Matthew Shields, 9, was born without fingers on his right hand, and as a result is faced with challenges for many basic tasks most do not even consider each day.
Matthew's disability had been a minor issue for most of his childhood, but as he got older his mother noticed he was hiding his hand in his pocket each day coming home from school. His peers had been teasing him, and so his mother went to search for a solution.
With the help of a 17-year-old family friend, Mason Wilde, they were able to access a 3-D printer at Johnson County Research Library. They discovered the blueprints to a Robohand and were able to print it out. It took 8 hours to print the 3-D Robohand but the result was amazing. more >>
A Pennsylvania couple who believe in faith healing have been sentenced to prison for their refusal to send their infant son to a doctor when he was sick.
Herbert and Catherine Schaible were sentenced Wednesday by Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner to three and a half years in prison.
This was the second child of the Schaibles to die due to an untreated illness. The couple's first son died at age 2, in 2009. more >>
Genesis Carmona, a Venezuelan beauty queen and marketing student who was in a coma following a gunshot wound to the head, died Wednesday. She was shot during a peaceful demonstration amid the country's ongoing political turmoil.
Carmona's death marks the fifth fatality in Venezuela since students led a march last week against government corruption, violence and poverty.
"How long are we going to live like this? How long do we have to tolerate this pressure, with them killing us?" said a relative of Carmona, who asked to remain anonymous, reports New York Daily News. "She only needed one more semester to graduate." more >>
The Alliance Defending Freedom has argued before the Alaska Supreme Court on Wednesday that parents need to be notified when their child seeks an abortion, something which Planned Parenthood is disputing.
"Abortionists don't care more about children than parents do," said ADF Senior Counsel Steven H. Aden, co-counsel in the case, in a statement Alliance Defending Freedom. "Alaska's Parental Involvement Law, which an overwhelming majority of citizens adopted through a state ballot initiative, is a reasonable and constitutional measure. It ensures that parents may exercise their right and responsibility as parents to counsel their daughters in one of life's most difficult moments."
ADF is defending Alaska's 2010 voter-approved Ballot Measure 2, which requires at least one parent to be notified before a minor child can go through with an abortion. The court previously stated that Alaska's Constitution permits a statutory scheme which ensures that parents are notified so that they can be engaged in their daughters' important decisions in these matters. more >>
An official from the University of Alabama has delivered an apology to a pro-life student group for removing their display at a campus facility.
Carl Bacon, director of the Ferguson Center, sent an emailed apology to Bama Students for Life stating that their display could return to the center after being removed.
"Please accept my apology that your display was removed without your knowledge two days before your reserved time expired. You have two options available to you to complete your 30-day reservation," wrote Bacon. more >>
Russell Moore spoke out adamantly against Russia's attempt to paint itself as a champion of traditional values.
"I have heard over the past couple years, many, many times, Vladimir Putin and his regime, seeking to lecture America and the rest of the world about family values and I'm just not buying it," the President of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, said on a podcast released on Wednesday.
Moore, who along with his wife, have adopted two sons adopted from Russia, addressed the topic in light of the Sochi Winter Olympics and a Washington Times article headlined "Who's 'godless' now? Russia says it's U.S." more >>