China's Communist Party has decided to abolish its decades-long, draconian one-child policy, according to State media, which also said that couples will be allowed to have two children. Women will still be forced to abort all subsequent pregnancies, however.
"The change of policy is intended to balance population development and address the challenge of an ageing population," the ruling party said while announcing the plan at a Central Committee meeting Thursday, the State-controlled Xinhua new agency reported.
A final plan will be ratified by the annual session of China's top legislature in March, it added. more >>
In 2009, retired Army General Mark T. Kimmit wrote in the journal Foreign Policy of what he called "war of exhaustion" with regard to America's military efforts in Afghanistan.
"The objective in a war of exhaustion is to defeat a nation's will to fight. The British Empire was not defeated in Afghanistan by a war of attrition, nor was the Soviet Union defeated in Afghanistan through attrition. Both were defeated through exhaustion. And this is how the Taliban intends to defeat the current coalition efforts in Afghanistan — by steadily eroding our will to fight," he explained.
Whatever is now happening in Afghanistan, there is another "war of exhaustion" plaguing America: The exhaustion of social conservatives as we continue to defend life, uphold marriage, and protect religious liberty. more >>
The pro-life movement is making enormous gains and preparing the cultural ground for lasting political change, too. But we're not there yet.
These are heady times for the pro-life movement. In the last few weeks, I've spoken at several pro-life gatherings. Each time, I can feel the energy in the room. The stalwart defenders of life sense that momentum is shifting our way.
No doubt the horrors revealed in the videos released by the Center for Medical Progress have helped turn public opinion against abortion on demand and especially its chief purveyor, Planned Parenthood. In fact, as I mentioned recently on "The Point," According to a recent CNN poll, a solid majority of Americans — now 58% — oppose most or all abortions. more >>
WASHINGTON — The trend of illiberal liberals shutting down open debate is similar to certain forms of religious zealotry, a diverse set of panelists argued.
Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore compared liberals' growing intolerance toward religious views on college campuses to certain fundamentalist Christians' dissent of heretics. Though representing diverse political and theological viewpoints, the other panelists made similar arguments.
The Tuesday afternoon panel, Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, liberal pundit Kirsten Powers and atheist Pitzer College sociology professor Phil Zuckerman, was hosted by Georgetown University's Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs. Religious Freedom Project Associate Director Timothy Shah moderated. more >>
GOP Presidential candidate Ben Carson compared abortion to slavery, and has said that it should be illegal in cases of rape and incest.
"I know that's one of those words you're not supposed to say, but I'm saying it," Carson said in an interview with NBC News.
"During slavery, a lot of slave-owners thought they had the right to do whatever they wanted to that slave, anything that they chose. And what if the abolitionists had said, 'I don't believe in slavery, but you guys do whatever you want'? Where would we be?" more >>
"Life is measured here in split seconds; hesitate and people die."
From the opening minutes of CBS' new medical drama Code Black, the characters and narrative reveal this could be a bright spot among the 20 new broadcast TV shows debuting this fall.
Thrusting viewers into a real-world emergency room, it dramatizes the great lengths medical professionals go to save a single life — including one in the womb. more >>