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 18, 2022

U.S. Congressman Targets Loophole Allowing Abortion Providers to Profit From Sale of Fetal Remains. New legislation introduced by Florida Rep. Scott Franklin would close a loophole and prohibit payments, reimbursements, gifts, or compensation for fetal tissue. Read more here.


Michigan Judge Blocks Enforcement of State’s Pre-Roe Abortion Ban. A Michigan judge granted a temporary injunction to block the enforcement of a state abortion ban which might have taken effect if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. Read more here.


Mexico’s Guerrero State Becomes Ninth to Allow Abortions. Lawmakers in Mexico’s state of Guerrero voted to allow abortions, making it the ninth of the country’s 32 federal entities to legalize the procedure. Read more here.

South Carolina Bans Biological Males From Women’s Sports. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signed legislation which requires that students participate in sports that align with the biological sex on their birth certificate. Read more here.


Philadelphia Schools Urged Teachers to Attend Sexually Explicit Transgender Conference. Philadelphia teachers were encouraged to attend a conference that featured X-rated workshops by LGBT activists. Read more here.


Federal Judge Strikes Down Tennessee Bathroom Signage Law. A federal judge struck down Tennessee’s law requiring businesses to post special signs if they allow transgender-identifying people to use the bathroom of their choice. Read more here.


Judge Orders Indiana School to Allow Female Student to Use Boys’ Bathroom. A federal judge who previously ruled that an Indiana middle school must allow a female student who identifies as transgender to use the boys’ restroom rejected a request from the school district to delay enforcement of her earlier ruling while the district appeals the decision. Read more here.


Biological Males Should Not Compete Against Women, World Swim Coach Group Declares. The World Swimming Coaches Association released a report which states that biological males cannot take part in competitive women’s swimming without ruining the sport. Read more here.


Poll: Most U.S. Voters Oppose ‘Sex-Change’ Surgeries for Children. A new poll shows that most Americans oppose “sex-change” operations for minors, but many are afraid to speak about the issue due to fear of retribution. Read more here.

Biden Admin Considers Extending In-Vitro Fertilization Coverage to Same-Sex Couples. The Biden administration is reportedly considering mandating that certain health plans cover in-vitro fertilization procedures for same-sex policyholders seeking to have children. Read more here.


Disney Unveils New ‘Pride’ Clothing Line for Children. Disney released a new LGBTQ-themed clothing line for young children with items that mix the “Pride” flag’s color scheme with Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters. Read more here.


Bulgarian Officials Ordered to Provide ID for Same-Sex Couple’s Baby. A Bulgarian court ordered city hall authorities in the capital of Sofia to issue a birth certificate to the stateless baby of a same-sex couple from Bulgaria and Gibraltar. Read more here.

Lithuanian MPs Propose Civil Union as Compromise on Same-Sex Partnership. A group of Lithuanian MPs have drafted a bill that would allow same-sex couples to enter into a civil union instead of the previously proposed civil partnership. Read more here.

Planned Parenthood to Close Five Clinics in Vermont, New Hampshire. Five Planned Parenthood locations in Vermont and New Hampshire are closing next month due to staffing shortages, political divisiveness and underfunding. Read more here.

Federal Court Halts Biden Mandates Forcing Religious Employers to Pay for ‘Gender-Affirming’ Surgeries. A federal court has temporarily blocked President Biden’s mandates requiring both healthcare providers and religious employers to provide ‘gender-affirming care’ against their religious beliefs. Read more here.


U.S. Court Weighs Whether Catholic School Can Fire Teacher in Same-Sex Marriage. The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in the case of a Catholic school sued for not renewing the contract of a teacher in a same-sex marriage. Read more here.


Alaska Airlines Sued for Firing Flight Attendants Over Equality Act Criticism. Two flight attendants are suing Alaska Airlines, accusing the company of firing them for questioning the airline’s official support of a proposed LGBT anti-discrimination bill. Read more here.

New Jersey Senator Introduces Parental Rights Bill. A New Jersey lawmaker introduced a bill which prohibits schools from teaching courses on sex and gender identity for students in grades K-6 and requires parental consent for those courses in older grades. Read more here.


Parents Angry After Montana School Asks Students About Their Sexual Orientation. Parents in Missoula, Montana expressed frustration over a questionnaire which was handed out to a freshman high school class asking about the students’ sexual orientation. Read more here.


Mother’s Mic Cut at School Board Meeting While Reading Obscene School Assignment. School board officials in Clark County, Nevada are under fire after temporarily cutting a mother’s microphone as she read an obscene school assignment allegedly given to her 15-year-old daughter. Read more here.

With New Book, Pediatricians Try to Ensnare Kids in Gender Ideology, by Douglas Blair. “Other nightmarish terms the book uses to confuse children include ‘sperm-making bodies’ to refer to boys and ‘baby-growing bodies’ to refer to girls. ‘You-ology’ revels in these sex nonspecific phrases… Later chapters recommend that kids who are uncomfortable with their bodies should wear binders or ‘tuck’ their genitals. The book claims in some cases, medical intervention, including puberty blockers, is necessary.” Read more here.


Using ‘Wrong’ Pronouns Could Lead to Suspensions in Virginia Public Schools, by Joshua Arnold. “…[T]he school board conducted an annual review of its Regulation 2601, proposing edits to a 70-page-long document on ‘Student Rights and Responsibilities,’ and parents noticed something shocking. According to a short provision buried deep in the document, students could face suspension for up to five days, and possibly further punishment, for referring to a fellow student according to their biological, God-given sex.” Read more here.


Parents Against Stupid Stuff, by Betsy McCaughey. “Adults deciding where to settle and raise their families once considered tax rates, job opportunities and housing prices. Now they also have to ask themselves whether they want their children in schools that push gender fluidity, teach masturbation and provide tampons in the boys’ room for females transitioning to become males… Parents are outraged by the indoctrination and sexualization of their children.” Read more here.


The Left’s War on Children, by Mike Stenhouse. “The next major issue will be claims of the declining mental health of our nation’s youth – and it might be true to some extent. And, of course, the agenda-driven left will be ready to rush in with its latest prescriptions and school curricula, including destructive policies that will further advance its agenda and, ultimately, only make matters worse… These are purposefully inflicted wounds that will leave lifelong scars on our nation’s most precious assets.” Read more here.