The parents of a mentally disabled woman who was almost forced to have an abortion have finalized the adoption of the baby girl, now almost 2.
Elisa Bauer became pregnant in 2012 after wandering away from her group home in Reno, Nevada. Her parents and legal guardians, Bill and Amy Bauer, were not sure whether Elisa became pregnant as a result of rape or consensual sex. They only knew that they wanted to keep the child, but they had to go to court in order to do so.
Social services asked the court to get involved in Elisa's case, citing her mental capacity, which was reportedly that of a six-year-old child. Elisa also suffered from bipolar disorder and epilepsy, and social services worried that the pregnancy could be detrimental to her health. The case made its way to the Nevada Supreme Court, and Bill and Amy asked the court to stop proceedings held by Judge Egan Walker. more >>
An atheist is scheduled to give a secular invocation for the beginning of a council meeting in a South Dakota city.
Amanda Novotny, president of the Siouxland Freethinkers, will give the invocation Tuesday evening at the Sioux Falls City Council meeting.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Novotny explained that the inspiration for doing the invocation came courtesy of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision Town of Greece v. Galloway. more >>
This is the third in a five-part debate series on same-sex marriage between James W. Doig and Robert P. George. It originally appeared on The Witherspoon Institute's Public Discourse. You can read Part One here, Part Two here and Part Three here.
I have argued for the historic view of marriage as a conjugal union and made what I think are decisive objections to your view of marriage as committed sexual-romantic companionship or domestic partnership. You replied by restating your view and asserting that my objections don't apply. But restating a view is no substitute for an argument in its support. more >>
A federal judge upheld a New Jersey law that prohibits conversion therapy for minors.
U.S. District Judge Freda Wolfson of the District of New Jersey rejected the second lawsuit against the law to be brought before the court.
Wolfson ruled last Wednesday in Doe v. Christie that the unnamed parents and their minor child who filed suit against the law did not have their rights violated by the therapy ban. more >>
For example, consider stigmas related to pregnancy.
In 2014 America, families and communities still shame the woman, not the man, for getting pregnant and giving birth to "a bastard." The father is rarely held legally responsible for the "bastard's" care. Existing laws, if enforced, do require the biological father to pay child support in certain circumstances. However, with DNA and paternity tests now available, laws should include provisions requiring pregnant women to receive financial assistance from the father of the child, unborn or born, and legal penalties associated with non-compliant fathers. more >>
According to a 2011 Gallup poll, Americans thought that 25 percent of the population was gay (meaning one in every four people), while those aged 18-29 put the figure at closer to 30 percent (meaning almost one in every three people). The reality is that less than 2 percent of the population is gay (meaning less than one in 50 people), and many gay leaders know this is true.
People of America, you have been duped.
For many years, we were told that "1 in every 10 Americans" was gay, a figure based on the massively flawed 1948 study of Alfred Kinsey. (Kinsey actually relied on data from male prisoners to come up with his statistics.) more >>