Family Watch Newswire

The Family Watch Newswire is a service of Family Watch International that highlights important news items and useful analysis on the family and family-related issues from around the world.

September 22, 2021

U.S. House Committee Advances Radical ‘Abortion Rights’ Bill. The House Rules Committee voted 9-4 along party lines to advance the “Women’s Health Protection Act” to the full House. Read more here.


Fifty Companies Condemn Texas Abortion Law for Threatening Employees’ ‘Economic Stability.’ More than 50 companies have signed a statement condemning the new Texas abortion ban, arguing that the law “threatens the health, independence, and economic stability of our workers and customers.” Read more here.


Mexican Supreme Court Invalidates Medical Conscientious Objection Law. Mexico‘s Supreme Court invalidated an article of the General Health Law that broadly provided for medical personnel’s conscientious objection to participating in treatments such as abortion. Read more here.


Pro-Life Heartbeat Act Filed in Florida. A pro-life bill titled the “Florida Heartbeat Act” has been filed in the state legislature and would prohibit physicians from performing or inducing an abortion if a fetal heartbeat can be detected. Read more here.


Texas Gov Signs Bill Banning Mail-Order Abortion Pills. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a law banning mail-order abortion drugs and placing limits on in-person sales of the abortion pill before 7 weeks to protect women’s health. Read more here.


Lawsuits Lodged Against Texas Doctor Who Flouted Fetal Heartbeat Abortion Ban. Two people have separately lodged lawsuits against the Texas physician who announced that he violated a state law that prohibits conducting abortions after a fetal heartbeat has been detected. Read more here.


Biden Calls on SCOTUS to Protect ‘Abortion Rights.’ President Joe Biden’s administration urged the U.S. Supreme Court not to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide in an upcoming case concerning a Mississippi abortion law. Read more here.


San Marino Abortion Debate Heats Up Ahead of Historic Referendum. San Marino will soon hold a referendum deciding whether to allow abortion up to 12 weeks of pregnancy and thereafter only in the case of the mother’s life being in danger or of grave malformation of the fetus. Read more here.

University Threatens Action Against Students for ‘Pronoun Misuse.’ Point Park University in Pittsburgh is threatening to take disciplinary action against students who don’t use their classmates’ preferred pronouns. Read more here.


Poll: Most Oppose Biden Admin Rule Allowing Americans to Select Gender Identity on Passport. A survey conducted by Rasmussen Reports found that 54% of American adults disapprove of the State Department’s new gender identity passport policy. Read more here.


Supreme Court Appeal Sought in Landmark UK Case Against Gender Clinic. Keira Bell will seek permission to appeal to the UK Supreme Court in her case regarding the capacity of minors to give informed consent to puberty-blocking drugs. Read more here.


Texas Sues EEOC Over LGBT Bathroom and Pronoun Guidance. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a federal lawsuit alleging that guidance issued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission “misstates the law” to allow exceptions for LGBT employees from general workplace policies on bathrooms, dress codes, and locker rooms. Read more here.


Archbishop Defends UK MP Threatened Over Transgender Views. The Archbishop of Canterbury has defended an MP critical of transgender ideology after she withdrew from the Labour Party conference over security fears. Read more here.

MSPs Told ‘Conversion Therapy’ Ban Would Be ‘Great Statement of Freedom.’ Dr. Igi Moon testified before Members of Scottish Parliament that banning so-called “conversion therapy” “is one of the greatest statements of freedom” that could be made. Read more here.

Dating Platform Will Donate to Planned Parenthood for Each User With Pro-Abortion Badge. OKCupid dating platform has announced that users will be able to add an “I’m Pro-Choice” badge to their profile, and OKCupid will donate $1 to Planned Parenthood for every person who uses the pro-abortion badge. Read more here.

Faith-Based Adoption Provider Forced to Sue NY Officials for Harassment Over Marriage Views. New Hope Family Services filed a federal lawsuit after the New York Division of Human Rights threatened to investigate and penalize the Christian nonprofit because it places infants with couples consisting of a married mother and father. Read more here.


Tennessee Football Team Leads Community in Prayer, Defying School Board Directive. After Putnam County Schools administrators informed faculty and staff that they were prohibited from leading students in post-game prayers, a large group of football players from both teams led a post-game prayer with scores of parents and fans. Read more here.

UK Fertility Rate Falls to Half of Post-War Levels. The UK is facing a “baby shortage” with fertility rates dropping to nearly half those seen in the post-World War II boom. Read more here.

The Pro-Abortion Case Is Based on Bad Science, by Grazie Pozo Christie. “We want the justices to know that there have been vast changes in our fields in the decades since Roe… The patient-doctor relationship with our fetal patients has grown and grown, reflecting scientific advances in the areas of fetal therapeutics, fetal imaging, and our understanding of fetal pain. Our growing knowledge of fetal pain, especially, demands the end of Roe, which enshrines the nationwide legality of the breathtaking brutality of second- and third-trimester elective abortion. In short, if Roe is based on science, then let it stand or fall today on modern science.” Read more here.


What Really Led to OnlyFans’ Flip Flop on Its Porn Policy, by Haley McNamara. “There was significant backlash to OnlyFans from content creators who felt betrayed by the platform’s momentary no-porn policy. But in reality, this platform was already betraying them, and is still betraying them every day, by enabling an environment rife with sexual exploitation. OnlyFans, like other pornography sites, will always gloss over the reality that prostitution is never ‘safe’ and inevitably leads to physical, emotional, and psychological trauma.” Read more here.


Rand Paul Hasn’t Given Up on Recovering Illegitimate PPP Loans to Planned Parenthood, by Christopher Tremoglie. “The facts suggest that Planned Parenthood knowingly and willfully took taxpayer money to which it did not have a right. Bureaucratic malfeasance is common in our country, but there seems to be purposeful wrongdoing in this situation. If an organization like Planned Parenthood is able to skirt the rules during a time when all of the country is suffering vast economic setbacks, it demonstrates that organizations that align politically with Democrats in power are simply above the law.” Read more here.