Category: Marriage/Family

‘Unplanned’ movie trailer about Abby Johnson’s pro-life conversion hits #1 on iTunes

The trailer for the movie “Unplanned” about former Planned Parenthood manager Abby Johnson’s pro-life conversion has reached the top spot on iTunes.

On iTunes, viewings of the “Unplanned” trailer surpassed those for “Child’s Play,” “Avengers: Endgame,” and “Aladdin.” The preview has also been viewed on Facebook 2.5 million times.

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Same-Sex Couples Sue For The Right To Marry In Japan

Thirteen same-sex couples have filed a lawsuit in Japan arguing that the country’s rejection of same-sex marriage violates their constitutional rights. It’s the first such lawsuit in the country, Japan Times reports.
While no laws on the books technically prohibit same-sex marriage, Japan’s government has interpreted the constitution’s marriage provisions to only permit marriage between heterosexual couples. But that reading ignores other parts of the constitution that guarantee equality, lawyers for the couples say.

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Report: Children living in the shadow of war

A new report commissioned by an international children’s charity has revealed that 420 million children, or nearly one in five worldwide, lived in “areas affected by armed conflict and war” in 2017— a twenty-year high. Save the Children (STC) commissioned the report and the Peace Research Institute Oslo conducted it, releasing this year’s findings Feb. 14.

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Memo to New York State Senators: Commercial Surrogacy Undermines the Child-Parent Relationship

In 2015, State Senator Brad Hoylman and his Assembly co-sponsor, Amy Paulin, introduced new legislation entitled “The Child-Parent Security Act,” which will legalize commercial gestational surrogacy contracts and allow the judgment of parentage to be issued before the child is even born. The intended parents and the surrogate do not even have to be New York residents, as long as the child is born in New York. This bill will allow anyone living anywhere in the world to commission a baby in the state, either by hiring a surrogate in New York, or by flying a surrogate in from any other state or country to give birth in the state.

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Could parents who resist the transgender narrative lose their kids? Yup

What happens if parents want to stop a child from “transitioning” from their natal sex? Obviously the child needs help because the desire to live as a member of the opposite sex is very distressing. The old medical consensus used to be that the best policy was “watchful waiting”, partly because nearly all children gradually change their mind and partly because the treatment is simply not safe. This is in danger of becoming a new dogma for the media, police, schools and policy makers. From their point of view, if gender affirmation is the only possible medical response to gender discomfort, the common sense response of watchful waiting constitutes child abuse. And this warrants removing children from their parents’ care.

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How to Make Time with Family and Loved Ones Count

Although it’s true that we can always consume more information, it’s not true that slowing down and taking time to connect — particularly face-to-face — is a waste of time. In fact, the exact opposite is true. Making time for social connections can reduce the chances of depression and anxiety caused by loneliness. And those connections can have broader benefits as well. John Gottman, Ph.D., notes in his book, “The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work,” that enhancing your “love maps,” as in your knowledge of your spouse’s day-to-day experiences, is key to a happy, healthy marriage and a happier, healthier life.

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Lundeen: Flawed sex ed bill leaves parents out of the equation

Even if you allow room for differences of opinion regarding the content of HB19-1032, the approach promoted by the bill has the blunt force trauma of a singular perspective pushed upon an entire state. This approach should offend the liberty-loving inclinations of us all. Consider for a moment a legislative majority that supported mandated abstinence-only curriculum for teaching human sexuality. My arguments would be the same. Regardless of who is in charge in the Colorado Legislature, parental choice in education best serves children when those choices can be made as close as possible to home.

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Focus on the Family to blast live, third-trimester ultrasound in Times Square

Christian conservative organization Focus on the Family will broadcast a live, third-trimester ultrasound on jumbo screens in Manhattan’s Times Square this spring in protest of New York’s new abortion law. Focus on the Family President Jim Daly told CBN News this week that his Colorado-based global ministry will set up in Times Square on May 4 to call attention to the newly passed Reproductive Health Act, which greatly expands abortion rights in New York.

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Support for conversational capacities among low income parents for language development in children that can cut poverty’s impact.

Big improvements seem possible for crucial language development in children from families in underserved communities. These possibilities do not negate the need for economic policies to address child poverty. But children’s language prospects need not be so blighted by impoverished beginnings. They can do well despite stubborn child poverty or poor preparation for school. It’s all about the power of talk. Conversation between parents and young children aids language development in children and can nurture young children’s learning and redress some of the imbalances with better-off peers. Talking can help put impoverished children on a path to school readiness and success.

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The Orwellian Nightmare of “Trans Truth”

An English court has been presented with a mind-bending transgender dilemma in family law. Sir Andrew McFarlane, president of the Family Division of the High Court has called for the working of the 2008 Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act to be examined. It emerged that “TT”, born a woman but identifying as a man, was allowed “to access fertility treatment legally reserved for women” only days after being legally accepted as a “trans man” and granted a Gender Recognition Certificate under the 2004 Gender Recognition Act. TT subsequently gave birth to a child, and “he” is now seeking to be legally recognised on “YY’s” birth certificate as the “father”.

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