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Mom Resorts to Embryo Trading on Facebook to Build Her Family

One New York actress only known as “Lisa” took to Facebook recently to see if she could “trade” her female IVF embryo for a male IVF embryo so that her young son could have a brother.

She had tried to provide a brother the old-fashioned way and then spent more than $45,000 trying to do so through IVF. Since buying and selling embryos is illegal, and neither she nor her husband wanted to work through an adoption plan, Lisa figured social media was the best and fastest way to locate what she needed.

She wrote on several Facebook groups, “Hello, we have been trying to give my child a sibling for three years . . . we want to complete our family with a son. We have a great quality female embryo. Would you like to consider a trade?”

It’s difficult for many conservatives to fathom that a mother could treat her child like a baseball card at a swap meet, but that’s essentially what she said: “Now I have a commodity—something I can leverage.”

So far, Lisa has generated some interest and she just might have a match for an embryo swap if the husband of the boy embryo is willing.

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NY Catholic Charities Ending Adoptions Over Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

Catholic Charities of Buffalo has decided to end its foster care and adoption program because the state says adoption agencies must allow same-sex couples to adopt and be foster parents. However, that violated the Catholic church’s beliefs regarding human sexuality and the family.

In a press release the agency said, “Because Catholic Charities cannot simultaneously comply with state regulations and conform to the teaching of the Catholic Church on the nature of marriage, Catholic Charities will discontinue foster care and adoption services . . . The teaching and position of the Roman Catholic Church throughout the world recognizes [sic] marriage only as a union between a woman and a man.”

The agency has a contract with the Erie County Department of Social Services that expires March 2019 and hopes to make a smooth transition with current foster children and families as well as those who have sought to adopt or foster.

“It is important and to the advantage of a child to be placed in a home with a husband and wife family, a man and a woman, so that the child can experience both a father and a mother, and their love,” said Sister Mary McCarrick, Catholic Charities diocesan director.

Catholic Charities said their program currently has 55 certified foster homes, with 34 children in care in 24 of those homes. The agency, which has been in existence for almost 95 years, helps to arrange an average of five adoptions each year.

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Court Rules No Discrimination Against Philly Christian Adoption Agency

When the city of Philadelphia cut ties with Catholic Social Services (CSS) because the adoption agency would not violate its religious beliefs by placing children in same-sex households, CSS filed a lawsuit contending the city’s action infringed on its rights to religious freedom.

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania recently denied CSS’s motion to enjoin the city from taking this action. In her opinion, Judge Petrese Tucker wrote, “CSS contends that the provision of certification services for same-sex couples would require CSS to express its religious approval of same-sex relationships in contravention of Catholic teaching about marriage. This is not the case.”

This was partially based on the fact that Bethany Christian Services, a non-Catholic nonprofit adoption agency, had also lost its license to place children because of its religious beliefs. The city’s treatment of Bethany was, according to Tucker, evidence that the city had not specifically targeted a certain religious denomination and therefore showed no animus toward religious institutions.

Writes Travis Weber, vice president of policy at the Family Research Council, “Incredibly, in the view of the court, putting the choice to Catholic Social Services of either violating its faith or being forced to stop helping needy children in Philadelphia altogether does ‘not constitute a substantial burden on CSS’s religious exercise.’”

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Progressive Parents Start Dangerous ‘Theyby’ Trend

Nate and Julia Sharpe of Cambridge, Mass., are letting their 3-year-old fraternal twins, Zyler and Kadyn, decide which “gender” they want to be.

So serious are they about this decision that Kadyn and Zyler are being taught not to associate particular body parts with being either male or female. As a result of the way they are being raised, even friends of the family do not know whether the children are biologically male or female.

Children raised in this manner are called “theybies,” because others are to refer to these children using the gender-neutral pronoun they.

Parents of these children hope it is the answer to avoiding sex-based stereotypes. But while trying to shield kids from stereotypes or even sex-based bullying, avoiding the truth about biological sex leads children to an ambiguous existence where they not only are forced to parent themselves, but don’t learn the value of boundaries.

“Today we are surrounded by a generation of people who have grown up living according to their own moral codes, defying the boundaries set by God. As a result, it is a generation with no peace or sense of security,” writes Anne Graham Lotz in a daily devotional.

Worse, the child starts believing that he or she is the ultimate rulemaker. Writes John Denison for ChristianHeadlines.com, “Letting a child choose his or her gender, choosing a child based on gender, and aborting a child based on gender are all symptoms of an underlying condition. At their heart, they succumb to the temptation, ‘You will be like God’ (Genesis 3:5).”

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Parents, Watch Out for Roku

With summer still in full swing, there are more hours for children to watch TV shows and movies online. And that means more of a risk of discovering some unsavory entertainment. Roku streaming service provides secret backdoor access to hardcore porn, according to Dawn Hawkins of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.

“They are facilitating access to hardcore pornography channels—hundreds of private and hidden channels—and none of the other streaming companies allow this,” she says.

Currently, Roku is the only streaming service without parental controls, although parents can establish a PIN that must be entered to add new channels. However, it will not block programs on channels already added.

If you already have Roku or are concerned with parental controls for other streaming services, read this guide from National Center on Sexual Exploitation.

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