Local residents of New Orleans, Louisiana are circulating a petition to have the town's mayor formally rescind a proclamation he awarded to Operation Rescue America, a conservative anti-abortion group that has staged multiple protests around town.
In a July 20 certificate, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office issued a proclamation to Flip Benham, director of Operation Rescue America. Since receiving the proclamation, the group has held multiple controversial protests throughout the southern city, including interrupting a service at the First Unitarian Universalist Church and holding a protest in a residential neighborhood.
The certificate, posted to the Operation Save America's Facebook page, thanked the pro-life group for its "outstanding service to the city of New Orleans." Such ceremonial certificates are usually distributed by the city to groups or conventions. According to Best of New Orleans, such certificates may also be distributed to groups with "organizational honors; church anniversaries and pastoral anniversaries; retirements; heroic deeds; a 100th birthday; or outstanding community service by an individual, group, or organization." more >>
Recent debate about access to women's birth control could not be more deceptive or ironic because it's based on the false presupposition that reproductive rights is solely a woman's issue. The universally known biological fact is that no woman can become pregnant without a man's sperm.
Yet, "family planning" initiatives have always targeted women, not men. None involve a systematic implementation of vasectomies or chemical castration. None address the reality that no female birth control method prevents STD/HIV/AIDS transmission.
Promoting female birth control is profoundly sexist. Targeting women reinforces widespread, long-held cultural and legal norms that ignore male sexual responsibility and culpability, and actually creates tangible, authentic gender inequality. more >>
WASHINGTON — The unifying tone of Sen. Marco Rubio's, R-Florida, Wednesday speech at the Catholic University of America contrasted sharply with President Barack Obama's divisiveness, Penny Nance, president of Concerned Women for America, told The Christian Post in an interview after the event.
Rubio "took a unifying stance that talked about the importance of marriage in America," Nance said. She also praised Rubio for offering "concrete policy ideas."
Later in the interview, Nance contrasted Rubio's tone with Obama, "who wants to divide and erode." more >>
Texas has experienced a 13 percent decline in its abortion rate since lawmakers pased a bill that requires abortion providers to meet basic health and safety standards at their facilities. The new law has led some clinic owners to close instead of paying for the mandatory upgrades.
According to a recently published study by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project, which tracked the rate of abortions in the Lone Star State from November 2012 to April 2014, the drop in abortions might be linked to HB2, which increases regulations on abortionists and abortion clinics.
Dr. Daniel Grossman, an abortion advocate, is the lead author of the study and vice president for Research at Ibis Reproductive Health. more >>
A human rights panel that is part of the United Nations has criticized the Republic of Ireland over its abortion laws and alleged abuse taking place at its Catholic-run homes.
The UN Human Rights Committee recently stated that the Roman Catholic-dominated country should revise its strict abortion laws, which were recently loosened via an act of Parliament.
The Obama administration is devising a plan that will allow religious nonprofits that object to paying for contraceptives and abortifacients in their healthcare plans and also object to filling out a form that allows a third-party to cover these products and services, to opt out.
White House officials said Tuesday that "they're still developing the alternative and couldn't provide any details about what it would entail," according to The Associated Press. "The administration said the new alternative won't involve shifting the costs to employees."
This announcement comes just weeks after the United States Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 vote that Wheaton College in Illinois is not required to cover emergency contraceptives it believes can lead to the early termination of a pregnancy. The vote gives the college temporary relief from the HHS' birth control mandate (while its case is pending), which it said violates the institution's religious beliefs. more >>