Pro-Life News: Defunding Planned Parenthood moves forward; Young Adults vs. Tolerance of LGBT

Pro-Life News:

Defunding Planned Parenthood moves forward; Young Adults vs. Tolerance of LGBT

HHS rule defunding Planned Parenthood moves forward

defund planned parenthoodSeptember 2019 – In a 3-0 opinion, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled to allow implementation of a May 2018 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services administrative rule that effectively deprives Planned Parenthood of $50-60 million annually in family planning grants.

Under the new directive, effective in late August 2019, abortion organizations will lose Title X funding unless family planning and abortion operations are financially separated within 180 days and physically separated within one year.

trump defunds planned parenthood“The Protect Life Rule does not cut family planning funding by a single dime,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, “and instead, directs tax dollars to entities that provide health care to women, but do not perform abortions.”

A recent Marist poll found that 54% of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortion. However, Congress has failed to defund Planned Parenthood of Medicaid reimbursements, the significant majority of the taxpayer dollars the organization receives.

lifenews.com, 6/20/19

Young adults grow less tolerant of LGBTs

young Adults less tolerant of LGBT graphSeptember 2019 – Young adults are typically assumed to be open-minded, but Harris Poll results released in June indicate Americans age 18-34 are growing less open to spending time with LGBT acquaintances.

According to the annual Accelerating Acceptance report, young adults who feel comfortable interacting with those who consider themselves LGBT decreased from 63% in 2016 to 53% in 2017 and 45% in 2018.

usatoday.com, 6/24/19

Slight majority favors separate bathrooms

separate gender bathroomsSeptember 2019 – Bucking the cultural trend to accept transgenderism as the new normal, a recent Gallup poll found that slightly over half of adults surveyed (51%) favored public restroom policies that distinguish between men and women according to their birth gender.

Politically, the poll showed that 78% of Republicans believe that men and women – according to their birth gender – should be required to use their respective bathroom facilities. Only 27% of Democrats deemed that distinction necessary.

However, the wide-ranging poll on LGBT issues also indicated broad support overall for pro-homosexual initiatives.

christianheadlines.com, 6/27/19

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Biblical Worldview News: Holocaust Remembrance; Religious Freedom

Biblical Worldview News:

Holocaust Remembrance; Religious Freedom

Issues@Hand

Trump sends first U.S. delegates to Holocaust remembrance

July 2019 – On May 2, for the first time since Poland’s annual March of the Living began in 1988, U.S. delegates attended. President Donald Trump sent the U.S. delegation to Poland to participate in the Holocaust Remembrance event. Led by U.S. ambassador to Israel David Friedman, the group toured the World War II Nazi concentration camp complex.

Then, they walked alongside students and Holocaust survivors in the 1.5-mile trek from the infamous gates of Auschwitz to the nearby death camp of Birkenau. For thousands of Holocaust victims, this path follows the last walk they ever took. The march educates attendees on the suffering and loss of the Holocaust while celebrating the continuity of Jewish life.

jta.org, 5/2/19; breitbart.com, 5/1/19

 

Trump sends first U.S. delegates to Holocaust remembrance

 

Issues@Hand

Trump protects health workers’ religious beliefs

July 2019 – On May 2, President Donald Trump announced a conscience rule protecting health care workers and hospitals which have personal or religious objections to some health procedures. This conscience rule is designed to protect those who want no ties to abortion, assisted suicide, and sterilizations.

It will be enforced by the Office for Civil Rights. Institutions receiving funds from federal programs will have to certify they comply with these laws.

Over two dozen laws already affected medical workers and institutions by protecting religious or conscience beliefs. However, the Obama administration ignored these laws and received on average one complaint per year. The Trump administration is enforcing laws on the books and received over 300 complaints in 2018.

The president’s latest announcement sparked immediate liberal backlash, e.g., the City of San Francisco has already filed a lawsuit claiming health services might be at risk due to caregivers’ religious beliefs.

onenewsnow.com, 5/6/19; lc.org, 5/2/19

 

Trump protects health workers’ religious beliefs

 

Issues@Hand

Religious freedom disrespected in many countries

July 2019 – Nearly 40% of 75 countries listed in a new report threaten the religious liberty of their residents. Details are included in an April release by Family Research Council’s Center for Religious Liberty. Through legal and cultural support for apostasy, blasphemy, and/or anti-conversion laws, these nations threaten their citizens’ freedom to choose or change one’s faith.

The report adds to the evidence documented in recent years in a variety of studies that show governmental and social hostility toward religious believers is increasing worldwide.

Apostasy laws, according to the report, punish people who convert away from Islam, thus preventing Muslims from freely choosing their faith.

Although largely unenforced worldwide, blasphemy laws in Muslim majority countries frequently are used against minorities – “often with no evidence – to settle unrelated disputes and vendettas.”

Anti-conversion laws prohibit people from converting to another religion. The CRL report said these laws are often used by governments in the Hindu and Buddhist world “to maintain a majority of the population with their preferred religion.”

The study findings show “a significant portion of the world’s population living under regimes that do not respect religious freedom,” said Travis Weber, director of the CRL.

onenewsnow.com, 5/2/19; frc.org, 4/30/19

 

Religious freedom disrespected in many countries

 

Issues@Hand

Research reveals global shifts on diversity, religion, family

July 2019 – In 2018, Pew Research Center surveyed 30,133 people in 27 countries about their perception of national shifts from 1998 to 2018 relative to the family structure and ethnic, religious, and racial diversity and impact.

The research revealed a prevailing global view that diversity and gender equality have increased, but ties to family and religion have decreased. While considerable variation exists concerning whether the changes were perceived as positive or negative, large majorities in most countries say the weakening of family relationships is a “bad thing.”

pewglobal.org, 4/22/19

 

Research reveals global shifts on diversity, religion, family

Christian News: Homeschooling Growth Rate Increases; Victory for Life; Video Games and Violence

Christian News

American Family Association News

Homeschooling Growth Rate Increases;  Victory for Life; Video Games and Violence

Homeschooling Growth Rate Increases

Safety concerns motivate homeschooling

September 2018 – Homeschool associations such as the Texas Home School Coalition are seeing increased interest in homeschooling. Many parents are concerned about school safety due to school shootings and bullying.

“Most parents homeschool for more than one reason,” said Brian Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute. “But when we ask families why they homeschool, near the top nowadays is concern about the environment of schools, and that includes safety, pressure to get into drugs, and pressure to get into sexual activity.”

While states are not required to track homeschooling numbers, the U.S. Department of Education estimated 1.69 million homeschool students in the spring of 2016. Ray suggests the number is closer to 2.3 million.

“Homeschooling has been growing at an estimated 2% to 8% per year, and that’s compounded,” he said.

For example, there was a 25% increase in homeschooling between 2012 and 2016.

christianheadlines.com, 6/1/18; washingtontimes.com, 5/30/18

Victory for Life in Two States

September 2018 – The U.S.Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of California pregnancy resource centers affected by California’s FACT (Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency) Act. Since FACT passed in 2015, any pro-life center that failed to inform its clients of the state’s free or low-cost abortions was subject to fines of $500-1000. On June 26, the court ruled in NIFLA v. Becerra that the California FACT Act was a violation of free speech.

Penny Nance, CEO and president of Concerned Women for America, said the case “centered on an inappropriate mandate of the state compelling pro-life clinics to promote abortion in violation of their consciences.”

On another front, Louisiana passed HB 449, The Adoption Option Act, authored by Rep. Rick Edmonds (R). It ensures Louisiana’s Department of Health website contains proactive information for birth parents about the benefits of adoption, and it guarantees that materials distributed to women in abortion facilities will also contain information on adoption.

“My bill is designed to reach couples facing the trauma and violence of abortion with empowering information on the simple first steps to consider the heroic option of adoption,” Edmonds said.

Passage of the legislation followed a red carpet premier at the Governor’s Mansion of the short film I Lived on Parker Avenue (See AFA Journal, March 2018.), that documents the journey of LSU law student David Scotton to meet his birth parents.

foxnews.com, 6/26/18; concernedwomen.org, 6/26/18

Trump DOJ Helping Protect Freedom of Worship

September 2018 – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken steps to support the religious freedom of churches by launching the “Place to Worship Initiative,” an education program for federal agencies and attorneys. This initiative is to help them understand how to carry out the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, a federal law passed in 2000 mandating that the government refrain from placing unnecessary burdens on churches and prisoners in relation to their places and manner of worship.

“President Trump’s DOJ is doing a good job protecting religious freedom in this area,” said Travis Weber of Family Research Council. “And we really are advocating for it to be protected across the board.”

onenewsnow.com, 6/21/18

U.S. withdraws from UN council

Nikki Haley with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

September 2018 – “A cesspool of political bias.” That’s how Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, described the Human Rights Council just before she announced that the U.S. is withdrawing from the council.

One reason for withdrawal, Haley stated, is the council’s repeated acceptance and protection of countries with human rights problems, such as the Democratic Republic of Congo and Venezuela.

Haley added the council’s mistreatment of Israel as reason for the withdrawal, calling it a “chronic bias” against Israel.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated, “Since its creation, the council has adopted more resolutions condemning Israel than against the rest of the world combined.”

timesofisrael.com, 6/20/18

Video Games and Violence Affect Young Players

September 2018 – Do violent video games have an adverse effect on American teens? Does a graphic television show about suicide alter the mental state of its viewers?

Culture critic Robert Knight believes the answer to both is a resounding yes, labeling the current situation a “culture war on children.”

“The military uses violent videos to train people to kill,” Knight argues. “So it seems reasonable to assume that violence-laden video games may make some kids numb to real violence. …”

Knight referenced a game called “Active Shooter.” Players in this game can carry out school shootings from the comfort of their living rooms, with the game keeping tabs onscreen of how many people the player has killed.

Knight also cited the Netflix hit show 13 Reasons Why, a drama centered around the suicide of a teen named Hannah. Following season one, a 26% increase was seen in the Google searches for how to commit suicide. Season two aired in May with sex scenes, rapes, homosexuality, pornography, and gun violence.

Knight acknowledged one opposing statistic, which claims 80% of mass shooters reveal no interest in video games.

However, he raised this question: “If viewing has no effect on behavior, why do merchants invest billions of dollars on ads to influence people’s buying choices?”

Netflix airs ‘Salute to Abortion’

September 2018 – Netflix has recently come under fire as the network pursues its commitment to promoting the darkest aspects of human nature. For example, in early July, Netflix aired Michelle Wolf’s Salute to Abortion in which the alleged comedian declared, “God bless abortion!”

In another case, critics have accused Netflix of airing child porn in a recent foreign film.

AFA continues partnering with Parents Television Council and a broader coalition of groups to urge Netflix to end its sleazy suicide series 13 Reasons Why.

Join the efforts; sign a petition at afa.net/Netflix urging Netflix to pull both seasons one and two of 13 Reasons Why. (See related story here.)

 

Suicide: a leading cause of death in U.S.

September 2018 – Suicide has become the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., with an increase of nearly 30% over the past decade, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control. In 2016, nearly 45,000 suicides occurred in the U.S. – more than twice the number of homicides. And among ages 15-34, suicide is the second leading cause of death.

In 27 states, 54% of suicides were not linked to any diagnosed mental health problem. While the most common method of suicide involved firearms, suicides from opioid overdoses doubled between 1999 and 2014. In 2014, those with opioid addiction were 40-60% more likely to consider suicide. Other factors associated with suicide included strained relationships, financial stressors, and physical health conditions.

“Suicide is a public health crisis when you look at the numbers, and they keep going up,” said Nadine Kaslow, former president of the American Psychological Association. (See related story, here.)

washingtonpost.com, 6/7/18

Christian News: Abortion in Ireland; Censorship of Conservatives; God Definition Survey

Christian News:

American Family Association News

Abortion in Ireland; Censorship of Conservatives; God Definition Survey

Ireland citizens choose abortion in landslide vote

 

August 2018 – Citizens of Ireland voted May 25 to repeal a 1983 constitutional amendment that restricted abortion to rare cases involving endangerment of the mother’s life.

In the recent referendum, more than two million voted, with 66% in favor of revoking the amendment. According to the Irish Times, the state will now work to legalize abortion at less than 12 weeks gestation.

The results of the citizen vote reflect a 2017 Pew Research poll, which revealed that 66% of Irish adults supported legalization of abortion in all or most cases. The Pew poll response from Christians in Ireland was nearly identical, at 65%.

foxnews.com, 5/25/18; pewresearch.org, 5/29/18 (including graph)

Social media sites censor Christian, conservative posts

 

Above, Prager U features five-minute mini-lectures from a conservative perspective.

August 2018 – U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh has dismissed a suit filed by conservative nonprofit PragerU against YouTube for censoring the organization’s educational videos. Koh ruled in March that, inherently serving as a private company, Google, parent company of YouTube, has no obligation to equally apply its services, or in this case, its ostensible penalties.

PragerU argued that although YouTube is a private entity, Google operates as a public forum and is thus liable to First Amendment oversight. Koh disagreed.

War on Christianity

Similarly, the Lutheran-run Concordia Publishing House says Google will no longer allow its ads due to seeming breaches of the tech giant’s user privacy protection. The publishing house, however, says it was told to remove any references to Jesus or the Bible to use Google ad products.

Facebook Censorship

Also, conservative media personalities Diamond and Silk charge Facebook with censorship. The two women testified before Congress in April, alleging that “Facebook …has taken aggressive actions to silence conservative voices such as ourselves.”

dailysignal.com, 3/29/18; christianheadlines.com, 4/25/18; cbn.com, 4/26/18

Americans divided over definition of ‘God’

August 2018 – Belief in God or gods has steadily declined in America in the past decade or more, and according to a study conducted by Pew Research Center, Americans differ on their definitions of God, whether they believe in God or not.

Of those asked if they believe in God, 80% said yes, and about 20% said no. Of those who said yes, 56% said they believe in God as described in the Christian Bible. Of those who said no, 10% said there is no spiritual force or higher power in the universe. Interestingly, there was overlap between the “yes” and “no” camps: 23% of those who said yes and 9% of those who said no both believe in some other higher power or spiritual force acting in the universe.

pewforum.org, 4/25/18

 

Biblical Worldview News: Planned Parenthood Facts; Abortion Statistics

Biblical Worldview News:

Planned Parenthood Facts; Abortion Statistics

American Family Association Issues at Hand

Abortion Statistics— numbers steadily decreasing

January-February 2018 – The Centers for Disease Control released a November 2017 report citing 2014 abortion rates (most recent available) in the U.S. According to CDC, abortion in the U.S. had fallen to its lowest rate of occurrence since 1971, when it was legal in only six states. From 2013 to 2014 alone, the numbers dropped 2%.

However, while CDC requests abortion data from the central health agencies of every state, as well as the District of Columbia and New York City, the federal government does not require that the agencies report. Therefore, CDC figures run short. For instance, in 2014, CDC received data from 49 reporting areas rather than 52.

Nonetheless, the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, known to have more inclusive data, also reported a decrease of nearly 4% from 2013 to 2014.

According to their numbers, abortion rates have not been lower since 1975, just two years after Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case that brought about legal abortion nationwide.

cdc.gov, 11/24/17; lifenews.com, 1/17/17, 11/22/17

Planned Parenthood Facts

Planned Parenthood defunding intact

January-February 2018 – On November 13, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a request to reconsider its decision to uphold Arkansas’s defunding of Planned Parenthood.

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson ended the state’s Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood in 2015. In August 2017, a three-judge panel of the court annulled a federal judge’s preliminary injunction that had temporarily prevented Arkansas from suspending Medicaid payments for Planned Parenthood services.

onenewsnow.com, 11/13/17

Middle school parents fight Planned Parenthood sex education

January-February 2018 – When the Cumberland County, North Carolina, school board approved a Planned Parenthood sex ed program for its middle schools, parents fought back. Hundreds of parents complained about the Comprehensive Sex Education curriculum that assumes all children are sexually active, and focuses on sexual preferences, LGBTQ education, and contraception. (See AFA Journal, 9/17.)

“I don’t need somebody else teaching my kids … the myths and facts about sexuality.” parent Nick Quello said. “That’s something the parents need to do. I just don’t think that’s appropriate for a 12-year-old, whether it be a boy or a girl. The school board needs to stay out of our homes.”

After the outpouring of parental complaints, the Cumberland County Board of Education decided to hold off implementing the program, pending review of the curriculum.

As the nation’s largest abortion provider, PP continues to face threats of taxpayer funding cuts and FBI investigation following years of numerous scandals, including Medicaid fraud, allegations of child sex abuse cover-up, and alleged profiting from the sale of aborted baby body parts.

wral.com, 10/18/17, 10/19/17; breitbart.com, 10/20/17

Planned Parenthood blatantly targets America’s minority women

 

January-February 2018 – On October 31, 2017, Planned Parenthood tweeted, “If you’re a Black woman in America, it’s statistically safer to have an abortion than to carry a pregnancy to term or give birth.”

Margaret Sanger, founder of PP, stated in 1926 that “colored people are like weeds and are to be exterminated.” Ninety-one years later, the abortion giant continues to target racial minorities.

In 2012, 79% of PP’s surgical abortion clinics were located within walking distance of African American or Hispanic/Latino neighborhoods. And the targeting has accelerated with Planned Parenthood’s 25 mega centers built since 2004. Alarmingly, 88% (22 of 25) of them target women of color.

lifesitenews.com, 6/29/17; Planned Parenthood tweet, 10/31/17

American Family Association news: Happiness in Marriage

American Family Association report:

Happiness in Marriage

Marriage boosts happiness

April 2017 – Married adults are significantly happier than their single, divorced, or widowed counterparts, a collection of research shows. For instance, for men, marriage improves wellbeing and quality of life on several levels.

The National Health and Social Life Survey reports that 51% of married men experience sexual satisfaction compared to 39% of cohabiting men and 36% of single men. The General Social Survey has found that 43% of married men ages 20-39 say they are very happy with life, compared to 20% of single men and 21% of cohabiting men. Research from Institute for Family Studies has also found that married men are more likely to live longer and to earn a larger income.

American Family Association News: Political Correctness on Masculinity; Religious Freedom; Planned Parenthood

American Family Association News/ Christian News:

Political Correctness on Masculinity; Religious Freedom; Planned Parenthood

keyEvery month American Family Association provides Issues at Hand in a useful summary of the Christian Worldview, so you can be up-to-date with many issues important to you, all in one post. ~C.D.

Political Correctness: Masculinity dangerous … really?

afa-masculinity2December 2016 – A student advertisement for an event at Claremont College in California read, “Masculinity can be extremely toxic to our mental health, both to the people who are pressured to perform it and the people who are inevitably influenced by it.”

As writer LaShawn Barber for World Magazine pointed out, such language used in relation to women would be described as misogyny.

Students stated that the event was comprised of mostly women, and that the consensus was that masculinity “is harmful to those who express it and those affected by it.”

world.wng.org, 10/5/16

Churches take stand for Religious Freedom

afa-transgender-restroomDecember 2016 – Alliance Defending Freedom has filed a lawsuit on behalf of four Massachusetts churches over a new law that allows individuals legal access to bathrooms or locker rooms based on perceived gender identification versus biological sex. The state has identified churches as places of public accommodation and therefore bound by the law.

Plaintiffs are Horizon Christian Fellowship, Abundant Life Church, House of Destiny Ministries, and Faith Christian Fellowship in Haverville. Defendants are members of the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination and state Attorney General Maura Healey.

The law also prohibits covered entities from making statements intended to discriminate or to incite others to do so. ADF argues the state intends to “force churches and pastors to refrain from religious expression regarding sexuality that conflicts with the government’s views.”

onenewsnow, 10/11/16, 10/12/16

Planned Parenthood celebrates 100 years, 7 million dead babies

If these are aborted or genetically altered?

If these are aborted or genetically altered?

Margaret Louise Sanger (1879-1966) (above) was an activist for birth control, population control, and eugenics. Her legacy is being carried on by Planned Parenthood, which pretends to help the poor while hiding the reality that it targets the vulnerable.

December 2016 – In October, Planned Parenthood Federation of America celebrated its 100th year since Margaret Sanger opened the first clinic in Brooklyn, New York. She believed in “improving” the human race by discouraging reproduction among persons she presumed to have undesirable traits.

What began with birth control in 1916 has become the largest abortion provider in the country. Planned Parenthood’s latest annual report (2014) shows that 43% of the abortion provider’s revenues came from taxpayers via state and federal government health services grants and reimbursements in the amount of $553.7 million.

While Planned Parenthood celebrated 100 years of death, pro-lifers and Christians observed the century milestone in a different way, by gathering to pray for an end to the destruction Planned Parenthood has perpetuated over the years.

“They have an underlying and faithful ally in the media and Hollywood,” said Eric Scheidler, spokesman for Pro-Life Action League.

“We cannot match Planned Parenthood dollar for dollar, yet we can confront them with something they have none of. They don’t have the power of our Lord and prayer.”

Prayer vigils were held at more than 100 Planned Parenthood clinics throughout the country on October 15.

cnsnews.com, 10/17/16; onenewsnow.com, 10/14/16

Suit claims companies illegally profited from sale of fetal tissue

afa-abortion-baby-partsThe Daily Signal, the multimedia news organization of The Heritage Foundation, created the graphic above by distilling invoices and price lists subpoenaed by the U.S. House Select Panel on Infant Lives in April 2016.

December 2016 – Two California medical companies have been accused of illegally profiting from the sale of fetal tissue in a lawsuit filed by the Orange County district attorney’s office on October 11. Prosecutors are seeking a $1.6 million fine as well as an injunction to prevent future profits.

Undercover videos circulated last year by the Center for Medical Progress vividly informed the public about the harvesting of aborted baby organs. The lawsuit does not name abortion providers but claims DaVinci Biosciences and DV Biologics collected tens of thousands of dollars in profit from fetal tissue and stem cells they received from abortion providers.

While it is legal for organizations to charge a fee to recover expenses incurred in the process of collecting and donating fetal tissue, the lawsuit alleges the companies sold to research groups at least 500 times between 2012 and 2015 for more than what it cost to process, handle, and ship the body parts.

onenewsnow.com, 10/12/16; dailysignal.com, 4/20/16

Religion contributes $1.2 trillion to society

afa-piechart2December 2016 – A study published in September in the Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion details the $1.2 trillion contribution that religion makes to the U.S. annual economy. In areas from health care to education to philanthropy, the benefit of religion for the American economy is greater than the top ten tech companies combined, including Google, Apple, and Microsoft.

Interestingly, the impact of church congregations is the second greatest player in the economics of religion, constituting 36.1% of the total $1.2 trillion. Businesses with religious backgrounds are number one, making 37.8% of the contribution. Charitable institutions generate 26.1%.

The impact is not only monetary. Highly religious individuals are more likely to donate money and goods and time to volunteer, according to Pew Research polling that asked adults about their activities in the prior week. Congregations coordinate 7.5 million volunteers in 1.5 million social programs, and religious organizations have tripled the amount of money they spend on social programs in the last 15 years.

cruxnow.com, 9/14/16; faithcounts.com

Anti-Freedom of Speech: Attorneys can’t discuss ‘harmful’ subjects

afa-free-speech-censoredDecember 2016 – New ethics rules established by the American Bar Association in August prohibit attorneys from “harmful” verbal conduct that could include discussing or debating same sex marriage, religion, or immigration. Under the speech code, attorneys could be disciplined or removed from the bar if they are seen as manifesting bias or prejudice.

“What it really does is shut down everyone from saying anything that might be controversial for advocating for your clients vigorously or even selecting clients,” said UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh.

onenewsnow.com, 8/12/16

Anti-police rhetoric has consequences

afa-anti-police-rhetoricDecember 2016 – With all the recent media attention on police officers, those who wear a badge are feeling extra pressure. For example, a female officer in Chicago, Illinois, recently felt the stress while being attacked by a 28-year-old male high on PCP.

The man attacked her viciously, slamming her head into the pavement. She was taken to the hospital where she was treated for multiple injuries, and bits of concrete had to be removed from her face.

Eddie Johnson, police superintendent, said, “This attack went on for several minutes. As I was at the hospital last night visiting with her, she looked at me and said she thought she was going to die, and she knew that she should shoot this guy. But she chose not to because she didn’t want her family or the department to have to go through the scrutiny the next day on the national news.”

wgntv.com, 10/14/16

Marketing human trafficking

December 2016 – New Mexico Advocacy Coalition, an anti-human trafficking group, is launching a campaign against major booksellers that sell how-to manuals for pimps. The group found at least 15 such titles on Amazon.com, along with reviews such as “required reading for the pimp in training. Written as an instructional manual.”

While Amazon has a vague restriction against offensive sexual content in books, the New Mexico Advocacy Coalition is petitioning the online seller to step up enforcement of guidelines and stop selling such books. Jet.com, Barnes and Noble, and Wal-Mart were also found to be selling some of the same titles.

world.wng.org, 8/9/16

U.N. voting on worldwide LGBT advocate

afa-un-rainbowDecember 2016 – In June, the U.N.’s Human Rights Council in Geneva voted to establish an LGBT ombudsman, an official designated to monitor complaints of infringement of LGBT rights and launch investigations in different countries. The ombudsman would determine how U.N. affiliated organizations interact with countries based on how they treat special rights for homosexuals.

Stefano Gennarini, spokesperson for Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, suggested that such a position would pressure countries to enact homosexual rights and give the LGBT agenda a foothold of power with the U.N. A November vote was planned to determine the outcome of the decision.