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 25, 2023

POLICE DROP INVESTIGATION INTO WOMAN PRAYING OUTSIDE UK ABORTION CENTER. Six months after her arrest for praying silently outside an abortion clinic, West Midlands Police confirmed that they will not file charges against Isabel Vaughan-Spruce. Read more here.


WOMAN SAYS ABORTION FACILITY LIED, WOULDN’T SHOW ULTRASOUND AND HELD HER DOWN DURING ABORTION. At the age of 16, Nichole Bryson changed her mind about having an abortion, but she was pinned down by four employees at an abortion clinic, told to be quiet, and threatened with violence until her child was aborted. Read more here.


LEAKED VETERANS AFFAIRS TRAINING VIDEO PROMOTES ABORTION, SUGGESTS MEN CAN GET PREGNANT. A leaked U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs training video promotes abortions and claims that not all pregnant persons are women. Read more here.


‘EUTHANASIA HOUSES’ TO BE SET UP ACROSS CANADA UNDER PLANS PROPOSED BY EUTHANASIA GROUP. A euthanasia group that set up Canada’s first “euthanasia house” is aiming to open similar facilities where people can go to end their life through euthanasia throughout Canada. Read more here.


TENNESSEE ABORTION BAN HAS SAVED OVER 10,000 BABIES FROM ABORTION. Tennessee has one of the nation’s strongest pro-life laws, which took effect after the overturning of Roe v. Wade in 2022, and it has resulted in an estimated 10,000 lives saved. Read more here.

NEWSOM PLAYS ‘MODERATE’: VETOES TRANSGENDER CUSTODY BILL. California Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed a bill that would have allowed judges to consider a parent’s support — or lack thereof — for a child’s “gender transition” in custody battles between divorcing parents. Read more here.


CALIFORNIA GOV. GAVIN NEWSOM SIGNS BILLS TO ENHANCE THE STATE’S PROTECTIONS FOR LGBTQ+ PEOPLE. A day after issuing a controversial veto that was criticized by advocates, Newsom signed several bills aimed at bolstering the state’s protections for LGBTQ+ people, including legislation that creates an advisory task force to determine the needs of LGBTQ+ students and help advance supportive initiatives. Read more here.


TEACHERS ‘MISGENDERING’ TRANS PUPILS NOT DISCRIMINATORY, EQUALITY WATCHDOG SAYS. Teachers who misgender transgender pupils are not guilty of discrimination, new guidance from the British equality watchdog Equality and Human Rights Commission says. Read more here.


WEST VIRGINIA AG ARGUES AGAINST MEDICAID COVERAGE OF ‘SEX REASSIGNMENT’ SURGERIES. A federal district court previously ruled that West Virginia could not eliminate coverage of sex-reassignment surgeries, but now the state plans to appeal the ruling in hopes of reversing it. Read more here.


TRANS ACTIVISTS BEHIND CAMPAIGN OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN, RISHI SUNAK WARNED. Women’s rights campaigners who say they are being threatened by “social ostracism” for arguing they have a right to single-sex spaces have written to UK’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak asking him to take action against an “escalating campaign of violence and intimidation” by trans rights activists. Read more here.


PARENTS SUE AFTER SCHOOL BOARD NIXES VIRGINIA’S MODEL TRANGENDER POLICY. Two parents filed a lawsuit against the Virginia Beach School Board for voting down proposed policies that pertain to keeping parents informed about their child’s identity. Read more here.


BIDEN ADMIN. TITLE IX CHANGES COULD LEAD TO THE ‘ULTIMATE ERASURE OF WOMEN,’ ACTIVISTS WARN. Conservative activists gathered to speak out against the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed changes to Title IX civil rights policy at an event organized by Stop Abusive and Violent Environments (SAVE), which advocates for constitutional protections for students and faculty, such as due process.” Read more here.

ROMANIA GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO RECOGNIZE SAME-SEX MARRIAGES CONDUCTED IN EU. The Romanian government has approved a draft law stating that same-sex couples who were married in a European Union nation will be legally recognized in Romania. Read more here.


LUTHERANS IN ESTONIA STOP MARRYING COUPLES BECAUSE OF SAME-SEX MARRIAGE. Because Estonia approved of same-sex marriages, Lutheran churches have decided to forego marriage registrations since this summer. Read more here.

COLORS PROMOTING UN GOALS OR LGBTQ RIGHTS? Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan complained that he was uncomfortable with the use of what he described as “LGBT colors” at the United Nations, which was decorated with bright colors in promotion of the Sustainable Development Goals. Read more here.


EXEMPTION TO ANTI-BIAS LAW FOR ‘MINISTERS’ MAY APPLY TO HOMOSEXUAL TEACHER. A three-judge 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel in Richmond, Virginia, heard oral arguments in Charlotte Catholic High School’s bid to dismiss a lawsuit by Lonnie Billard, a former drama teacher and substitute who was terminated in 2014 after announcing that he was marrying his male partner. Read more here.

WOMAN DIES AFTER ABORTION AT PLANNED PARENTHOOD. A Nevada woman has died following a botched abortion at Planned Parenthood, the nation’s biggest abortion business, and her family is suing the Las Vegas hospital that treated her, saying it did not provide adequate medical care for the abortion complications. Read more here.

DIVERSE GROUPS UNITE TO SUPPORT FREEDOM OF SPEECH, RELIGION FOR OREGON EDUCATORS. A number of First Amendment advocates, a feminist group and medical professionals who care for children have united to protect freedom of speech and religion by filing friend-of-the-court briefs in support of two Oregon educators. Read more here.

EDUCATION SECRETARY SAYS HE DOESN’T ‘RESPECT’ PARENTS THINKING ‘THEY KNOW WHAT’S RIGHT FOR KIDS.’ Parents are increasingly expressing concerns regarding their children’s education and attending school board meetings to voice their opinions, but U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona spoke out against parents “misbehaving in public and then acting as if they know what’s right for kids.” Read more here.


HANDS-ON FATHERING PRODUCES LONG-TERM BENEFITS, SAYS STUDY. A father’s active involvement in his children’s lives underpins their later ability to self-regulate and problem-solve, according to a vast new study, led by Tsuguhiko Kato and published in the journal Pediatric Research. Read more here.

BELGIANS PROTEST AGAINST SEXUAL EDUCATION PROGRAM. The introduction of mandatory sex education lessons for young students in schools has been met by protests by Islamic, Catholic and non-religious groups who claim the curriculum pushes “a sexuality that is incompatible with their personal development.” Read more here.


‘HITOPS’ NONPROFIT SNEAKS SEXUAL AND LGBTQ+ CURRICULUM INTO SCHOOLS, ADMITS GOAL TO STRIP PARENTS OF OPT-OUT RIGHTS. During conversations with an undercover Project Veritas journalist, employees of HiTOPS, a youth-focused LGBTQ+ and sexual education nonprofit, revealed covert tactics to introduce sexually oriented curriculum into schools through backdoor channels without parental consent. Read more here.

LYFT’S GIFT TO GENDER IDEOLOGY’S CRITICS, by Douglas Blair. “Thank you, Lyft. You just made debunking transgenderism that much easier. The rideshare operator recently announced a new policy in certain cities called Women+ Connect, where female and so-called nonbinary drivers can prioritize bookings with female and nonbinary riders. Nonbinary is a made-up term for people who think they’re neither male nor female. The move comes on the heels of multiple complaints surrounding female safety in recent years. Between 2017 and 2019, the company reported 4,158 cases of sexual assault. Lyft said it hoped this new program would help women feel safer using the app.” Read more here.


‘PRO-CHOICE’ IS OUT AS ABORTION INDUSTRY REBRANDS, MARKETING ABORTION AS ‘FREEDOM,’ by Nancy Flanders. “There’s a new pro-abortion message circulating through both the media and social media. For abortion advocates, abortion is no longer about ‘choice’ — it’s about ‘freedom.’ This new marketing tactic — propaganda if you will — has even taken over the name of one of the most vocal pro-abortion groups in the nation. NARAL Pro-Choice America has rebranded itself (for the fourth time) and will now be known as ‘Reproductive Freedom for All.’ NARAL’s name change isn’t about true freedom or honesty, it’s about manipulation.” Read more here.


MOST YOUNG MEN ARE SINGLE. MOST YOUNG WOMEN ARE NOT, by Daniel De Visé. “More than 60 percent of young men are single, nearly twice the rate of unattached young women, signaling a larger breakdown in the social, romantic and sexual life of the American male. Men in their 20s are more likely than women in their 20s to be romantically uninvolved, sexually dormant, friendless and lonely. They stand at the vanguard of an epidemic of declining marriage, sexuality and relationships that afflicts all of young America. ‘We’re in a crisis of connection,’ said Niobe Way, a psychology professor and founder of the Project for the Advancement of Our Common Humanity at New York University. ‘Disconnection from ourselves and disconnection from each other. And it’s getting worse.’” Read more here.


CLINTON CONFERENCE GAVE A GLIMPSE INTO THE RADICAL MINDSET OF AMERICA’S TRANSGENDER ACTIVISTS, by Jonathon Van Maren. “This past week, celebrities, politicians, and global leaders met in New York for the 2023 Clinton Global Initiative. Unsurprisingly, LGBT issues were at the top of the agenda. One panel discussion … included writer and comedian Alok Vaid-Menon, who identifies as ‘gender non-conforming,’ ‘transfeminine,’ and (in case you’re not confused yet) uses ‘singular they third person pronouns.’ … The panel was an illuminating and disturbing glimpse into the mindset of America’s trans activists. According to Alok, ‘trans and gender non-conforming people’ are ‘being attacked and scapegoated so heavily right now’ specifically because the rest of society is jealous.” Read more here.


CANADIAN PARENTS (FINALLY) PUSH BACK AGAINST GENDER CULTISM, by Jonathan Kay. “I sometimes get asked why I devote so much bandwidth to challenging the movement that I’ve described as gender cultism—a faddish ideology whose adherents (1) claim that all humans are infused with a soul-like ether known as gender identity; and (2) insist that the self-reported nature of this spirit trumps the objective reality of biological sex. The most obvious answer is that this movement does real, observable harm, by forcing women to share prisons, rape-crisis centres, athletic leagues, locker rooms, and other vulnerable spaces with men. It also encourages children, many of them gay, autistic, or psychologically fragile due to bullying and underlying mental-health challenges, to indulge the gothic horror-movie delusion that they were ‘born in the wrong body,’ and to embark on a lifetime regime of (dangerous and untested) drug treatments and body-disfiguring surgeries.” Read more here.