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From the Homefront Project:

The Research Proves The No. 1 Social Justice Imperative Is Marriage.

Just 70 years ago, social mobility and protection from poverty were largely a factor of employment. Those who had full-time work of any kind were seldom poor. Fifty years ago, education marked the gulf separating the haves from the have-nots. For the last 20 years or more, though, marital status has increasingly become the central factor in whether our neighbors and their children rise above, remain, or descend into poverty. The research is astounding.

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Marriage/Family

Pro-abortion Women’s Health Protection Act fails in US Senate.

The WHPA “would enshrine into federal law abortion on demand until the moment of birth, and it would nullify state laws — new and existing – that protect unborn children and their mothers,” Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life, warned ahead of the vote.

The Feb. 28 cloture vote, with 46 for and 48 against the WHPA, needed 60 votes to proceed. It fell largely along party lines with only one Democrat (Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia) voting against proceeding with the bill that would override states’ pro-life laws and remove restrictions on abortion up to the point of birth in some cases. Read more

Children First: Why Family Structure and Stability Matter.

Research evidence indicates that, on average, children who have (a) two parents who are committed to one another, (b) a stable home life, (c) more economic resources, and (d) the advantage of being intended or welcomed by their parents, are more likely to flourish. In general, we believe that evidence suggests that marriage is the best path to the favorable outcomes highlighted above. Read more

Why Bother Having Kids?

What I find perplexing about the arguments from both Pope Francis and Elon Musk is that they’re both basically saying people should have kids for the greater good. Pope Francis’ “our homeland suffers, as it does not have children” sounds weird, but I believe he’s making what I’ll call the Social Security argument. In the U.S., Social Security provides money to the elderly. But the system only works if there are more workers paying in than people drawing money out. You need gradual population growth, and the economy generally is structured this way.

I certainly did not have kids to benefit the greater good, society, or the Social Security program. So, if the greater good isn’t a compelling reason to have kids, what is? Read more

Parenting/Parental Rights

Protecting the Magic of Childhood.

For two years now, our kids have taken it on the chin with all the restrictions such as masks and canceled activities. The lockdowns of schools damaged the education of these children, slammed the brakes on their social life, and left many of them depressed. To my knowledge, the advocates of these ruinous policies have never apologized for the damage they’ve done to this generation of kids. And I don’t see any of them getting in line to help our children now. Instead, it’s going to be up to parents, grandparents, teachers, mentors, and guardians to return childhood and adolescence to our young people. Here are some ways we can make that restoration a reality. Read more

How a Dad Lost Custody of Son after Questioning His Transgender Identity.

Judge Hiramoto never disclosed to the parties that she is a mother to a transgender child whose transition she publicly supported on social media. Under ethical standards for judges, she almost certainly should have disclosed this. But even had she recused herself, it might not have changed the outcome. Gender activists now regularly provide “training” to family court judges in many states touting the purported benefits of gender medicine for kids with little discussion of the risks or the existence of prominent critics within the medical community. Read more

Forced sterilization still legal in over 30 US states, used mainly against disabled people.

According to the report, 31 states plus Washington, D.C., allow for people to be forcibly sterilized. Most often, sterilization is used against people with disabilities, especially those who are also people of color. Sometimes, parents or guardians are complicit, but not always. And the person being sterilized isn’t always told what has been done to them until they find out on their own later. Read more

Sanctity of Life

PRO-LIFE ARGUMENTS EXPLAINED.

The abortion debate has reached a fever pitch in 2022. The upcoming SCOTUS ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health could be transformative. For this reason, effective pro-life arguments must address the history relied upon by abortion advocates. Roe v. Wade (1973) and Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992) are considered pro-choice landmarks. Read more

US threatens to deny visas to Dominican Republic lawmakers if they don’t legalize abortion.

Legislators in the Dominican Republic “received a warning from the American embassy that if they don’t legalize abortion” and write LGBT protections into law, “they’re gonna be without visa[s],” one of the nation’s Catholic bishops said. Read more

Chemical abortion now comprises more than half of all U.S. abortions.

2020 was the first time chemical abortion “crossed the threshold to become the majority of all abortions,” Guttmacher said, “and it is a significant jump from 39% in 2017, when Guttmacher last reported these data.”

Chemical abortion has grown in popularity and abortion supporters continue to push for increased access, even suing during the pandemic for safety regulations to be loosened using the virus as a pretext. Read more

Religion

Case of U.K. Doctor Banned From Helping Women Stop Medicated Abortion to Be Heard By High Court.

In 2021, Dr. Dermot Kearney was blocked by the General Medical Council (GMC) from offering women what is commonly known as abortion pill reversal.

The method is touted by pro-life healthcare workers to potentially save the life of a baby whose mother has changed her mind halfway through a medicated abortion; critics claim it’s ineffective and possibly dangerous.

Kearney is a seasoned medical consultant and former president of the Catholic Medical Association and has the support of the Christian Legal Centre, which often takes on cases involving medical professionals who have been discriminated against on the basis of their faith. Read more

University Agrees to Let Campus Christian Group Pick Leaders on the Basis of Faith.

“The university excluded Ratio Christi because it requires its leaders to agree with its values and mission. Other organizations have leadership requirements but are recognized by the university,” the ADF said in a press release at the time.

“But when Ratio Christi applied for recognition as a registered student organization, the university rejected the application and revoked its invitation to the student organization fair.”

Shortly afterward, the school reversed course, sanctioning the group and giving a statement that Ratio Christi would have been allowed to select leaders of its choice all along. Read more

Our Plastic World—And Plastic Selves.

The collapse of traditional, external anchors of identity—perhaps most obviously those of religion, nation, and family—explains the attraction of the turn inward. The rise of technology feeds the notion that we can bend nature to our will, that the world is just so much raw, plastic material from which we can make whatever meaning or reality we choose. We no longer think of ourselves as subject to the world’s fixed nature, or of it as having an objective authority or meaning. We are the ones with power, and we are the ones who give the world significance. Read more

Sexuality

Testimony from the Mother of a Swimmer Who Competed Against Lia Thomas.

The mother of a swimmer who competed against Lia Thomas gives testimony outlining the very real threats that transgender ideology (and its political and institutional enforcement) pose to girls and women. Watch video

Sweden recommends against puberty blockers for children in setback to trans movement.

Sweden formally recommended against puberty blockers and other transgender hormone drugs for children this week in a move hailed by experts as a “major departure” from dangerous existing standards.

In new guidelines released Tuesday, the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare (NBHW) said that it now “recommends restraint” regarding hormone drugs, citing “uncertain science” and significant side-effect risks. Read more

‘Conversion therapies’: more harm than good?

Bans on conversion therapy are being passed feverishly in countries around the world following a United Nations directive against the ‘inherently degrading and discriminatory’ practice.

Canada, France, Germany and twenty-eight of the United States of America have passed bans, with Britain and the Netherlands in process against such therapy.

So what is ‘conversion therapy’ and what is so wicked about it? Read more