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 12, 2019

No Doctors in Guam Will Perform Abortions. Abortion is legal in Guam up to 13 weeks, but the last doctor who was willing to perform abortions retired, and there are no doctors in the country who offer the procedure. Read more here.

 

Illinois Governor Signs Bill Protecting Abortion Rights. Gov. J. B. Pritzker signed the Reproductive Health Act into law that states, “a fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus does not have independent rights under the laws of this state” and that an individual has a “fundamental right” to abortion. Read more here.

 

Abortion Remains Illegal in Kenya. The High Court ruled that abortion is still illegal in Kenya but quashed the directive by the health ministry that withdrew national standard guidelines for abortion procedures. Read more here.

 

Maine Governor Signs Bill to Allow Non-Doctors to Perform Abortions. Gov. Janet Mills signed the measure into law that will go into effect sometime in September. The legislation will allow nurse practitioners, physician assistants and certified nurse-midwives to provide abortion medication and perform in-clinic abortions. Read more here.

Czech Republic’s Equal Marriage Bill Still Waiting for Government Approval. The Equal Marriage Bill, which would legalize same-sex marriage, has been stalled in the Czech Parliament. The bill has been discussed twice in the lower house, but no vote has been taken. Read more here.

Botswana Decriminalizes Homosexual Behavior. Three judges on Botswana’s High Court unanimously ruled that laws that impose up to seven years in prison are unconstitutional. The law banning homosexual behavior was enacted in 1965. Read more here.

 

U.S. VP Pence Defends State Department Decision to Disallow “Gay Pride” Flag on American Embassy Flagpoles. When asked about the policy, Vice President Pence said, “one flag should fly, and that’s the American flag – and I support that.” Read more here.

Planned Parenthood Sues to Overturn Trump Abortion Rule. The new pro-life regulations were enacted by the Trump Administration in May. If Planned Parenthood prevails, doctors and nurses may be forced to perform abortions in violation of their conscience. Read more here.

 

Texas Prohibits Cities From Doing Business With Abortion Providers. Gov. Greg Abbott has signed Senate Bill 22 that forbids city and county governments from doing business with Planned Parenthood or any other abortion business. The bill does not prohibit abortion. Read more here.

Texas Governor Signs Controversial “Save Chick-Fil-A” Bill Into Law. Gov. Greg Abbott signed the bill that will protect religious liberty and will stop the government from taking unfavorable action against a business or person for contributing to religious organizations. The bill was introduced after the San Antonio City Council blocked Chick-fil-A from opening a location in the city’s airport because of reported donations to organizations that support traditional marriage. Read more here.

Pinterest Labels Live Action’s Content As “Porn” then Permanently Suspends Account. Pinterest claimed the pro-life organization’s content was “harmful” and violated its policy on “misinformation.” Pinterest allows Planned Parenthood to promote their message. Read more here.

Kyle Blanchette, a philosophy instructor at at the University of Alabama, Huntsville, has written an excellent article titled, “‘That’s Not a Medical Term’: A Pro-life Rebuttal.” In it, he analyzes the assertion by pro-abortion activists that “correct” language is a requirement when discussing abortion. It’s a “fetus” not a “baby,” they insist. The term “intact dilation and extraction” must be used rather than “partial-birth abortion.” Blanchette calls out their hypocrisy in a brilliant way. Read it here.

 

Desmond is Amazing is the 11-year-old “drag kid” who dresses as a sexualized woman and has performed in a gay bar—with the blessing and encouragement of his parents, who have taken him to “pride” events since he was four. “‘Desmond Is Amazing’ Needs Saving” by Madeleine Kearns examines the confusion of a culture that would promote such behavior as appropriate. Read it here.