A father-daughter duo of abortion providers have filed a lawsuit against Kansas over the state recently passing a law that bans abortions in which a human fetus is dismembered.
Doctors Herb Hodes and Traci Nauser of the Overland Park Center for Women's Health filed suit against the state on Monday in district court, arguing that the right to dismember an unborn baby is necessary because without that right they would rely upon procedures that are more complex and risky for the mother.
Illinois may soon become the latest state to pass legislation banning the practice of sexual orientation change efforts therapy for LGBT youth.
Last week the state legislature passed House Bill 217, sending it to the desk of Governor Bruce Rauner, who has not indicated whether or not he will sign it into law.
Samantha Ames of the National Center for Lesbian Rights said in a statement last Friday that she and her organization were proud of the legislature's action. more >>
The United Nations Population Funds has hit back against accusations that it's pushing abortions on Nigerian rape victims who are pregnant, stating that it always abides by the government's laws, and promotes voluntary family planning instead.
"The U.N. is made of governments. It is not an NGO. All UNFPA work is at the request of governments, in line with their national priorities and plans. Its programmes are designed and implemented by and with the government of Nigeria and respect the nation's sovereignty and laws," Azza Karam, senior adviser at UNFPA, told the World Evangelical Alliance in an email conversation shared with The Christian Post.
"If governments allow abortions by their own laws, they agreed internationally at Population Conferences that their health systems are to make them safe and accessible. UNFPA does not promote abortion as a method of family planning in any of the more than 150 countries where it works, including Nigeria. It promotes voluntary family planning, so women can exercise their human right to determine freely the number and spacing of their children. This helps reduce unintended pregnancies and recourse to abortion," Karam argued. more >>
A group of female priests within the Church of England is calling for more gender-neutral language to be used when referring to God in church services, in what it says is a campaign for equality between men and women in the church.
"Orthodox theology says all human beings are made in the image of God, that God does not have a gender. He encompasses gender — He is both male and female and beyond male and female. So when we only speak of God in the male form, that's actually giving us a deficient understanding of who God is," said Rev. Jody Stowell, a member of Women and the Church group, according to The Guardian.
The Rev. Emma Percy, chaplain of Trinity College Oxford and a member of WATCH, added that both male and female language should be used in church services, in order to distance the church from "the notion that God is some kind of old man in the sky." more >>
Bernie Sanders' campaign for president said a 1972 column by the candidate claiming that women fantasize about being gang-raped was a "dumb attempt at dark satire."
Sanders officially announced on Tuesday he is running for the Democratic presidential nomination. On the same day, a Mother Jones profile of Sanders briefly mentioned "a stream-of-consciousness essay on the nature of male-female sexual dynamics."
Other outlets then reported on details in the essay wherein Sanders claimed that women fantasize about being sexually assaulted. more >>
The Republican governor of North Carolina has vetoed a bill that would have allowed state magistrates to opt out of performing gay marriages if they held a religious objection to homosexuality.
Gov. Pat McCrory announced the veto in a Thursday statement.
"I recognize that for many North Carolinians, including myself, opinions on same-sex marriage come from sincerely held religious beliefs that marriage is between a man and a woman. However, we are a nation and a state of laws," stated McCrory. more >>