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.

August 10, 2022

MA Gov Signs Law Requiring Public Colleges to Provide Access to Abortion Pills. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed legislation that requires all state public universities and colleges to provide access to chemical abortions. Read more here.


Nebraska Lacks Votes to Pass 12-Week Abortion Ban. Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts will not convene the state legislature for a special session to consider stricter abortion laws because lawmakers reportedly do not have the votes to pass a ban on abortion after 12 weeks of pregnancy. Read more here.


Israeli High Court Rejects Petition to Ban Abortion After 24 Weeks. The High Court of Justice in Israel rejected a petition to ban abortions after the 24th week of pregnancy. Read more here.


U.S. DOJ Challenges Idaho’s Six-Week Abortion Ban. The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Idaho’s near-total abortion ban, arguing that the state’s law violates a federal law in which doctors must provide care during medical emergencies. Read more here.

U.S. Teacher’s Union Promoted Method for Teachers to Help Kids Change Pronouns. The American Federation of Teachers promoted the use of a pronoun card on which students could specify their chosen pronouns and whether their parents should know about their pronouns. Read more here.


UK AG: Schools Forcing Transgenderism on Children Face Legal Reckoning. Schools in Britain that are forcing transgender policies onto their students are running the risk of being sued, the UK Attorney General has warned. Read more here.


San Diego Schools Train Teachers to ‘Break the Gender Binary.’ San Diego Unified School District in California is instructing teachers to “dismantle ‘heteronormativity’ and break the ‘gender binary’” in their classrooms, according to newly revealed training documents. Read more here.


FDA Puts Warning on Puberty Blockers. Puberty blockers earned a warning label from the Food and Drug Administration after six minors experienced severe symptoms. Read more here.


Judge Won’t Toss Lawsuit Against Utah Transgender Sports Law. A judge rejected the request of Utah officials to throw out a lawsuit challenging a state law requiring kids to compete in youth sports based on their biological sex. Read more here.


UK RCOG Issues Draft Guidance on ‘Chestfeeding.’ Draft guidance published by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists on healthcare provisions for transgender-identifying patients includes proposals on conceiving, childbirth, ‘chestfeeding,’ and hysterectomies. Read more here.


Virginia School District Moves to Restrict Bathroom, Locker Room Access for Transgender-Identifying Students. A policy under consideration in a central Virginia school district would require transgender-identifying students to obtain written permission from the school principal to use facilities like restrooms or locker rooms consistent with their gender identity. Read more here.


Campaigners Demand ‘Scottish Tavistock’ Be Shut Down. Campaigners are calling for the closure of NHS Scotland’s gender clinic for children following the announcement that the UK’s Tavistock gender clinic will close next year. Read more here.


Tennessee Private Girls School to Admit Boys Who Identify as Girls. A prestigious, formerly all-girls school outside Nashville, Tennessee has announced they will be accepting boys who identify as girls. Read more here.


Pennsylvania Parents Rip State’s Pronoun Guidance. Pennsylvania parents are speaking out against the state Department of Education’s new gender identity page, which lists “ne, ve, ze/zie and xe” as suggested alternative pronouns for students. Read more here.

Drag Queen Coming to Disney+ in New Marvel Teen Series. Disney+ has welcomed popular drag queen Shea Couleé to the streaming service for its upcoming Marvel series about a teen superhero, coming to the site in 2023. Read more here.


Australian Rugby League Players Refuse to Wear LGBT ‘Pride’ Jerseys. Citing religious and cultural convictions, seven Australian National Rugby League players have chosen to withdraw from a match rather than wear a jersey celebrating LGBT “pride.” Read more here.

Pandemic Delivers Major Blow to Number of New Marriages in Japan, Study Finds. The coronavirus pandemic has caused a major decline in the number of new marriages in Japan, a recent study showed. Read more here.

Planned Parenthood Action Breaks Spending Records After Reversal of Roe. The Planned Parenthood Action Fund has spent “unprecedented” sums of money on lobbying in the past three months, the most they have ever spent in the second quarter of a year, according to a new report. Read more here.

Florida Private School Granted Religious Exemption to Biden LGBT Policy Changes. A private religious school in Florida is exempt from adhering to new federal policies prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and will continue to receive funding for a free meal program for its students. Read more here.

Majority of Babies Born Out of Wedlock in UK. For the first time in recorded history, the majority of babies were born to unmarried mothers in Britain, the Office for National Statistics revealed. Read more here.


Online Child Sex Blackmail Quadruples After Lockdowns in UK. The instances of children being coerced by adults into putting sexualized images of themselves online has increased by fourfold since the beginning of the pandemic lockdowns, a report has found. Read more here.

Proposed Wisconsin Curriculum Includes SOGI Instruction in Elementary School. A school district in Wisconsin is proposing new a curriculum that includes lessons for third graders about sexual orientation, gender identity, and pronouns. Read more here.


Portland Schools Teach Young Children About ‘Infinite Gender Spectrum.’ A Portland school is teaching children as young as five years old about the “infinite gender spectrum” and gender “colonization,” according to public documents. Read more here.


Westminster Threatens to Impose Compulsory Sex Ed in NI Schools. The Northern Ireland Secretary has signaled to Stormont that he will “intervene” if it fails to introduce Relationships and Sexuality Education as a compulsory component to the curriculum in schools. Read more here.

Justice Department Attacks Pro-Life States With Bogus ‘Preemption’ Argument, by Thomas Jipping. “The Biden administration is using a spurious legal argument to crack down on states limiting abortion. On Aug. 2, the U.S. Department of Justice filed suit against the state of Idaho, hoping to undermine its new law prohibiting most abortions by claiming that it conflicts with a federal law regarding medical treatment in hospital emergency rooms… Not only is this evidence that the Justice Department is now just a part of President Joe Biden’s political apparatus, but DOJ’s argument here is bogus.” Read more here.


War on Parents: Male Teacher Asked This Mom’s 11-Year-Old ‘Transgender’ Daughter to Sleep in Boys’ Cabin, by Kelsey Bolar. “…Jennifer also obtained notes from the school therapist, which confirmed her suspicion that the therapist was encouraging her daughter’s transition behind her back. ‘I was so upset because [the school therapist] was using male pronouns for my daughter from the first moment, from the first notes,’ Jennifer said. ‘He, him. And it seemed like all that she was doing with my daughter was helping her advocate for herself whenever somebody “misgendered” her.’” Read more here.


4 Compelling Reasons for the Senate to Oppose Redefining Marriage, by David Closson. “Societies have rightly believed (and social science proves) that a married man and woman are best suited to care for and raise their children. This reality has prompted the state … to concern itself with marriage. Regrettably, the link between a strong marriage culture and a stable society has been downplayed in the United States in recent years as gratifying adult sexual desires has superseded the welfare of children as a societal goal.” Read more here.


Litigation in State Courts Puts Pro-Life Laws on Hold, by Thomas Jipping and Sarah Parshall Perry. “…[O]n June 24, the [U.S. Supreme Court] acknowledged that its decision in Roe had been ‘egregiously wrong from the start’ and overruled it. Although that decision eliminated the U.S. Constitution as an obstacle to protecting the unborn, abortion advocates now are changing venues and arguing in state courts that pro-life laws violate state constitutions.” Read more here.