the newspaper reported.
“I believe the school system has an important role to play with regard to educating our children… Read More
Abortion Drug As Dangerous To Mother As To Baby
08/04/11 – OneNewsNow.com The abortion drug RU-486 has killed and injured far more women and girls than previously thought, according to a government report that only recently surfaced.
Penny Nance of Concerned Women for America says her organization “is deeply disturbed that the is now reporting in a very quiet, underhanded way that this drug is very dangerous. The new report shows that about 2,200 have been injured by this drug and 14 women have died.”
Concerned Women for America has said from the beginning that the drug is designed to at least kill one life, that of the baby. She says now it is known that it also kills women.
She has issued a call to action to contact the FDA and also members of Congress to let them know that they need to put pressure on the FDA to reconsider their decision to allow RU-486 to be sold in the U.S.
RU-486 is known to cause sepsis, which is potentially lethal, but also significant blood… Read More
Missouri Makes Teach-Student Facebook ‘Friending’ Illegal
08/04/11 MSM.com -Missouri has passed a law making it illegal for state teachers to friend their students on Facebook.
Governor Jay Nixon signed Missouri State Bill 54, which bans students and teachers from communicating and being “friends” on the social networking site. The law was created to prevent inappropriate relationships between children and teachers.
“Teachers cannot establish, maintain or use a work-related website unless it is available to school administrators and the child’s legal custodian, physical custodian or legal guardian,” the law states. “Teachers also cannot have a non work-related website that allows exclusive access with a current or former student.”
The law is not limited to Facebook and applies to any social networking site. Although Facebook fan pages will still be allowed, direct communication between teachers and students on the site will be banned.
Although some critics have said the concept sounds positive on the surface, they worry it may imply that teachers may not be trusted on the site without legal intervention.
OBAMACARE: Insurers Must Cover Birth Control, Including “Morning After” Abortion Pill
08/01/11 – WASHINGTON (YahooNews.com / AP) — Health insurance plans must cover birth control as preventive care for women, with no copays, the Obama administration said Monday in a decision with far-reaching implications for health care as well as social mores.
The requirement is part of a broad expansion of coverage for women’s preventive care under President Barack Obama’s health care law. Also to be covered without copays are breast pumps for nursing mothers, an annual “well-woman” physical, screening for the virus that causes cervical cancer and for diabetes during pregnancy, counseling on domestic violence, and other services.
“These historic guidelines are based on science and existing (medical) literature and will help ensure women get the preventive health benefits they need,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
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U.N. Group Stands Up for Children’s Sexual and Reproductive Rights, Including Abortion
07/29/11 CNSNEWS.COM - “In order to fully recognise young people’s sexual and reproductive rights, especially the right to choose, we must achieve universal access to safe and youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health care services, including access to evidence-based comprehensive sexuality education, in formal and non-formal settings,” the document states.
The phrase “reproductive health care services” includes abortion, which the statement further underscores.
Defending Marriage When President Won’t
07/26/11 – OneNewsNow.com – Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives approved two amendments to the Defense Appropriations Bill that affirm congressional support for traditional marriage and religious liberty. Congressman Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas) offered one measure Thursday night that would prohibit the reemergence of a recently rescinded Navy directive that would allow Navy chaplains to perform same-sex “wedding” ceremonies.
“We need to protect the rights of our pastors from this really radical agenda that’s coming out of this White House,” he contends.
The Navy chief of chaplains announced earlier this year that military chaplains who desire to perform weddings for same-sex couples would be allowed to do so following the repeal of the policy known as “don’t ask, don’t tell.” The directive says chaplains could perform such ceremonies in states where homosexual “marriage” is legal. (See earlier story)
Huelskamp believes President Obama continues to stand in the way of traditional marriage initiatives.
62% of Americans Surveyed Say Marriage = 1 Man & 1 Woman
White House: Obama Supports Bill to Repeal Federal Gay Marriage Ban
07/20/11 – FoxNews.com WASHINGTON — As a leading Senate Democrat prepares for hearings this week on repealing the federal law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman, the White House on Tuesday threw its support to overturning the Defense of Marriage Act.
The Obama administration has already said it won’t defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court because it concludes it’s unconstitutional. But Press Secretary Jay Carney on Tuesday went further, saying President Obama is “proud to support” the Respect for Marriage Act, legislation by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., to overturn the 15-year-old law.
“The president has long called for a legislative repeal of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, which continues to have a real impact on the lives of real people, our families, friends and neighbors,” Carney said in his daily briefing with reporters.
Feinstein, who is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is hosting the hearing, said she is under no illusion that overturning the ban will be easy, but she does think the public is ready for a change.
“I think eyes have opened. More and… Read More
Gov. approves ‘sexual brainwashing bill’ to Teach Gay History
07/15/11 – OneNewsNow.com – Yesterday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed S.B. 48, making California the first state in the country to pass such legislation. The law, authored by homosexual Senator Mark Leno of San Francisco, requires that textbooks be re-written to include information about LGBT Americans and present them in a positive light.
Commentators warn that the measure, which requires no parental notification and does not allow parents to opt their children out, will affect students as you as six years old. But Earl DeVries, a former candidate for state Senate, explains that other schools will be affected as well because California is one of the states that purchases the most textbooks.
“I feel sorry for those states because we’ve not done a good job defending our families and our children, and we have the wrong kind of people in Sacramento,” he laments. “And this is the consequence of our lack of involvement.”
Brown announced in a written statement that the bill “revises existing laws that prohibit discrimination in education,” and he urged that “history should be honest.” The governor further assured that… Read More
Judge Halts Illinois From Cutting Funding To Catholic Charities Over Gay Parent Stance
07/14/11 – TheBlaze.com – Four Catholic Charities regional groups have been granted the right continue their adoption and foster program services in Illinois for at least another month thanks to Judge John Schmidt‘s decision to refuse allowing the state to cut funds based off the organization’s resistance to placing children with gay and unwed couples. Chicago Tribune:
“The judge set Aug. 15 for a full-scale hearing. In the meantime, he said, children in Catholic Charities‘ care will not be shifted to other social service agencies because that could risk ’irreparable injury.’
Catholic Charities argued the state’s interpretation of the civil union law is discriminatory because it would require placing children with gay or unwed couples. Such an action would violate religious protections built into the law, said attorney Tom Brejcha, who represented the group.”
The move comes after the state’s decision two days earlier to decline renewing a five decade relationship with the organization that serves nearly 2,000 foster children and their caseworkers.
“It’s a surprise. But it’s also very disturbing. The impact on the children in Catholic Charities care will be catastrophic,” said a… Read More
United Nations Pushing Agenda Dangerous To Children
CoreReport.com - 07/09/11 - NEW YORK, July 7 (C-FAM) In advance of the UN youth conference later this month, the International Planned Parenthood Federation released two new publications on abortion and sexual rights for youth. The new documents are the latest part of the organization’s larger campaign targeted at teenagers and older children.
The sexual rights guide “Exclaim!” calls for a cornucopia of sexuality and gender protections and entitlements under the guise of international law. “Governments must respect, protect and fulfill all sexual rights for young people,” the publication states.
The guide is designed as a tool to help young people become sex advocates.
Although no right to sex or sexual pleasure exists in binding international documents, the guide goes through a list of human rights found in international law and explains how they can be read as sexual rights. Under the “right to know and learn” includes “bringing an end to abstinence-only sex education programs and promoting evidence informed approaches to comprehensive sexuality education.”
Comprehensive sexuality education, as defined by IPPF in the guide, goes well beyond biology to include ideology on gender, identity, and … Read More
Judges Push Radical Agenda On Military
07/09/11 – OneNewsNow.com – “Radical” and “disturbing” – that’s how one conservative law group is describing this week’s federal court decision calling for the immediate lifting of the military’s ban against openly homosexual personnel.
The three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals asked the United States government to lift the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, pointing to Congress’ decision to repeal the policy last year. The Pentagon stated they are currently studying the ruling and will follow the court order, and will take steps to inform military officers in the field.
Daniel Blomberg is the litigation staff counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund.”…This decision…effectively stops the law from being in effect nationwide, worldwide,” says Blomberg. “So during a time of international conflict, our military is being forced by the judicial system — and unfortunately by the Obama administration’s Justice Department — to implement a change rapidly they’re not prepared to implement. It’s a very disturbing development for our military.”
The ADF counsel explains that the Ninth Circuit hasn’t declared DADT unconstitutional yet, and the hearing on the… Read More
Texas Yanks Planned Parenthood Funding
07/02/11 OneNewNow.com – Texas has passed a bill defunding Planned Parenthood, making it the seventh state to do so. The bill sends $47 million in tax funds to other organizations that provide medical services to poor women.
Jonathan Saenz of Liberty Institute calls Monday’s vote in Austin a “defining moment” in Texas for the pro-life movement.
“This legislation particularly takes away funding from groups that provide abortions and are affiliates for abortions, and it also prioritizes family-planning money in a way that it goes to organizations that provide comprehensive healthcare for women in the state of Texas, which Planned Parenthood does not do,” the Institute representative says.
Planned Parenthood has sued Indiana and Kansas for passage of defunding bills in those states. Saenz says the Texas measure (S.B. 7) should withstand legal scrutiny.
“Well, it’s unfortunate that there are frivolous lawsuits out there the state of Texas has done a very good job with folks in our organization and others to make sure that we have language in place that will stand up to any… Read More
Unlicensed, Unregulated, Uninspected – and Very Dangerous Judge blocks the Kansas abortion safety law
07/02/11 – CoreReport.com - KANSAS CITY, Kan., July 1, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ – The following is Operation Rescue’s statement on the ruling this afternoon by U.S. District Judge Carlos Murguia blocking the new abortion safety law that went into effect today. Quote is attributable to Troy Newman, President, Operation Rescue.
- Today a Federal judge overruled the will of the people, the State Legislature, and the Governor of Kansas by blocking enforcement of a new law that would have provided minimum safety standards for abortion clinics.
Two abortion clinics, which have never been inspected, continue to dangerously operate, placing the lives and health of women in danger. One other abortion clinic, Comprehensive Health of Planned Parenthood faces 107 criminal charges related to illegal late-term abortions and manufacturing evidence to cover up their crimes.
Let’s not forget why Kansas has been trying since 2003 to implement abortion safety standards. During that time, Operation Rescue has documented numerous botched abortions and at least one patient death along with a myriad of other abortion abuses. Kansas has one of the worst abortion health and safety records in the country.
It is ironic that… Read More
Halt to Deportation of Citizen’s Same-Sex Partner Is Abuse of Presidential Power
7/01/11 FoxNews.com The federal decision to stop deportation proceedings against a Venezuela-born New Jersey man who legally married his same-sex partner in the United States — effectively recognizing gay marriage — is an “abuse of executive authority” by the Obama administration, immigration experts told FoxNews.com.
Henry Velandia, a 27-year-old professional salsa dancer from Caracas now living in New Jersey, legally married U.S. citizen Josh Vandiver, 30, in Connecticut last year, but due to the Defense of Marriage Act — a 1996 federal law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman — Vandiver was not allowed to sponsor Velandia for a green card in the same way a heterosexual person could for his or her spouse. The Department of Homeland Security nevertheless decided to drop deportation efforts against him Wednesday.
Velandia told FoxNews.com that Wednesday’s ruling was a “big, uplifting moment” and the product of a year’s worth of hard work on behalf of the couple’s attorney, Lavi Soloway.
“I can now be with Josh, my husband, in this country without fear of being torn apart,” he said on Friday. “It’s like our first day… Read More
NY GOP Caves…Gay Marriage Legalized
06/25/11 – OnNewsNow.com / AP – NEW YORK – Homosexuals and their supporters are celebrating in New York after a handful of Republican state senators surrendered to pressure to legalize gay marriage in that state.
As the Associated Press reported last night, “champagne corks popped, rainbow flags flapped and crowds embraced and danced in the streets of Manhattan’s Greenwich Village as New York became the sixth and largest state in the U.S. to legalize same-sex marriage.”
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill shortly before midnight Friday, almost 42 years to the day that the modern-day gay rights movement was born amid violent encounters between police and gay activists at the Stonewall Inn.
Hundreds who gathered inside and outside the landmark bar erupted in celebration after the Republican-led state Senate cast the decisive vote. The final count was 33 to 29.
Amid Friday’s celebration, New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan and bishops around the state released a statement condemning the passage of the law by the Legislature, saying they were “deeply disappointed and troubled.”
“Our society must regain what it appears to have lost - a true understanding … Read More
Shocking! Indoctrination Facts Every American Parent Needs Know
Watch This Now and Share. Thank you AFA for making America aware of this shocking but true documentary unveiling the indoctrination of our children. OneNewsNow.com - A filmmaker and home-schooling father explains the problems with public education in a new documentary to be released this summer. Watch Trailer – Click Here
In IndoctriNation: Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity in America, Scottish-born producer Colin Gunn gives an answer to the education woes: Christ. Now living in Texas with his wife and children, Gunn tells OneNewsNow the only solution is found in the Bible.
“‘The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom’ (Proverbs 1:7), and if we want education, it has to be grounded in God’s Word,” he contends. “And that is certainly not what we have in the public schools.”
SHOCKING – CAUTION: The War Against Girls
06/21/11 – Wallstreet Journal - Since the late 1970s, 163 million female babies have been aborted by parents seeking sons. Mara Hvistendahl is worried about girls. Not in any political, moral or cultural sense but as an existential matter. She is right to be. In China, India and numerous other countries (both developing and developed), there are many more men than women, the result of systematic campaigns against baby girls. In “Unnatural Selection,” Ms. Hvistendahl reports on this gender imbalance: what it is, how it came to be and what it means for the future.
In nature, 105 boys are born for every 100 girls. This ratio is biologically ironclad. Between 104 and 106 is the normal range, and that’s as far as the natural window goes. Any other number is the result of unnatural events.
Yet today in India there are 112 boys born for every 100 girls. In China, the number is 121—though plenty of Chinese towns are over the 150 mark. China’s and India’s populations are mammoth enough that their outlying sex ratios have skewed the global average to a biologically impossible 107…. Read More
CORE REPORT FEATURED ON AFA’S ONE NEWS NOW – Teachers union funds controversial ‘gender identity’ curriculum
06/15/11 – OneNewsNow.com - A pro-family leader in California says it’s alarming that the teachers union in his state is paying for a sexual indoctrination course for elementary students.
All students at Redwood Heights Elementary School in Oakland were instructed by Gender Spectrum, a Bay Area-based organization that hosts training events and consultations aimed at questioning the role of gender in society. Students were encouraged to question whether there were such things as “boy colors” or “toys just for girls.” A Gender Spectrum instructor read to the students a book titled My Princess Boy — a story about a boy who liked to wear dresses.
Jim Schubert of The Core Report explains that the organization encourages radical methods of experimentation, including placing gender-neutral restrooms in schools.
“Here’s another one,” he offers. “‘Mix up gender language when reading stories to your kids.’ What is that about? Help kids understand that the only thing that is normal in our world is a variation?”
The program at Redwood Heights Elementary was funded through a… Read More
Alabama Senate Legislature Sends Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to Governor
CoreReport.com 06/10/11 – WASHINGTON, June 10, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ — With less than 30 minutes before the midnight deadline, the Alabama legislature sent the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to Governor Robert Bentley’s desk for his signature. “Modern medical science furnishes us with compelling evidence that unborn children recoil from painful stimuli, that their stress hormones increase when they are subjected to any painful stimuli, and that they require anesthesia for fetal surgery,” said Mary Spaulding Balch, J.D., director of state legislation for the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC). “Therefore, the states have a compelling interest in protecting unborn children who are capable of feeling pain from abortion. We strongly encourage Governor Bentley to make Alabama the fifth state to recognize this obligation by signing the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act into law.”
The Alabama House, led by Representative Rich, passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Protection bill with a vote of 69-19. The Alabama’s Senate, led by Senator Beason, passed the bill by a vote of 26-5.
As drafted by National Right to Life’s state legislation department, the model Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act protects from abortion unborn children who are capable of feeling pain except when the mother “has a… Read More
Legislation targets traditional guidelines for adoption
06/04/11 – OneNewsNow.com - A pro-family attorney with Liberty Counsel argues pending legislation on Capitol Hill may claim to benefit children who await adoption, but in fact aims to shut down faith-based adoption agencies across the U.S.
A bill that would impose punishment on states that ban homosexual couples and unmarried people from adopting children has been reintroduced to the U.S. House and Senate. The Every Child Deserves a Family Act (H.R. 1681) is sponsored by Representative Pete Stark (D-California) and Senator Kristin Gilligrand (D-New York). It has more than 50 co-sponsors in the House, but has yet to be introduced in the Senate.
According to Stark, the measure aims to correct what he calls the “critical shortage” of stable, safe, and loving homes in the adoption and foster-care system. In introducing the measure, Stark labeled the foster care system as “flawed” because it “permits discrimination against capable, loving potential parents and children.” The federal baseline of the bill, he said, would end what he describes as “prejudicted restrictions that have denied an untold number of children the homes that they desperately need.”
At… Read More
House OKs pro-life changes to ObamaCare
06/01/11 – OneNewsNow.com The U.S. House of Representatives is working on making changes to ObamaCare, specifically when it comes to abortion funding.
In a 234-182 vote, the House recently approved the Foxx Amendment to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare), which would have set aside funds to be spent without congressional oversight. The amendment offered by Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-North Carolina), however, would make those discretionary funds reviewable by Congress each year.
“My amendment that none of these funds could be used for elective abortions, and also that none of the funds could be used to train doctors for elective abortions,” she explains. Also under the amendment, medical schools that discriminate against healthcare providers who refuse to do abortions because of their conscience will not receive funds.
But despite the House’s approval, the prospect of passage in the Senate is slim, says the lawmaker — and not just because of political correctness. Foxx points out that 23 senators are up for re-election, so they do not want to take a position on the issue.
“That’s not the way it’s supposed to be,” she contends. “We have… Read More
As Cohabiting Increases, Marriage Remains the Best Bet
05/31/11 – CitizensLink.com by Jennifer Mesk. Out of every 10 couples in the U.S., at least one is cohabiting. That’s an increase of 25 percent since the 2000 Census.
One sociologist suggests unmarried couples are “hedging their bets,” as they wait for the economy to improve.
But, as the Family Research Council (FRC) points out in a research paper, the “best bet” — for adults, children and even the economy — is marriage.
Married Couples Represent Minority of U.S. Households for First Time in History
5/28/2011 CNSNew.com – NIGEL DUARA, PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Three mornings a week, when Becky Leung gets ready for work, her boyfriend is just getting home from his overnight job. When her mother drops hints about her twin sister’s marriage, she laughs it off. And when she thinks about getting married herself, she worries first about her career.
Leung, 27, cohabits in a Portland, Ore., townhome with her boyfriend but has no plans yet to wed, a reflection of the broader cultural shift in the U.S. away from the traditional definition of what it means to be a household.
Data released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau shows married couples have found themselves in a new position: They’re no longer the majority.
It’s a trend that’s been creeping along for decades, but in the 2010 Census, married couples represent 48 percent of all households. That’s down from 52 percent in the last Census and, for the first time in U.S. history, puts households led by married couples as a plurality.
AMERICA’S LEADING MARRIAGE & FAMILY CONFERENCE 2011
CoreReport.com 05/12/11 – Mark your calendars – Watermark Community Church in Dallas, Texas has graciously agreed to partner with us and host the AMFM 2011 Marriage and Family Ministry Training Conference – the premier training for marriage and family leaders. Tim Hawkins, Bishop Joseph W. Walker III, Pastor Todd Wagner and Jay and Laura Laffoon will be speaking during this year’s General Sessions along with a few other special guests.
UPDATE: Navy halts move to allow ‘gay’ unions by chaplains
AP/OneNewsNow.com 05/11/11 WASHINGTON – The Navy has reversed its decision that would have allowed chaplains to be trained about performing same-sex unions if the Pentagon recognizes openly homosexual military service later this year.
The Navy issued a one-sentence memo saying its earlier decision has been suspended and will undergo more thorough legal review.
The initial decision would have allowed Navy chaplains to receive training on performing civil unions on military bases, but only in states where same-gender “marriage” is legal.
Some lawmakers in the House objected to the Navy’s initial ruling. Republican Todd Akin of Missouri, in a letter co-signed by 62 other House members, says using military chapels and personnel for same-sex marriages would violate the Defense of Marriage Act, under which the federal government only recognizes marriage between a man and a woman. “It’s still on the books — and it’s still in effect,” he says of DOMA.
House votes pro-life; Senate in doubt
ONENEWSNOW.COM 05/06/11 – The House has passed a comprehensive bill banning use of federal tax dollars for abortion — but it’s unlikely to gain approval in the Senate.
The vote for H.R. 3 (251-175) was essentially along party lines, with 235 Republicans voting for the measure (five did not vote) and only 16 Democrats joining them (one did not vote). The bill, sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-New Jersey) had 227 co-sponsors. “The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” now goes to the Democratic-led Senate, where it is not expected to pass; in addition, the White House this week threatened to veto it if it made it that far. READ FULL STORY HERE
Breaking News: Arizona’s 50th Legislative Session Ends; Twelve CAP-Supported Bills Signed Into Law So Far
CoreReport 05/08/11 - CAP Press Release – The Arizona Legislative officially adjourned at dawn Wednesday morning, April 20. As of this writing, 12 Center for Arizona Policy supported bills have been signed into law. Two more measures achieved final passage. Both houses recognized the tremendous work of pregnancy care centers throughout Arizona. And, in a long-awaited move, the legislature referred a CAP-supported reform measure to the November, 2012, ballot to enhance transparency and accountability to Arizona’s merit selection system of selecting judges.
Another four CAP-supported bills await the governor’s action, while two have been vetoed.
In the coming days, CAP will release the 2011 Family Issues Voting Record, reporting on how Arizona’s 90 state legislators voted on important issues to the family. CAP also will release a recap of the 2011 session once Governor Brewer has acted on all CAP-supported legislation.
Track the progress of all CAP-supported legislation with our Bill Tracker.
Homeschool families protected by Mississippi Supreme Court from unconstitutional court order.
CoreReport.com 04/26/11 – Christian Newswire/PURCELLVILLE, Va. — The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled1 on April 21, 2011 that a court order issued by Judge Walker requiring state officials to disclose the identities of all the homeschoolers in the Thirteenth District of Mississippi was improper and thus vacated by the higher court. The Supreme Court came to its conclusion after receiving HSLDA’s Writ of Prohibition and Emergency Motion to Stay, Judge Walker’s response, and HSLDA’s response memorandum.
Without due cause, a case in consideration, or even a complaint before his court, Judge Walker of the Chancery Court of the Thirteenth District in Mississippi issued a court order on March 23, 2011. This order required attendance officers in five counties to provide Judge Walker with a list of the names and addresses of all homeschoolers in those counties.
This order would have provided Judge Walker with information that he was not legally entitled to as a judge, and homeschool families who would have been affected by this judicial overreach contacted the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). An HSLDA team made up of Michael Farris, Jim Mason, and… Read More
Top Attorney Quits Firm to Continue Defense of DOMA
CoreReport.com 04/26/11 – DOMA Updates: CitizenLink.com – The bottom line is that former Solicitor General Paul Clement will continue to defend the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) — at a new law firm.
Just a week after the U.S. House of Representatives selected Clement and his firm, King & Spalding, to defend DOMA against multiple challenges in federal court, his law firm dumped the case Monday, saying “the process used for vetting this engagement was inadequate.”
Clement resigned and was quickly hired by Bancroft PLLC, a small firm in Washington, D.C., where he will continue to defend DOMA.
“I take this step not because of strongly held views about this statute,” Clement wrote in his resignation letter. “Instead, I resign out of the firmly-held belief that a representation should not be abandoned because the client’s legal position is extremely unpopular in certain quarters. Defending unpopular decisions is what lawyers do.”
DOMA is being challenged in at least 10 court cases, and President Obama has ordered his Department of Justice to stop defending it.
ACLU Forces TX School District to Change Policy on Standing During Pledge
TheBlaze.com 04/25/11 -
Samuel Brooks is the president of the Sweeny, TX (near Houston) school board. He’s a fan of the American flag and the Pledge of Allegiance. But after two high schoolers complained about the district’s policy requiring students to stand while reciting the Pledge, the ACLU stepped in. And after that happened, the school district felt it had no choice but to change its policy.
“They were refusing to stand up for the Pledge, and then it got around the whole school,” fellow student Cherissh Garrett told KTRK-TV. But despite the protest, the students didn’t face any repercussions.
“There was no disciplinary action taken. It was just a request that they stand for the pledge,” Superintendent Randy Miksch told KTRK. That didn’t matter to the students, who complained anyway. When the ACLU got involved, the district capitulated: READ FULL STORY HERE
Arizona Becomes Latest Battleground for Same-Sex Adoptions
FoxNews.com 04/21/11 - Arizona joined another skirmish in the nation’s culture wars this week when Gov. Jan Brewer signed a bill into law that gives married couples a tie-breaker preference over singles for state-arranged adoptions.
Under the new law, the state is to consider such factors as possible placements with the child’s relatives, the prospective family’s ability to meet the child’s needs, and wishes of children 12 or older. But if all relevant factors are equal, the preference for married couples kicks in.
Gay-rights advocates oppose the law because they say it is based on discrimination against gays, who can’t marry in Arizona.
“This is a law based on stereotypes and cultural assumptions about gay people being bad for kids,” said James Essex, an attorney with the ACLU who specializes in LGBT issues. “The reality is the social scientists and the psychologists who study this say there is no basis for those stereotypes at all. That kids raised by gay couples do just as well on every measure of child adjustment that there is.”
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/04/21/arizona-latest-battleground-sex-adoptions/#ixzz1KBuTpfxC
Obama’s Not Defending DOMA is ‘Dereliction of Duty,’ Says Former DOJ Atty
CNSNews.com 04/18/11 – Ed Whelan, former Department of Justice legal counsel in the George W. Bush administration, testified on Friday that President Barack Obama’s refusal to have his Department of Justice (DOJ) defend the “Defense of Marriage Act” in federal court is a “dereliction of duty” and part of an ongoing effort to advance homosexual marriage.
“The Obama administration’s decision to abandon defense of DOMA reflects a sharp departure from the Department of Justice’s longstanding practice of defending congressional enactments,” said Whelan, who is president of the conservative Ethics and Public Policy Center.
Thousands of Children’s Educations and School Choice Saved at U.S. Supreme Court
Core Report.com 04/12/11 – ADF Press Release - WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court handed down a huge victory for proponents of parental choice in education Monday. The high court agreed 5–4 with the arguments of Alliance Defense Fund attorneys and dismissed an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit against an Arizona program that promotes school choice. The program, like others across the country, allows state residents to claim a tax credit for donations to private organizations that provide scholarships to private schools.
“Parents should be able to choose what’s best for their own children. This ruling empowers parents to do just that,” said ADF Senior Counsel David Cortman. “Parents should decide what schools their children attend and where their money goes. The ACLU failed in its attempt to eliminate school choice for hundreds of thousands of students… Read More
Good News: States Vote on Deluge of Pro-Life Bills
CitizenLink 04/10/11 The Missouri Senate voted 27-5 Thursday in favor of legislation that would protect preborn babies after the 20th week of pregnancy. The bill is based on the idea that babies can feel pain at that point of development. The measure now heads to the House, which has passed a similar bill.
“This bill sends a message to the abortion industry in Missouri: ‘Don’t mess with the lives and the future of viable unborn children in our state,’” said Joe Ortwerth, executive director of the Missouri Family Policy Council.
“Precious children who would otherwise never see the light of day will now have the opportunity to experience life to their fullest. We are grateful to the members of the Missouri Senate for acting to ensure that these children are no longer robbed of God’s intended destiny for their lives.”
The Ohio Senate voted 24-8 Wednesday to protect preborn babies once they are viable. It now goes to the House.
With a 69-19 vote, the Alabama House voted Thursday to ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, based on fetal pain. The bill now heads to the Senate.
Just before it adjourned for… Read More
Arizona Governor Signs Bill Prohibiting Abortion Based on Gender or Race
CNSNews.com 03/31/11 – Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law on Tuesday legislation that prohibits abortions sought or performed on the basis of race or gender.
House Bill 2443, or the “Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act of 2011″ makes it a felony for a physician to “knowingly or intentionally” perform an abortion because of the race or gender of an unborn child or the parent of that child.
The law bars anyone from performing an abortion if they know the abortion is being sought because of sex or race of the child or the race of a parent of that child.
It specifically requires abortionists to sign an affidavit saying they have no knowledge that the abortion is being performed because of the baby’s sex or race. And it allows the father of the unborn child — or in some cases, the maternal grandparents of the unborn child — to file civil suits against doctors who violate the law. Read Full Story
Feds investigating charter schools for ties to Muslim group
OneNewsNow.com 03/29/11 Federal agencies are reportedly investigating a large American charter school operation for possible financing of a Muslim movement in Turkey.
Followers of Fethulla Gulen, a major Islamic political figure in Turkey now living in Pennsylvania, have opened some 140 charter schools across the U.S. Several sources report the FBI and the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education are investigating whether some school employees are kicking back part of their salaries to a Muslim movement founded by Gulen.
Randy McDaniel of the Jacksonville, Florida chapter of ACT! for America, who has been following this charter school operation for some time, says school children across the U.S. are receiving Islamic indoctrination.
“And what you have to understand that in Islam there is no separation from sharia or Islam from culture — it’s all one and wrapped into one,” he explains. “Under Islamic law, or sharia law, they dictate every aspect of your life, and it’s not just religion. Religion is a small piece of the pie but… Read More
Ken Ham confronts ‘liberal theology,’ gets the boot from two homeschool conferences
OneNewsNow.com 03/26/11 The founder of the apologetics ministry Answers in Genesis has been kicked out of two home-school conferences.
In an email to Dr. Ken Ham, organizers of Great Homeschool Conventions uninvited the Creation Museum founder from speaking at two upcoming conventions and any other conventions in the future. They claim Ham made “ungodly” and “mean-spirited” statements about the convention and other speakers, continuing on to say: “We believe that what Ken has said and done is un-Christian and sinful.”
“…Dr. Ham’s public criticism of the convention itself and other speakers at our convention require him to surrender the spiritual privilege of addressing our homeschool audience,” says a statement from the group’s advisory board.
Ham declined to speak with OneNewsNow on the matter. However, the Answers in Genesis website claims the disagreement centers around Dr. Peter Enns of the BioLogos Foundation. The website explains that Ham wrote Facebook and blog… Read More
California’s Prop. 8 to Protect Marriage Definition of One Man and One Woman in force — for now
OneNewsNow.com 03/24/11 - A federal court ruled Wednesday it will enforce Proposition 8, the California law passed in November 2008 that defines marriage between a man and a woman, as the state’s highest court weighs the law’s constitutionality.
On Wednesday, the San Francisco-based Ninth U.S. Court of Appeals announced it will not lift a temporary ban on same-sex “marriages,” despite pressure from lawyers arguing against Prop. 8. Proponents of same-gender marriage had been joined by California Attorney General Kamala Harris, a Democrat, in urging that the ban be lifted.
But the Ninth Circuit’s three-judge panel noted that the order to pave the way for homosexuals to marry in California was rejected “at this time” as the state Supreme Court deliberates whether initiative proponents have the right under state law to defend the law. The state’s highest court announced it will not begin hearing oral arguments until September, further delaying the decision on Prop. 8.
Matt Staver of Liberty Counsel tells OneNewsNow while he is pleased with the Ninth Circuit’s decision to uphold Prop. 8 for now, marriage traditionalists cannot let… Read More
ADF Press Release: House on firm ground to defend DOMA
CoreReport.com 03/18/11 – WASHINGTON — U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner announced Wednesday that the House is initiating a legal defense of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman. The decision by the Obama administration last month to abandon defense of the law in several current lawsuits left the law without any legal defense.
In a statement Wednesday, Boehner wrote, “Today, after consultation with the Bipartisan Leadership Advisory Group, the House General Counsel has been directed to initiate a legal defense of this law. This action by the House will ensure that this law’s constitutionality is decided… Read More
Federal Funding of Abortion Continues
OneNewsNow.com 03/16/11 – The federal government has been funded for another three weeks, but minus the Pence Amendment — meaning funding for Planned Parenthood continues.
On Tuesday the House passed a Continuing Resolution (CR), which is the sixth temporary funding bill so far without agreement on a measure for the rest of the federal budget year. The CR, which now goes to the Senate, passed 271-158 (see roll call vote). It includes federal tax dollars for abortions in the nation’s capitol and funds non-abortion services for Planned Parenthood. Read Full Story
Funding measure omits pro-life Pence Amendment
OneNewsNow.com 03/15/11 - A prominent pro-family group is bringing attention to an important vote scheduled today on Capitol Hill that would give money to Planned Parenthood.
The House will vote on a temporary Continuing Resolution (CR) to provide funding for the government for three weeks — but it is minus the Pence Amendment that would de-fund Planned Parenthood. AFA Action‘s Bryan Fischer tells OneNewsNow that a vote for the bill would send federal tax dollars to the largest abortion provider in America.
“It’s way past time to de-fund Planned Parenthood,” he emphasizes, “and we are calling on representatives to vote against this temporary CR because it does not de-fund Planned Parenthood. We think it’s way past time now for the House of Representatives to take a firm and unapologetic and unflinching stand for life.” Read Full Story
Creeping socialism — coming to a school near you
OneNewsNow.com 03/11/11 A Christian educator says a recent investigation into how socialism is creeping into public school curriculum is another wake-up call for parents to be vigilant when it comes to their child’s education.
Glenn Beck’s news website, The Blaze, uncovered an educational program taught in many public schools called “Building Fluency Through Practice And Performance” — that under the guise of teaching children to read actually teaches that the Preamble to the Constitution promises that needs for housing, education, transportation, and healthcare are overseen by the government.
Finn Laursen with Christian Educators Association International reminds parents that they need to be the primary educators of their children — especially when it comes to teaching them a Christian worldview.
“If we prepare our children at home, when they hear different philosophies — whether its socialist, liberal, secular, humanist; whatever it is — when they hear philosophies in school as being contrary to what they’re being taught at home, they can then go home to their parent and say ‘Guess what we learned today?’”
Major Pro-life Bill Make Progresses in U.S. House
OneNewNow.com 03/09/11 – Congressman Chris Smith (R-New Jersey) is the lead sponsor of H.R. 3, a bill titled the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.” As a recent guest on American Family Radio‘s Focal Point, Smith said, “It is a government-wide, permanent ban on all government complicity, except for a couple of very small exceptions for abortion.”
At present, Congress fights a battle every session on use of taxpayer dollars for abortion. H.R. 3 would ban federal money for that purpose, putting government out of the abortion-enabling business.
Smith added, “We also have a conscience clause and remedies so that men and women, whether they be in the healthcare profession or hospitals insurance plans … if they are coerced into doing abortions or in any way facilitating, they have a remedy in court pursuant to our bill.”
The bill passed out of the House Judiciary Committee by a vote of 23-14 and is heading to the House floor for consideration, where it is expected to… Read More
New Web Site focuses on Family, Marriage, Religious Liberty
OneNewsNow.com 03/08/11 - A conservative policy group has launched a new website which provides data to defend marriage, family and religious liberty. FamilyFacts.org, a project of The Heritage Foundation, makes social science research easily accessible to the general public.
Heritage’s FamilyFacts.org gathers social science findings on the family, society, and religion from peer-reviewed journals, books, and government surveys. The site provides the necessary tools to intelligently provide data which support values important to the family.
Jennifer Marshall, director of the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at The Heritage Foundation, says strong families contribute to the stability of the nation, and information on the site provides data to support that argument.
“We are not going to have a thriving economy if we don’t have thriving families first,” Marshall says. “So this is the data that supports…the negative correlation between the breakdown of family and the rise in dependence on government services, which contributes to the growth of government.”
Marshall also says it is critical to give accurate evidence to the claims made about the family and religious practice. Read Full Story
President Obama’s Support Emboldens Same-Sex Marriage Activists
CitizenLink.com 03/03/11 - “Our concern is that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has been collaborating with the litigants in the Proposition 8 case behind the scenes,” said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (FRC).
“If there is a quiet partnership, the alliance would be both unethical and highly damaging to America’s rule of law. (The) DOJ’s job is to defend laws that Congress enacts — not help to undermine them.”
FRC has requested a record of all correspondence between the DOJ and those who oppose Prop. 8.
On Tuesday, California Attorney General Kamala Harris joined the cry for same-sex marriage; she, too, cited President Obama’s decision in her letter to the 9th Circuit.
She wrote: “The President and the United States Attorney General have determined that they will not continue to defend the Defense of Marriage Act. … While it lacks the force of law, Attorney General (Eric) Holder’s reasoned analysis is entitled to consideration.” Read Full Story
Obama won’t defend DOMA – but Congress can
OneNewsNow.com 03/01/11 - The legislative action arm of a non-profit public policy organization is asking the public to fight the Obama administration’s decision to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
The administration backed away last week from defending DOMA, the law that defines marriage as between one man and one woman, in at least two federal courts where the law was ruled unconstitutional. But Chris Gacek, senior fellow of regulatory affairs at the Family Research Council, says Congress could get the last word if it decides to take action.
“What needs to happen is there has to be a resolution that Congress has to pass stating that the House will defend DOMA,” Gacek explains. “And then they can hire attorneys and try to intervene in the court case up in Boston in the First Circuit Court of Appeals.”
High court to decide if parents ‘forfeit’ rights
OneNewsNow 02/25/11 - The Supreme Court is set to hear a case that could limit the rights of parents and students in public schools when government officials come knocking.
According to John Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute, the case before the high court will determine whether a state human services caseworker and deputy sheriff violated the rights of a nine-year-old Oregon girl in 2003 when they removed the child from her classroom, without parental consent or a court order, to question her about allegations of parental abuse.
“She was left alone with the sheriff for two hours, and he interrogated her, trying to get her to say that her father had sexually molested her. She became visibly sick…that night… the mother later filed a lawsuit,” Whitehead accounts. “This has wiggled its way up through the court of appeals. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the parents, saying this is an unreasonable search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment. And now, the U.S. Supreme Court is going to hear this case.”
So The Rutherford Institute, a non-profit conservative legal organization, has gotten… Read More
BREAKING NEWS: Obama admin. says it will no longer defend marriage law
OneNewsNow 02/23/11 – Associated Press - WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says it will no longer defend the constitutionality of a federal law that bans recognition of same-sex marriage.
In a statement Wednesday, Attorney General Eric Holder says President Barack Obama has concluded that the administration can no longer defend the federal law that defines marriage as only between a man and a woman.
The Justice Department had defended the Defense of Marriage Act in court until now.
Healthcare Conscience Laws Gutted
OneNewsNow.com – 02/22/11 – “If the Obama administration is successful in diminishing the right of a physician — or any healthcare worker, for that matter — to have a conscience in their practice, this is going to profoundly impact healthcare in our country,” Ries states.
” weaken a foundational civil right that’s going to force doctors to either check their moral integrity at the door of their clinic or hospital — or leave medicine altogether.”
The new rules do not provide conscience protection for medical professionals who object to birth control or the “morning-after” pills. The Department of Health and Human Services said it is concerned about women having access to appropriate contraception. Reis considers that a non-argument. Read Full Story
House Passes Bill to De-fund Planned Parenthood
The Core Report.com 02/18/11 - The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the nationwide federation of state right-to-life organizations, expressed strong approval that the U.S. House of Representatives today adopted, 240-185, an amendment offered by Congressman Mike Pence (R-In.) to cut off federal funds to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and 102 named PPFA affiliates.
“This landmark vote demonstrates that most House members now recognize Planned Parenthood is a hyper-political, under-regulated, out-of-control mega-marketer of abortion as a method of birth control,” said NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson.
In a letter to House members, NRLC said, “PPFA is the nation’s largest abortion provider, reporting 324,008 abortions in 2008. . . . According to press reports, PPFA has recently mandated that all of its regional affiliates must provide abortions by the end of 2013. Recent media reports regarding abuses associated with PPFA-affiliated clinics in multiple states provide additional justifications for the amendment.”
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The “Remember the Family” initiative asks each member of Congress to consider the impact on American families before approving any legislation.
CitizensLink.com – 02/15/11 - More than 45,000 CitizenLink petitions were hand-delivered to House Speaker John Boehner today.
“The speaker did say that the pro-life issue was very important to him and they would continue to move forward to cut taxpayer funding for abortion providers.”
The petition will serve as a reminder to Congress that families are the bedrock of society, faith communities, the economy, and the principal reason for America’s stability and greatness.
The petition also calls on Congress to take action on key issues, including defunding Planned Parenthood; lowering taxes; protecting religious freedom; and maintaining the Defense of Marriage Act. Read Full Story – Take Action
Educating Our Children: The Evolution of Home Schooling
FoxNews.com 02/09/11 - The reasons parents choose to home school vary. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 36 percent of home schooled children stay at home for religious reasons.
Twenty one percent don’t like the environment in traditional schools. Another 17 percent are home schooled because their parents are dissatisfied with the academic instruction that’s available to them in traditional schools. Read Full Strory
Couples to Churches: Help Us!
OneNewsNow.com – 01/31/11 A new study on marriage shows that married couples want more support and help from churches.
The California Healthy Marriages Coalition has released a report titled “The State of California’s Unions – In the Pews and the Public Square” . That study, which examines the relationship between marriage and religion, showed that 32 percent of those who attend church regularly believe marriage is too risky, while 20 percent of married couples who frequently attend church have considered divorce.
James L. Lambert, author and pro-family columnist, laments that the number of Christian couples who choose divorce is almost equal to that among non-Christian couples. “Marriage isn’t easy. There’s compromise, you have to work at it,” he shares. Read Full Story
Planned Parenthood’s troubling ‘philosophy’ and unfair access to our children’s hearts & minds
OneNewsNow.com 01/26/11 - A Knoxville, Tennessee mother and daughter are voicing their disapproval of the speaker at the girl’s mandatory sex education classes at school.
Planned Parenthood is an approved speaker for the mandatory health classes at Hardin Valley Academy. Kymberly McCormick, the mother, says she had no idea what the clinic would be teaching her 16-year-old daughter.
“This is about us having a right as parents to control what our children are taught,” she told a local television station. “I don’t have an objection to the sex education. It’s this group; it’s their whole philosophy.”
When her daughter, Alaynna, researched Planned Parenthood’s website, she was shocked at how the links go well beyond what most parents would find acceptable.
“This is not about sexual education,” contends Alaynna. “This is about sexual instruction and sexual encouragement. People assume that…a whole bunch of educators…have gone through this stuff. They assume that it’s safe, and it’s not.” Read Full Story
‘Morning-after’ pill blamed for upswing in abortions
OneNewsNow.com 01/17/11 - The American pro-life community is looking to future challenges after a recent Guttmacher report on abortion.
The report for 2008 shows a slight increase in the number of abortions in the U.S. up to about 100,000 per month. Jeanne Monahan of the Family Research Council tells OneNewsNow that RU-486, the abortion pill, played a role in the totals.
“Interestingly, more expensive than surgical abortions,” she notes. “So I find that fascinating just in as much as they’re touted as being easier on women, which is absolutely not true.” Read Full Story
Conscience Protections at Danger of Being Repealed
OneNewsNow.com 1/04/11 - Healthcare professionals are awaiting the outcome of the Obama administration’s effort to void conscience protections.
Conscience protections allow medical professionals to refuse to provide abortions, handle abortion-causing drugs, or participate in euthanasia. Dr. David Stevens, CEO of the Christian Medical Association (CMA), reports that the regulations that back up current law were written during the Bush administration, but that the Obama administration has filed documents admitting its hopes of repealing those protections.
“We just recently received word that in February, they’re likely going to overturn those regulations. That’s a great concern to every person in this country because it could literally drive Christian healthcare professionals out of medicine,” Dr. Stevens warns. Read Full Story
Life Advocates in Iowa Take a Stand Against Late-Term Abortion Clinic
CitizenLink.com 12/16/10 - Life advocates packed the City Council meeting in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Monday to try to keep late-term abortions out of their city, the Des Moines Register reported.
Most of the 150 people came to support a resolution to “define and renounce” late-term abortion within city borders. Last month’s council meeting drew 300 life advocates, according to the newspaper.
Jean Plourde, who runs a pregnancy center across the street from a Planned Parenthood clinic in Council Bluffs, was in attendance Monday night.
“We’re requesting to draw the line at late-term abortion,” Plourde told the Register. “We will send a loud message to the state, saying, ‘The people of Council Bluffs don’t want a late-term abortion clinic here.’”
The outcry comes after Nebraska’s new pro-life law prompted notorious abortionist Leroy Carhart to announce plans to set up shop in Iowa and elsewhere.
“We want to send a message … to the Legislature” to enact a law similar to Nebraska’s, Plourde said.
Nebraska protects babies after 20 weeks unless the mom’s life is in danger. Iowa allows late-term abortions if it’s determined that a woman’s “health” or life is in danger. Iowa… Read More
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Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Defeated for Now
CitizenLink.com 12/09/10- Senate Republicans Keep ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ in Place – A few days after his first defeat on the issue, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., again failed today to gather the 60 votes needed to bring up legislation that would repeal the federal law on homosexuality in the military.
The Defense Authorization bill, which Congress traditionally passes before a lame-duck session ends, currently contains a repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” — as well as an amendment that would allow abortions on military bases. The procedural vote was 57-40 — not enough to bring the legislation to a floor vote. Sens. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., did not vote.
“The U.S. Senate did not allow itself to be bullied into passing legislation that would be harmful to our military,” said Elaine Donnelly, founder and president of the Center for Military Readiness. “This was not just a procedural vote, this was a substantive vote. It’s time for President Obama and his administration to let this issue go.”
Ashley Horne, federal policy analyst at CitizenLink, said family advocates are to thank for the historic… Read More
Government Approves Second Clinical Trial Using Cells From Human Embryos
CitizenLink.com – 11/24/10 – For the second time in less than six months – and in U.S. history – the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the use life-destroying human embryonic stem cells in a human clinical trial.
Advanced Cell Technologies (ACT) received the government’s approval to people suffering from Stargardt disease, a rare genetic disorder that often leads to blindness. Only 30,000 Americans suffer from this particular disease; however, researchers say they hope to gain information for other progressive eye diseases.
Geron Corporation was the first to get the FDA’s OK’d to inject embryonic stem cells in patients whose spinal cords have been crushed.
Dr. David Prentice, senior fellow for Life Sciences with the Family Research Council, said ethical and medical concerns abound. Not only are pre-born humans destroyed, but tumors are commonplace.
He said that these firms are aware that their embryonic cells won’t work past one or two weeks after the injury and that they should be using adult stem cells instead.
“Adult stem cells are really helping patients now,” he said. “Thousands of patients, dozens of diseases and it doesn’t rely on destroying human life.”
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Supreme Court Weighs Arizona Tax Credit for Christian Schools
Family Research Council - 11/10/10 While America was talking about the election returns, the Supreme Court was talking about tax credits to fund Christian schools in Arizona. It looks like this might be yet another 5-4 decision on religious liberty, and it’s not clear which way the Court will go.
On Wednesday, November 3–the day after the conservative tsunami resulting in Republican victories across America–the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn. Arizona allows a $500 dollar-for-dollar tax credit if taxpayers choose to give some money to student tuition organizations (STOs) that fund all manner of private schools, including Christian schools. As could be expected, even though many of these private schools are secular–or of other faiths such as Jewish–the usual suspects filed suit against Christian schools receiving such aid, railing against any taxpayers giving money that ultimately funds such schools. The case has now made it to the High Court.
There are two issues in the case. The second issue is whether these tax credits violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. But before the Court can consider… Read More
Amazon pulls ‘Pedophile Guide’ amid outrage
FoxNews.com – 11/10/10 – An e-book for sale on Amazon.com entitled “The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure,” was no longer available from the retailer late Wednesday after shocked consumers across the nation called for a boycott.
The title, authored by Phillips Greaves, was published late last month, according to product details previously available on Amazon.com. It sold for $4.79 on the company’s Kindle Store.
The listing and description of the item was no longer available early Thursday. It was unclear if the item was intentionally pulled.
“This is my attempt to make pedophile situations safer for those juveniles that find themselves involved in them, by establishing certian rules for these adults to follow,” a product description read. “I hope to achieve this by appealing to the better nature of pedosexuals, with hope that their doing so will result in less hatred and perhaps liter sentences should they ever be caught.”
The content led to hundreds of tweets criticizing Amazon for allowing the title to be sold and a Facebook page was created calling for a boycott of the Seattle-based company.
“This is totally unacceptable,” one Facebook … Read More
Parental Rights Under Fire by the UN – Take Action Today.
The Core Report 10/31/2010 – Today parental rights are coming under assault from federal judges who deny or refuse to recognize these rights. Adding further danger to the child-parent relationship, international law seeking to undermine the parental role is advancing on the horizon. Together, these threats are converging to create a “perfect storm” that looms over the child-parent relationship. Read More
Feds balk — so ADF steps in to defend marriage
OneNewsNow.com – 10/12/10 - Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) has filed a motion to intervene in the federal Defense of Marriage Act lawsuit.
The group Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders filed the lawsuit when clients in Massachusetts were denied federal benefits for couples recognized as married under state law. The state also filed suit to dismantle the federal DOMA. Dale Schowengerdt, litigation attorney with ADF, tells OneNewsNow a federal judge struck down the DOMA law as unconstitutional in those two cases in July, but the rulings are on hold pending appeal. Read Full Story
Pastors hope IRS will take the bait
OneNewsNow.com 10/12/10 - Nearly 100 pastors, backed by the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), participated in “Pulpit Freedom Sunday” September 26 and challenged the IRS by speaking about politics in church. David Barton, founder and president of WallBuilders, believes it is necessary for outspoken pastors to speak out in order to prove that the IRS is prohibiting their First Amendment rights. (See related story)
“The IRS regulation, which was added in the 1950s and 1960s, is probably blatantly unconstitutional on its face, but we’ll never be able to prove that if we don’t have an instance whereby to take them into court and have it really adjudicated,” Barton explains. Read Full Story
Legal coalition fights for traditional marriage
OneNewsNow.com 10/06/10 – The ruling also overturned Proposition 8, the constitutional amendment approved by voters in November 2008 upholding the traditional view of marriage. Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) attorney Jim Campbell tells OneNewsNow 25 briefs were filed.
“This is a very broad coalition, a very diverse show of support for the people of California and for people all throughout this country who continue to believe that marriage is a union of one man and one woman,” Campbell suggests. Read Full Story
Congresswoman Calls for Repealing Hyde Amendment; Backs Assertion That Abortion is Safer than Childbirth
CNSNews.com 09/29/10 – — Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) said the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal funding of abortion except in certain cases, should be repealed, and also said “there’s no evidence” that increasing access to abortion services encourages people to get abortions.
At an event on Capitol Hill sponsored by the Center for Reproductive Rights to call for the repeal of the Hyde Amendment, CNSNews.com asked Rep. Schakowsky, “So, increasing access to abortion, you think, does not encourage some people to get abortions?” Read Full Story
Texas Board of Ed to Vote on Resolution Condemning Islamic ‘Bias’ in Textbooks
FoxNews.com – 09/23/10 – The resolution cites “politically-correct whitewashes of Islamic culture and stigmas on Christian civilization,” as well as “sanitized definitions of ‘jihad’ that exclude religious intolerance or military aggression against non-Muslims.” Its supporters say some textbooks used in Texas clearly display a favorable tilt toward Islam and a bias against Christianity. Read Full Story
CAP, ADF FILE BRIEF IN NINTH CIRCUIT COURT SUPPORTING MARITAL BENEFITS
The Arizona Legislature acted “reasonably and constitutionally” when it decided last year to pass a law that once again distributes taxpayer-funded benefits for state employees on the basis of marital status. That’s the conclusion of a friend-of-the-court brief submitted to a federal court Monday by Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) attorneys on behalf of Center for Arizona Policy (CAP). Read Full Story
Abortion rates rise, adoption referrals fall
OneNewsNow.com – Charlie Butts – 09/17/10 - Planned Parenthood has released a report for 2008 that includes dismal figures for pro-life efforts.
Jim Sedlak, vice president of the American Life League (ALL), tells OneNewsNow that Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s service report for that year — services that were carried out for its clients — reveals some disturbing figures.
“They admit that in that year — 2008 — they did 324,008 abortions,” he reports, pointing out the “six percent increase over the 2007 numbers, which were already a five percent increase over the year before.”
Even though the organization’s most lucrative “service” is abortion, the chain of abortion clinics insists it consistently refers women to adoption services.
“Actually, Planned Parenthood referred only 2,405 women for adoptions, and that was 51 percent less than what they had done in 2007.” So when the numbers are considered, the ALL vice president estimates that “Planned Parenthood commits 134 abortions for every one adoption that it refers out.” Read Full Story
FDA approves abortion pill, ignores reality
OneNewsNow Charlie Butts 9/12/2010 With the approval of the latest “morning-after” pill, ellaOne, one group was left out of consideration.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved distribution of ellaOne, a drug that aborts fertilized eggs and prevents pregnancy within five days after intimacy. But pharmacist Mike Koelzer of Pharmacists for Life International (PFLI) tells OneNewsNow the FDA first made a mistake in approving Plan B, the morning-after pill that is an abortifacient.
“This one is even further down that road of being a drug that prevents the uterus from accepting a new life,” Koelzer contends. “It makes the uterus inhospitable, which then causes that new life to be sloughed off, causing a very early abortion.” Read Full Story
Suit Threatens Planned Parenthood Funds
FoxNews.com – 09/10/10 - Two former Planned Parenthood employees-turned-whistleblowers have made stunning allegations regarding the abortion provider’s accounting practices. In a case now pending in federal court P. Victor Gonzalez alleges that he saw millions in fraudulent overbilling to state and federal governments when he worked as Chief Financial Officer for Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles.
Gonzalez alleges that after he reported the problems internally he was fired. While Gonzalez was still working for PPLA the state of California launched audits of various Planned Parenthood affiliates, and uncovered more than $5.2 million in overbilling at a single affiliate based in San Diego. Gonzalez claims that Planned Parenthood lobbyists intervened to stop other audits that were still pending statewide.
In his court filings, Gonzalez has outlined several transactions he alleges show illegal activity. For example, in one year Gonzalez says PPLA paid $225,695.65 for Ortho Tri-Cyclen birth control pills, yet billed the government $918,084 – for a profit of $692,388.35. Read Full Story
ADF-allied attorneys appeal important parental rights case to U.S. Supreme Court
The Core Report.com – 09/08/10 WASHINGTON — Alliance Defense Fund allied attorneys filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court Monday in a significant Pennsylvania parental rights case. The appeal asks the court to determine whether a state that permits any legal stranger to seek custody of a child over the objections of the child’s fit parents violates the parents’ constitutional right to raise their own children.
David Dye and Leonard Brown, both with the Pennsylvania firm of Clymer, Musser, Brown & Conrad, P.C., and two of nearly 1,800 attorneys in the ADF alliance, represent Eric Harner, 44, of Sunbury, Pa. The husband of Harner’s deceased ex-wife sued for custody of Harner’s daughter even though Harner has never been found to be an unfit parent. The appeal argues that a state court should not deny a fit parent his fundamental right to parent his own child without first establishing a compelling state interest, which the Pennsylvania courts failed to do.
“The fundamental rights of parents to raise children the way they see fit should not be threatened by the wishes and desires of a legal stranger,” … Read More
Proactive Lawsuit Filed to Force California Attorney General to Defend Marriage
CitizenLink.com 09/01/10 – Not wanting to leave anything to chance, the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) filed today a lawsuit in state court aimed at forcing California’s governor and attorney general to defend marriage. The goal is to have the state file an appeal with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to help ensure the case keeps moving forward.
Former U.S. Attorney Gen. Edwin Meese, III, who served as legal advisor to then-Governor Ronald Reagan, provided a sworn Declaration included in the suit, which said the state law was defended, regardless of their personally held beliefs.
The lawsuit – called an extraordinary writ of mandate – asks the court to enforce a state code that commands the attorney general to defend the state and its officials against any legal challenges.
To date, Attorney General Jerry Brown has refused to challenge California Supreme Court Judge Vaughn Walker’s ruling, which overturned a voter-approved marriage amendment. Read Full Story
Government offers incentives for divorce through marriage tax penalty
CitizenLink.com 8/30/2010 This headline is hard to miss. “Why is the Government Trying to Force Me to Divorce My Wife?” But even more noticeable is the $80-100,000 dollars Scott Sumner and his wife will miss over their lifetime simply because they’re married.
Sumner opines about the marriage tax penalty on the Wall Street Pit blog, and points out that the new health care bill “makes the marriage penalty even worse for married couples earning between $250,000 and $400,000.” Read Full Story
“Ultrasound Before Abortion Act” gets green light to become law
Charlie Butts – OneNewsNow – 8/25/2010 A district judge has made a decision that has put Louisiana’s “Ultrasound Before Abortion Act” into effect.
The new law requires that an ultrasound be performed on a woman seeking an abortion at least two hours before the termination of the pregnancy. Pro-abortion groups filed suit to block the measure, deeming it “unconstitutionally vague,” but the restraining order was lifted after the ambiguities were eliminated. Ben Clapper of the Louisiana Right to Life Federation tells OneNewsNow the law has been put into effect. (See earlier article)
“The case brought by the Louisiana abortion industry was meaningless. And so for the first time in Louisiana’s history, abortionists will have to offer women the opportunity to see the image of their unborn child,” he explains. Read Full Story Here
Victory in fight against stem-cell research
The Core Report 08/24/10 – Federal District Court Enjoins the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its National Institutes of Health (NIH) from Unlawfully Funding Research Involving the Destruction of Living Human Embryos
WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 /Christian Newswire — Advocates International (AI), part of the public interest legal team along with the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher (GD&C) who brought the case before the court more than a year ago, is pleased with the decision of the United States District Court of the District of Columbia yesterday enjoining HHS and NIH from unlawfully expending taxpayer funds on research involving the destruction of living human embryos. The district court’s opinion followed the decision by the United States Court of Appeals earlier this summer finding that doctors doing adult stem cell research have ‘competitive standing’ to sue. Therefore, the court… Read More
Thomas More Society Fights To Ban Telemedicine Abortions
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Schools claim Lucifer as model and guardian
Bill Bumpas – OneNewsNow – 8/19/10 – While a California school district is seeing a boom in interest in a controversial educational philosophy that goes back more than 100 years, at the same time it’s fighting a lawsuit over whether the system is legal in public schools.
California’s capital city offers two Waldorf-inspired public schools — John Morse Waldorf Methods School (K-8), and the high school George Washington Carver School of Arts and Sciences. The Sacramento City Unified School District now is facing a trial in federal court on allegations that those schools are religious, making them ineligible to receive taxpayer dollars.
The lawsuit, filed in 1998 by the group People for Legal and Nonsectarian Schools, is just now making it to trial after several appeals. In an interview with The Sacramento Bee, the president of PLANS uses phrases like “cult-like religious sect” and “new-age religion” to describe the activities at the schools.
Dr. Bruce Shortt, author of The Harsh Truth about Public Schools, explains to OneNewsNow that the Waldorf system is based on a dangerous philosophy called “anthroposophy” from the writings of 19th-century… Read More
Appeals Halts Same-Sex Marriages While Reviewing Case
CitizenLink.com 08/16/10 - Surprising court watchers on both sides of the marriage debate, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals moved swiftly and succinctly on Monday to grant a request to keep California’s marriage amendment in place until the appeals process has run its course.
In a 3-0 decision, the appeals court reversed District Judge Vaughn Walker’s decision, which would have overthrown the will of 7 million Californians and allowed same-sex marriages to begin again in California on Wednesday at 5pm. Read Full Story
Abortion-Inducing Drug May Be Subsidized by Government
CitizenLink.com 08/17/10 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved on Friday Ulipristal Acetate, which will be marketed under the brand name as “ella,” as an acceptable emergency contractive for the American market. Watson Pharmaceuticals, a specialty drug company located in California and New Jersey, will introduce the drug by the end of the year.
The FDA’s decision came down despite numerous concerns and warnings related to ella‘s deceptive marketing and its detrimental impact on women and the preborn. Read Full Story
UNC Bends to Pressure from Pro-Life Students, Abortion Coverage Now Optional
CitizenLink.org – 08/16/10 - After receiving significant pressure from students and the media about its health insurance policy covering abortion, the University of North Carolina (UNC) system will now give students the chance to opt-out of the coverage.
Students for Life, CitizenLink and other pro-life organizations sounded the alarm on Wednesday that the University of North Carolina system, which oversees 17 institutions, offered only one health insurance plan to uninsured students – and it covered abortion.
Erskine Bowles, president of the school system, directed Pearce and Pearce, the largest student health care insurance company in the nation, to contact students who purchased policies and offer them a chance to opt-out.
Kristan Hawkins with Students for Life is thankful students now have an option.
“The Board of Governors came out and said they were going to allow pro-life students to opt-out of abortion coverage ,” she said, “and that their health care money wouldn’t go for other women’s abortions.”
She said she would rather abortion not be included at all, because “Abortion is not health care.” Read Full Story
Govt Abortion Funding Hidden In Military Bill?
Earlier this week, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced his intention to eliminate the Virginia-based Joint Services Command, which employs about 6,000 military and civilian workers who account for at least $240 million in the defense budget’s personnel costs. He declared that while some military and civilian employees could be reassigned elsewhere, a substantial number of full-time workers would have to leave the DOD. Gates also explained he would seek cuts elsewhere in the defense budget.
But Senator Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi), a member of the Armed Services Committee, does not think Congress should suggest slashing Defense Department jobs while at the same time wanting to add a misguided additional expense at military health facilities.
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Louisiana Home-School Students Banned From Participating in Public School Sports
CitizenLink.Org – 0811/10 - A Louisiana school system has a message for home-schoolers: “Stay at home.”
Five Ouachita Parish high schools have banned home-schoolers from participating in athletic programs – despite a law recently signed by Gov. Bobby Jindal that gives these students the chance to play public school sports. The law leaves it up to principals to make the local decision.
Twenty-two states allow home-school students to participate in public school activities.
Randy Hammet, athletic director for Ouachita Parish Schools, said, “When polled last spring by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association, it was overwhelming, 200-and-something to five against participation by home-school students.
He added that letting home-schoolers play would be unfair to the public school students. Read Full Story
Sen. DeMint Offers Bill to Stop U.N. From Taking Rights Away From U.S. Parents
CitizenLink – Focus On The Family – 08/09/10 U.S. senators are under pressure to ratify a U.N. treaty that could give government the last word on parenting decisions.
At issue is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), a measure that purports to protect children’s freedom of religion and privacy.
In reality, this measure is not necessarily “about giving children rights, but about giving the government the power to override decisions of good parents when their choices differ from the paths favored by the progressive Left,” explained Michael Farris, president of parentalrights.org and chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association.
Among rights threatened would be parents’ ability to direct their children’s spiritual upbringing, as well as what – and when – they learn about sexuality. Read Full Story
Same-Sex Marriage Judge Finds That a Child Has Neither a Need Nor a Right to a Mother
CNSNews.com – 08/0910 – U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker, who ruled last week that a voter-approved amendment to California’s constitution that limited marriage to the union of one man and one woman violated the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, based that ruling in part on his finding that a child does not need and has no right to a mother.
Nor, he found, does a child have a need or a right to a father.
“Children do not need to be raised by a male parent and a female parent to be well-adjusted, and having both a male and a female parent does not increase the likelihood that a child will be well-adjusted,” the judge wrote in finding of fact No. 71 in his opinion.
“The gender of a child’s parent is not a factor in a child’s adjustment,” the judge stated in finding of fact No. 70. “The sexual orientation of an individual does not determine whether that individual can be a good parent. Children raised by gay or lesbian parents are as likely as children raised by heterosexual parents to be healthy, successful and well-adjusted. The research supporting this… Read More
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