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.

NEWSWIRE ISSUE 11:  July 25, 2018

LIFE

National Abortion Federation Drops Seven Out of 11 Charges Against Undercover Videographer. David Daleiden, head of the Center for Medical Progress, released undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s sale of unborn baby body parts. The National Abortion Federation subsequently sued David and his organization. Read more here.

 

Israel Legalizes Surrogacy for Single Mothers but Not Same-Sex Couples. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is being criticized for not supporting an amendment to a bill that would have allowed access to assisted reproduction for homosexual men. Read more here.

 

UN Agencies Claim Abortion Has Always Been Part of Sexual Health. An article in The Lancet by the head of the World Health Organization and the head of the UN Population Fund endorsed a report by Lancet/Guttmacher that promotes abortion and homosexual rights under the rubric of “sexual and reproductive health and rights.” It is a direct challenge to congressional and executive U.S. funding restrictions on abortion. Read more here.

 

UN Demands Mexican State “Promptly Comply” With Ruling Legalizing Abortion.The UN human rights office, the UN agency for women, and the UN Population Fund have praised a federal district court judgment that orders the legislature of Veracruz to guarantee access to abortion for women and girls on the basis of the non-binding recommendations of UN committees. Read more here

 

Legal Challenges to Canada Summer Jobs Attestation Grow. To qualify for grants this year, applicants had to sign an attestation saying both the job applicant and the organization’s “core mandate” respect reproductive rights (which includes abortion), as well as other “values underlying the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.” Some pro-life groups were denied funding. Read more here.

 

Two Bills to be introduced to Irish Legislators to Legalize Free Abortion on Demand. Ireland recently voted to repeal an amendment that protected unborn children. The legislation would allow abortion for any reason up to 12 weeks of pregnancy, would force taxpayers to fund abortions, and would create buffer zones around abortion clinics. Read more here.

MARRIAGE

Ex-Magistrate Wins Permission to Appeal Removal. Richard Page was removed as a magistrate then subsequently from his role as non-executive director of the NHS trust because he spoke out about his belief that a child is better off when raised by a mother and a father. He will be allowed to appeal the decision of the Employment Tribunal. Read more here.

 

Same-Sex Couple in Bulgaria Wins Lawsuit Forcing Country to Recognize Their Marriage. The couple filed a lawsuit when one Australian woman’s Bulgarian residency request was rejected despite being married to a female citizen of the European Union. Read more here.

 

Episcopal Church Passes Resolution that Will Allow Same-Sex Marriages Even if Local Bishops Object. The House of Bishops and House of Deputies, the bicameral governing body of the church, approved the controversial resolution after a lengthy debate. Read more here.

 

U.S. Study Finds Same-Sex Marriage Doesn’t Improve LGBT Health. According to a study by the National Bureau of Economic Research, even though legalization of same-sex marriage has improved access to healthcare for LGBT individuals, their health indicators have not improved. Read more here.

HUMAN SEXUALITY

California Bill Banning Therapy for Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction Stalls in State Senate. The bill that some say is so broad that it will ban books on overcoming same-sex attraction cleared the California Assembly, but debate in the Senate has been delayed until early August. Read more here.

 

India Supreme Court May Decriminalize Homosexual Behavior. The law would legalize sexual relations between two consenting adults. One justice warned that such a ruling would legalize adult incestuous relationships. Read more here.

 

Study Finds Nearly Half of Homosexual Men Have Been Abused by Their Partner.The study published in the American Journal of Men’s Health found that among 160 homosexual male couples, 46 percent of the men reported “some form of intimate partner abuse” in just the past year. Read more here.

GENDER

Some Parents Raising Their Children as Gender-Neutral “Theybies.” These parents do not disclose their children’s biological sex to anyone, including their children, and they plan on allowing their children to decide their gender. Read more here.

 

Referrals of Gender-Confused Children Reach Record High in Scotland. A report by the Scottish Public Health Network revealed that there were 222 children, some as young as age six, who were referred to specialist services in 2017, a 21 percent increase of the previous year. Read more here.

 

Portugal Passes Law to Allow Citizens to “Change” Gender Without Medical Report.The law will allow individuals from the age of 16 to “change” their gender and name without a medical diagnosis of “identity disruption.” Portugal is the sixth European country to enact such a law. Read more here.

 

Indian State Announces Rights for Transgender Individuals. The state of Kerala said it would reserve places for transgender students in higher education institutions to ease their stigmatization in society. Read more here.

 

Gym Bans Woman for Objecting to Sharing Locker Room With Gender-Confused Man. A Planet Fitness in Florida has terminated the membership of a woman who objected to sharing the women’s locker room with a biological male who identifies as a female. Read more here.  

 

Puerto Ricans Now Allowed to Change Birth Certificates According to Their Gender Identity. U.S. District Judge Carmen Consuelo Cerezo ruled in April that Puerto Rico could not prevent transgender individuals from changing their birth records to conform to their gender identity rather than their biological sex. The change took effect this week. Read more here.

 

Restrictions on Children “Changing” Their Gender to be Lifted in Ireland. Under the existing legislation, children under the age of 16 are prohibited from accessing gender recognition, while teenagers aged 16-17 must go through a medical and psychiatric process before “changing.” Children under the age of 18 will require consent from both their parents. Read more here

 

Government of Ontario will Still Teach Gender Identity to Children Despite Dropping Controversial Sex Ed Program. A recent decision was made to abandon a controversial sex-ed curriculum instituted by former Premier Kathleen Wynne, but Ontario schoolchildren will still be taught about gender identity and same-sex relationships. Read more here.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD

Federal Judge Rules for Trump Administration’s Plan to Shift Funds from Planned Parenthood. The Trump administration sought to shift funds from a federal family-planning grant program toward prioritizing groups that are faith-based and that promote abstinence. Planned Parenthood and other organizations challenged the guidelines. Read more here.

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

U.S. House Committee Approves Amendment That Would Protect Religious Adoption Agencies From Being Forced to Place Children with Same-Sex Couples.The House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment to an upcoming funding bill that would preserve federal funding for agencies who do not want to place children with same-sex couples. Faith-based agencies in several states have had to shut down their adoption divisions because they did not want to violate their religious beliefs. Read more here.

 

Calligraphers Face Jail Time for Not Promoting Same-Sex Weddings With Their Art. Two calligraphy artists who face up to six months in jail, $2,500 in fines, and three years of probation for each day there is a violation of a city code are petitioning the Arizona State Supreme Court to hear their challenge to the law. Read more here.  

 

Federal Judge Rules Against Upholding Religious Beliefs of Adoption Agency. The judge ruled that Catholic Social Services was in violation of its contract with the city of Philadelphia because it refused to place children with same-sex couples as it was a violation of religious beliefs. The ruling will be appealed. Read more here.

GENERAL INTEREST

New Indiana Law Allows Parents to Veto Inappropriate Sex Ed. The legislation now known as Public Law 154 took effect starting in July and requires public schools to attempt to obtain written consent from a parent or guardian before teaching children about various topics pertaining to sexuality. Read more here.  

 

Landmark Resolution to Protect Children from Unsuitable Content Passed by Republican National Committee. The committee unanimously adopted the resolution supporting parental rights to know what their children are being taught in schools. The resolution will serve as the impetus for state legislation across the nation. Read more here.

 

Study Finds Only About One-Third of South African Children Live with Their Biological Fathers. The study found that about 36 percent of South African children live in the same household as their biological fathers, while 35 percent live in the same household as other men who were not their biological fathers. Read more here.

 

Birthrate in China Still Lagging. Despite the suspension of China’s one-child policy two years ago, Chinese couples are still not having babies fast enough to counter the country’s aging society and shrinking workforce. Read more here.

 

Concern Heightened About the Impact of Declining Fertility in the U.S. Recent data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the number of births in the U.S. fell one percent from a year earlier. Some demographers are concerned that if the trend continues, the country could face economic turmoil. Read more here.

 

Court Blocks Trump from Implementing Transgender Military Ban. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s order blocking implementation of the Trump administration’s ban on transgender Americans serving in the military. Read more here

 

Study Finds Kids Who Attend Government Preschool Learn Less and Misbehave More. The results from the first randomized control trial of a state pre-kindergarten program in Tennessee found children’s early gains quickly transformed into worse academic performance, more discipline problems, and higher special education placements than children who hadn’t participated. Read more here.

 

Romania Grants Residence Rights to Married Same-Sex Couples if One Partner is EU Citizen. The Constitutional Court announced its decision after the same decision was reached three weeks previously by the European Court of Justice. The court stipulated that the ruling referred to residence rights and not the recognition of same-sex marriage. Read more here.

 

UK Teenagers Becoming Less Likely to Have Sex. A survey of 1,000 16- to 18-year-olds found that two-thirds of the teenagers surveyed said they had never had sex, and 24 percent said they had never consumed alcohol. The British Pregnancy Advisory Service report also found that young people were more likely to view time with their family as of higher importance than time with their friends. Read more here.

OPINION & ANALYSIS WORTH NOTING

An article by Glenn T. Stanton deftly refutes a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine claiming that there is no difference between lesbian parents and heterosexual parents. “New Study Finding Lesbians Are ‘Just As Good’ As Married Biological Parents Is Fake News” points out that the research is “embarrassingly poor in its basic methodology.” It is alarmingly clear that the “study” is not an unbiased academic investigation, but “an orchestrated persuasion tool” funded and carried out by homosexual rights activists. Read it here.

 

Many, many people on different continents, of different cultures, and different political persuasions can often agree on important issues. In this case, the UK’s Paul Embery, author of “Why Won’t Our Spineless Politicians Stand Up for the Family?,” makes a compelling argument in defense of the family, and he wonders why government officials often refuse to speak the truth about the most important institution in the history of the world. Embery points to the widespread breakdown of the family and states with no holds barred, “Yet so far as our lily-livered politicians talk about this social catastrophe at all, it is to tell us that families come in all shape[s] and sizes and that to even raise concerns is to stigmatise those families that do not conform to the traditional image. It is a pathetic, negligent, pusillanimous response to an epidemic that is causing widespread misery and impeding the life chances of millions of young people.” Read it here.

 

A post on the blog of the Institute for Family Studies by Mark Butler titled “Is Pornography Use Increasing Loneliness, Particularly for Young People?” contains some sobering data and commentary on pornography use especially among teens. Professor Butler explains the connection between pornography use and loneliness and the circular linkage between the two—each one potentially fueling the other. He writes, “In the cultural context of emotionally-disconnected sexual hookups scripted by pornography, loneliness may deepen and become increasingly painful, yet in response, pornography use may only intensify.” Read it here.

 

Jonathon Van Maren has compiled some stunning evidence of the true goals of some transgender activists. “In Their Own Words – What Transgender Activists Have in Store for Your Children” contains some chilling quotations from speakers at a symposium held in 2016. The speakers at this conference “bluntly lay out their agenda and explain how they are capturing the hearts and minds of the next generation, resulting in both sky-rocketing numbers of trans-identified youth as well as young people supportive of the trans ideology.” Read it here.