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From the Homefront Project: Life Issues

It’s Time to Put #ThemBeforeUs: The Global Movement for Children’s Rights.

During the marriage debate, many traditional marriage supporters thought that appeals to studies, logic, and tradition would be enough to convince our neighbors that children needed marriage. In the end, the other side won the battle not because they had good research on their side. (They didn’t.) They won because they were able to humanize their arguments while we often responded with cold statistics. How different would things have been if we had story after story like the following, written by a girl raised by her father and his male partner?

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Marriage/Family

Viktor Orbán defeats pro-LGBT opponent in landslide election victory.

Pro-life and pro-family Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has won a fourth term as the Central European nation’s leader after his conservative Fidesz Party’s landslide success at the polls was announced Sunday. Read more

The Magic Kingdom Supports Sexualizing Childhood.

This assault on childhood innocence in the name of “tolerance” and identity-politics activism marks a dangerous escalation in the decades-long ideological transformation of sexual mores away from common sense, faith, and traditional morality. This escalation puts at risk children’s sexual development and psychological health by exposing them to materials and information they are not ready for, while sidelining parents’ responsibility and right to oversee this vulnerable period in their children’s lives. Read more

Sterilization and Millennial Hopelessness.

Some have pointed out that the legality of the procedure alone should bind doctors into providing sterilization, regardless of their personal beliefs or concerns that patients may later come to regret it. But no doubt, the doctors refusing to sterilize young women know that regret is not a minor factor to dismiss. The most commonly cited study on sterilization regret concludes that about 20% of women younger than 30 at their time of sterilization tend to say they regret their decision at a follow-up interview 14 years later. More recent research indicates that number could even be slightly higher. Put another way, at least 1 in 5 young women who undergo sterilization may someday wish to become a (biological) mother and will have to cope with the reality that it is impossible, by her own design. Read more

Parenting/Parental Rights

Idaho bill provides real help for parents after a Down syndrome diagnosis.

“The goal of this bill is to take that fear and isolation away and provide support and hope,” Mary Murray, President of the Idaho Down Syndrome Council and Vice President of Eastern Idaho Down Syndrome Family Connect, told EastIdahoNews.com.

Murray, who has a son with Down syndrome, talked about her own experience being encouraged to have an abortion after prenatal testing revealed that her son may be born with the condition. Read more

Online Sexual Predators Use Porn To Groom Children Into Sending Intimate Images, Report Shows.

The online grooming process often includes sexual conversation, showing adult pornography and/or child sexual abuse material to the victim, and pressuring or coercing the child to create and share sexual images of him or herself…

Offenders use the trust they have built to desensitize the child to sexual abuse. They may send sexually graphic, suggestive, or explicit images to the child—including adult pornography and child sexual abuse material—to persuade the child to reciprocate this behavior. Read more

Biden Doubles Down on Radical ‘Gender-Affirming Care’ for Kids.

President Joe Biden’s Justice Department has sent a letter to all state attorneys general warning that they could be violating civil rights laws if they keep minors from receiving “gender-affirming care.”

It starts with new pronouns and psychosocial training. Then it moves on to drugs and ends with surgery.

“Gender-affirming” in this context is really “sex-denying.” If they’re not put on this pathway, most kids who suffer gender dysphoria will grow out of it.

But that healing can be thwarted if a child is socially transitioned at home and school, and put on puberty blockers and then cross-sex drugs. The further kids go down this pathway, the less likely they are to turn back. And the greater is the cost for those who detransition. Read more

Sanctity of Life

Netherlands: More legal acts of euthanasia than ever before.

Never before have so many people obtained legal euthanasia in the Netherlands as in 2021. No fewer than 7,666 patients were killed on demand, representing an increase of over 10 percent compared to 2020. Last year, 4.5 percent of all deaths in the country (170,839) were due to euthanasia, according to the latest yearly report of the Regional Euthanasia Review Boards (RTE) — this proportion is also on the rise. In 2020, it was 4.1 percent. Read more

Citing Racial Discrimination, Black Leaders Target Roe v. Wade.

More than 20 million black babies have been aborted in the United States, and are three to five times more likely to be aborted than white babies, said McLure, who noted that this sort of racial targeting is clearly prohibited under state and federal law.

“In New York City, more black babies are killed in abortion than are born alive,” he continued. “In Alabama, black Americans make up 27 percent of the population, and yet they make up more than 60 percent of the abortion cases. Nobody can argue that this is not deliberate.” Read more

UK: Abortion at home approved during pandemic becomes permanent.

The Members of the United Kingsom House of Commons have voted in favour of an amendment to the Health and Care Bill, to make ‘DIY’abortion at home rules permanent in England and Wales, by 215 votes to 188. Read more

Religion

Myanmar Regime Destroys Dozens of Churches ‘to Suppress the Spirit of Christian People’.

Myanmar is ranked 12th on Open Doors’ 2021 World Watch List of countries where Christians suffer the most persecution.

Thousands of residents have fled their homes with many seeking safety inside churches since the conflict in Chin and Kayah state began. People view churches as a safe place and look for protection inside, which makes the attacks even more concerning. Read more

THE REAL CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUE OF OUR TIME.

Government overreach is once again threatening the rights of religious liberty and free exercise.

To take just one example, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is working on developing two rules that would likely force religious nonprofits to cover “gender transition” surgeries and treatments, including for minors. The rules classify transgender treatment as a new “essential health benefit”; they would mandate that employers cover puberty blockers for children, cross-sex hormones, genital and non-genital surgical procedures, and perhaps more. A draft of one rule claims that HHS will comply with laws respecting conscience and religious freedom, but it is not clear whether or how those exemptions will be recognized. Read more

Ten thousand people march for life in the streets of Lima.

“We will continue to defend and give voice to the weak and the voiceless”, said Jaúregui during the march. “Peru is definitely pro-life, our authorities must understand this, and we are very happy to have pro-life congressmen attending this march”, added Guillermo Aguayo.

The march was organised by over 30 civil organisations. Several members of Congress (especially from the Renovación Popular party), civil groups and many evangelicals, as well as Catholics, attended the march. Read more

Sexuality

France slams on transgender brakes.

While the Biden Administration has uncritically embraced the necessity of “gender-affirmative” medicine for American adolescents, other countries are slamming on the brakes.

In France the National Academy of Medicine has warned doctors that the growing number of cases of transgender identity in young people are often socially mediated and that great caution is needed when treating them. Read more

Transgender Cyclist Booted From Women’s Championship After Female Competitors Threaten Boycott.

Bridges was determined “ineligible” to compete by the UCI, cycling’s governing body, after women threatened to boycott the race.

The UCI ruled the 21-year-old, who began hormone therapy last year to reduce her testosterone levels, was currently not compliant with its regulations as she is still registered as a male cyclist – and therefore cannot compete as a woman until her male UCI ID expires.

The Guardian noted that the UCI’s decision “came amid a growing backlash from within the sport, with the Guardian understanding that a number of female riders were talking about boycotting the event in Derby because they felt that Bridges, who was on the Great Britain Academy programme as a male rider until being dropped in 2020, had an unfair advantage.” Read more

UNFPA Report Frames “Unintended Pregnancy” as Global Crisis.

In 2018, the State of World Population report drew special attention to the figure that 43% of pregnancies in the developing world were unplanned, while omitting the fact that in developed regions, the corresponding statistic was 46%, and the region with the lowest percentage of pregnancies unintended was Africa at 39%. Read more