Indonesia's leading psychiatric organization has classified homosexuality as a mental disorder.
The Indonesian Psychiatrists Association announced that people who identify as homosexual or bisexual will be categorized as "people with psychiatric problems," while individuals who identify as transgender are labeled as having "mental disorders."
In an interview with the Jakarta Post on Tuesday, PDSKJI spokesperson Suzy Yusna Dewi asserted that the designation is not an act of bigotry against the LGBT community. more >>
The pro-life group Live Action released four videos Wednesday that feature a former abortionist explicitly detailing how the most prevalent abortion procedures inhumanely maime the bodies of innocent unborn babies.
The videos feature former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino, an obstetrician-gynocologist who conducted over 1,200 abortion procedures before he realized the immorality behind the practice, explaining in detail the step-by-step process of the four most common abortion procedures and what they actually do to an unborn baby's body.
The videos, which detail the processes of dilation and evacuation abortions, medical abortions, aspiration (suction) abortions, and third trimester induction abortions, have been posted by Live Action to a newly created website called AbortionProcedures.com. more >>
Answers in Genesis CEO and President Ken Ham spoke out against an abortion doctor who said that his Christian faith allows him to be non-judgmental of people and therefore participate in abortions, with Ham arguing that the "right" to abortion is more about man's sinful nature.
"Abortion is not health care. Abortion is murder. Calling it 'health care' or some other sugarcoated term doesn't change what abortion really is—the taking of an innocent life. And by God's standard of course, murder is sinful and utterly wrong," Ham wrote on his AiG blog.
He shared with his supporters the story of an abortion doctor from Chicago, who identifies as a Christian and sees abortion as health care. more >>
Creationist Ken Ham blasts those who use Christianity and God's Word to defend the "abominable practice of abortion" and calls it murder, stressing that God pronounced the death penalty for those who would murder another human being in the Old Testament.
Calling abortion "healthcare" or some other "sugarcoated" term doesn't change the fact that it is the taking of an innocent life, writes the president and CEO of Answers in Genesis on his blog post Monday, referring to Willie Parker, a late-term abortionist from Chicago who also performs abortions in Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia, and believes he's a "Good Samaritan."
"Abortion is healthcare" and "for me, my Christianity leads me to a place of non-judgment," Ham quotes Parker as saying at a pro-abortion fundraiser in Massachusetts. "I'm never in conflict about if abortion ends a life process. Pregnancy is a life process. … All life processes that occur in the body of a woman are subordinate to the well-being of that woman. Women's agency and power to determine all the processes that go on inside their body allows me to place their well-being first and foremost." more >>
As of February 1, the World Health Organization has declared the Zika virus, largely across Central and South America and the Carribbean, a "public health event of international concern." They believe over 4 million people may become infected in 2016. The virus has been associated with over 4,000 cases of microcephaly, and doctors are currently studying the link between the severe birth defect and the infectious disease in Brazil and other countries.
Once discovered, the Pan American Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued announcements across the Americas calling for postponing travel to these areas, avoiding mosquito bites, safe sex practices, and in some countries, for women to consider delaying pregnancy for the next two years.
For this last call to action, addressing family planning for women, there are myriad obstacles. Over half the pregnancies in El Salvador, for example, are unintended; there are high rates of sexual violence; and there is limited access to contraceptives due to both "gatekeepers" who may not allow for access to contraceptives to women as well as legitimate "stock outs" where modern methods of contraceptives are simply unavailable. more >>
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed two bills into law this week that limit funding for the Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion business.
One of the bills requires federal family planning grant money to be distributed to "less controversial" health clinics and departments in the state, meaning that abortion clinics in the state will be barred from receiving federal Title X funding.
The second piece of legislation requires abortion providers to seek reimbursements through the state's Medicaid program. more >>