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Study Shows Religious Practices Can Help Mental Health

Going to church regularly or praying and/or meditating when growing up can help one’s overall health according to a study by Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

While the study doesn’t focus on Christianity, it reveals what Christians have known for a long time: “Compared with no attendance, at least weekly attendance of religious services was associated with greater life satisfaction and positive affect, a number of character strengths, lower probabilities of marijuana use and early sexual initiation, and fewer lifetime sexual partners.” Not surprisingly, the study also found that daily prayer or meditation is “associated with greater positive affect, emotional processing, and emotional expression; greater volunteering, greater sense of mission, and more forgiveness” along with other similar social effects as church attendance.

While faith is often under attack in our culture, it is good to hear that a study by a prominent secular university points to the importance of religious practices.

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New York City May Include ‘Non-Binary’ Option on Birth Certificates

New York City is expected to enact legislation that would give parents the option of either checking “male,” “female,” or “X” for “non-binary” when choosing the sex of their newborn. The legislation would also allow gender-confused adults to retroactively change the sex on their birth certificates without needing an affidavit from a doctor or mental health professional.

This legislation, announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio in June, passed the City Council last Wednesday and only needs his signature to be enacted.

While the “transgender” community and those who support them believe this change will help the gender-confused “live more authentic lives,” some in the medical community believe that this is dangerous. Dr. Michelle Cretella, president of the American College of Pediatricians, argues that “transition-affirming protocol is child abuse” and Dr. Paul McHugh, a psychiatrist at Johns Hopkins University, has said that the “intensely felt sense of being transgendered constitutes a mental disorder” that could lead to “grim psychological outcomes.”

Additionally, ADF’s Matt Sharp raises valid concerns about how educators will handle students who identify as “non-binary” when it comes to school sport’s teams, given no medical transitioning process will be required. Along with New York City, Idaho, Washington, and Ohio have also considered birth certificate changes.

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Planned Parenthood Picks Doctor as New President

Planned Parenthood’s newest president, Leana Wen, a former ER doctor and the current Baltimore health commissioner, will officially take over as head of the abortion giant on November 12.

“For the first time in nearly 50 years, a doctor will lead Planned Parenthood Federation of America,” touts Planned Parenthood on Wen’s online bio.

Like her predecessor, Cecile Richards, Wen also believes in “reproductive rights” and is pushing the same propaganda the organization has been promoting for years.

While Planned Parenthood is trying to improve its public image by making abortion look more like compassionate “health care” with a doctor at its helm, the U.S. Department of Justice continues its ongoing federal investigation into allegations of the abortion giant’s gruesome fetal tissue trafficking.

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Major Pro-Life Films Coming to Theaters

A couple of films that promote the pro-life cause are coming to the silver screen within the next seven months.

Gosnell releases in theaters Friday, October 12. Earl Billings plays the title role of Kermit Gosnell, a Philadelphia abortionist, and Dean Cain plays the detective whose routine drug investigation uncovered the fact that Gosnell was a serial baby killer.

While the film has gotten only limited promotion from the secular media, the film’s director, Nick Searcy, had this to say about the movie’s message: “I have always hated movies that preach at me, that try to manipulate me and tell me what to think about a story rather than just telling me the story. . . I set out to make a movie that would inform and benefit people on both sides of this issue, no matter how passionate.”

Then, in March 2019, Unplanned, a drama detailing the life of former Planned Parenthood director turned pro-life advocate Abby Johnson, is set to release. The movie is based on the book by the same name. The film has been kept under wraps for months for fear of backlash from pro-abortion advocates. The movie comes from the producers of God’s Not Dead and stars War Room’s Ashley Bratcher as Johnson. For those who you know who need to see the truth behind abortion, these two films could be beneficial.

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Ball State’s Students for Life Wins Case Over ‘Viewpoint Discrimination’

On Tuesday, as part of a settlement agreement in a lawsuit filed by Alliance Defending Freedom in June, Ball State University (BSU) in Indiana eliminated its policy on distribution of student activity fees that discriminated against “religious, political, or ideological” expression among student groups and put in place a policy with safeguards that would prevent future viewpoint discrimination.

This is good news for campus group Students for Life that in February had been denied a request to receive $300 from mandatory student activities fees because the university didn’t agree with the group’s pro-life views.

As part of the settlement, the school also agreed to pay Students for Life the $300 it had originally requested, as well as $12,000 in attorneys’ fees. The school’s new rules to guard freedom of speech will include the mandatory recording of all funding committee meetings, a written reason for denying funds to any student group, and the implementation of an appeals process.

Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins said, “Tolerance is a two-way street, and BSU Students for Life deserves equal access to funding and the continued opportunity to share their message of hope with pregnant and parenting students.”

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