One day this month, most likely a Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hand down its decision in the case Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt. The case centers on a Texas law defining minimum health and safety standards for abortion practices, which abortion providers have sued to halt.
A remarkable Texas woman, the author of state law HB 2, stands at the center of the controversy. For years working in a family-owned tech company with her husband Robert, Jodie Laubenberg transitioned for some years to a larger role: raising their young children. Then in 2002, when two pro-choice politicians were the only candidates in her district, she ran for state representative and won. Yet her biggest battle came a decade later.
To share her story firsthand, Texas State Rep. Laubenberg recently joined a conference call with Texas Loves Life — a coalition committed to pray for life to be upheld in this case. With Matt Lockett of Bound4LIFE moderating, Laubenberg reveals events behind-the-scenes in this Texas-sized clash … and how concern for women guides her pro-life leadership. more >>
Last week, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) accused the Department of State Health Services in Texas of purposely withholding state abortion statistics for 2014.
The Department of State Health Services has indicated that the number of abortions performed in Texas declined in 2014, but has not yet made their full report public. The ACLU is insisting that the state release the 2014 report and suggested they are willing to pursue legal action. This story has been reported by a number of news outlets including The Texas Tribune and Politico.
The 2014 data are interesting for a variety of reasons. The year 2014 marks the first full year during which the state implemented provisions of the abortion law known as HB2. HB2 was passed by the Texas legislature in 2013 and was the same bill that motivated then-State Senator Wendy Davis to launch an extensive filibuster in the Texas State Senate. HB2 requires doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of an abortion clinic. It also requires clinics to maintain the same standards as an ambulatory surgical center. more >>
Kids once learned lessons about life through books. That's still the case for many children, but for the rest of them, movies have helped fill the gap.
That can be scary thought when you consider what Hollywood is putting in theaters, but for families who watched Finding Dory — which set an opening-weekend box office record for an animated movie — it's a good thing.
The Disney/Pixar flick is full of positive life lessons for both children and adults, as I discovered when I took my 8-year-old son to it on opening night. As we drove home, he and I discussed what we could take away from a film that, yes, was both entertaining and hilarious but that also had a great message. more >>
Progressive-minded Americans were "totally sure," according to a 2010 poll, that their viewpoints would not be considered bigoted "five years from now."
The recently declassified survey found that 87 percent of liberal respondents answered that they were "totally sure" that their views will remain equality-friendly five to ten years into the future.
The remaining 13 percent responded with either "absolutely sure", "completely sure", "surer than sure", "very sure", "Pauly sure", "Jersey sure", or "are you serious, bro?" more >>
A new study by a pair of Notre Dame economists received some media attention this week. It found that school districts that instituted condom distribution programs in the early 1990s saw significant increases in the teen-fertility rate. This study fills an important gap in the existing research on contraceptive programs.
There has been a considerable amount of academic research on Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs) and oral contraceptives. However, there has been almost no academic research on high-school condom-distribution programs.
The study is very rigorous. The authors identified 22 school districts in twelve states that launched condom-distribution programs during the 1990s. Some of these school districts are among the largest in the country including New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Overall, the study analyzes teen-fertility data from 396 high-population counties over a span of 19 years. A range of demographic and economic factors are held constant. more >>
This continued vetting process underlines how, for pro-life voters, this presidential election may be the most difficult in decades. Try as many do to put a good spin on it, there are currently no good options for those of us who cannot compromise on the issue of the sanctity of life.
We are not alone in our feeling of dissatisfaction. According to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll, 64 percent of registered voters answered "no" when asked if the presumptive nominees of both parties are "honest and trustworthy." In addition, a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll shows a whopping 44 percent of Americans want a viable third option. more >>