A Texas-based group of family planning clinics has cut ties with Planned Parenthood Federation of America so that it will be eligible to receive government funds.
Planned Parenthood Association of Hidalgo County announced Monday that it is no longer associated with Planned Parenthood, and has already changed the name of its affiliated clinics to Access Esperanza Clinics.
"Changing our name and affiliation allows our agency to apply for state health programs and make low-cost services more available for thousands of our low-income women, men and teens," said Patricio C. Gonzales, CEO of Access Esperanza, in a letter posted on the group's website, where she added that it was "a difficult but practical solution." more >>
Trail Life USA, a new "unapologetically Christian" alternative to Boy Scouts of America, has attracted more than 14,000 members since it launched in January, and about half are former Boy Scouts who left the organization after it lifted its ban on openly gay youth last year.
Mark Hancock, chief executive officer of Trail Life USA which is headquartered in Florida, told The Christian Post Tuesday that the organization has 14,492 active members in 47 states; this amounts to approximately 460 troops and their numbers are increasing by the hundreds every week.
"... [W]e are adding a couple hundred members a week," said Hancock. Along with the 460 troops in operation, Hancock noted that 300 additional troops are in the pre-charter stage. These are troops that have expressed interest in the organization, paid a fee and are now being evaluated by Trail Life USA. more >>
Potential 2016 presidential contender and renowned neurosurgeon Ben Carson is receiving heavy criticism online after calling for caution in responding to the domestic violence case involving former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and advising that the player needs help, not "demonizing."
"I'm hopeful that they will get some help for him. Obviously, anyone who would do something like that needs some help," Carson said Monday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"Let's not all jump on the bandwagon of demonizing this guy. He obviously has some real problems. And his wife obviously knows that because she subsequently married him. So they both need some help," continued Carson. "Rather than just jumping on an impunitive bandwagon [of criticism], let's see if we can get some help for these people," he ended on the subject. more >>
Single, Christian women should not aspire to be like the Proverbs 31 woman who the Bible portrays as someone who has and can do it all because she is just not realistic, says South Carolina-based blogger Lauren Oquist.
Oquist, who works as a copywriter for NewSpring Church, admits that she "cringes" each time she hears someone say they want to be just like the woman described in the Bible. But her frustration is based on the misunderstanding that a woman's standards should be found in a person and not Jesus.
"This hypothetical woman in Proverbs 31 is skillful in everything. According to the chapter, she wakes up super early, has great biceps, buys property, wears a lot of purple, cares for her kids, cares for the poor, keeps her home warm at night and doesn't eat carbs," Oquist writes in Relevant Magazine. "Maybe you, like me, read this passage and think to yourself, 'well sheesh is every woman supposed to try and fit this mold?'" more >>
An appeals court has rejected Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's effort to allow for the enforcement of a key provision of the state's recently passed abortion law.
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals declined Abbott's emergency appeal, which was filed on Sunday, in a three-page order released Tuesday evening.
Tuesday's decline of the appeal stemmed from Abbott's tardiness in filing the motion, which the court said hindered the process. more >>
The Church of England, which earlier this year approved women bishops in a historic vote, has signaled its strong commitment to tackling gender-based violence both in the church and across all levels of society.
"Gender-based violence is one of the greatest injustices in our world today. Every time an act of violence is committed, the inherent dignity of the women or girl affected is degraded. Having seen the after-effects of this violence during a recent visit to the DRC, I know all too well just how destructive it can be. The Church is already supporting and caring for those affected; it must continue in that work and must condemn the notion that such violence is ever acceptable," the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said in a statement.
He added that the Church "cannot pretend that we are not aware of the reality of gender-based violence." more >>