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.

October 30, 2020

Trump to Enforce Compliance on Abortion Overseas. Acting Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development John Barsa announced a new effort to enforce abortion-related restrictions on foreign assistance. Read more here.


Poland’s Leader Wants Churches Defended Against Pro-Abortion Demonstrations. Poland’s ruling party leader urged his supporters to defend the nation’s churches, potentially setting the stage for clashes with demonstrators angry at a court ruling that severely restricts abortions. Read more here.


Marie Stopes Hoping to Recruit More Students Into ‘Abortion Care.’ Marie Stopes International is attempting to encourage young medical students into providing abortions as it faces potential shortages in trained medical professionals willing to do abortions. Read more here.


Trump Administration Calls Out UN Secretary General on Abortion. The Acting Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development has sent a scathing letter to the UN Secretary General for allowing UN experts to promote abortion and told him to make “a course-correction for the greater good of the UN.” Read more here.


Putin Orders Govt to Do More to Reduce Abortions. Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the government to do more to reduce the number of abortions in the country by offering more support to pregnant women. Read more here.


Abortion Activists Spend Over $8M to Stop Colorado Measure Banning Late-Term Abortions. Opponents of a ballot measure that would ban abortion in Colorado after 22 weeks of pregnancy, except in cases where the mother’s life is at risk, have raised $8.7 million — about 14 times as much as the groups pushing the initiative. Read more here.


UN’s Human Rights Council to Review U.S. Record on Human Rights. The Human Rights Council will review the record of the Trump administration next month and are expected to criticize the administration, including U.S. pro-life laws and policies. Read more here.


Alabama Supreme Court Upholds Dismissal of Abortion Lawsuit Against Huntsville Clinic. The Alabama Supreme Court upheld a ruling dismissing Ryan Magers’ case against the Alabama Women’s Center, an abortion facility in Huntsville that aborted his unborn baby in 2017. Read more here.

Over 60% of Likely U.S. Voters Oppose ‘Gender Transitioning’ for Kids. The vast majority of Americans, regardless of their political affiliation, oppose “gender-transitioning” for minors and support the preservation of single-sex spaces and women’s sports as female-only, a new survey has found. Read more here.


GoFundMe Removes ‘Puberty is Not a Medical Condition’ Billboard Campaign. GoFundMe has shut down the efforts of parents attempting to raise money to display billboards that say “puberty is not a medical condition” for violating its user rules. Read more here.


UK Students Seek to Oust Porter Over Views on Gender Ideology. Students at Clare College Cambridge are trying to have a porter removed from his job after he refused to endorse radical gender ideology. Read more here.


UK Equalities Committee Seeks to Revive Plan Making It Easier to ‘Change’ Legal Sex. The Women and Equalities Committee announced an investigation into how UK law could be altered to make “changing legal sex” easier and if changes should be made to give legal recognition to those who identify as neither male or female. Read more here.

Biden Pledges Passage and ‘Full Enforcement’ of LGBT Equality Act in His First 100 Days. U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden told the Philadelphia Gay News that he wants to see the Equality Act passed and signed into law during his first 100 days in office and that he will direct his cabinet to “ensure immediate and full enforcement of the Equality Act across all federal departments and agencies.” Read more here.


BBC ‘No Bias’ Rules Prevent Staff Joining LGBT Pride Marches. BBC journalists have been told that new rules on impartiality mean they may no longer be able to go on LGBT pride marches, even in a personal capacity, in case their presence is taken as a sign of political bias. Read more here.

Two Same-Sex Couples in Military Marry in First for Taiwan. Two lesbian couples tied the knot in a mass wedding held by Taiwan’s military. Read more here.

Unsealed Sworn Testimony Shows Planned Parenthood Lied to Congress About Baby Parts Sales. The Center for Medical Progress released a video featuring unsealed video clips from Planned Parenthood leaders’ sworn deposition testimony about the abortion company’s fetal tissue research programs – including details about the programs that directly contradict what Planned Parenthood told multiple Congressional investigations in 2015 and 2016. Read more here.

Pastors in China Forced to Add Communist Ideology to Bible Stories. Pastors in China report that they’ve been forced to integrate President Xi Jinping’s words into the biblical account of Jesus feeding the five thousand as the Chinese Communist Party increasingly pressures church leaders to infuse their sermons with political ideology. Read more here.


Report: North Korea Jails, Executes Anyone Who Owns a Bible. A new report by a human rights watchdog details horrific violations of religious freedom within North Korea, including citizens brutally tortured for converting to Christianity and individuals publicly executed for owning a Bible. Read more here.


Georgia School District Urged to Protect Students’ Prayers at Football Games. A Georgia school district is being urged to protect its students’ rights to religious expression after an atheist group filed a complaint over student-led prayers at its high school football games. Read more here.


L.A. Fines Church $1,000 After 11 People Pray in 500-Seat Sanctuary. Los Angeles County fined a Catholic church $1,000 after the congregation allowed 11 individuals — including five women in prayer veils — to pray and worship inside the sanctuary in violation of COVID-19 health restrictions. Read more here.

‘Act Now to Protect Children From Porn’ UK Public Tells Govt. New polling has revealed that nearly two-thirds of adults believe the UK Government should stop dragging its feet on protecting children from online pornography. Read more here.

LGBT Issues Come Back Hard at UN Negotiations, by Stefano Gennarini, J.D. “Turning sexual orientation and gender identity into UN statistical categories will legitimize the work of the UN system to incorporate LGBT issues in the 2030 agenda. And it will translate into pressure from UN agencies and international donors to establish offices to track LGBT data and to promote LGBT policies in every country.” Read more here.


Truth-Telling is a Revolutionary Act. Especially About Transgenderism, by James Parker. “Welcome to the LGBTQ+ agenda which hides, lies, undermines, twists and perverts whatever needs to be done so as to completely smash heteronormativity. I know this firsthand. For years I served this agenda myself as a frontline gay activist.” Read more here.


Biological Men Competing in Most Women’s Sports is Unfair. In Rugby, It’s Dangerous, by Zachary Faria. “According to the document, biological men are ‘stronger by 25%-50%, are 30% more powerful, 40% heavier, and about 15% faster’ than their female counterparts. The key takeaway? A female player tackled by a biological man would have a 20%-30% increased risk of injury.” Read more here.


Seeing Beyond Roe, by Julia D. Hejduk. “Addressing the difficult problem of abortion demand will require constructive, forthright discussions about balancing competing goods: How should academia, businesses, and other institutions accommodate parents and children? What should national, state, and local governments provide directly, and what they should enable smaller social units to do?” Read more here.


How Much of Gen Z Will Be Unmarried at 40? by Robert VerBruggen. “By contrast, the more flexible ‘discrete-time event-history model’ predicts the decline of marriage will continue to accelerate. Only 60% of whites from the 1997 cohort marry by 40. For blacks, the share who marry drops to 30% for the 1990 cohort and 23% for those born in 1997. Whoa – if true.” Read more here.


CBC Meltsdown Over Canadian Human Rights Museum Skipping Abortion on Christian School Tours, by Jonathon Van Maren. “This story is another perfect example of the Canadian media’s attempts to invent controversies where none exist. The Canadian Human Rights Museum was, by all accounts, attempting to accommodate Canada’s multicultural communities and the diversity of views on fundamental issues by choosing not to highlight feticide and various sexual revolutionaries during certain tours.” Read more here.


Statistics Show That Late-Term Abortions in Colorado Are Not as Rare as Some Think, by Bridget Sielicki. “Coloradans are gearing up for a November 3 vote on Proposition 115, which would ban late-term abortions after 22 weeks except in cases of life-threatening danger to the mother. In their fight against the proposition, abortion advocates claim that late-term abortions in the state are rare. However, a closer look at the statistics paints a different story.” Read more here.