Empowering teen girls means protecting their overall health, not just preventing pregnancy

    Family Studies: Twenty-six year-old “Hannah” participated as a teenager in a St. Louis study that provided 14 to 19 year-olds with free birth control, including long-acting reversible contraception (LARC). She told the New York Times that, “Having an IUD … I think its empowering.” Now married, she said she enrolled in the study to “break the cycle of poverty in my family.” Published this October in the New England Journal of Medicine, the study found that teenagers involved in the free contraception program (72 percent chose LARC) “had lower annual pregnancy, birth and abortion rates than teenage girls nationwide.” The findings are being used to strengthen the push for LARC as a “first line” of defense against early pregnancy for adolescents.


  • Posted: 10/30/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: family-studies.org

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Will steps step up to the challenge of elder care?

    Family Studies: Last month the Institute of Medicine released a dense and edifying report on the current and future state of end of life care, Dying in America.Overall, the esteemed, interdisciplinary authors stressed the importance of treating the patient as part of a broader family system and not as an isolated, autonomous being with signs and symptoms of disease to be treated. I fully support this premise based on my experience in hospice care where the patient and family are considered an integrated unit to be served by the healthcare team.


  • Posted: 10/30/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: family-studies.org

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Southern Baptists break bread with groups that disagree at conference

Slovak court allows referendum to support true marriage, parental rights

City says ministers don’t have to wed same-sex couples, but here’s why it’s not over yet

Remember the First Amendment

Learning about love: How sex ed programs undermine happy marriages

Did Russell Moore denounce reparative therapy for same-sex attraction?

District finally agrees to stop using ‘purple penguin’ handouts

Robert George: Same-sex marriage proponents won’t tolerate dissent

Churches should shift priorities from defending to re-teaching marriage, say ERLC conference panelists

NY State blesses ‘incest’ marriage between uncle, niece

Remember that Hitching Post same-sex wedding case? Yeah… never mind

Slovak court allows referendum affirming family values

One trait that set apart the earliest Christians

Ten things that are killing the family

Southern Baptists admit errors on homosexuality but reject same-sex marriage affirming churches

Marriage and the Left’s duplicity on pre-enforcement challenges

ETSU wonders about impact of sex week

Idaho town bridling in their religious discrimination?

Christian rapper Jackie Hill-Perry comes out as ex-gay firebrand

Between magesterium and magistrate: Notre Dame’s choice on marriage’s meaning

If you care about the poor, care about marriage

How the decline in marriage is fueling inequality

“Murphy Brown” was wrong, new research suggests

The economic case for not giving up on marriage

And this just in! Southern Baptists still convinced Christianity has been correct on marriage for 2,000 years

    Get Religion: Like I suggested earlier, people in public life that journalists embrace tend to “argue” that something is right, or “observe” certain truths to be self evident. Those on the wrong side of issues “rail” against them. They also “believe” that something “goes against God’s will” rather than, well, defend 2,000 years of Christian doctrine on a topic.


  • Posted: 10/28/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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Downgrade marriage, family judge suggests

Named person website is ‘blatant propaganda’

Southern Baptists’ surprising tones towards sexuality

Notre Dame University to hose controversial ‘Gay in Christ’ conference

Top United Methodist council affirms reinstatement of minister who officiated same-sex wedding

The passion of pregnancy

    First Things: In quiet hallways and private corners, I’ve made my confession to trusted friends. Guilty and ashamed, but seeking solace, I have admitted the truth: I hate being pregnant. Now, in the throes of my sixth round of this freely chosen misery, I have decided to speak openly. We religious types rarely, if ever, publicly address the real burden that pregnancy puts on women. Instead, we jump ahead to the value of the life she carries. Unless we find ways to acknowledge this aspect of the experience of women, our defense of the truth that every human life has value risks ringing false.


  • Posted: 10/27/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.firstthings.com

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Living on both sides of the parenting gap

Q&A: Couple look to Paul’s example in resisting order to perform same-sex marriage

Maricopa County clerk transfers to avoid issuing same-sex marriage licenses

City backs down, Idaho wedding chapel won’t have to marry same-sex couples

Why voters in seven states should choose their children over gambling

Defending churches: ADF challenges government assaults on religious freedom

Culture war, spiritual war

Has the sexual revolution come full circle?

    Summit: Since the 1960s, the predictable slide of collegiate culture toward a bacchanal of sexual permissiveness has upended the old-fashioned view that men and women fill distinct roles in relationships. For generations, women played the pursued, men the pursuers. In a culture that placed a premium on virginity, a young woman needed no excuse to refuse sex. Her default answer was “no.”


  • Posted: 10/24/2014
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Some Las Vegas wedding chapels are turning away same-sex couples

Second federal court upholds natural marriage

Stunted by sexuality

Marriage isn’t going to divide our culture – It’s going to save it

The FAQs: Are ministers in Idaho required to conduct same-sex weddings?

Hitching Post lawsuit gains national attention

Judge resigns so he won’t have to marry same-sex couples

Idaho city: Chapel owners exempt from discrimination law

Lawyer: ACLU is ‘terrified’ and ‘running scared’ from the case of the Christian ministers who refuse to perform same-sex weddings

Idaho: City demands pastor perform same-sex ceremony or go to jail!

Buying sex to be outlawed, after historic NI vote

Scrapping adultery law ‘sad and reckless’

North Carolina judge resigns so he won’t have to conduct same-sex marriages, thinks other magistrates will do the same

Obama claims Constitution ‘guarantees same-sex marriage in all fifty states’

Defending churches: ADF challenges government assaults on religious freedom

How does religion influence family formation decisions?

North Carolina judge resigns in protest after Supreme Court shoots down marriage amendment

Hitching Post sues Coeur d’Alene

Why are these pastors being threatened with fines of $1,000 per day?

What’s next for the Christian chapel owners who refuse to back down from refusal to perform same-sex marriage?

ADF offers guidance to NC, Ariz., Idaho, Nev. officials responsible for issuing marriage licenses

‘Groundbreaking’ ruling for transsexual disabled vet

Contraception won’t fix fatherlessness

Advice for a declining culture from Archbishop Chaput

How sex difference makes a difference: A reply to Ilya Somin

ADF offers advice for officials asked to issue same-sex marriage licenses against their belief