Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
Life News: A new report from the Centers for Disease Control confirms that 78 percent of the abortions done in babies in New York City were done on babies who were black or Hispanic.
Public Discourse: Black children have suffered the most as a result of the decline of marriage in the black community. And today marriage faces new threats. Those who promote what they call marriage equality have unjustly appropriated the language and the mantle of the civil rights movement. But there can be no equivalence between blacks’ experience of slavery and oppression and the circumstances of homosexuals. Adapted from an address delivered at the Vatican during the Humanum Colloquium.
Life News: After Wendy Davis rose to near stardom when she staged an 11-hour filibuster to block a pro-life bill in the Texas Senate, the Texas Democratic Party tried to use her candidacy in the Texas gubernatorial election to rebuild party infrastructure that had dissipated during their nearly-two-decades-long absence from statewide office. She was subsequently held up as a new paradigm of a supposed abortion consensus though it was apparent that she stood in direct opposition to the actual consensus of the people of Texas.
Family Studies: Amid all the changing family structures we’re seeing in the U.S. today, middle-class immigrants arguably paint one of the more familiar icons of a traditional ideal, at least on their statistical face. Asian Americans are more likely than the average American to get and stay married; just 5 percent of Asian-American adults are divorced, versus 10 percent of the general population. Eighty-three percent of Asian kids live in two-parent homes. Hispanics, while marrying less than the population at large, also split up less frequently than the general population (8 percent of them are divorced).
Family Studies: If the 2014 election tells us anything, it tells us that demography is not destiny when it comes to American politics.
If You Really Care About Ending Poverty, Stop Talking About Inequality | W. Bradford Wilcox at the Atlantic
W. Bradford Wilcox at The Atlantic: Don’t mind the rich-poor gap. Statistical analysis shows three factors—overall income growth, marriages, and local government spending—matter most for poorer children chasing the American Dream.
Yahoo News: Almost one in 10 babies and toddlers in England and Wales are Muslim, according to new analysis of census figures published Friday, illustrating the growth of the minority community.
Daniel Kuebler at Public Discourse: Advances in prenatal testing and in vitro fertilization are making it easier and easier for Americans to act on their preference for male children when birth rates are low. If the US is to avoid a destabilizing gender imbalance, we must ban sex-selective abortions.
Hot Air: Open Doors, a non-denominational group supporting persecuted Christians worldwide, said on Wednesday it had documented 2,123 “martyr” killings, compared with 1,201 in 2012. There were 1,213 such deaths in Syria alone last year, it said.
CDC: U.S. Fertility Rate Hits Record Low for 2nd Straight Year; 40.7% of Babies Born to Unmarried Women
CNSNews: The fertility rate of women in the United States fell to a record low for the second year in a row in 2012, according to data released last week by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
LifeNews: The number of abortions in New Zealand have fallen to their lowest levels i 20 years as fewer doctors want to do them.
AP: In Iran, free condoms and government-backed vasectomies are out, replaced by sermons praising larger families and discussions of even offering gold coins to the families of newborns.
W. Bradford Wilcox at the NY Times: The long-term fortunes of the modern economy depend in part on the strength and sustainability of the family, both in relation to fertility trends and to marriage trends. This basic, but often overlooked, principle is now at work in the current global economic crisis.
“In first year after Maine legalized gay marriage, 16 percent of couples who tied knot were same sex”
Bangor Daily News: The Uhlenhakes were one 1,530 gay couples married in Maine in 2013, representing more than 16 percent of all the marriages performed during the first year of the state’s same-sex marriage law.
CNSNews A recent Gallup poll refutes the claim made by Barack Obama on March 9, 2008 that “we are no longer a Christian nation.” Gallup found that three quarters of all Americans – a supermajority – identify themselves as Christians, with only five percent saying they are practicing members of a non-Christian faith.
CNSNews: A record 87 surgical abortion clinics closed in 2013, a new study finds. The total number of surgical abortion clinics in U.S. fell 12% to 582 in 2013 – a 73% decline from a high of 2,176 in 1991.
Baptist Press: Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) recorded 327,166 abortions by its affiliates, according to its annual report released Dec. 11. That total marked a drop of nearly 6,800 of the lethal procedures from the previous year, when PPFA’s affiliates provided a record 333,964 abortions.
AP: . . . a drop the facility’s director attributes in part to new legislation she says has confused some women into thinking abortion in the state is now outlawed.
AP: For a significant number of Americans, Christmas has largely lost its religious meaning, becoming an occasion focused instead on visiting family and friends and exchanging gifts, according to a new survey released Wednesday.
National Law Journal: According to figures released by the American Bar Association, law schools enrolled 39,675 new students this fall—an 11 percent decrease from the 44,481 students who enrolled last fall.
The Economist: Yet strategists and pollsters report that—even after controlling for such variables as race, age, religiosity and income—marital status is a powerful predictor of Democratic voting (whereas married women and older widows lean slightly Republican).
W. Bradford Wilcox at National Review: . . . . one common and largely unremarked thread tying together most of the school shooters that have struck the nation in the last year is that they came from homes marked by divorce or an absent father.
Nicole Bailey at Townhall: Euthanasia in the case of the elderly and terminally ill is controversial in America, especially as the population ages and medical technology improves. However, euthanasia-friendly Europe puts the US in perspective: an overwhelming majority of Belgians support a proposed euthanasia law with no age restrictions.
Reuters: For example, the declaration provides the foundation for much of the agenda of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, on which we serve. Yet 75 percent of the world’s population now lives in countries in which this freedom is highly restricted, according to a recent Pew study.
AP: U.S. births rose after the late 1990s and hit an all-time high of more than 4.3 million in 2007. But then they started dropping each year, and in 2011 the number was as low as it had been in the 1990s.
AP: The number and rate of reported abortions fell 3 percent in 2010, the most recent year for which statistics are available.
Guardian: Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, is to issue “urgent” abortion guidance to doctors after a decision by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) not to charge two doctors over claims that they offered to arrange terminations based on gender.
Natalie Angier at NY Times: The clues to an American paradox, and the changing definition of what it means to be a family, can be found in the nation’s history.
Natalie Angier at NY Times: American households have never been more diverse, more surprising, more baffling. In this special issue of Science Times, NATALIE ANGIER takes stock of our changing definition of family.
Religion Clause Blog: Yesterday the FBI released its annual report – 2012 Hate Crime Statistics. The data show that in 2012, some 19% of the hate crime incidents (1,166 offenses) were motivated by religious bias.
Telegraph: More than a third of the increase, 38 per cent or 148,700 people, was accounted for by immigration with the rest accounted for by “natural change”, the fact that 243,900 more babies were born than people that died.
Human Events: If this story from the New York Post is confirmed, it’s one of the blockbuster stories of the decade. It looks as if suspicions that the Labor Department’s unemployment surveys include false data have been borne out . . .
Jeremy W. Peters at NY Times: When the District of Columbia is compared with the 50 states, it has the highest percentage of adults who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, according to Gallup. At 10 percent, that is double the percentage in the state that ranks No. 2, Hawaii, and nearly triple the overall national average of 3.5 percent.
Volokh Conspiracy: By comparison, only 11% of Jews ages 18-29 are Orthodox. Two caveats. First, only 80% of those 18-29 who were raised Orthodox call themselves Orthodox, so if trends hold the 27% will be more like 21.5%.
Vern L. Bengston at Salon: Millennials are much less attached to religion than their elders — the politicization of the church might be why
W. Bradford Wilcox at the Atlantic: Young people from less-privileged homes are more likely to graduate from college and earn more if raised by two married parents.
The Marriage Foundation: Harry Benson, of the Marriage Foundation, found that of the 51 per cent of children who will still be living with their parents at their fifteenth birthday, only 5 per cent will have unmarried parents.
NCPA Policy Digest: The great American jobs machine is faltering, and it is time for Washington to pay attention. Part of the problem is the weakness of the current economic recovery. During the Great Recession, the labor-force participation rate declined. But even after the downturn ended in mid-2009, the rate continued to decline. The aging of the U.S. workforce explains only a fraction of this worrisome development.
Star Parker at LifeSiteNews: Our massive entitlement programs — Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid — now make up about 45 percent of our current federal budget. These programs are overwhelmingly driven by the demographics of the country, mostly directly, but also indirectly. Their economics are driven both by how long we live but also by how many children we have.
Anne Roback Morse and Steven W. Mosher at Population Research Institute: In addition, overpopulation is defined as a problem created by the numbers of people, not their behaviors. If every person demanded his or her own continent or island, the world would seem “overpopulated” very quickly. Let’s keep these things in mind as we consider the argument that the earth, as a closed environment, is overpopulated.
The Guardian: What happens to a country when its young people stop having sex? Japan is finding out… Abigail Haworth investigates.
Mr. Moore, a 42-year-old political independent and theologian who heads the convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, says it is time to tone down the rhetoric and pull back from the political fray, given what he calls a “visceral recoil” among younger evangelicals to the culture wars. “We are involved in the political process, but we must always be wary of being co-opted by it,” Mr. Moore said in an interview in his Washington office, a short walk from Congress. “Christianity thrives when it is clearest about what distinguishes it from the outside culture.”
Daniel Pipes: Not only do ethnic Muslims account for 21-23 million of Russia’s total population of 144 million, or 15 percent, but their proportion is fast growing. Alcoholism-plagued ethnic Russians are said to have European birth rates and African death rates, with the former just 1.4 per woman and the latter 60 years for men. In Moscow, ethnic Christian women have 1.1 child.
Townhall (see images): Despite the completely wrong predictions in The Population Bomb, the idea that the world is becoming grossly overpopulated has remained in the public’s mind. This has led to a shockingly low fertility rate in the western world–almost all of Europe is not reproducing at replacement-level rates.
LifeNews: The gender imbalance has grown so severe that a team of pregnant Indian women went undercover to help expose sex-selection abortion practices ravaging their country. According to India’s 2011 census, the gap between boys and girls born in India has grown even wider in the last decade. The Times of India reported . . .
LifeNews: Abortion in Arkansas is following a downward trend, based on numbers obtained from the Arkansas Department of Health’s office of Vital Records/Statistics. What’s more, 2012 was the lowest year for abortions in Arkansas since 1977.
WorldNetDaily: It’s China and an ultrasound reveals an unborn baby girl in a family known to use abortion to make sure its offspring are male.
LifeSiteNews: The European Parliament approved a report–Gendercide: the missing women?–that condemns practices that destroy the lives of women and girls, including sex selection abortion and infanticide.
Australian doctor could be struck off after refusing to carry out abortion on woman who didn’t want to have a girl
Daily Mail: An Australian doctor could be struck off for refusing to abort a baby girl because the child’s parents only wanted to have a boy.
LifeNews: 9News National in Melbourne, Australia, reported this morning that Dr. Mark Hobart has been under investigation for months after refusing parents’ request to abort their daughter. The couple reportedly sought an abortion because they had discovered that they were pregnant with a girl. Despite the investigation, Dr. Hobart defended his decision. “The pregnancy was well advanced, and I refused to refer the patient because there was no medical reason to do it.”
Christian Concern: Only 1.1 per cent of Britons describe themselves as homosexual, and a further 0.4 per cent as bisexual, according to figures published by the Office for National Statistics.
Cleveland Plain Dealer: The annual report, released this week, says that 25,473 abortions were reported in the state in 2012. That’s an increase of about 3 percent from the 2011 total of 24,764.
Rebecca Oas at C-Fam: Connelly’s question illustrates the uneasy fit between the global feminist movement and the population control movement, which have found common ground in promoting contraception. To feminists, family planning (that is, avoiding children) is a means for women to achieve their aspirations; for environmentalists it is a way to ensure fewer people.
Washington Post: A recent poll of Latinos for their religious and political preferences confirms Latino Catholics’ movement towards social justice and the Democratic Party.
AP: The world is aging so fast that most countries are not prepared to support their swelling numbers of elderly people, according to a global study being issued Tuesday by the United Nations and an elder rights group.
The Guardian: UN secretary-general urges global response to clear message from scientists that climate change is human-induced.
Economist: THE practice of aborting female foetuses is found mostly in China and other Asian countries. But it is prevalent in the Caucasus, too. Two new studies look at why—and suggest the practice may spread.
AP: Putin on Thursday maintained that the law bans only “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors.” He argued that it is “no infringement on the rights of sexual minorities” and insisted that European laws allowing gay marriage contribute to population declines.
Rachel Lu at Public Discourse: Marriage has given structure and purpose to the lives of an incredibly diverse array of people, across millennia of human history. It can work for young Americans today. And the consolations of family life could help to compensate for the other disappointments and challenges that these over-optimistic youth are likely to encounter once they move beyond the classroom. Millennials want to hear this, and they need to know. If their elders want to atone for the mistakes of yesteryear, now is the time to start talking about marriage.
LifeNews: On Tuesday, the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, part of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, considered the issue of India’s missing girls.
LifeNews: A foreign policy expert says Russia is falling apart culturally because as much as two percent of the nation’s potential population is victimized by abortion every year.
Peter Smith at Bell Towers: British Officials Claim that the Prosecution of Illegal Sex-Selective Abortion Is Not in the Public Interest. They are wrong.
TimesofIndia: Millions of sex-selective abortions in India have skewed gender ratios, and the origins of the problem can be traced to American-supported population control strategies decades ago, a US congressional panel heard Tuesday.
Stefano Gennarini at Turtle Bay and Beyond: After decades of population control programs to avert a seemingly inevitable population Armageddon, the people and institutions that are primarily responsible for the false alarmism are on their way out. While some at the United Nations, UNFPA, USAID and the Obama administration still cling to their condoms and bad science under the pseudonym “family planning program” or the oxymoron “reproductive rights” ( it never has to do with women choosing how many children to have and always with USAID telling women not to have any more children), economists and demographers are all agreed that the problem the world is facing is population aging and population decline – caused by human beings. Unfortunately, it will takes decades, and maybe centuries to re-trace the trail of misery and ignorance they have left.
Guardian: Justin Welby says vast majority of under-35s equate his stance on same-sex marriage to racism and other forms of injustice
Washington Post: Americans should expect an enormous shortage in caregivers for older people in the coming decades, with a dearth of friends and family members available to care for the baby-boom generation as it ages, according to a report released Monday by AARP.
This Week: According to a new study, “Intimate Inequalities: Love and Work in a Post-Industrial Landscape,” presented at the American Sociological Association, there’s now a noticeable class divide when it comes to marriage — and money worries are likely to blame.
Weekly Standard: Last week, the New York Times ran a piece on the dire demographic problems facing Germany. The short version: Germans aren’t having enough kids, and as a result the economy is in trouble and there are all sorts of logistical problems . . .
The Longer Hispanics Experience U.S. Culture, The Less Socially Conservative they Become | Barna Group
Barna Group: While on the whole, Hispanics are more conservative than might be expected, one of the key findings of the research is a significant gap between U.S.-born Hispanics and foreign-born Hispanics. On almost all counts, U.S.-born Hispanics (including those born in Puerto Rico) are much less conservative in their social views than are those born elsewhere.
Brian Brown at Public Discourse: To defend marriage, we must reframe the narratives that shape our culture and our minds . . . How that happens is the topic of a new publication from the John Jay Institute, entitled You’ve Been Framed: A New Primer for the Marriage Debate. Authored by Nathan Hitchen, the document applies insights from narrative theory and cognitive science to reveal the range of ways in which people are inspired to accept new “common sense.”