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 >>
On Monday, the Vatican released an interim report, known as a relatio, which is a non-authoritative document, similar to an advisory, for its synod of bishops to consider when they next discuss issues related to the family, marriage, divorce and sexual orientation.
The media responded, sadly, as it often has, in a frenzy of inferences rather than researching and reporting facts. Reuters proclaimed the Catholic Church has made a "dramatic shift in tone" about same-sex couples— an "earthquake." The New York Times reported the Vatican was calling on the church to "welcome and accept gay people."
The media's ignorance about religious beliefs is well known but the refusal to actually do their job and report facts is astounding. more >>
Recent events have brought the debate on so-called "death with dignity" and assisted suicide into the spotlight again. And yet, the argument is not really a new one. No less a light than William Shakespeare extensively dealt with the subject in his writing.
"Death with dignity" is essentially a code word for suicide, sometimes in the face of a terminal illness. As one humanist put it, he wants to kill himself on his own terms rather than die from some disease. He said it would be like telling God, "You can't fire me---I quit."
In the Netherlands, they accepted the basic concept of doctor-assisted suicide ("death with dignity") many years ago. But they have now reached the point where the level of involuntary deaths has exceeded the number of voluntary deaths. more >>