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.

January 7, 2019

New York Gov. Cuomo Signs Bill Legalizing Late-Term Abortion. The Reproductive Health Act legalizes late-term abortion up until birth in many cases and allows non-doctors to perform abortions. The law also repeals legislation recognizing unborn babies over 24 weeks as potential homicide victims. Read more here.


New York Lights Spire of World Trade Center Pink to Celebrate Legalizing Abortion Up to Birth. The new law signed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo legalizes abortion for any reason up to birth. The governor ordered that the spire of One World Trade Center, as well as bridges and buildings in the state capital of Albany, be lit pink in celebration. Read more here.


Proposed Virginia Abortion Law That Would Have Allowed Abortions Until Birth Defeated in Committee. The measure would have allowed abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring supported the legislation. Read more here.


U.S. Supreme Court Blocks Louisiana Abortion Law. The law requires doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Read more here.


Pro-Lifers March in San Francisco. Thousands of people gathered in downtown San Francisco to protest abortion as part of the 15th Annual Walk for Life West Coast. Read more here.


Thousands Protest Against Abortion in Paris. The protesters were part of the 13th March for Life. About 200,000 abortions are performed annually in France. Read more here.


Judge Strikes Down Iowa Fetal Heartbeat Law. Judge Michael Huppert ruled that the Iowa law that bans abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected was a violation of the state’s constitution. Fetal heartbeats can be detected as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. Read more here.


Spain Has the Third Highest Number of Abortions in Europe. For the first time in five years, the number of abortions in Spain has risen. Only France and the UK exceed Spain’s abortion numbers. Read more here.


Poll Shows Majority of Americans Want Some Restrictions on Abortion. The Marist poll found only 15 percent of American adults believe abortion should be available to women any time during pregnancy. Eighty-four percent said there should be some form of restriction on abortion. Read more here.

Study Finds Divorce is More Likely to Negatively Impact Children Aged Seven to 14. Researchers at University College London found that children from age seven to 14 are more likely to suffer from emotional or behavioral problems as the result of parental divorce than children of other ages. The study was published in the journal Social Science and Medicine. Read more here.

Lesbian Activist Removed From Commission for “Misgendering” Convicted Rapist. Julia Beck, former member of an LGBTQ Commission in Baltimore, Maryland, was found guilty of “violence” for using male pronouns when referring to a male rapist who identifies as a female. The rapist was transferred to a female prison and assaulted two women there. Read more here.


New Jersey to Become Fourth U.S. State With Gender-Neutral Birth Certificate Option. The new law will include three birth certificate gender options: “female, male, or undesignated/nonbinary.” Oregon, California and Washington allow similar designations. Read more here.


German Court Rules Insurer Must Pay for Transgender Beard Removal. The court found the plaintiff, a biological male, experienced emotional difficulties with his heavy beard growth. Treatments from a physician caused skin inflammation, while treatments from a cosmetician did not, but the insurance carrier refused to pay for treatments not performed by a doctor. Read more here.


Florida School Board Keeps Policy That Requires Male Coach to Supervise Undressing Girl. Despite concerns from parents and teachers, the Pasco County School Board refused to change the unwritten policy that allows a gender-confused girl to use the boys’ locker room and forces a male coach to be present when she is undressing. Read more here.


California State Senate Committee Bans Saying “He” and “She.” The Senate Judiciary Committee now allows only gender-neutral pronouns when conducting their work. Read more here.


U.S. Supreme Court Allows Temporary Limit to Transgender Military Service. The court allowed the Pentagon to restrict military service for transgender individuals while the Trump administration’s policy is litigated in the lower courts. Read more here.


Biological Men May Not Compete Against Women in USA Powerlifting Events. USA Powerlifting published their “Transgender Participation Policy” that bans the use of androgens by athletes, including biological women who identify as men. Male-to-female transgenders are also prohibited from competing as females. Read more here.


Report Finds Nearly Two Percent of American High School Students Say They Are Transgender. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed data from 131,901 public school students in grades nine through 12. Read more here.


UK National Health Service Staff to Ignore Parents’ Wishes and Listen to Gender-Confused Children. NHS staff members are told to override the rights of parents when it comes to the gender identity of children, even if the child is not considered to have the understanding and intelligence to consent. Read more here.

Virginia Governor Received Nearly $2 million in Contributions from Planned Parenthood. Gov. Ralph Northam who supports abortion up until birth received campaign contributions from Planned Parenthood Virginia totaling $1.9 million over five years. Read more here.


Court Rules Undercover Videos of Planned Parenthood Selling Baby Body Parts as Authentic. The U. S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the state of Texas can strip funding from Planned Parenthood based on evidence found in undercover videos of the abortion provider’s involvement in harvesting and selling aborted baby body parts for profit. Read more here.


Planned Parenthood Pushes Radical Sex Ed With New Chatbot App. The cell phone app is intended for teens ages 13 – 17 and is designed to answer questions about sex, contraception and abortion. Read more here.


Planned Parenthood’s Annual Report Reveals 332,757 Abortions and $563.8 Million in Government Funding. The 2017-2018 annual report showed that the number of abortions increased over the previous year as well as the amount of government funding. Read more here.

Colorado Bill Would Ban Teaching Abstinence-Only Sex Ed in Public Schools. The bill, backed by Planned Parenthood would require “the relational or sexual experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender individuals” to be taught among other controversial things. Read more here.


Poll Finds People Who Attend Church Are Happier Than Those Who Don’t. A Pew Research Center report found that those who identify with a religious group and regularly attend worship services tend to be happier and more civically engaged than those who do not. Read more here.


Google Employees Troubled by the Term “Family Friendly.” During a company-wide presentation, a Google executive sparked a fierce backlash from some employees by using the word “family.” The concern was that linking “family” to “children” is “offensive, inappropriate, homophobic, and wrong.” Read more here.


Prime Minister of Norway Urges Citizens to Have More Children. Prime Minister Erna Solberg expressed concern about the number of children being born and fewer taxpaying workers in the future. Norway’s birth rate is at the lowest point in 33 years. Read more here.

Madeleine Kearns has penned a thought-provoking article about what happens when “Your Truth” contradicts “The Truth.” Her article, “Live Your Truth,” examines the potential disaster that is brewing in those states and municipalities that allow citizens to declare their chosen gender identity on their birth certificates—even if it differs from their biological sex. One, Kearns says, is an objective and observable fact. And the other is a feeling. Public records, like birth certificates, should “document the truth, rather than your truth or my truth, for practical, legal purposes.” Read it here.


It’s that time of year again—the time when abortion behemoth Planned Parenthood releases their annual report, and the world can see exactly what they’ve been up to. An article titled “Planned Parenthood’s New Annual Report Disproves Its Own Narrative” by Alexandra DeSanctis unpacks four disingenuous claims regularly made by Planned Parenthood proving by their own statistics what millions of people already know—that “the organization is focused on abortion, and little else.” Read it here.


In “Psychology as Indoctrination: Girls Rule, Boys Drool?,” a post on the blog of the Institute for Family Studies, Dr. Leonard Sax responds to the controversial new APA guidelines for working with men and boys. The 10 guidelines succeed in being politically correct, but they are an utter failure when it comes to being evidence based. According to Dr. Sax, the word “transgender” is mentioned 60 times in the guidelines, and “the authors’ favorite men, it would seem, are those who were born female.” Read it here.