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.

CURRENT ISSUE

December 27, 2018

LIFE

U.S. Pushes Back Against Harmful Language in UN Texts. The term “reproductive rights” is used in UN documents to promote abortion in countries throughout the world. The U.S. UN delegation was unsuccessful in its attempt to remove references to “reproductive rights” and “reproductive health services” in two resolutions. Read more here.

 

Canada Reverses Abortion Rights Proviso to Summer Jobs Program. The program provides financial assistance to nonprofits and businesses that want to hire summer students. Groups had to check a box attesting that their “core mandates” respected “sexual and reproductive rights and the right to access safe and legal abortions.” The language was removed following public outcry. Read more here.

 

Abortion of Down Syndrome Babies in UK Reaches All-Time High. According to a report from the Department of Health, the number of abortions of Down syndrome babies has increased by 50 percent over the last ten years. Read more here.

 

Ohio Outlaws Dismemberment Abortion Method. Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed Senate Bill 145, which prohibits doctors from performing dilation and evacuation abortions. Dilation abortion involves removing the limbs of a developing baby so that the body parts can be extracted from the womb. Read more here.

 

More African-American Babies are Aborted than Born Alive in New York City. According to the city’s vital statistics report for 2016, out of the 47,718 total reported pregnancies experienced by non-Hispanic black women, almost half – 49 percent – ended in abortion, while four percent ended in miscarriage, and only 47 percent ended in live births. Read more here.

 

Irish President Signs Bill Legalizing Abortion. President Michael D. Higgins signed the bill into law that allows for abortion services to be provided “on demand” up to the 12th week of a pregnancy. The country overturned its abortion ban in a referendum in May. Read more here.

MARRIAGE

Cuba Decides to Drop Same-Sex Marriage Law in New Constitution. The changes to the new constitution would have paved the way for the legalization of same-sex marriage. The measure would have changed the definition of parties in a marriage from man and wife to “between two people.” Read more here.

 

Data Show Negative Consequences to Children of Cohabiting Parents. A study published in the journal Demography found that even in countries where cohabiting is more normative, children experience negative outcomes. Read more here.

HUMAN SEXUALITY

Israel’s Supreme Court Rules Adopted Child’s Birth Certificate Must List Two Parents of the Same Sex. The ruling by a three-judge panel came as a result of a lawsuit filed by a homosexual couple claiming discrimination. Read more here.

GENDER

Church of England Backs Gender “Transition” Services. The church has released new guidance that provides church leaders with information on how to hold a special ceremony to celebrate the “transition” of transgender people. Clergy are advised to use the individual’s preferred name and pronouns. Read more here.

 

Poland and Hungary Block “LGBTIQ Rights” in EU Legislation. The term was blocked in a joint statement by employment and social affairs ministers meant to promote “gender equity in the digital era.” Read more here.

 

UK City Instructs Educators to Teach Students that “All Genders” Menstruate. The Brighton & Hove City Council issued guidelines to sex ed teachers in local schools to also provide menstrual products in both girls’ and boys’ bathrooms. The council report stated, “Trans boys and men and non-binary people may have periods…menstruation must be inclusive of all genders.” Read more here.

 

Eleven-Year-Old “Drag Kid” Dances in Popular NYC Gay Club. The biologically male child, “Desmond is Amazing” has gained notoriety for cross dressing as a female. Patrons of the bar tossed money at the child as he performed. Read more here.

 

Germany Adds “Diverse” as a Gender to Birth Register. The German parliament was forced by the country’s highest court to make “diverse” a third option on the birth register. Read more here.

 

Scottish Parliament Bans Use of Gingerbread “Men.” The holiday cookies have been rebranded gingerbread “persons” in an effort to not offend, and as a strategy to eliminate sexual harassment experienced by women. Read more here.

 

San Francisco Creates District for Transgender People to Spread Gender-Fluid Culture. San Francisco’s Tenderloin district, a neighborhood located a few blocks from city hall, is now home to “Compton’s Transgender Cultural District.” The district was created as a “safe space” for transgenders. Read more here.

 

Parents of Gender-Confused Children Send Letter to American Academy of Pediatrics. Over 1,000 parents who are part of an online group have sent a letter to the pediatric organization asking them to reconsider their recently announced policy position, which supports “gender affirmation” of gender-confused children. Read more here.

 

Virginia School Board Fires Teacher for Not Using Transgender Pronouns. Even though high school teacher Peter Vlaming referred to the female student by her new male name, he was terminated for not using her preferred male pronouns. School officials claim Vlaming violated the school’s nondiscrimination and harassment policies. Read more here.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD

Planned Parenthood Accused of Mistreating Pregnant Employees. Planned Parenthood employees have said that the abortion organization has violated federal or state laws in the way they treat their pregnant employees with regard to hiring decisions among other things. Read more here.

 

GENERAL INTEREST

Northern Ireland has Lowest Same-Sex Adoption Rate in UK. According to statistics from the Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Trusts, only one in 15 same-sex couples who apply to adopt have a child placed with them. Read more here.

 

Notre Dame Students Request Porn Filter on Campus Wi-Fi. More than 1,000 members have signed a petition calling on the University’s president to implement a filter to stop the use of pornography on the campus wireless Internet service. Read more here.

OPINION & ANALYSIS WORTH NOTING

For the first time in its 66-year history, a biological male who identifies as a female has competed in the Miss Universe pageant. Angela Ponce, competing as Miss Spain, announced that he represented his “nation, all women and human rights.” In “The Progressive Patriarchy,” Alexandra DeSanctis asks, “Could Ponce actually ‘represent all women’ without being a woman at all?” She goes on to mention that just asking that question is enough to get “drummed out of polite company in certain circles.” Read it here.

 

Author Rod Dreher shares a disturbing letter he received from a psychiatrist who has grave concerns about the future of psychiatry in relation to LGBT dogma. In “Psychiatry Goes PC,” the letter from the anonymous psychiatrist, who works in a psychiatric hospital, notes that it is now expected that mental health professionals validate “the transgender agenda by promoting physical rather than emotional treatments” for those who are emotionally distressed and are unable to accept their biological sex, even if the physician believes the treatment is actually causing harm to the patient. The psychiatrist says this about gender-confused individuals, “The problem is that these feelings are just that—feelings. I and other psychiatrists with whom I communicate note that in no other diagnosis is surgical intervention seen to be the treatment for emotional distress.” Read it here.

 

“Comprehensive Sex Education Undermines Students’ Moral Development” by Professor Tapio Puolimatka calls into question a form of graphic sex education being spread throughout the world. Comprehensive sex education (CSE) “has created in young people the expectation that they will have a series of casual sexual relationships.” Because of this, there is evidence that sexual exploitation has been allowed to go undetected and vulnerable young people have been deprived of protection. According to Professor Puolimatka, one of the major problems with CSE is that the approach separates human sexuality from married love. Read it here.