New York City's Mayor Michael Bloomberg has become an interesting urban social engineer. In 2012 alone, he pumped nearly 2.5 million dollars of his own money to help legalize same-sex marriage in the state of Maryland. Needless to say, he has become a formidable foe to traditional family values.
More recently he proposed an ill-conceived soda ban. I criticized his maniacal attempt to force New Yorkers to eat right a few weeks ago. Although his goal for better health among the urban poor is a pandemic issue in every US City; his solutions will hurt minority businesses, increase government expenditures, along with many other intrusions into personal freedoms. Surprisingly, in this article, I am highlighting one of Bloomberg's better, less invasive policy concepts. Let me explain!
Last month, thousands of posters were put up around New York City. They carried images of crying toddlers with words for teen mothers, including messages like: Because you had me as a teen, I'm twice as likely not to graduate high school. Mom, chances are, he won't stay with you. What happens to me? more >>
The New York City Health Department is promoting a new smartphone app, "Teens in NYC – Protection," created to battle teen pregnancy. One video featured in the mobile app addresses bisexuality and birth control.
The department claims that it is responsible for declining teen pregnancy in recent years and hopes that the new app will help continue this trend. The New York City Health Department recently announced that its efforts over the last decade have led to a 5 percent decline in teen pregnancies in one year, hitting a new low by falling 30 percent over the last decade. The new app was created to provide teens with more accessible information to locate free, confidential reproductive health services.
Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley said in a press statement that, "Not having sex is the surest way to prevent unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. But for teens who are having sex, it is important to use birth control and condoms to prevent unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease. The Teens in NYC mobile app provides information in ways that are familiar to teens so they can [get] access to these services." more >>
A new Gallup poll released on Wednesday has found that although many Americans believe that the public is mostly pro-choice on the issue of abortion, they are in fact more likely to be pro-life.
"When asked how they think most Americans feel about the abortion issue, 51% of U.S. adults say the public is mostly 'pro-choice,' while 35% say 'pro-life,'" Gallup reports, adding that "the same poll finds that 48% of Americans call themselves pro-life and 45% pro-choice."
America largely remains divided on whether abortion should be legal or not, and at what stage after conception unborn babies should be protected by the law. The survey noted that political moderates are the most likely to believe that the pro-choice position receives the most support. Republicans, on the other hand, believe that 45 percent of people would vote pro-life, compared to 43 percent who would vote pro-choice. more >>
Some towns are so small that their "Welcome to " and "Now Leaving" are posted on the same sign. Well, that sign is like my life. While some people measure their lives in decades, I measured mine in seconds. You see the day I took my first breath was also the day I breathed my last.
Unlike you, I never got to meet my family. I never had a first day at school. I never played baseball, took piano lessons, learned to drive a car, or went to my prom. My life was so short that I really never knew this world at all. It had come and gone in the blink of an eye. But the grave has a way of maturing you, giving you perspective beyond your experiences. And since I've had time to process my thoughts, I've decided to write down what's on my heart.
On Monday, a jury convicted the man who murdered me. Ironically, he wasn't found guilty because of my death, but because of three other kids who were just like me. He ended their lives in precisely the same way that he had ended mine, but for whatever reason my death was not accounted for. Maybe it was because I tend to be soft-spoken or that I didn't scream out as loud as the others did. Maybe I didn't squirm as much as they had. At least yelling and flailing would show that I'm somewhat viable. Yep, I should have yelled more and squirmed more. That was my fault. more >>
A federal judge in Michigan ruled Tuesday against a suit brought by a group of Christian evangelists who were attacked last year at the largest Arab gathering in the United States.
Judge Patrick J. Duggan decided that the group Bible Believers did not have a case against the Wayne County Sheriff's Office regarding the actions taken at an outbreak of violence at the Arab International Festival in Dearborn.
"Plaintiffs have cited no authority, and the Court has not located any, for the proposition that free speech rights categorically trump the authority of municipal entities to preserve order and protect public safety," wrote Duggan. more >>
WASHINGTON – A coalition of African-American clergy and leaders who came to the nation's capital to lobby for a Congressional investigation of the abortion industry says that the American church is by and large ignorant of abortion's negative impact.
Black clergy who spoke about the apparent lack of effort from pastors to speak out and act against the abortion industry on Tuesday morning addressed the question of why this was so.
The Rev. Walter Hoye, president and founder of the Issues4life Foundation, told The Christian Post that there are many reasons why the apathy existed in church leadership. more >>