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.

July 30, 2021

U.S. House Passes Spending Bill That Would Fund Abortions With Tax Dollars. The House of Representatives voted 219-208 to pass a spending bill that would not include the Hyde Amendment, a stipulation that prohibits taxpayer money from funding abortions, for the first time in 45 years. Read more here.


WHO to Update Guidance on ‘Safe Abortion.’ The World Health Organization is updating its technical and policy guidance on “safe abortion,” which will likely call on countries to remove legal protections from unborn children and health workers who object to participating in abortions. Read more here.


NI First Minister Vows to Resist Attempt to Force Expanded Abortion. Northern Ireland’s First Minister Paul Givan has said he will resist the UK government’s order forcing Stormont to commission abortion services in Northern Ireland. Read more here.


Congressional Lawmakers Urge SCOTUS to Overrule Roe v. Wade. Over 200 congressmen urged the U.S. Supreme Court in an amicus brief to overturn Roe v. Wade next term when the justices review a restrictive Mississippi abortion law. Read more here.


Abortion Abolition Groups Urge SCOTUS to Overturn Roe. A coalition of Christian anti-abortion groups filed an amicus brief requesting that the U.S. Supreme Court immediately overturn Roe v. Wade. Read more here.


A Dozen U.S. Governors File Brief in Support of Overturning Roe. A dozen Republican governors urged the U.S. Supreme Court to eliminate federal protections for abortion and instead allow states to regulate the procedure. Read more here.


Two Dozen State AGs Tell SCOTUS to Overturn Roe v. Wade. State attorneys general in half of the country are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade and allow states to again protect unborn babies. Read more here.


Lord Alton Highlights Double Standard of Failing to Award the Same Rights to Unborn Babies That Are Given to Animals. UK House of Lords Member David Alton has highlighted the double standard of lawmakers considering the sentience of animals when making policy decisions but failing to do the same for unborn humans. Read more here.


Noem Joins Amicus Brief in SCOTUS Abortion Case. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and 240 female scholars, professionals and pro-life feminist organizations have filed an amicus brief in a pending U.S. Supreme Court abortion case. Read more here.


Over 500K Pro-Lifers Sign Petition Telling SCOTUS to Overturn Roe. Melinda Thybault, founder of The Moral Outcry Petition, has gathered 539,108 signatures supporting a brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse Roe v. WadeDoe v. Bolton and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Read more here.

IOC Declares ‘Transwomen Are Women’ as Hubbard Readies for Weightlifting Debut. The International Olympic Committee reaffirmed its full support of transgender-identifying athletes when medical director Richard Budgett declared “transwomen are women” and should be included in women’s sports “when we possibly can.” Read more here.


UK Gender Doc Charged With Catalogue of Failings by GMC. A UK physician who was suspended for running an unlicensed gender clinic for children is facing a medical tribunal hearing to address allegations of misconduct brought by the General Medical Council. Read more here.

UK LGBT Activists Claim NHS Guilty of ‘Cultural Appropriation’ for Adopting Rainbow. The widespread use of the rainbow as a “thank you” to NHS workers during the pandemic has upset LGBT activists in the UK, a Freedom of Information request has revealed. Read more here.


Lawmakers in Ghana Seek to Outlaw Advocacy for Homosexual Rights. Lawmakers in Ghana have proposed a bill that would punish same-sex displays of affection and advocacy for LGBTQ rights with up to a decade in prison. Read more here.

Planned Parenthood Closes Nebraska Office. Planned Parenthood permanently closed another location in Nebraska after pro-life advocates said the location used for political advocacy struggled to find public support. Read more here.

Scottish CEO Wins Religious Discrimination Case. An employment tribunal has ruled that Scotland’s largest grant-making trust unlawfully discriminated against its CEO because of his Christian views on marriage. Read more here.

Fashion Journalist Blasted After Saying Someone Needs to Create Porn for Children. A British fashion journalist faced a storm of outrage after suggesting that children should be watching “entry-level” pornography. Read more here.

The Case for the Unconstitutionality of Abortion, by Josh Hammer. “According to Finnis, unborn children are properly understood as ‘persons’ under the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause, and state-level homicide laws therefore cannot discriminate by protecting live people but not unborn people. The upshot under this logic is that overturning Roe and its 1992 successor Planned Parenthood v. Casey would not merely return abortion regulation to the ambits of the various states… Rather, it would mandate banning the bloody practice nationwide.” Read more here.


Women Deserve Full Information About Abortion’s Effects, by Emily Gerlach. “The association between abortion and an increase in mental health problems is statistically significant. Abortion interrupts the hormonal cycle in a similar way to a miscarriage. Women who have had an abortion are consistently shown to be at a greater risk of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, grief, suicidal tendencies, and post-traumatic stress symptoms.” Read more here.


Biden Administration Set to Ignore Abortion Transparency Requirement, by Melanie Israel. “…[S]imply notifying a policyholder at the time of enrollment that there will be an abortion surcharge falls short of what is statutorily required. The abortion surcharge may, in some cases, be buried in pages upon pages of plan documents. And after this ‘notice,’ the abortion surcharge would be essentially hidden from consumers within a monthly premium that is collected in a single—again, not separate—payment. For consumers with sincere moral or religious objections to abortion, the proposed rule is particularly harmful.” Read more here.


Biden’s Call for a UN Inquisition Into America Is Even Worse Than It Seems, by Stefano Gennarini, J.D. “After a couple of weeks, the experts will publish their reports with a summary judgment on the status of racism, health (including reproductive health), religious freedom, and other issues in America. The reports will have been largely prepared in advance as is typical. And they will find that the U.S. is a uniquely racist and sexist country. They will blame U.S. laws and policies protecting the religious freedom of Churches for the oppression of women and sexual minorities.” Read more here.


Why We Need a Pro-Life Constitutional Amendment Even if the Supreme Court Modifies Roe v. Wade, by Willis L. Krumholz and Robert Delahunty. “Jacobs argues strenuously that the movement should seek the ‘constitutionalization’ of a general nationwide ban on abortion. The argument is that the Constitution protects human life whenever it exists – and an unborn fetus is a human life, entitled to government protection from anyone who would kill it.” Read more here.


Exhibit A in the History of How the Transgender Movement Domesticated the Press, by Jonathon Van Maren. “If one day on the other side of this madness, somebody wants to write a history of how the transgender movement domesticated the press, Exhibit A will be the way they leaped to obey each time a celebrity announced that he or she was switching genders and declared that they wanted to be addressed by the pronouns of the opposite sex.” Read more here.