Study: 24% of California babies are aborted

KY Court of Appeals: Nonresident minors can ask KY courts for abortion permission

Planned Parenthood to implement abortion mandate by 2013

Census reveals declining marriage rate in Mississippi

China heads off US questions on human rights

UK: Martin Amis says euthanasia is “an evolutionary inevitability”

Ireland: “First gay couple to have civil partnership recognized”

VA lawmakers target “discrimination against gays”

UK Christian B&B case: ruling due tomorrow

Radical Indonesian Muslims to take legal action over Bogor church permit

Planned Parenthood may double the number of NJ abortion clinics while expanding nationwide

FL: Car strikes pro-life activist in Fort Myers

MIT ethnographer warns of the dangers of social technology

    The Chronicle of Higher Education: “She has spent some 15 years . . . studying this emerging breed of ‘sociable robots’—including toys like Furbies and new robotic pets for the elderly—and what she considers their seductive and potentially dangerous powers. She argues that robotics’ growing trend toward creating machines that act as if they were alive could lead people to place machines in roles she thinks only humans should occupy. Her prediction: Companies will soon sell robots designed to baby-sit children, replace workers in nursing homes, and serve as companions for people with disabilities. All of which to Turkle is demeaning, ‘transgressive,’ and damaging to our collective sense of humanity.”


  • Posted: 01/17/2011
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: chronicle.com

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FL: Orange County ponders price of domestic-partner benefits

As Vietnam booms, Communist Party struggles to keep up

Breakdown of tradition family causing Japanese birth rate decline, not lack of interest in sex

WV: Grieving Parents Act would allow parents to bury stillborn, miscarried children

UK: Meltdown on our maternity wards

MT: Legislature to take up assisted suicide bills

OR: Competing rallies mark anniversary of abortion ruling

TN: Pro-lifers watch 2014 for shift in state legislation

Ruth Institute launches contest to promote positive views of lifelong marriage

    Ruth Institute: “The Ruth Institute, a project of the National Organization for Marriage Education Fund, announces its first annual Reel Love Challenge, a video contest for young adults, aged 18-30. The contest is open to all young adults, married or single, male or female, in college, out of college, or never been anywhere near a college. This contest is for everyone in the next generation to give their ideas about what sustains love over the course of a lifetime.”


  • Posted: 01/17/2011
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.ruthinstitute.org

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The Organization of the Islamic Conference’s religious freedom double standard

Pakistan: Ulema to probe abuse of blasphemy laws

IL: DuPage zoning panel opposes plan for mosque near Willowbrook

In otherwise tolerant Malaysia, Shiites are banned

Turkey: Alevis to file mass lawsuits against compulsory religious courses

NY: Lawsuit filed in Hamptons religious symbol fight

    Wall Street Journal: “A long-simmering controversy over whether Orthodox Jews can place a religious symbol on utility poles in a Hamptons community on eastern Long Island appears headed to court. Attorneys for the East End Eruv Association have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit claiming officials in the town of Southampton and villages of Westhampton Beach and Quogue are intentionally infringing on their religious freedom by not allowing the placement of an ‘eruv.’”


  • Posted: 01/17/2011
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: online.wsj.com

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Conservatives form movement to draft Rep. Mike Pence for president

Archbishop Dolan: Defense of unborn is the “premier civil rights issue”

When babies die, dads often suffer in silence

    Sun-Sentinel: “It’s so easy perhaps to think of the impact of miscarriage in terms of how it affects the woman who must endure both the physical and emotional damage, we forget in most cases there’s also a dad trying to come to grips with the pain, disappointment and uncertainty himself — all while trying to be strong for his reeling wife.”


  • Posted: 01/17/2011
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.sun-sentinel.com

Clinton proves that feminist foreign policy is possible

GA: Cherokee County school board set to decide on using church for grad. ceremonies

“Morning-after” pill blamed for upswing in abortions

    OneNewsNow: “The American pro-life community is looking to future challenges after a recent Guttmacher report on abortion . . . Jeanne Monahan of the Family Research Council tells OneNewsNow that RU-486, the abortion pill, played a role in the totals. ‘Interestingly, [chemical abortions are] more expensive than surgical abortions,’ she notes. ‘So I find that fascinating just in as much as they’re touted as being easier on women, which is absolutely not true.’”


  • Posted: 01/17/2011
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: www.onenewsnow.com

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Porn: The root of trafficking

    OneNewsNow: “With last week’s recognition of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, one group is encouraging people to stay involved in the battle, especially in the area of child trafficking and pornography. Though human trafficking mainly involves women and children, males are also impacted. Lynette Lewis, founder and president of Stop Child Trafficking Now, tells OneNewsNow it is a significant problem.”


  • Posted: 01/17/2011
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.onenewsnow.com

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Man sentenced to death for killing Coptic Christians in Egypt

Abortion: An issue of the unborn’s civil rights

    OneNewsNow: “Joseph Parker, pastor of two African-Methodist-Episcopal churches in Mississippi, says today’s culture often overlooks the critical questions and issues related to life and the unborn. Instead, he says, people tend to avoid pushing their moral views on others or agree that it is up to a woman to decide what she should do with her body.”


  • Posted: 01/17/2011
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: www.onenewsnow.com

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Ohio bill would ban late-term abortions

Without aid, Detroit Public Schools may close half of its schools

Cuomo’s hiring of Christine Quinn liaison may be major step in push for marriage redefinition

New plea on DADT case timing

Louisiana gets ready for first March for Life in Baton Rouge

Walk for Life West Coast expects more than 35,000

New Hampshire to consider parental notification on abortion

Hu highlights need for U.S.-China cooperation, questions dollar

Two Christian women beaten in Pakistan over blasphemy charges

Health care waivers smack of government corruption, say DC watchdogs

Star Parker: Restoring a culture of life

    Star Parker writing at Townhall: “A widely held assumption in our national discourse today is that there are ‘economic issues’ and ‘social issues’ that are separate, unrelated concerns. The fact that many actually believe that our nation’s economic vitality has nothing to do with the condition of the American family or our general attitudes toward life and personal responsibility is a symptom of rather than an answer to our problems.”


  • Posted: 01/17/2011
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: townhall.com

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Killings of newborn babies on the rise in Pakistan

5th Circuit to re-hear same-sex couple’s challenge after Louisiana refuses to respect out-of-state adoptions

Byron York: GOP gears up again to strip NPR of federal funds

Dick Morris and Eileen McGann: To save the States, Let ‘em declare bankruptcy

Tennessee judges donate to politicians who oppose judicial elections

Hobbled Iowa Supreme Court slow to act

    Des Moines Register: “The Iowa Supreme Court’s four justices, who face an increased workload after voters ousted three colleagues, will release their first batch of opinions in 2011 in February. In a typical January, the court releases between eight and 10 rulings, said Iowa state courts spokesman Steve Davis. The court is scheduled to release a round of opinions on Feb. 3.”


  • Posted: 01/17/2011
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.desmoinesregister.com

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Iowa: Chief justice to meet critic of court’s marriage ruling

New US lawmakers want action on China currency

CAIR says poster warning against helping FBI is misinterpreted

UK: Christian counselor targeted by “homosexual activist”

    Christian Concern: “On Thursday 20 January, a Christian counsellor will be summoned before a Professional Conduct Panel for giving therapy to a homosexual man who pretended to be a Christian wishing to stop practising homosexuality . . . Throughout the two therapy sessions, Patrick repeatedly told Lesley that he wanted to leave his homosexual lifestyle, that it had become meaningless to him and that he wanted to change. However, after the sessions, he lodged a complaint to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy alleging that Lesley had failed to respect the fixed nature of his homosexuality.”


  • Posted: 01/17/2011
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: christianconcern.com

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The lazy slander of the pro-life cause

Parents fume over New York City Schools Chancellor’s “birth control” quip about overcrowding

BlackBerry agrees to filter out porn in Indonesia

New film documents unions’ destruction of public education

Kevin Theriot: NLRB: C.S. Lewis was right

David French: Just say no to civility

Judges blow off separated Swedish family’s plea for justice

Vanderbilt University changes policy requiring nursing students to assist in abortions

Vt. won’t appeal religious vanity plate decision

NH: Richmond revamping town codes

Mega rally/protest Saturday in defense of Mt Soledad Veterans Memorial Cross, San Diego

Iowa Chief Justice “absolutely” has no regrets about same-sex marriage ruling

Legal Periodical: Religious Truth, Pluralism, and Secularization: The Shaking Foundations of American Religious Liberty

    Daniel O. Conkle, Religious Truth, Pluralism, and Secularization: The Shaking Foundations of American Religious Liberty (January 12, 2011). Cardozo Law Review, Vol. 32, 2011. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1739244

    “In this Essay, I recount John Locke’s 1689 Letter Concerning Toleration and explain how religious liberty continues to rest on Lockean and related justifications. These various justifications depend in part on religious-moral reasoning (both Christian and non-Christian) and in part on political-pragmatic considerations. I then discuss recent and ongoing developments in the American religious landscape, including a radical increase in religious diversity, the modernization of traditional faiths, the individualization or ‘spiritualization’ of religion, and the increasing secularization of individual belief structures. I suggest that these developments, over time, may seriously threaten the underlying religious-moral and political-pragmatic foundations of religious liberty and therefore America’s commitment to religious liberty as a fundamental value. If I am correct, the long-term future of American religious liberty may be in peril.”


  • Posted: 01/17/2011
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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Legal Periodical: Faith, Formalism, and Endorsement of Religion

    Paula L. Abrams, The Reasonable Believer: Faith, Formalism, and Endorsement of Religion (January 10, 2011). Lewis & Clark Law Review, Vol. 14, No. 4, p. 1537, 2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1737939

    “The reasonable observer standard, used in Establishment Clause cases to determine whether government action endorses religion, marks a retreat by the Court from vigorous scrutiny of government purpose and effect. The standard, which examines whether a reasonable observer, familiar with First Amendment values and with the history and context of government action, perceives endorsement, embodies a shift toward formalism in Establishment Clause doctrine.

    This Essay argues that the reasonable observer standard, which bypasses the role of faith in perception, undermines the protection of a core Establishment Clause value – inclusion. The reasonable observer standard, representing the abstracted perspectives of a “community” of indeterminate faith, decreases the significance of the effect of government action, particularly on the nonadherent. Application of the standard thus tends to validate the perspective of the majority. The value of inclusion is best served by an inquiry into purpose and effect that considers the perceptions of both adherents and nonadherents.”


  • Posted: 01/17/2011
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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Legal Periodical: Line-Drawing, Embryonic Stem Cell Research, and the Dickey-Wicker Amendment

    Dena S. Davis, Line-Drawing, Embryonic Stem Cell Research, and the Dickey-Wicker Amendment (November 3, 2010). Cleveland-Marshall Legal Studies Paper No. 10-201. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1702477

    “Human embryonic stem cell (hesc) research is the culmination of a multi-step process: creating an embryo through in vitro fertilization (IVF), deciding whether to donate or destroy embryos ‘left over’ from that process, harvesting stem cells from embryos donated for research, and finally doing research with the stem cells themselves. Each of these points presents different ethical issues. For those for whom human embryos command relatively little moral weight, this entire process is acceptable. But for those who consider embryos the moral equivalent of persons ,and also for those for whom embryos, while not equal in importance to born humans, do carry a great deal of weight, everything depends on when in that process one comes to a moral crossroads.

    I argue that the line drawn by NIH in its response to the Dickey-Wicker Amendment, is not morally defensible. I also argue that for those who wish to stop or at least to decrease the destruction of embryos for stem cell research, the moral crossroads occurs much earlier: with the creation of those embryos in the fertility clinics.”


  • Posted: 01/17/2011
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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Legal Periodical: Conscientious Objection by Health Care Providers

    Thaddeus Mason Pope, Conscientious Objection by Health Care Providers (January 6, 2011). Lahey Clinic Medical Ethics Journal, 2011. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1736183

    “Conscience clauses are state and federal statutes and regulations that protect the rights of health care providers to decline to provide or participate in health services that violate their religious or moral beliefs. But for such legal protection a provider’s refusal of treatment could result in civil, criminal and/or disciplinary sanctions. Conscience clauses vary in strength and scope. But there is increasing consensus that the right of the provider to conscientiously object to the performance of health services must be balanced against the need to ensure patient access to those services. This brief article observes that two key components of this equilibrium are the duty to transfer and the duty to treat in emergency situations.”


  • Posted: 01/17/2011
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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