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The Complications of Saving a Surrogate-Born Child

Here’s another example of a child being viewed as a mere commodity. A legal battle recently developed between a Dallas, Texas, couple and the surrogate mother with whom they had contracted, because it was discovered that the baby had a serious-but-treatable heart condition. Once the contract parents discovered the unborn child’s medical condition, they wanted the surrogate to abort the baby. The surrogate refused to kill the child, so the contract parents stopped covering the surrogate’s medical costs. Since surrogates in Texas lose all rights once the child is born, the surrogate hired attorneys to ensure the baby would get life-saving surgery once birthed. Both the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office and the Office of the Texas Attorney General became involved in the case in support of the birth mother’s intentions. Fortunately, after the child was born last month, the contract parents agreed to pay for the child’s medical surgeries.

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Study Shows Interesting Results About Teen Sexual Practices

Everyone is not doing it, despite what young people are told in sex education classes or among their peers. The CDC’s latest report shows that the number of high school students who said they have had sex dropped from 47 percent in 2005 to 41 percent in 2015. And the news is even better for African-American and Hispanic teens. Plus, according to Ascend, formerly the National Abstinence Education Association, most young people would prefer to save sex for marriage. “We’re so busy teaching about birth control that we don’t even bother with self-control . . . It’s time to adapt our thinking, our strategies, and our public policy to an approach that makes the most sense for our kids and their future,” notes Tony Perkins’ Washington Update.

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Georgetown University Offers New LGBT Dorm

Jesuit-founded Georgetown University is providing a campus residence facility for LGBT students beginning with the 2018-2019 academic year. Georgetown’s Vice President of Student Affairs Todd Olson says, “It is in keeping with our Catholic and Jesuit values to provide a language, perspective, and sense of inclusion for deepening our sense of cura personalis.” But Federalist writer Maureen Mullarkey believes Olson’s comments violate the school’s faith-based tradition. “You might think that care for the entire person—cura personalis—would demand countering the long, institutional march against established norms, particularly sexual ones. That charity in its fullness would deny efforts to override the concept of normalcy and of nature itself,” she says. “Instead, a Jesuit institution has permitted LBGTQ militants to turn a gracious phrase into a slogan of infiltration with a religious gloss.”

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U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear Challenge to Religious Liberty Law

After being tied up in court for a year and a half due to a lawsuit from the ACLU, Mississippi’s Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act, which was signed into law April 2016 in response to the Obergefell ruling, is in full force again. In essence, the law provides protection for individuals and religious organizations which make decisions based on the sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction that marriage should consist of a man and a woman, that sexual relations should be reserved to marriage, and that male and female refer to an individual’s immutable biological sex. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit had held that the plaintiffs did not have standing to bring the lawsuit because no one had been denied services. This week the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to hear an appeal. While the law is now back in place, don’t be surprised if a plaintiff is found who can establish standing and file a new challenge to the law.

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FEMA Discontines Its Discrimination Against Churches After Natural Disasters

FEMA, the national governmental relief organization that has helped countless other nonprofits rebuild after natural disasters, is now going to help churches and religious nonprofits to rebuild. After a series of lawsuits filed by churches in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, FEMA is changing its course. Churches will now be reimbursed for their rebuilding expenses. It only makes sense, considering 80 percent of disaster relief comes from exclusively religious organizations. FEMA clarified its new position in a recently issued statement that says in part: “In light of the Trinity Lutheran decision [a recent Supreme Court decision giving churches access to public grants available to other nonprofits], FEMA has considered its guidance on private nonprofit facility eligibility and determined that it will revise its interpretation of the aforementioned statutory and regulatory authorities so as not to exclude houses of worship from eligibility for FEMA aid on the basis of the religious character or primarily religious use of the facility.”

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