Please file this under "More Reasons to be Careful of Internet 'Reporting'."
A few internet articles empowered by social media last week proclaimed California Democrat Jackie Speier wants to federalize a state law to prohibit counseling to change a person's sexual orientation.
Under the bill's language, a mental health counselor could be sanctioned if there was an attempt to get a gay individual to change his or her behavior or speak negatively about their behavior as it relates to sexuality. more >>
LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Saddleback Church members took their first step towards healing after learning the previous day from Pastor Rick Warren that his son had committed suicide: they wept together.
Already scheduled to preach the weekend services before the tragedy occurred, Associate Senior Pastor Tom Holladay, who is Warren's brother-in-law and often considered his right-hand man, told those attending church services Sunday morning that he had been asked to talk about a book that the lead pastor had been reading.
"[Warren] said 'there's this little book I've been reading and I would like you to talk to the church about this book – the points that are in this book – and the name of the book is How to Survive the Worst Day of Your Life'," Holladay explained to an overflow crowd of more than 3,500 and to those watching online. more >>
The 27-year-old son of Pastor Rick Warren has taken his own life after a lifelong struggle with mental illness. The internationally known Christian leader at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., made the announcement about his son early Saturday morning in an email sent to his staff.
"No words can express the anguished grief we feel right now. Our youngest son, Matthew, age 27, and a lifelong member of Saddleback, died today," wrote Warren.
"Over the past 33 years we've been together through every kind of crisis. Kay and I've been privileged to hold your hands as you faced a crisis or loss, stand with you at gravesides, and prayed for you when ill. Today, we need your prayer for us," began the staff email from him. more >>
A federal judge in New York ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday to make the Plan B emergency contraceptive pill available to young teens and girls without a doctor's prescription. The White House promptly responded by saying the age restriction was the "right common-sense approach."
While today's women need to prove at the pharmacy they are 17 or older to be able to buy the morning-after pill, U.S. District Judge Edward Korman for the Eastern District of New York ruled Friday that women of any age should be able to buy emergency contraception without a doctor's prescription, according to The Associated Press.
President Barack Obama had supported a 2011 decision by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius setting age limits for Plan B One-Step and its generic versions, which can prevent pregnancy if taken soon enough after unprotected sex. Obama had then supported Sebelius, saying she acted because she wasn't sure that an 11-year-old "should be able, alongside bubble gum or batteries…to buy a medication that potentially, if not used properly, could end up having an adverse effect." more >>
Cohabitation has become the "new normal," according to one study, which reports that at least 48 percent of women between the ages 15-44 cohabitated with a man before they were married. But is normal good?
"My girlfriend and I are living together," a man who identified himself as J.K. wrote on The Christian Post website in a blog to Billy Graham, "but her parents have let it be known they don't approve 'because God doesn't like it.' What's the big deal? It's so common today that I don't see why anyone should object."
Cohabitation on the Rise more >>
A clinic once owned by late-term abortion provider Dr. George Tiller has been officially reopened, nearly four years after Tiller's murder at the hands of a pro-life, anti-government extremist.
Although Tiller was known as a late-term abortion provider, the clinic, newly dubbed the "South Wind Women's Center," will perform abortions only up to the 14th week of pregnancy.
Julie Burkhart, former Tiller employee and head of the Trust Women Foundation which purchased the clinic facility last year, told Reuters the reason for the limit. more >>