Any young woman or teen who gets pregnant out-of-wedlock faces three choices: abort her baby; keep her baby, or release her baby for adoption.
How she decides will impact her and her baby and in many cases it will affect the man who fathered the child as well. Too often, he is left out of the decision process, and just as often the young woman will make her decision without fully exploring the option of adoption.
Studies that compare birth mothers who keep their babies and become single parents with those who release their babies for adoption show that the latter are more likely to complete their education, be employed, and get married; they are less likely to have a repeat out-of-wedlock pregnancy and become divorced in later marriages. more >>
Equality is more important than religion, Brendan Ayanbadejo, an NFL linebacker and outspoken advocate of gay rights, said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press." Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich argued that the push for so-called equality has infringed upon religious freedom.
"People have to realize, even though it's your right to have religion ... you can't use that right of religion to take other people's rights away. Equality trumps all of them," Ayanbadejo said.
Ayanbadejo played for the Baltimore Ravens last season and is currently a free agent. more >>
While publications like the Daily Beast and Mother Jones and networks like NPR are exposing the scandal of – gasp – Evangelical adoptions, perhaps they should cover a different religious scandal. Thanks to Jim Geraghty's must-read Morning Jolt e-mail (subscribe if you haven't — it's consistently my favorite read of the day), I ran across this chart from The Economist detailing Muslim attitudes towards Sharia law and apostasy:
Read it and weep. In Egypt, for example, more than 70 percent of the public supports Sharia law, and almost 90 percent of those individuals also support executing those who leave Islam. I feel comfortable saying this is a problem, a much, much greater problem than any alleged American "Islamophobia," and if we turn away from these statistics and believe the fault for continued jihadist bloodshed lies primarily within us — or is primarily the fault of Israel — then we are truly willfully blind.
To be clear, I do not share this chart as evidence of the nature of "true Islam." Unlike our recent presidents, I don't claim to understand the religion so deeply as to pontificate on its true nature. In fact, this chart shows considerable diversity of views (if only Egypt were like Kazakhstan), and I know many Muslims who not only are marvelous people but have provided indispensable help in the war against jihadist terror. Instead, I defy anyone to read this and argue that there aren't deep cultural problems — tied directly to religious belief — in vast and important swathes of the Muslim world. more >>
The Washington Post and New York Times rejected advertising revenue last week from the American Life League that wanted to buy full-page ads revealing sexually graphic images that Planned Parenthood distributes to children as young as 10.
Both publications deemed the images in the ad as being "too graphic" and "shocking" for their adult readers even though elementary school-aged children are exposed to the same pictures at schools that use Planned Parenthood's material for their sex education programs.
The images shown in the rejected advertisements came from a Planned Parenthood-endorsed book, titled It's Perfectly Normal, and two videos, titled The G-Spot: How Pregnancy Happens, and Sextionary: Clitoral Hood that are posted on YouTube and TeenWire.com. more >>
Rep. Paul Ryan, last year's Republican vice presidential nominee, said Monday that he regretted voting to ban same-sex couples in the District of Columbia from adopting children.
Ryan, who is considered a possible presidential nominee for 2016, was answering questions from his constituents in Janesville, Wis. An audience member asked him about his positions on same-sex marriage, the Employer Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), and allowing gay couples to adopt children.
"Adoption, I would vote differently these days," Ryan answered. "That was a vote I think I took in my first term, in 1999 or 2000. I do believe that if there are children who are orphans who do not have a loving person or couple, I think if a person wants to love and raise a child they ought to be able to do that. Period. So, I would vote that way." more >>
Eight U.S. senators have signed onto Sen. Chuck Grassley's (R-Iowa) fight to defund the Common Core State Standard's Initiative.
On April 16, Grassley announced a letter asking the chair and ranking member of the Appropriations subcommittee overseeing the U.S. Department of Education's funding of the Common Core to require that any funds appropriated to the Department of Education not be used to develop, implement or evaluate state-level education standards, or to awards grants or contracts for development, implementation or evaluation of state-level education standards.. Senators had until last Thursday, April 25, to sign onto the letter.
Eight senators added their names to the letter: Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.). more >>