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Eggsploiting Women on Campus

Posted in Life on: May 26th, 2011
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I was on my campus in Texas the first time I saw an advertisement for egg donation. A flyer featured a smiling woman next to the prominent headline, “Looking for Very Special Women.” They offered $10,000 for eggs and the assurance that my “special contribution” would be making someone’s dream come true.

For a brief moment, the thought crossed my mind; I could sure use $10,000, and it’s only an egg. Only an egg. Just a piece of my body that contains all the DNA necessary to create human life. Nothin’ to look at here, folks.

What were the people behind the flyer really asking me to do? Would they be giving my egg to a woman who couldn’t conceive a child? And if so, how would I feel being the biological mother of a child I would never know? Or would my egg go to stem cell research? Cloning? Would it lie frozen in a petrie dish? (more…)

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What I Hope You Wouldn’t Do

Posted in Marriage & Family on: May 19th, 2011
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I strongly dislike the ABC television program “What Would You Do?” for a variety of reasons, but last Friday’s episode crossed the line from annoying to utterly irresponsible.

In case you’re unfamiliar – which I sincerely hope is the case – the show sets people up on a hidden camera with various scenarios where people (actors) are engaging in some behavior that is frowned upon by society.  Some are obvious – stealing items from an open house.  Some are more subtle (and confusing as to how this situation would ever arise in real life) – a youth being coerced into being a child bride in a polygamous family.  In every case, they film the bystanders’ reactions and, generally, interview and applaud those who intervene.

There are serious legal and safety issues with injecting yourself into a potentially dangerous situation (instead of calling the police or alerting other authorities), yet the show implies that the “right” thing to do is to interfere. In some cases, the supposedly “noble” thing to do is scold a parent whose beliefs you disagree with (even if the child is not in any kind of physical or emotional danger). (more…)

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What kinds of books are available at your elementary school?

Posted in Marriage & Family on: May 19th, 2011
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Did you happen to catch this story on CBS 5 Phoenix? A local 8-year-old girl got a “disturbing” shock after checking out a book from her elementary school library on the recommendation of a few classmates.

 “A fourth grader at Quail Run Elementary School checked out a book this week, that’s raising more than just eyebrows among parents and administrators.

Eight-year-old Faith was reading “Lovingly Alice,” from the popular “Alice” series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, after a couple of her classmates recommended it.

Faith says it first covered menstruation, but “when it got to the more older and grown up stuff, I was like, ‘Whoa, that’s just a little disturbing,’ so I told my mom.”

Her mother, Hilary, was shocked at what her daughter was reading. She brought the book to the attention of the school principal, and read him graphic passages from the book, which includes a very specific discussion about sexual intercourse.”

Perhaps what is most troublesome about this story is the fact that this was an elementary school library – not a public library – and not in some far away state, but right here in our own backyard.

At CAP it’s our goal to pass legislation to promote parents’ right to direct the upbringing and education of their children, but stories like this one remind us that this is an ongoing battle.

Here are some simple things that we as parents can do to better protect our kids from these situations: 

  • Know your rights as a parent! In 2010, CAP worked with legislators to pass the Parents’ Bill of Rights. This year, we worked to pass a bill to extend these rights to parents of children in charter schools.
  • Talk with your kids. This seems like a basic principle, but the only way this book was discovered was by a mom talking with her daughter about school. There is so much that goes on during a school day that may not be covered in parent-teacher conferences or show up in class curriculum.
  • If you have questions, resource CAP. We’re here to help. It was because a concerned parent stepped forward that we were involved in extending the Parents’ Bill of Rights to charter schools.
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New Data on the Dangers of the Abortion Pill

Posted in Life on: May 12th, 2011
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Because of the simple fact that RU-486 (a medication that causes an abortion) is a pill, Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry try to market it as a safer alternative to surgical abortion.

Throughout the legislative session, CAP presented legislators with research (like this), personal stories (like this), and experts (like this) that debunked this myth.

There is new data to add to this mounting pile of evidence about how dangerous this pill is. According to an audit of nearly 7000 women who had abortions in South Austrailia:

  • 3.3% of the women who had a medication abortion with RU-486 reported to an emergency room compared with 2.2% who used a surgical method
  • 5.7% of the women who had a medication abortion with RU-486 had to be re-admitted to hospitals compared with 0.4% of surgical abortion patients.

These little pills present serious threats to women’s health. To suggest otherwise or to try and diminish the dangers to women is irresponsible.

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Sharing Christ with 2 Billion People

Posted in Marriage & Family on: May 5th, 2011
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I was faced with two options last Thursday night:

  1. Watch hours of Royal Wedding coverage.
  2. Watch hours of NFL 1st round draft analysis.

I ended up going with a third, less glamorous option though:

  • Go to bed early.

While the extra sleep is always nice, I found out later that I missed an amazing message that was shared by the Revered Dr. John Hall during the Royal Wedding. In a very succinct manner, Dr. Hall explained why marriage is such a sacred and holy thing:

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here in the sight of God and in the face of this congregation to join together this man and this woman in holy matrimony, which is an honorable estate instituted of God himself signifying unto us the mystical union that is betwixt Christ and his Church, which holy estate Christ adorned and beautified with his presence and first miracle as he wrought in Cana of Galilee and is commended in holy writ to be honorable among all men, and therefore is not by any to be enterprised nor taken in hand unadvisedly, lightly or wantonly, but reverently, discreetly, soberly and in the fear of God duly considering the causes for which matrimony was ordained.

First, it was ordained for the increase of mankind, according to the will of God and that children might be brought up in the fear and nurture of the Lord and to the praise of his holy name.

Secondly, it was ordained in order that the natural instincts and affections implanted by God should be hallowed and directed aright, that those who are called of God to this holy estate should continue therein in pureness of living.

Thirdly, it was ordained for the mutual society help and comfort that the one ought to have for the other, both in prosperity and adversity, into which holy estate these two persons present come now to be joined.

Some estimate that two BILLION people heard this message of truth and hope. Think about it this way: During a ceremony that is better known for its extravagance and excess, God’s word about the holiness of marriage was heard by nearly 1/3 of the world’s population. How great is our God!?

If you want to read the complete transcript, click here.

(Thanks to our friends at the California Policy Council for sharing this with us).

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