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Canadian Couple Loses Foster Children Over Easter Bunny

When Christian Canadian couple Derek and Francis Baar refused to tell their foster children that the Easter Bunny was not real, Children’s Aid Society (CAS) of Ontario took the children from the parents with only a day’s notice.

The placement worker, Tracey Lindsay, apparently worried that because of the couple’s religious beliefs, they might act prejudicially toward a prospective homosexual couple adopting children.

The Baars then sued CAS because their religious beliefs had been violated; the Baars could not lie to their children. The couple sought no monetary damages, only a declaration that their rights had been violated and that they not be blackballed from future fostering.

In vindicating the couple, Judge Andrew Goodman noted in his order, “Given the disruption that these young children had already faced in their lives, there is no doubt that there was a need for stability, permanency, and care in their lives . . . . As [a CAS case worker] states in one of her case notes, ‘is it more important to have the Easter Bunny or permanency?’ The Society very clearly chose the Easter Bunny.”

In response to the ruling, CAS issued an apology. “We recognize what our mistakes were. We respect the decision of the court . . . and we have to ensure it doesn’t happen again,” said Executive Director Dominic Verticchio.

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Three-Parent Embryos Come to the UK

Doctors at Britain’s Newcastle University will be implanting two women who have gene mutations with embryos created from the genetic material of three people. Embryos created through the DNA of three people and in vitro fertilization would supposedly create disease-free babies. However, this type of embryo creation has ethical as well as legal issues. Besides trying to decipher who the parents would be and what rights they would have, these “designer babies” are created through a method that “destroy human life, since, in order to construct a disease-free embryo, two healthy ones will have to be destroyed,” notes Bishop John Keenan of Paisley, Scotland.

So far this procedure is not being considered in America. In December 2015, Congress prohibited the FDA from moving forward on this method of baby creation “until safety and ethical issues can be resolved.”

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Twenty Countries Ordered to Recognize Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

Twenty countries are accepting the Inter-American Court of Human Rights’ directive to recognize same-sex “marriage” and provide “transgender” rights, even though the international court’s decision is not binding. The court gave its mandate after Costa Rican officials asked for clarification on the process for legally changing the name of a person who is confused about his or her biological sex and the rights to property of homosexual partners. The 20 countries who accepted the directive are Argentina, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, and Uruguay.

Gualberto Garcia Jones, executive director of International Human Rights Group, believes the Inter-American Court of Human Rights overstepped the rules for international treaties and national constitutions in order to implement its opinion. Judge Eduardo Vio Grossi, who partially dissented, wrote, “Legislation recognizing same-sex unions cannot be imposed upon member states through the judicial process, much less so through an advisory opinion, which is not binding even on the party requesting the opinion, and much less upon the other member states.”

In 2017, 700 legislators from countries making up the Organization of American States signed the Mexico City Declaration, which calls for an end to the international court’s activism. It remains to be seen whether the impacted countries will reject the court’s activism or whether the Inter-American Court will gain more power.

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Germany Upsets Trans Community in a Birth Certificate Parentage Debate

Germany’s Federal Court of Justice has ruled that a “transgender” woman sperm donor cannot be listed as a mother on the child’s birth certificate. The ruling comes after a German man who had sex-change surgery to become a woman donated sperm prior to his transition and then a child was born from that sperm. According to German law, only the woman who gave birth to the child can be listed as the mother. The “transgender” would then be listed as the father. Naturally, the LGBT community in Germany is roiling over this decision and the case is being appealed to the Federal Constitutional Court, generally the equivalent of our U.S. Supreme Court.

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Creating Babies From Skin Cells?

Japanese scientists have discovered a new way to reproduce that could make the need for eggs and sperm obsolete. Through in vitro gametogenesis (IVG), these scientists have been able to reprogram skin cells in mice to become stem cells, which can then be used to grow eggs and sperm in the lab. The resulting embryos would then be implanted in a womb. Although proven successful with mice, scientists predict it will be at least 10 years before this technique is tested on humans. This uncharted brave new world has a Harvard law professor, the dean of Harvard Medical School, and a medical science professor at Brown concerned that IVG “may raise the specter of ‘embryo farming’ on a scale currently unimagined, which might exacerbate concerns about the devaluation of human life.”

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