This column first appeared on Live Action News.
Earlier this month, Jennifer Lawrence's exclusive cover story with Vanity Fair hit the stands. The popular Hunger Games' star speaks openly about the Internet scandal involving the stolen nude photos of her. She calls it a "sex crime," and says that anyone who purposely looked at the photos of her is guilty.
Lawrence is right that, just because someone is a public figure, it doesn't give the general public – or anyone in particular – a right to view stolen photos of them. more >>
A North Carolina couple is clinging to their faith after losing a set of septuplets and say that they would do nothing differently and not choose selective reduction in order to "save" the pregnancy.
Lindsey and Steve Justice are the parents of 4-year-old Hannah and Hope, 2, but knew they wanted more children. After trying for several months, the couple turned to fertility treatments and even considered adoption, but nothing worked. However, they were happily surprised to learn that Lindsey was indeed expecting, and at six weeks gestation, they learned that there could be a complication: Lindsey was not carrying just one baby … her doctor estimated she could be carrying as many as six.
"He just said, 'this is dangerous. The human body is not meant to carry six-plus babies, and for your health and for the babies—their chances of survival, your best medical option is to selectively reduce.' Steven and I didn't even have to look at each other," Lindsey told NBC. "That was just not going to be an option." more >>
Although some are praising Silicon Valley technology companies Facebook and Apple for offering to pay for their female employees to undergo egg freezing procedures that would allow them to put off childbirth until after the prime of their careers, a Christian ethicist is arguing that companies paying for such fertility treatments send the message that "mothers are not welcomed in the workplace during the prime of their careers."
In order to help attract the top female talents to come work for them, Facebook and Apple are offering a rare benefit that will finance up to $20,000 in annual coverage for women to freeze their eggs through the process of cryopreservation, a process that extracts the eggs from the mother and stores them in sub-zero temperature until the mother is ready to have kids.
Some feel the purpose of undergoing this fertility procedure is to allow women to focus on their careers when they are younger while putting off childbearing and motherhood until they have the flexibility for it later in life, perhaps after their career. The process typically costs about $10,000, while it costs about $500 per year to store the eggs. Facebook has already been offering this perk to their employees, while Apple will begin offering it to their employees in January of 2015. more >>
As the 2014 midterm elections near, the abortion ad war has been heating up as one pro-choice group attacked a pro-life women's group as anti-woman and used a photo suggesting that the pro-life position is akin to sex abuse.
The pro-choice group, NARAL Pro-Choice America, has released a series of political advertisements since Oct. 7 that have criticized the "radical" and "anti-choice" agenda of pro-life candidates that are backed by the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List political action committee. The ads seemingly come in retaliation to an early advertisement aired in North Carolina by the pro-life group Women Speak Out PAC that criticized Democratic Senator Kay Hagan for supporting late-term abortions.
The advertisement, which has run in North Carolina and began running in Iowa on Thursday, links the Republican Senate candidates in those states to the "extreme" agenda of the SBA List to and claims the candidates condone sexual abuse and rape. more >>
Actress Glenn Close recently spoke out about her religious upbringing, which included several years in the Moral Re-Armament organization, a group often classified as a cult.
"I wouldn't trust any of my instincts because [my beliefs] had all been dictated to me," Close told The Hollywood Reporter. "I haven't made a study of groups like these, but in order to have something like this coalesce, you have to have a leader. You have to have a leader who has some sort of ability to bring people together, and that's interesting to me because my memory of the man who founded it [Moral Re-Armament] was this wizened old man with little glasses and a hooked nose, in a wheelchair."
In fact, the MRA was formed by Rev. Frank Buchman, who organized the group around four "absolutes": honesty, purity, unselfishness, and love. He taught that only a select few who had special guidance from God were without sin and had a duty to teach and change those around them. The group formed in the 1930s as a spiritual element to the World War. Buchman famously once said that he was grateful for Adolf Hitler. more >>
Before saying "I do," Jill Duggar and now-husband Derick Dillard went through premarital counseling with her parents, Jim Bob and Michelle.
"The four of us meet on a weekly basis for counseling," Michelle explained in the most recent episode of "19 Kids and Counting." "I believe it is our responsibility to equip our children to be prepared for that next step in life of marriage."
It's no secret that the Duggar parents are thoroughly involved in their children's relationships; they see every text message exchange and even participate in the texts as well, and they thoroughly vet their children's suitors before the children even meet them. Jim Bob was the one to arrange the meeting between daughters Jill and Jessa and their husbands. more >>