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.

May 10, 2021

Abortion Groups Push Biden on ‘Racist’ Pro-Life Law. A letter to the White House from 140 organizations that promote abortion, LGBT rights, and racial justice urged the Biden administration to repeal the Helms Amendment which prohibits the use of U.S. foreign aid funds to pay for abortion abroad. Read more here.

 

Poll Shows Slight Gain in U.S. Pro-Life Sentiment. A Pew Research Center poll shows that 39 percent of Americans think that abortion should be illegal in “all or most cases,” a one percentage point gain from a survey done one year ago. Read more here.

 

Global Abortion Industry Reacts to UK Int’l Family Planning Cuts. UN agencies and abortion groups have expressed anger and shock over planned cuts to “sexual and reproductive health” programs by the UK government. Read more here.

 

Thousands Take to Brisbane Streets to Promote Dignity of All Life. A March for Life rally in Queensland drew a crowd of 3000, including politicians promising to fight for the rights of the unborn and for vulnerable mothers. Read more here.

 

Peers Grill UK Govt Over NI Minister Abortion Powers. A large group of Peers has grilled the Conservative Government whip, Viscount Younger of Leckie, over the Northern Ireland (Abortion) Regulations Bill 2021 which will grant the NI Secretary sweeping new powers to impose expanded abortion on Northern Ireland. Read more here.

Biden HHS Redefines Sex as Non-Biological in New ‘Anti-Discrimination’ Rule Change. The Biden administration is reversing a rule initiated by former President Trump that defined “sex” as biological in an effort to prevent “discrimination” against people who identify as transgender in health care practices, the Department of Health and Human Services announced. Read more here.

 

APP: Biden Policy Redefining Sex Puts Doctors at Risk. American Principles Project President Terry Schilling called President Biden’s policy redefining sex a “total nightmare” which is “basically forcing doctors to do off-label treatment for gender dysphoria.” Read more here.

 

Canada Adds Gender Identity Questions to 2021 Census. Statistics Canada has added two new questions to the 2021 census asking a person’s sex at birth and their current gender. Read more here.

 

Female Weightlifters Allegedly Told to ‘Be Quiet’ About Transgender Competitors. Former Olympic weightlifter Tracey Lambrechs said female athletes are being told to silence complaints about transgender New Zealand athlete Laurel Hubbard competing in women’s weightlifting competitions. Read more here.

German Catholics to Bless Same-Sex Unions Despite Vatican Ban. Germany’s powerful Catholic progressives are openly defying a recent Holy See pronouncement that priests cannot bless same-sex unions by offering such blessings at services in about 100 different churches all over the country. Read more here.

 

Church of Scotland to Debate Legislation on Same-Sex Marriage. The upcoming Church of Scotland’s General Assembly meeting will debate legislation on allowing ministers to conduct same-sex marriages. Read more here.

 

South Africa Considers Legalizing Polyandry. South Africa’s marriage laws could soon allow women to marry more than one husband, just as polygamous men can have many wives. Read more here.

Calgary Police Arrest Pastor Who Refused to Allow Officials to Disrupt Service. Pastor Artur Pawlowski and his brother were stopped on their way home from church by a motorcade of police vehicles and arrested for allegedly violating Alberta’s Public Health Act. Read more here.

 

UK School Reports Chaplain to Anti-Terror Unit After Telling Students They Can Disagree With LGBT Teaching. A school priest was reported to an anti-terrorism program after delivering a sermon in which he told pupils they were allowed to disagree with new LGBT policies. Read more here.

 

Indiana Court Rules Catholic School Can Fire Teacher for Being in Same-Sex Marriage. An Indiana court has dismissed a lawsuit filed against a Roman Catholic Archdiocese by a former private school teacher who was fired for being in a same-sex marriage. Read more here.

 

Charges Against Christian Politician Are Because of ‘Discriminatory Hate Speech.’ Finland’s state prosecutors are pushing back against the international outcry over the charges against a Christian politician by describing her statements on marriage and sexuality as “discriminatory hate speech.” Read more here.

 

Irish People of Faith Call for Govt Commitment to Religious Freedom. People of faith in Ireland are signing an open letter addressed to Prime Minister Micheál Martin, demanding a commitment never to ban church worship in the country again. Read more here.

 

Swiss Doctor Wins Legal Challenge to Unlawful Ban on Public Worship. A court in Switzerland has become the latest to rule a COVID-19-related blanket ban on worship to be unlawful. Read more here.

Twitter Tries to Dismiss Another Child Pornography Case. Twitter is trying to dismiss a second child pornography lawsuit filed against them, arguing that even if all of the minors’ “allegations” are accepted as true, there is no legal basis for holding Twitter liable. Read more here.

Swedish Hospital Bans Puberty Blockers, Cross-Sex Hormones for Gender Dysphoric Youths Under 16. We Should, Too, by Nicole Russell. “Caution seems far more prudent when it comes to a child’s growing body, especially through puberty, but when it comes to transgenderism, prudence, research, and facts have been actively cast aside. Patience, talk therapy, and time are rarely discussed as viable options within the LGBTQ community.” Read more here.

 

Lack of Money Isn’t the Reason Our Culture Hates Children, by Joy Pullmann. “The real barriers to more healthy American families are an unwillingness to sacrifice money and careers on behalf of kids’ best interests on the part of higher-income Americans, and an unwillingness to reserve child creation for the stability of marriage among lower-income Americans. On both sides of the income spectrum, it’s selfish choices that are harming the nation’s future. And money can’t solve selfishness.” Read more here.

 

Woke Semantics Like ‘Birthing Persons’ Erases [sic] Women, Ignores Real Problems in Women’s Health, by Madeline Osburn. “We hear testimonies like Bush’s and demand to know how a pregnant woman’s concerns could go ignored, all while hospitals focus on initiatives like replacing ‘breastfeeding’ with ‘chestfeeding’ and ‘breast milk’ with ‘human milk.’ ‘Birthing person’ is not just an innocent word. Adhering to the left’s language means adhering to their doctrine.” Read more here.

 

Biological Men in Women’s Weightlifting? The Numbers Show It’s Just as Absurd as It Sounds, by Zachary Faria. “The science is quite clear on this. World Rugby concluded that biological men were anywhere from 25% to 50% stronger than their female counterparts. Studies have found minimal decreases in muscle mass among transgender athletes even after a year of testosterone suppression, the arbitrary, unscientific time period upon which the International Olympic Committee bases its regulations.” Read more here.

 

Canadian Pastor Arrested and Dragged Off by SWAT Team on Busy Highway for ‘Inciting’ People to Go to Church, by Rebecca Downs. “I had written just over a week ago how a judge had granted a warrant for police to arrest Pastor Artur Pawlowski using ‘anything necessary,’ but still, watching a pastor getting arrested and dragged away on a Saturday on a busy highway, along with his brother, Dawid, isn’t something we should get used to, especially when it happens in a first world country, by authorities from our neighbor to the north.” Read more here.

 

‘Banning Transgender Athletes’ or Protecting Fairness in Women’s Sports? by Nicole Russell. “Banning transgender athletes sounds like something to get upset about; protecting fairness in women’s sports sounds benign. In a bizarre reversal, women’s rights are giving way to men who happen to identify as female and happen to want to compete in a sport they often never have won until they started competing against women.” Read more here.

 

The Pillars of Transgender Medicine Are Shaking, by Michael Cook. “There are a many journals and squillions of studies which support medical treatment of teenagers’ gender dysphoria. There is never any lack of highly-paid PhDs with active Twitter accounts to sprinkle the fairy dust of statistical jargon over ‘evidence.’ The question is whether their evidence is robust and trustworthy. From this point of view, the NICE study was devastating.” Read more here.

 

Scientists Want to Grow Babies in the Womb for 40 Days and Kill Them for Research, by Dr. Tara Sander Lee, Dr. David Prentice and Lila Rose. “The lead scientist of the ‘mouse in a bottle’ research team is calling for human beings to be next… Such thoughts and intentions are abhorrent. They set the stage for systematic exploitation of human beings. No human being should be considered disposable, brought into existence as a science experiment and then destroyed.” Read more here.

 

Using the Term ‘Birthing People’ Erases Women, by Ian Haworth. “The ability to create, protect, and deliver life is a miraculous gift bestowed solely upon women. Men cannot give birth. ‘People’ cannot give birth. Women can give birth. Trying to ram through terms like ‘birthing people’ erases women. The fact that it was uttered under the guise of ‘protecting’ mothers — while denying their basic feminine characteristics — makes it all the more despicable.” Read more here.

 

The Transgender Debate Has Become a Propaganda War, by Kurt Mahlburg. “There is a notable grassroots pushback against the transgender movement and the threat it poses to women and children. No doubt the Biden administration has played a central role in prompting this pushback… Everyday Americans and sane state legislatures are waking up to the issues. This is why the woke press senses the need to stoke fear and weaponise big business in the culture wars.” Read more here.

 

Biden Says He Has the Transgender Community’s Back. What Does That Mean? by W. James Antle III. “President Joe Biden had a message in his first address to a joint session of Congress. ‘To all transgender Americans … I want you to know your president has your back.’ The context is a spate of bills in predominantly Republican states that seek to prevent either transgender athletes from competing against biological girls in girls sports or that restrict gender-transitioning treatments for minors. The Biden administration would like to reverse this trend, but its legal options are limited.” Read more here.