After several miscarriages and a tenuous pregnancy, "Bringing Up Bates" stars Erin (Bates) and Chad Paine welcomed son Charles Stephen Paine IV on Thursday, May 14.
The baby boy, nicknamed "Carson," defied all odds and was born happy and healthy. Erin's pregnancy was threatened by a blood-clotting condition, which doctors heavily monitored after it caused several miscarriages.
Doctors thought that this pregnancy would likely lead to complications for the baby, should he make it to full term and be delivered safely. However, Carson beat those odds and was born without any problems and weighed a healthy 6 pounds and was 19 inches long. more >>
An escaped Yazidi teen recently revealed that while she was held by the Islamic State terrorist group, she was sold as a sex slave to a well-known Australian ISIS executioner for the equivalent of $34, reports indicate.
In witness testimony given to Iraqi lawyers, a 19-year-old Yazidi girl, who has been given the pseudonym "Kaleela," said she was in the midst of fleeing from her northern Iraqi village last August when she was taken hostage, like many other girls were, by ISIS.
She recalled being initially kept by the militants inside a three-story home in the group's Iraqi stronghold of Mosul before she was drugged and shipped off to Syria, where she was sold in ISIS' sex slave market. more >>
After the leaked Sony emails about the studio's aversion to female superheroes, here comes another issue about one of Marvel's superheroes, the Black Widow. Disney and Lego have removed Black Widow from of her best scenes in the movie in the officially licensed toy set for the franchise.
Disney and Lego issued new toy sets of the "Avengers: Age of Ultron" managing to leave out Black Widow. In the Disney toy set which features the Quinjet and the motorcycle that was dropped out of it, Captain America is shown riding the motorcycle, which is nowhere near the real scene in the movie. In the movie, Hawkeye piloted the Quinjet, then drops out Black Widow from the hold, riding a motorcycle.
"It's Black Widow who ultimately accomplishes the goal, and it's Black Widow who gets to ride around on the motorcycle and be a bada--," Screen Rush reported. The LEGO play set, on the other hand, features Black Widow in the pilot seat of the Quinjet, but has Captain America on the motorcycle. more >>
Dozens of rape survivors recently rescued from Boko Haram's stronghold in the Sambisa Forest in Borno State, Nigeria, are said to be facing stigma and harassment as they reintegrate into their communities and human rights activists are calling on the Nigerian government to help them.
Last month, 234 women and children were rescued from Islamic Militants in northeast Nigeria and sent to the Malkohi camp outside of Yola and at least 214 of them are now visibly pregnant. Several of the former hostages recently recalled their nightmarish ordeals which included being repeatedly raped by different men while in captivity. Some were forced to marry their attackers while many are unable to identify the fathers of their unborn babies.
Instead of finding love and support in the communities from which they were abducted, however, the women have discovered that they are now social pariahs. more >>
The Republican-dominated U.S. House of Representatives voted 242-184 Wednesday to pass a bill that will ban most late term abortions after 20 weeks gestation, fulfilling a campaign promise to the pro-life movement.
Lawmakers held the vote for H.R. 36, the "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" on the second anniversary of the conviction of late-term Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell. The bill would ban abortions after five months of pregnancy, with exceptions for rape and incest if the woman receives counseling 48 hours prior to having an abortion.
Introduced by Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., in January, members of the House were expected to vote on the bill on Jan. 22, which was the 42nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade. more >>
United Nations experts said Monday that a controversial decision by Paraguayan authorities to not perform an abortion on a 10-year-old girl who's now six months pregnant after being repeatedly raped by her stepfather has placed the unidentified child in grave danger, but local officials contend that allowing the abortion could claim her life as well.
"The Paraguayan authorities' decision results in grave violations of the rights to life, to health, and to physical and mental integrity of the girl as well as her right to education, jeopardizing her economic and social opportunities," four U.N. Special Procedures' experts of the Human Rights Council warned Monday.
"Despite requests made by the girl's mother and medical experts to terminate this pregnancy which puts the girl's life at risk, the State failed to take measures to protect the health as well as the physical and mental integrity and even the life of the 10-year-old girl," they continued. "No proper interdisciplinary and independent expert assessment with the aim to insure the girl's best interests was done before overturning life-saving treatments, including abortion." more >>