Parents of an unborn child with two faces and two brains are battling against the medical organization that wants them to abort the fetus. But Renee Young and Simon Howie, of Australia, say that they will do everything in their power to keep their child, no matter the odds.
"It'd be the same as being a child with autism or Down syndrome," Howie told "A Current Affair." "I don't believe in terminating the baby if it's healthy and growing fine, and everything is going to plan. Renee was the same."
Three-dimensional sonograms show that the child has two legs, two arms, one body and all vital organs, including a strong heart. Yet the child also has two faces with the same features, and two brains connected with one brain stem. Doctors have urged the couple to abort the child, but by the time the abnormality was discovered, it was too late for a traditional abortion. more >>
A CEO apologized to the mom of a preemie baby for comments he made to employees regarding their retirement plans being cut. Tim Armstrong, the Chief Executive at AOL, said in a town hall meeting Thursday that the company was cutting benefits because of "distressed babies" that had cost too much money, among other things.
However, after he personally called Deanna Fei Sunday to apologize for the comments, she said she forgave him.
"He spoke to me as a person to another person and not in the public role as a CEO. He spoke to me in a heartfelt way, as a father of three kids to a fellow parent," she revealed on the "Today" show. more >>
A woman died on Saturday after falling close to 2,000 feet while attempting to BASE jump with her new husband, whom she had married less than half a month before the accident.
Amber Bellows, 28, and her husband Clayton Butler, scaled Mount Kinesava on Feb. 8. A plateau known for its hieroglyphics in Utah's Zion National Park, it is about 3,000 feet from top to bottom.
Butler followed Bellows after she jumped first on Saturday but was unable to find his wife of two weeks when he arrived at the bottom. He reported her disappearance at 6:30 p.m. local time, though rescue teams were unable to locate her body until 10 a.m. the following morning and ultimately had to retrieve it using a helicopter. more >>
While two polygamist families are attempting to prove critics wrong and convince people that they live a normal lifestyle, at least one former polygamist wife is speaking out against the practice. The state of Utah recently ruled that a law against cohabitation was a violation of the First Amendment's right to freedom of religion, allowing polygamist families more freedom.
Marion Munn was part of a plural marriage for 18 years after converting to Mormon fundamentalism. Munn was not happy with the arrangement and is now speaking out about the dangers of the polygamist lifestyle.
"The only way that I can explain it is like living with adultery on a daily basis, and having the woman come home. On top of that you have to smile and pretend that everything's okay because that's part of the culture too. So for me going into it, I didn't personally want to live it, but I felt compelled to as a matter of faith," Munn told Daily Mail. more >>
More than 10 million men, or one out of every six in the 25 to 54 age bracket, are unemployed in the United States, and only about one third of them say they are actively seeking jobs. Experts believe this dire condition could also be causing declining marriage rates.
"Some of them are looking for jobs. Two-thirds say they aren't. Some are supported by families or friends; men without jobs are far less likely to be married than men with jobs. About 2 million of these prime-age men are on Social Security Disability Insurance," said David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at the Brookings Institution in a report Thursday.
Noting the acute and chronic nature of the unemployment situation among men, Wessel said it was a result of the slow recovery of the U.S. economy from the Great Recession as well as a shift away from the types of work popular among men before the recession. Even as the economy improves, however, he pointed out that employment troubles among men is likely to persist. more >>
Surrogacy, an arrangement in which a woman carries and births the biological child of another individual or couple who will raise the child, is a complex issue from a medical, legal and moral standpoint, though the few statistics available about the practice suggest it is on the rise.
There are two types of surrogacy, traditional and gestational. In traditional surrogacy, the surrogate is artificially inseminated and becomes the genetic mother of the child. In gestational surrogacy a fertilized egg is implanted in the surrogate, who then carries the child until birth but has no genetic relation to the child. more >>