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.

June 3, 2020

Trump Administration Rejects UN Agreement for Coronavirus Assistance That Promotes Abortion. The U.S. representatives to the UN refused to approve the UN agreement on global humanitarian assistance for the coronavirus and other emergencies because of the pro-abortion agenda within the plan. Read more here.


Nearly 400,000 Attend Argentina’s Online March for Life. Argentina’s digital March for Life drew 390,000 participants on Facebook alone, according to preliminary numbers from march organizers. Read more here.


Bill to Inform Women of Abortion Pill Reversal Passes Tennessee House. The Tennessee House voted 71-22 to approve legislation requiring that abortion-minded women seeking abortion pills be given information on how to reverse them should they change their mind. Read more here.


NI Assembly Rejects Abortion Regs Imposed by Westminster. The Northern Ireland Assembly has passed a motion calling for the rejection of abortion law enacted at Westminster and more specifically rejecting terminations in cases of non-fatal fetal abnormality. Read more here.


Pro-Life Laws Credited With Saving 500 Babies in Arkansas Last Year. Arkansas abortion numbers have continued to plummet, according to the 2019 Induced Abortion Report released by the state Department of Health. Read more here.

M&S Criticized Over Trans Changing Room Policy. Marks and Spencer’s transgender changing room policy puts women and girls at risk of voyeurism, a Conservative Peer has said. Read more here.


UK Student Seeks Legal Action Against University After Bullying From Transgender Activists. A university student is seeking to take legal action against the University of Bristol, alleging she was bullied by transgender activists for two years. Read more here.


Federal Finding on Transgender Athletes Applauded. Southern Baptist ethics specialists have praised a Trump administration finding that Connecticut’s athletic association and multiple school districts violated federal law by permitting biological males to compete against females in athletic events. Read more here.

No ‘Pride Month’ Proclamation for June From President Trump. President Donald Trump has not officially recognized June as “LGBT Pride Month” by issuing a proclamation about it, nor has he done so during the prior three years of his administration. Read more here.


Canadian Catholic University Raises ‘Pride’ Flag on Campus. St. Jerome’s University, a publicly funded Catholic institution federated with the University of Waterloo, explained in a press release that it was doing so to be welcoming to all. Read more here.


Courage Director Responds to Call for Same-Sex Church Blessings. Blessings of homosexual couples in the Catholic Church would only obscure knowledge of what is important and good about persons with same-sex attraction, according to the director of Courage International. Read more here.

Taiwan Court Strikes Down Law Criminalizing Adultery. Taiwan’s constitutional court struck down an 85-year-old law that made adultery a crime punishable by up to a year in prison. Read more here.

Trump Signs International Religious Freedom Executive Order. President Donald Trump signed an executive order that appropriates $50 million for programs that advance international religious freedom around the world. Read more here.


Catholic Parish Faces Human Rights Tribunal for Refusing to Allow LGBT Event at Parish Hall.  White Rock Pride Society filed a complaint against the British Columbia church last June, alleging discrimination by the Star of the Sea Parish on the basis of sexual orientation. Read more here.


Costa Rican Bishop Disappointed in Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage. A Costa Rican bishop has warned that although same-sex marriage has been legalized in the country, the Catholic Church will continue to proclaim the truth of God’s plan for sexuality and marriage. Read more here.


Two Cases Show Religious Freedom Dwindling in Europe. Conscientious objection and freedom of expression are under threat in Europe, as shown by two legal cases that made news this spring. Read more here.

Transgender Activists Label Concerned UK Parents ‘Bigots.’ Warwickshire Pride is calling for the ‘Trans Inclusion Toolkit for Schools’ to be reinstated despite parental concerns. Read more here.

Comedians Laugh About Abortion, Reveal Their ‘Favorite,’ by Katie Yoder. “Winstead is right that there’s a human rights violation that threatens the humanity of persons. But it’s not the accessibility of abortion; it’s abortion itself.” Read more here.


Marriage by Judicial Fiat: The Costa Rica Story, by Peter Sprigg. “Headlines like the one in the New York Post today said, ‘Costa Rica latest country to legalize same-sex marriage.’ But it wasn’t really Costa Ricans who made it happen. Instead, Costa Rica became — like the United States five years ago — the victim of a multi-layer attack of judicial activism.” Read more here.


Supreme Court Decision Could Affect Abortion Debate in America, by Charles C. Camosy. “Finally, history tells us that many outcomes in this case would be significant, even if the Court says nothing direct about Roe. The Court could signal its willingness to overturn abortion precedents, even in the face of some public criticism. The Court could also encourage pro-life lawyers to put even more emphasis on arguments about how abortion effects women.” Read more here.