A discussion on relaxing abortion bans in Latin America has been reignited as officials at the World Health Organization rang the alarm Thursday on the Zika virus "spreading explosively" across the Americas with possible links to microcephaly.
Microcephaly, a disease that causes babies to be born with abnormally small brains has hit a number of Latin American countries, The Christian Post reported Monday, where Zika, now suspected to be spread by the common mosquito, is raging.
"A causal relationship between Zika virus infection and birth malformations and neurological syndromes has not yet been established, but is strongly suspected," World Health Organization chief Dr. Margaret Chan said at a press conference where she said the level of alarm over the virus has become "extremely high." more >>
The International Olympic Committee has adopted new guidelines to allow transgender athletes to take part in this year's games in Rio de Janeiro without having to undergo sex reassignment surgery.
"To require surgical anatomical changes as a pre-condition to participation is not necessary to preserve fair competition and may be inconsistent with developing legislation and notions of human rights," the IOC says in its new guidelines.
"It is necessary to ensure insofar as possible that trans athletes are not excluded from the opportunity to participate in sporting competition," the IOC adds. "Nothing in these guidelines is intended to undermine in any way the requirement to comply with the World Anti-Doping Code and the WADA International Standards." more >>
Thousands of supporters have signed onto petitions calling for criminal charges against David Daleiden, the pro-life activist behind last year's undercover Planned Parenthood videos, and one of his associates to be dropped.
On Monday, a grand jury in Harris County, Texas, which was investigating whether a Houston Planned Parenthood clinic violated laws by selling organs of aborted babies for profit, cleared the abortion provider of any wrongdoing and indicted Daleiden, the founder of the Center for Medical Progress, and his associate Sandra Merritt.
Daleiden and Merritt, who are both from California, were both indicted on the charge of tampering with a governmental record, which is a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. more >>
A pro-life activist who was indicted by a Texas grand jury for his undercover video operation against Planned Parenthood Federation of America released a statement denying any wrongdoing.
David Daleiden, the 27-year-old head of the pro-life group Center for Medical Progress, was indicted Monday along with another activist by a Harris County grand jury.
In a statement released on the CMP website on Monday, Daleiden said that the methods used by himself and his peers against Planned Parenthood were legal. more >>
Persecution watchdog groups are raising awareness for a Christian Pakistani girl who was killed earlier this month after she and her friends rejected the sexual advances of drunken Muslim men in Lahore, Defence Colony.
The British Pakistani Christian Association reported last week that the incident occurred on Jan. 13, when three young Christian girls, Kiran (17 years), Shamroza (18 years) and Sumble (20 years), were approached on the streets at night by four allegedly drunk Muslim men in a car. The girls rejected the lewd advances of the men, which caused them to turn violent.
"How dare you run away from us, Christian girls are only meant for one thing, the pleasure of Muslim men," one of the men reportedly said. more >>
Tim Tebow rose to fame as a college football star, but he is not shying away from warning others about turning high profile athletes and sports into idols.
"We choose to idolize certain things, and love certain things," Tebow said while speaking at a benefit for the Cancer Wellness Foundation of Central Alabama. "I'm not saying it's wrong to love sports, I love them as much as anybody. But do we choose to really see what matters?"
As a speaker at the Montgomery, Alabama, benefit called "The Journey Continues" Tebow invited three "wish girls" battling cancer to join him. Instead of focusing on celebrities, the athlete-turned-college football analyst spoke about how "messed up" it was that people were not honoring those trying to overcome cancer. more >>