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 17, 2022

South Carolina Abortion Ban Temporarily Blocked by State Supreme Court. The South Carolina state Supreme Court temporarily blocked the state’s six-week abortion ban from taking effect but did not rule on the constitutionality of the Fetal Heartbeat law. Read more here.


Florida Court Rules ‘Parentless’ 16-Year-Old Is Not ‘Sufficiently Mature’ to Have Abortion. An appeals court upheld a decision by a Florida circuit judge to block a “parentless” teen from having an abortion, ruling she was not “sufficiently mature” to terminate a pregnancy. Read more here.


Biden Admin Launches Push for ‘Abortion Rights.’ The White House is reportedly launching a three-prong plan to increase abortion access by influencing men as well as women. Read more here.


Victoria Will Not Expand Abortion Services. The Victorian government in Australia has defeated a bill which would have forced all hospitals that receive funding from the state to offer abortions. Read more here.


Kentucky AG Fights for State Abortion Ban. Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron filed a motion asking a federal district court to overturn its previous ruling and permanently dismiss a challenge to Kentucky’s live dismemberment law. Read more here.

Judge Rules ADA Protects Transgender-Identifying People. Transgender-identifying people are protected from discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act, a federal court of appeals judge ruled. Read more here.


California DOE Advertises ‘Sex Change’ Operations to Students. The California Department of Education prepared a resource list intended for students, teachers, and families that included multiple clinics that offer “sex change” surgeries and other medical interventions for those who identify as transgender. Read more here.


AP Stylebook Clarifies When to Use ‘Pregnant People’ Instead of ‘Pregnant Women.’ Months after updating its style guide to include phrases such as “pregnant people” and “people seeking abortions,” the AP has attempted to clarify the context in which such phrases should be used. Read more here.


Canadian Govt to Provide Federal Employees With Coverage for ‘Gender-Affirming Care.’ The Trudeau government has reached a deal with unions to add up to $75,000 in coverage for “gender-affirming care” to the Public Service Health Care Plan. Read more here.


Biden Admin Divided on ‘Gender-Affirming Care’ for Minors. As medical authorities worldwide warn against rushing gender-confused youth into puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones, the U.S. is divided not only between state and federal governments but among the feds themselves. Read more here.


World Triathlon Policy Allows Men to Compete Against Women. Biological males who identify as female will be allowed to compete against women in international triathlon events under the new transgender policy issued by the discipline’s global governing body. Read more here.

Pennsylvania Gov Signs Executive Order Banning LGBT ‘Conversion Therapy.’ Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf issued an executive order that bans so-called “conversion therapy” in the state. Read more here.


Study Finds U.S. Public School Teachers Told to Indoctrinate Kids in LGBT Theory. State universities indoctrinate future teachers in controversial gender and sexual identity theories and instruct them to teach these principles to children beginning in preschool, a new report has found. Read more here.


Cubans to Vote on Law Changing Definition of ‘Family.’ If approved by Cuban voters next month, the country’s new Family Code will establish the right of all people to form a family regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity and will recognize a variety of family forms. Read more here.

Swiss Reformed Church Order Deletes ‘Bride’ and ‘Groom.’ The Reformed Church in the Swiss canton of Zurich is deleting words such as “bride” and “groom” from its Church Order and replacing them with the gender-neutral term “married couple.” Read more here.

Planned Parenthood to Spend Record Amount in Midterm Elections. Planned Parenthood plans to spend a record amount ahead of November’s midterm elections, pouring money into contests where access to abortion will be on the ballot. Read more here.

Dozens of Child Sex Trafficking Victims Rescued by U.S. Law Enforcement. The FBI has found 84 minors who were victims of child sex trafficking, as well as 37 other missing children, as part of a nationwide operation. Read more here.

Biden’s Change to Title IX Shuts Parents Out of Kids’ Mental, Emotional Health, by Christiana Kiefer. “The Biden administration’s push to redefine ‘sex’ in the civil rights law known as Title IX to include ‘gender identity’ … threatens one of the basic principles of American society: the idea that parents, not the state, are the primary caretakers for children. With the proposed change, the Biden administration is poised to compel school districts to treat students as the opposite sex – without their parents’ knowledge or consent – and even to lie to parents about their children’s psychological and emotional health.” Read more here.


The Compromised Research of Child Gender-Transition Doctor Jack Turban, by Caroline Downey. “In many of Turban’s published papers, the sources of the funding for his research reveal conflicts of interest. Particularly, his past work was made possible by a grant from the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry… Most notably, AACAP is financially supported by pharmaceutical companies Arbor and Pfizer. Both produce off-label puberty blockers that inhibit the onset of physical changes aligning with a person’s sex.” Read more here.


Florida Is Right: Taxpayers Shouldn’t Fund Transgender Surgery, by Tom Joyce. “Unfortunately, some people suffer from gender dysphoria. These people deserve our compassion and should receive professional help for depression, anxiety, and substance abuse associated with this mental disorder. However, that doesn’t mean that society should treat such men like women. Men don’t belong in women’s-only spaces such as bathrooms, beauty salons, locker rooms, showers, and sports teams.” Read more here.


At Boston Children’s Hospital, Illogical and Destructive Gender Ideology Reigns, by Zachary Faria. “Two of the videos claim that children can know that they are transgender from birth or even while still in utero. The hospital boasts that it regularly sees transgender children as young as 2 or 3 years old, when they meet with a psychologist who pushes them down the road of social gender transitioning. Concerned parents are told that beginning an irreversible process based on the word of a 2-year-old is just being ‘supportive.’” Read more here.


Tavistock Clinic Fallout: What UK Courts Would Consider in Litigation by Former Transgender Patients, by Charles Foster. “…[O]verwhelmingly, there is again the issue of under-researched puberty blockers. In a ‘letter to children and young people’ at the beginning of her report, Cass wrote: ‘Whenever doctors prescribe a treatment, they want to be as certain as possible that the benefits will outweigh any adverse effects so that when you are older you don’t end up saying “Why did no one tell me that that might happen?” This includes understanding both the risks and benefits of having treatment and not having treatment.’ That’s an accurate statement of the law and the ethics.” Read more here.