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Europe Rejects Surrogacy (Again)

Chelsea writes:

More good news from Europe: last month the Council of Europe’s Social Affairs and Health Committee voted against the draft report on surrogacy that proposed regulation of the practice rather than a full ban. This comes just three months after the European Parliament approved a resolution condemning all forms of surrogacy as “reproductive exploitation and use of the human body for financial or other gain”.
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Multiple reports confirm Planned Parenthood videos were not manipulated

Hey, if you're not going to take "Thou Shall Not Kill" seriously, you're probably not going to be concerned with "Thou shall not bear false witness."

Planned Parenthood has been called out on social media for its deception and spin when it comes to… well, pretty much everything. But in this case, Planned Parenthood Action Fund claimed that the Center for Medical Progress’s undercover videos featuring Planned Parenthood’s own employees were “faked criminal videos.”
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There is So Much My Head Might Explode

A plea for actual diversity from Sherry:

Curt Schilling got fired for sharing a Facebook post and adding his own two cents. That is ESPN's right, they are in the perception business. Target has made a decision to declare all bathrooms unisex. That is their right as a business. Some will boycott ESPN and Target, others will cheer. I don't know how we will survive the ever shifting sands of language and perception in these days. We have protests and counter protests for everything, and never is there any peace. However the question becomes, what is the cut off point? Can one discuss an idea not popular or discuss a moral stance not popular without being tarred, feathered and burned off the internet? When, where and how can the public allow for diversity of thought? Can one hold a moral position not popular, even dare to utter it or live by it, and hold a job in this century?
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Study Shows Competition from School Choice Improves Education

PJ Media:

Via Watchdog.org: A new study from the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice shows that competition is the key to improving American education. “Pursuing Innovation” looks at “how effective open enrollment, charters, and educational choice programs are at improving student outcomes.” There were four key findings in this report. The first is that education by ZIP code may soon be a thing of the past, as non-residential forms of school choice (open enrollment, charter schools, homeschooling, and private educational choice programs) grow rapidly. The second is that competition from private school choice and charter schools do the most to improve schools, because they allow public school dollars to follow the student. Public schools then have more incentive to better serve families or attract new students. The other two conclusions have to do with the future of education and choice. Once is that educational improvements cannot grow by leaps and bounds until school choice does the same.
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Rome’s Fabled Trevi Fountain to Be Dyed Red in Honor of Christian Martyrs

A sad reminder:

On April 29, the Trevi Fountain, one of the most popular and emblematic tourist spots in Rome, will be dyed red in recognition of all Christians who even today give their life for the faith. The event is being organized by Aid to the Church in Need and seeks to “call attention to the drama of anti-Christian persecution.”
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Love Doesn’t Die: A Mother Remembers Her Daughter with Down Syndrome

Wow.

Jean recalled, “My husband and I were told to place [the baby] in a state institution and tell everyone she died at birth. Days went by and social workers visited me trying to make my husband and I follow the doctor’s orders. The final straw was when they said, ‘Bringing her home would be an injustice to your neighbors, as she will lower the property value on your street.’ My husband and I shed tears and we shared our feelings that this baby was given to us by God, we could not throw her out!"
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There is No Post in my Trauma

Confessions of a Sleep Deprived Momma writes:

When you have a child who is medically fragile and have gone through stuff that no mother should ever have to see; you are often told that your panic attacks are due to PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) from doctors, therapists, family members, and friends. Recently I started seeing a therapist and once again I was told that I have PTSD. As I sat there listening to him tell me what he thought I was going through; I stopped him and told him something that rocked my on world “there is no post in my trauma.” This is truer then I like to admit. Yes there horrors from the past with Mighty Z that wake me up in the middle of the night in cold sweats feeling shaky as my heart pounds in my chest, yes there are noises and smells that bring me back to a traumatic time where I almost lost her. However, what is harder to deal with is not really the past trauma but the current any moment trauma that has yet to happen, but surely will happen any given moment. It is hard to stay in the present and to not give into the trauma that is lurking around the next corner waiting to pop out at you any moment.
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Do Jews, Christians, and Muslims Believe in the Same God?

Dennis Prager writes:

Most Americans say they believe in God. And around the world, religious Jews, Christians, and Muslims all say they believe in God, as do many people who do not identify with any formal religion. But this statement is actually meaningless. To cite but one example, the God in whose name Muslims cut innocent people’s throats and rape women cannot be the same God as the God of those who believe that God hates such actions.
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Understanding the Little Sister's Response to the Court

The great Helen Alvare writes:

The Supreme Court asked the government and the religious institutions involved in the recent HHS Mandate litigation (I’ll collectively address the institutions as the Little Sisters) to address whether: “contraceptive coverage may be obtained by [the Little Sisters’] employees through [the Little Sisters’] insurance companies, but in a way that does not require any involvement of petitioners beyond their own decision to provide health insurance without contraceptive coverage to their employees” Yesterday, the Little Sisters filed a Supplemental Brief saying “sure there is”!
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Wendy Davis Hypes Abortion at Notre Dame on Feast of the Annunciation

Disgrace:

Catholics celebrated the Feast of the Annunciation on Monday, when the Virgin Mary said “yes” to God and Christ was conceived in her womb through the power of the Holy Spirit. But at the University of Notre Dame, a number of students spent Monday night on campus listening to former Texas State Senator Wendy Davis describe the benefits for women of choosing abortion or using contraception.
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Good News. Young Men are Impotent b/c of Porn

Rod Dreher reports:

Time magazine’s cover story this week is about what ubiquitous hardcore pornography is doing to men. I can’t link to it because it’s a subscribers-only piece, but Southern Baptist pastor Denny Burk has a detailed (but not NSFW) rundown of what it reports. The gist of it is that porn is changing the brains of young men, who have been watching it from a young age, such that they are impotent with actual women.
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Another Biblically Historic Find Provides Evidence of Mary Magdalene’s Existence

Eric Metaxas writes of some new discoveries that make the Bible look accurate. Gasp.

A real biblical site, a real woman, and a real faith, all rooted in history. That’s what we learn from the archaeological dig at Magdala. If there were a prize for the least-understood yet incredibly-important person in the Bible, it would probably go to Mary Magdalene. I suspect that more people “know” that she was a prostitute—which is based on a misreading of Luke, chapters 7 and 8—than the fact that she was the first witness to the Lord’s resurrection.
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