An ex-gay organization is planning legal action against the District of Columbia for its recent banning of conversion therapy, also called Sexual Orientation Change Efforts therapy, for minors.
Voice of the Voiceless, an organization focused on ex-gay rights and recognition, is in the early stages of planning to bring legal action against the government of the nation's Capital over the recently passed bill.
A set of miracle quadruplets were born to Ashley and Tyson Gardner on Sunday, bringing the start of one journey and the end of a hard-fought battle to bring the baby girls into the world.
Indie, Esme, Scarlett, and Evangeline Gardner made their debut on Sunday, after doctors decided that it would be too risky to let them stay in Ashley's womb any longer. All four were delivered by Cesarean section on Dec. 29, 2014.
Ashley and her doctors worked hard to ensure that the babies would have the best chances possible. The couple struggled with infertility for eight years before undergoing fertility treatments that resulted in the quadruple pregnancy. more >>
An Oklahoma abortionist who was recently arrested for scamming women who were not pregnant into purchasing and taking abortion-inducing drugs has lost his state medical license.
Naresh G. Patel, the 62-year-old head of the Outpatient Services for Women of Warr Acres who was arrested earlier this month, had his license revoked on Monday.
Patel met with Oklahoma's Medical Licensure Board and agreed to stop working pending an investigation into his practices, according to Graham Lee Brewer of newsok.com. more >>
The governor of New York recently approved a new policy that will allow the state's tax dollars to fund sex change operations for indigent New Yorkers who identify as transgender and have been medically diagnosed with gender identity disorder.
The new regulation will permit the state's $55 billion Medicaid program, which is already the largest in the nation, to fund gender reassignment surgeries as well as other medical treatments, such as hormone therapy for transgenders enrolled in the program.
Officials in the state estimate that the new provision in the Medicaid policy will expand the program by nearly $6.7 million a year. According to the New York Post, there are approximately 661 transgender residents enrolled in the state's Medicaid program who've been diagnosed with gender dysphoria who would qualify for the reassignment surgery. more >>
"Teen Mom" star Maci Bookout is pregnant with her second child, who she's named her "miracle" baby.
"We still can't believe it," the mother of one told InTouch Weekly on Monday. "It was such a huge shock but we are very excited."
Bookout is in a relationship her boyfriend, Taylor McKinney, and has one son, Bentley, with previous boyfriend, Ryan Edwards. She became famous when her story got picked up by MTV for its series "16 and Pregnant," then followed on the sequential series "Teen Mom." Bookout's ensuing relationships and the stress of going back to college was all captured on film, and a special follow-up entitled "Being Maci" showed viewers what progress the teenage mother had made. more >>
A Christian organization that runs a restorative shelter program in the U.S. for women recovering from domestic human trafficking has pointed out ahead of National Human Trafficking Prevention month in January that anyone can be pulled into sex trafficking — its shelter has girls with master's degrees, and those that come from affluent families. The Samaritan Women organization urges churches to offer hands-on engagement and respond not with judgment, but with compassion toward victims.
The Samaritan Women is one if the organizations that appears in the newly released documentary "In Plain Sight," which seeks to raise awareness for National Human Trafficking Prevention month in January. more >>