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 >>
Texas health officials have denied reports of a chlamydia outbreak at a small West Texas High school that teaches an abstinence-only sex-education program.
Earlier this week, national media outlets sparked concern after it was claimed that there were 20 confirmed cases of chlamydia among the 300 or so students at Crane High School. However, on Thursday, a spokesperson for the Texas Department of State Health Services told The Christian Post that this figure is inaccurate and there has been four confirmed cases out of Crane County in recent weeks and those are not necessarily students.
"There's no outbreak," Christine Mann, a spokesperson for the Texas Department of State Health Services, told CP. "The number right now, they've been updated today, so there are four cases of chlamydia infection reported from Crane County." more >>
Recently a group of mostly liberal Protestant clergy (but including a Catholic bishop) signed a Nashville Tennessean op-ed denouncing conservative Tennessee legislators who oppose Obamacare-facilitated Medicaid expansion in their state. The headline was: "Elected leaders show disregard for God's word."
Their op-ed insists these opponents "have chosen to ignore what the Bible clearly teaches."
Here's their scriptural evidence that God is endorsing Medicaid expansion in Tennessee: more >>
NEW YORK — Barbara Green, the Christian co-founder of Hobby Lobby whose family won the landmark Hobby Lobby v. Burwell, case in the U.S. Supreme Court defending religious freedom last June, received The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty's Canterbury Medal during the firm's annual gala on Thursday and she declared "you can do a lot more than you think with God in your life" in accepting it.
The Becket Fund's Canterbury Medal recognized Green's courageous stance on religious beliefs as well as her strength as the public face of the family throughout two years of litigation, which ultimately resulted in Hobby Lobby's 2014 Supreme Court victory securing the religious liberty of closely held American family businesses. After accepting the fund's highest award, Green told the audience that her "heart is overflowing with blessing," but that the honor is not hers alone.
"I do want to clarify something — the decision was a family decision, to sue the Supreme Court," explained the Oklahoma City native. "We made it together. That means all the generations. … About 20 family members, and 12 of them are here tonight. We were united. I'm accepting this with great honor with them, I'm pretending they're up here on this stage right now." more >>