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.
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— Selected Features from Recent Newswires —
California lawmakers are considering a bill that would make it illegal for anyone to receive professional mental health therapy to treat unwanted same-sex attraction or gender confusion—regardless of age. Michael L. Brown in his article, “California’s Shocking ‘You Must Stay Gay’ Bill,” explains why this outrageous proposal must be opposed. In recent years, a growing number of states and cities have passed legislation banning this therapy for minors, even if they and their parents want it, but this California bill would ban therapy for all ages. Brown rightly states of this attempt that it “defies all logic and can be seen only for what it is: a frontal assault on our freedom to self-determination. A frontal assault on our freedom of religion. And a frontal assault on our freedom of conscience.” Read it here.
Yet another insightful piece on the transgender epidemic among children is written by Dr. Michael K. Laidlaw. “Gender Dysphoria and Children: An Endocrinologist’s Evaluation of I am Jazz” is a review of a book by a transgender individual. Dr. Laidlaw dispels some pervasive myths that are put forward in this book and states that while children who experience gender confusion deserve compassion and deserve to be treated with dignity and kindness, “Children who are experiencing gender dysphoria will likely be harmed by this book, as will children who do not have the condition.” Read it here.
Croatians Protest Against European Treaty They Say Threatens Traditional Family.The proposed ratification of the Istanbul Convention describes gender as a “social role,” and some feel it opens the door to the acceptance of transgenderism. Read more here.
Planned Parenthood Tweets “We Need a Disney Princess Who’s Had an Abortion.”The tweet that has since been deleted was from a Pennsylvania Planned Parenthood branch. It called for Disney to create animated princesses who have had an abortion, are pro-choice, are illegal immigrants, and who are transgender. Read more here.
Pediatrician Blasts Study Claiming that Affirming Kids’ Gender Confusion Reduces Suicide. Dr. Michelle Cretella, president of the American College of Pediatricians, says the study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health is nothing more than an expression of “gender ideology.” The study claims that transgender youth who use a name different from the one given at birth reduce mental health risks. Read more here.
Swedish Preschools Work to Eradicate Gender Differences in Children. Many of Sweden’s government-funded preschools have adopted a gender-neutral approach and are attempting to deconstruct traditional gender roles and patterns in children. Teachers avoid using the words “boys” and “girls.” In one preschool, boys are allowed to wear dresses. Read more here.
Philadelphia Ends Partnership with Catholic Charities Foster Care Program Over LGBT Issues. Two faith-based agencies will no longer be able to place children in foster care because they refuse to place them with same-sex couples. Catholic Social Services placed 266 children in foster homes last year. Read more here.
Therapy to Help Minor Children With Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction Will be Banned by the City of Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Common Council overwhelmingly approved the ban that will prevent minor children with gender confusion or unwanted same-sex attraction from obtaining fee-based therapy. The ordinance does not prohibit churches from counseling, preaching or speaking about the issue. Read more here.
Government Minister Says No Same-Sex Marriages will be Allowed in Barbados. The Minister of Social Care and Community Development said that while he was tolerant of the LGBTI community, the government would not cave to their demands for legalized same-sex marriage. Read more here.
GENERAL INTEREST: U.S. Pediatricians Release Child Trafficking Statement. The American College of Pediatricians identified child trafficking as one of the major threats to the well-being of children, one which “undermines the future of children, families, and societies.” Read more here.
California Judge Rules in Favor of Christian Wedding Cake Baker. The judge denied a motion for a temporary restraining order against the woman who declined to make a wedding cake for a homosexual couple because participating in a same-sex wedding was contrary to her religious beliefs. Read more here.
GENDER: U.S. Religious Leaders Warn of the Dangers of Gender Ideology to Children and Society. The warning came in a letter initiated by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops that was also signed by representatives of the Anglican, Lutheran, Orthodox, Presbyterian, Southern Baptists, the Islamic Society of the Washington Area, and others. The religious leaders warned specifically of the damage done to children who are taught that they can change their sex, especially if they are given dangerous puberty-blocking drugs and cross-sex hormones. They also criticized doctors who participate in such practices and called on governments to support the fact and reality of the male/female duality. Read more here.
MARRIAGE: Activists in Ireland are Appealing to Higher Courts to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage. Same-sex marriage advocates in Ireland are taking the fight to the Northern Ireland Court of Appeals. Despite the fact that civil partnership, which was seen as the first step became legal 12 years ago, same-sex marriage supporters have seen very little movement. Read more here.
LIFE: Guatemala Supreme Court Orders Halt to Distribution of Abortion Manual. The manual was produced by the country’s Ombudsman for Human Rights and funded by the UN Population Fund. The court order, among other things, prohibited promoting abortion and declaring that access to abortion was a human right. It further ordered the Ombudsman’s office to create and distribute materials within three months that would remediate the harm done by the original manual. Read more here.
LIFE: United Nations Office Pressures El Salvador to Reassess Their Abortion Laws. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is pressuring the country to change the law that it claims unduly penalizes women for alleged abortion offenses. According to a spokesperson for the office, the current law has cast a wide enough net that women suffering from miscarriages are convicted of attempting abortion. Read more here.
OPINION & ANALYSIS: In the outstanding five-minute video, The Dangers of a Transgender Ideology, created by the Heritage Foundation, internationally recognized expert Dr. Michelle Cretella, president of the American College of Pediatricians makes the case that “To indoctrinate all children from preschool forward with the lie that they could be trapped in the wrong body disrupts the very foundation of a child’s reality testing. If they can’t trust the reality of their physical bodies, who or what can they trust? Transgender ideology in schools is psychological abuse that often leads to chemical castration, sterilization, and surgical mutilation.” View it here.
“This Formerly Trans 14-Year-Old has a Message for Questioning Kids,” is a commentary by Walt Heyer, a former transgender on an interview with Noor Jontry, a biological female who believed she was transgender from ages 11 to 13 but at age 14 accepted her biologically-assigned gender. She describes how she slipped into Gender Dysphoria and what helped her overcome it in hopes of helping other adolescents who may be questioning their own gender identification. Read it here.