British members of parliament have voted in favor of a bill that paves the way for the creation of "three-parent" babies with the DNA from two women and one man, aimed at tackling genetic diseases. The approval comes despite concerns from the Church of England.
BBC News reported that 382 MPs in the House of Commons voted in favor of the bill, and 128 were against. While a vote at the House of Lords is also needed to take place before the bill becomes law, proponents said they expect it to pass, with the first babies from this process being born in 2016.
British Prime Minister David Cameron said that the idea is to allow parents with genetic diseases to give birth to healthy infants. more >>
A so-called "emergency contraceptive" that has been central to recent court battles due to its mandated coverage by the Obama administration works most often by causing an abortion, according to a review of medical data published this month in the journal The Linacre Quarterly.
After studying the most recent scientific and medical evidence on levonorgestrel emergency contraception, which goes by the brand name Plan B, the researchers concluded that the women who take it do not get pregnant because it "quite often" causes an abortion if taken before ovulation.
Plan B was first approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration in 1999. After passage of the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," the Health and Human Services Administration required most employers to cover Plan B and other FDA-approved emergency contraceptives in their employee's health insurance plans. more >>
A book about the women of the Bible claims to have counted all the words spoken by females in the Good Book, as well as the context in which they were spoken.
Titled Bible Women: All Their Words and Why They Matter, the work was authored by the Rev. Lindsay Hardin Freeman, a former pastor at Trinity Episcopal Church in Excelsior, Minnesota.
In an interview with The Christian Post on Tuesday, Freeman explained that the book derived from the absence of any theological work that had "a comprehensive and systematic analysis of which women talked in the Bible and what they said." more >>
People are incapable of weighing decisions based values and morality when they're watching porn because that part of the brain is turned off, according to Dr. David Greenfield, a psychologist and director of the Center for Internet and Technology Addiction at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.
"When you're in a sexual arousal process where you're looking at pornography, you're activating limbic parts of the brain," he told VICE. "By doing so, the connection to prefrontal cortex — where decisions are weighed by values and morality — is cut off."
The Christian Post spoke to Greenfield who elaborated more on this point. more >>
The Christian authors behind the popular Pulling Back the Shades book that challenges the "satanic" elements in E.L. James' breakout Fifty Shades of Grey titles are reaching out to fans of the erotic book series by offering them a unique opportunity to learn how they can be sexual without compromising their spiritual or emotional well-being.
Dr. Juli Slattery and Dannah K. Gresh, and Moody Publishers, have announced a book trade-in campaign leading up to the theatrical release of Fifty Shades of Grey, in theaters on Feb. 13, the day before Valentine's Day.
Women who mail in their used copy of Fifty Shades of Grey between Feb. 1 and 14 will get a free copy of Slattery and Gresh's Pulling Back the Shades: Erotica, Intimacy, and the Longings of a Woman's Heart. more >>
A new Vatican document has condemned elective plastic surgery on women, calling it "aggressive toward the feminine identity."
Vanity-motivated procedures such as breast implant surgeries and tummy tucks are "manipulations of the body that explore its limits with respect to the concept of identity," write the authors of the document titled "Women's Cultures: Equality and Difference."
According to the report, one woman told the authors that "plastic surgery is like a burqa made of flesh." A burqa is a traditional outer garment often worn by some Muslim women in public to conceal the body. more >>