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LifeSiteNews: “This week, a group of parents told the city administration in the small Tuscan town of Pontassieve that they would not go along with the introduction of the homosexualist ‘gender’ ideology in their schools.”
Associated Press: “Single mothers will no longer be able to travel to Utah to put kids up for adoption without first notifying their children’s fathers now that state legislators have changed a law that critics said cleared a path for kidnapping and fraud.”
Associated Press: “The House passed the measure 112-36 on March 13 before the Legislature began a weeklong break. The amendment states that parents have a right to make decisions involving the discipline, education, religious instruction, medical care, housing and ‘general well-being’ of their children.”
Religion Clause: “In Stancek v. Stancek, (MN App., March 10, 2014), the Minnesota Court of Appeals resolved a child custody dispute between separated parents as to their three daughters.”
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “A bill to require both parents to be notified if a minor seeks an abortion was approved by the Missouri House after a Democratic lawmaker withdrew an amendment for a ‘rape or incest’ exemption.”
Text of HB 1192 is here.
Reuters: “About two dozen Iraqi women demonstrated on Saturday in Baghdad against a draft law approved by the Iraqi cabinet that would permit the marriage of nine-year-old girls and automatically give child custody to fathers.”
Press Association: “A High Court judge has given permission for a baby boy to undergo blood transfusions during an operation at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital notwithstanding his parents’ objections on religious grounds.”
Eugene Volokh at The Volokh Conspiracy: “Under Ohio statutory law, when parents surrender legal custody to nonparents, they retain certain ‘[r]esidual parental rights, privileges, and responsibilities,’ including ‘the privilege of reasonable visitation, consent to adoption, the privilege to determine the child’s religious affiliation, and the responsibility for support.’ Does this mean that a birth parent in such a situation can insist that the child remain religiously unaffiliated?”
Reiss, Dorit Rubinstein, Thou Shalt Not Take the Name of the Lord Thy God in Vain: Use and Abuse of Religious Exemptions from School Immunization Requirements. (February 16, 2014). Hastings Law Journal, Vol. 65, No. 6, 2014. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2396903
The High Courts in Malaysia and Unilateral Conversion of a Child to Islam by One Parent | Australian Journal of Asian Law
This article examines the recent, groundbreaking decision of the Ipoh High Court in Perak in the case of Indira Gandhi concerning the unilateral conversion of children by one parent without the consent of the other. On 25 July 2013, Judicial Commissioner Lee Swee Seng may have started a new approach towards the issue of unilateral conversion of children by one spouse. For the first time, a Malaysian High Court quashed conversions of children to Islam by one parent and ruled that both parents must consent to the conversion of their children.
Christian Post: “‘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.’”
Religion Clause: In In re T.K., (OH Ct.. App., Feb. 19, 2014), an Ohio appeals court held that when legal custody of a child is given to the child’s grandparents, there are limits on the extent to which the child’s mother can dictate the boy’s religious upbringing.
Alliance Defending Freedom allied attorney Kevin Clarkson will argue Wednesday before the Alaska Supreme Court in defense of a voter-approved state law that requires at least one parent to be notified before a minor child can obtain an abortion. Clarkson is lead counsel on behalf the group that sponsored the ballot initiative for the law.
Christian Post: “‘No civilized society allows children to kill themselves. Far from a compassionate law, this law hands the equivalent of a loaded gun to a child with the astonishing belief that the child should be free to pull the trigger if he or she so chooses. Belgium’s decision to allow this is grotesquely abhorrent and inhumane,’ said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Roger Kiska in a statement. The Belgian Chamber of Deputies voted 86–44 on Thursday in favor of the controversial law.”
Eugene Kontorovich at The Volokh Conspiracy: “Belgium’s law shows the folly of basing constitutional decisions on the practice of other countries: though we all eat at McDonalds, American and Belgian notions of decency are fundamentally different. In American, an age-unlimited euthanasia law would be unthinkable, in Belgium it apparently has 75 percent popular support. American intellectual elites became uncomfortable being the only Western nation with a juvenile death penalty; the Belgians do not blush at standing out.”
The Advertiser: “Under the judgment of 15th Judicial District Court Judge Edward Rubin, they are the first in the Louisiana to win a intrafamily adoption case involving same sex couples, Louisiana State University constitutional law adviser Paul Baier said.”
Associated Press: “Belgian lawmakers voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to extend the country’s euthanasia law to children under 18.”
“No civilized society allows children to kill themselves. Far from a compassionate law, this law hands the equivalent of a loaded gun to a child with the astonishing belief that the child should be free to pull the trigger if he or she so chooses. Belgium’s decision to allow this is grotesquely abhorrent and inhumane. As the legal analysis we provided to members of the Belgian Parliament explained, the law’s underlying premise is that life is not worth living and that children are somehow mature enough to make such grave decisions about their own lives. On the contrary, this law exploits vulnerable children by handing to them a ‘freedom’ that they are completely ill-equipped to bear.”
CBC: “A Vancouver baby has just become the first child in British Columbia with three parents listed on a birth certificate. Three-month-old Della Wolf Kangro Wiley Richards is the daughter of lesbian parents and their male friend.”
Associated Press: “Belgian lawmakers clashed sharply on Wednesday over whether to grant terminally ill children the right to ask to die, a legal option already possessed by the country’s adults.”
Idaho Statesman: “In a unanimous opinion that sets a precedent for gay and other non-traditional couples, the Idaho Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for Darcy Drake Simpson to adopt two boys who until now have had just one legal parent, Simpson’s same-sex partner Rene Simpson.” The opinion is here.
Howard Fischer at The East Valley Tribune: “Legislation awaiting action by the state Senate would scrap existing laws which essentially allow a parent who has custody of a child to move up to 100 miles pretty much at will. Instead, virtually any move could trigger a court hearing. SB 1038 also would scrap a provision in the existing 20-year-old law that permits a court to take into account whether a move would be in a parent’s best interest. Instead, a judge would be limited to what’s best for the child.”
The Columbian: “Senate Bill 5156, first introduced last year by state Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, cleared the Senate Law and Justice Committee. The proposal was originally co-signed by 17 other senators, almost all of them Republicans. Among the other sponsors is Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center.”
Brampton Guardian: “Children from an ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect must be turned over to child protection authorities in Quebec, where a court had ordered that they be placed in foster care, an Ontario judge ruled Monday.”
Washington Post: “A federal appeals court is making a rare appearance in Connecticut to hear several cases, including one involving a Virginia pastor convicted of helping a woman and her child flee the country and avoid a custody dispute with her former lesbian partner.”
Telegraph: “Thousands of Malaysians are backing a campaign for the release of a Muslim couple after they were arrested in Sweden for allegedly smacking their 12-year-old son’s hand when he refused to pray.”
Topeka Capital-Journal: A Shawnee County District Court judge ruled Wednesday that William Marotta was more than just a sperm donor, that he is also the presumptive father of a child born to a lesbian couple and is subject to paying child support as sought by the Kansas Department of Children and Families.”
AP: “A Kansas legislative committee has commemorated an abortion-related anniversary with a live demonstration of ultrasound tests on two pregnant women and by agreeing to sponsor a bill restricting surrogate parenting.”
A communication from the Executive Director of Comunidad y Justicia in Chile: “After many months we were able to overturn a decision made by our Health Department regarding the distribution of the plan-B pill to minors under 14 years of age without any notification to parents.”
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a friend-of-the-court brief Friday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit in opposition to a New Jersey law that prohibits minors from obtaining counseling for unwanted same-sex attraction even with parental permission.
Haaretz: The adviser, attorney Rabbi Shimon Yaakobi, is asking the High Court of Justice to reject the petition of the mother – who petitioned the High Court after the rabbinical court ordered her to pay 500 shekels a day ($143) until she agrees to have her son circumcised - and to cancel the interim injunction postponing the implementation of the Supreme Rabbinical Court ruling.
American Federation for Children: Today the American Federation for Children, the nation’s voice for educational choice, celebrated the continuing momentum of the educational choice movement and noted the growing Congressional support for expanding parental choice following remarks yesterday by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
Hawaii Civil Beat: In a unanimous opinion issued yesterday, the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled that parents have the constitutional right to an attorney during child welfare proceedings, effectively undermining a long-standing policy that has often placed children in foster care regardless of whether their birth parents have the money and legal savvy to challenge the court’s decision.
Texas Homeschool Coalition: On November 21 seven children from a home school family in Duncanville were forcibly removed from their home, in spite of no evidence of abuse or neglect, by order of Judge Graciela Olvera of the 256th District Court of Dallas County. Judge Olvera issued a removal order at an ex-parte hearing in which the parents were not represented nor notified.
Cortney O’Brien at Townhall: While the process may seem cumbersome, a recent report from Arizona revealed that these abortion-granting court orders are fairly simple to obtain. Judges approved nearly 75 percent of judicial bypass requests. Jason Walsh, the executive director of Arizona Right to Life, responded to the alarming statistic.
LifeNews: Late Sunday night, Children’s Hospital Oakland released Jahi Mcmath to her family after a protracted legal battle over whether the hospital had the right to remove her from life support.
Christian Institute: The Children’s Commissioner for England believes parents should be banned from smacking their children.
2013 Favs: The War on Girls: Sterilize Your Teen-Aged Daughter for Free (and without your consent) | Patheos
Rebecca Hamilton at Patheos (quoting CNA/EWTN News): Matt Bowman, senior counsel for the religious liberty legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, said the mandate “tramples parental rights” because it requires them to “pay for and sponsor coverage of abortifacients, sterilization, contraception and education in favor of the same for their own children.” [more]
NY Family Research Foundation: Sadly, a piece of gay-agenda legislation that has been introduced in Albany would prevent mental health professionals from helping young people who wish to overcome same-sex attraction. If passed, Bill S.4917/A.6983 would make it unlawful for mental health professionals to engage in sexual orientation change efforts with clients under the age of 18, and would make it possible for those professionals to lose their licenses and to be fined up to $10,000.00 per charge.
Gay Star News: Liz and Nadia Harris had a full house in New Orleans for Christmas with five new additions to their family. The couple, married for four-and-a-half years, are now the parents of quintuplets – four boys named Michael, David, Maxwell and Joseph and a girl named Elizabeth.
Life News: Americans are in favor of common sense restrictions on the morning after pill, found an NPR poll, which only reinforces the undercover video work Students for Life of America released last month,showing a minor girl being able to purchase Plan B and not Sudafed as well as revealing how simple it is for an adult male, who is having relations with a minor, to cover up his crime by buying the drug.
Pro-abortion Congresswoman introduces resolution urging states to ban sexual orientation therapy | Life Site News
LifeSiteNews: Joseph La Rue, legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom told LifeSiteNews that, “Every person has a right to know the truth that life change is possible for those who seek change.” La Rue said that “politicians shouldn’t be able to outlaw hope and the professionals who provide it. And politicians shouldn’t be dictating decisions that families should be free to make. Children, in particular, should have a safe environment to seek the help they want without fear. “
World Net Daily: A Democratic state senator in Ohio has proposed a law that would require every homeschooling parent to be investigated and approved by social services agencies before they would be allowed to teach their own children. The Home School Legal Defense Association calls the bill sponsored by Sen. Capri Cafaro the “worst-ever homeschool law proposed.”
AP: An Ohio Amish couple who fled their home with their 11-year-old daughter so she wouldn’t be forced to get chemotherapy could be home for the holidays but not without a favorable decision from a judge, their lawyer says.
David Andrusko at LifeNews: A decision is expected next month in a suit brought by Planned Parenthood challenging Montana’s parental consent and parental notification laws. LR-120 passed on the 2012 ballot. The measure requires minors under the age of 16 to notify their parents before getting an abortion.
The Independent (includes video): The sperm’s tail acts like a tiny outboard motor inside a metal nanotube; the resulting biobot could be used to deliver drugs and guide sperm to the egg
Religion Clause Blog: AP reports that the guardian, an attorney and registered nurse, has decided to drop her attempt to force the girl to resume chemotherapy treatments since she no longer knows where the girl is and cannot monitor her condition.
Speier.house.gov: Congresswoman Jackie Speier, (D- San Francisco/San Mateo/Redwood City) reintroduced a resolution today to protect young people from the psychological abuse of so-called LGBT conversion practices. The Stop Harming Our Kids (SHOK) resolution urges states to end these harmful and discredited sexual orientation change efforts. When introduced last year the resolution was the first federal action taken to end this quackery and now has bipartisan support in states across the country.
Kellie Fiedorek at Alliance Defending Freedom: Does it matter if you are the result of love and passion between your biological mom and dad? Or are you okay with your parents being donor numbers 548 and 2143? Would it hurt you to never know—or even have the opportunity to know—who your biological parents are?
Telegraph: Essex social services have obtained a court order against a woman that allowed her to be forcibly sedated and for her child to be taken from her womb by caesarean section.
Religion Clause Blog: Haaretz and Failed Messiah report that in Israel, the Supreme Rabbinical Court on Sunday denied an appeal from an Oct. 29 decision of the Netanya Rabbinical Court (see Jewish Press, Nov. 7) imposing a fine of NIS 500 ($140 US) per day on a woman who is refusing to have her one-year old son circumcised.
Education Views: Parents of a sixth grade student at the Milam Elementary School in Tupelo, Mississippi were shocked when their daughter brought home a political beliefs worksheet that teachers told students to fill out.
News-Sentinel: FIRST ASSEMBLY OF GOD, 1400 W. Washington Center Road, will present “Common Core: Who’s in Control of Education?” 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. Doug Meyer of Alliance Defending Freedom, representatives from ParentalRights.org and a panel with House Education Committee Vice Chair Rhonda Rhoads will be featured.
Fox News: Scafidi is professor of economics and director of the Economics of Education Policy Center at Georgia College and State University. The study, “More Than Scores: An Analysis of Why and How Parents Choose Private Schools,” was published this month by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice.
Robert Carle at Public Discourse: California and New Jersey’s new laws banning talk therapy to address same-sex attraction in minors violate the rights of parents and children to seek counseling that conforms to their values. They also endanger First Amendment rights.
Nathan Cherry at Engage Family Minute: If you’ve read Aldous Huxley’s near prophetic tale “A Brave New World” you are familiar with the term Bokanovsky’s Process. For those unfamiliar with this term let me explain. Bokanovsky’s Process refers to a process of creating children that does not involve humans. The process allows the controllers and creators to manipulate every aspect . . .
Dennis Prager at Human Events: Parents, on the left or the right, religious or secular, want to pass on their core values to their children. As a father, my purpose is not to pass on my seed, but to pass on my values. Just about anyone can biologically produce a child. That ability we share with the animals. What renders us distinct from animals is that we can pass on values.
Liberty Counsel: Liberty Counsel filed suit on behalf of New Jersey parents against the law that bans their son from receiving counsel from a licensed professional counselor regarding unwanted same-sex attractions, behavior, or identity.
Christian Concern: “There are larger social and ethical considerations that mitochondrial replacement also forces us to confront. Most importantly, this technology raises one of the thorniest questions humanity will ever face: are we willing to genetically modify future generations of humans?”
Turtle Bay and Beyond: Only a couple of weeks ago I reported in the Friday Fax how the sexual left wants nations to undermine parental authority in order to treat children as autonomous holders of sexual rights. It looks as though they have made inroads with the UN’s religious freedom expert.
ABC15.com: A Valley couple is teaming up with the American Civil Liberties Union to sue the state of Arizona for the chance to give their five year old the medicine they said he needs. That medicine just happens to be medical marijuana.
UPI: Women’s rights advocates have filed a challenge to Wisconsin’s “cocaine mom” act, which allows pregnant women to be jailed or forced into treatment. The lawsuit filed recently in federal court in Milwaukee is the first of its kind, The New York Times reported Wednesday.
ADF Allied Attorneys Stephen Casey and Greg Terra of the Texas Center for Defense of Life are interviewed by Fox News The Kelly File.
Christian Institute: A 16-year-old boy has been allowed to wear girl’s clothes and make up at a school in Lanarkshire, despite his mother’s opposition. Thelma McLean feels Calderside Academy in Blantyre is afraid to act, and thinks her view on the issue has been ignored. She said: “I really believe this is a phase and I cannot accept it – I just want my son back.
Pacific Standard: In a New York magazine piece, “The Science of Gaydar,” writer David France looks at the growing scientific evidence for innate differences between gay and straight people. France ends by gazing toward the future, and asks the question, “What if prenatal tests were able to show a predisposition to gayness?” Well, France reports, “[Northwestern University psychological professor] Michael Bailey, for one, isn’t troubled by the moral implications any more than he would oppose fetal screens for potential birth defects, though he quickly adds his personal belief that homosexuality is ‘a good’ on par with heterosexuality.”
Christian Post: Samuel Johnson famously declared, “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” In our day, we might say, “The child is the last refuge of a politician.”
Bishops’ Pro-Life Expert: Reg Would Force Parents to Pay For Daughters to Get Sterilization-Contraception-Abortifacient Counselling
CNSNews: In addition, Doerflinger said all parents need to know that the Obamacare regulation also requires health insurance plans to cover “private counseling sessions with every woman and girl that is of child-bearing capacity”–typically starting at age 12–“about this full range of sterilization, contraceptives, and abortifacient drugs,” and if parents oppose that, they need to tell the doctor that it “violates their parental rights.”
Christian Institute: Children in California can now legally have three parents under a new law which critics have branded a “Trojan horse for the same sex marriage agenda”.
Christian Institute: A controversial technique which would create three-parent babies has been criticised as a “eugenic” practice and “incompatible with human dignity” by members of the Council of Europe.
San Francisco Chronicle: But the court said the Santa Clara County Department of Social Services had violated Gonzalez’s rights by disregarding parents’ authority to discipline their children and refusing to allow testimony by the daughter, who disputed many of the social worker’s accusations against her mother.
Robert Knight at Washington Post: Here’s the big picture in America and Western Europe: What is good and right and, yes, normal, is being criminalized, while what is wrong and sometimes dangerous is gaining the use of government force to impose mandatory acceptance. Any resistance to this trend, we’re told, is motivated solely by animus or hate. That was the essence of the U.S. Supreme Court’s majority opinion written by Anthony M. Kennedy in United States v. Windsor, which struck down much of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
Sacramento Bee: Senate Bill 274 authorizes a court to recognize more than two parents if endorsing fewer would be “detrimental” to the child.