Banning video of happy Downs children

France has banned the showing of this video on French television on the grounds that showing happy, smiling children with Down Syndrome might “disturb the conscience” of women who have had abortions.

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Trump and the culture war issues

An Associated Press story, excerpted and linked after the jump, says that Trump’s election victory “resets” the culture wars.  It quotes LGBT and pro-abortion activists lamenting that their causes have experienced a setback.

First of all, Trump supports gay rights.  He “is fine” with gay marriage, something he reiterated after his election.  And the sexual revolution certainly has nothing to fear from someone with his record.

But he is committed to appointing pro-life judges, something else he reiterated after his election.  And, based on earlier statements, he is likely to be more friendly to religious liberty issues, such as allowing conscience exemptions.

So cultural conservatives are likely to get something, though not everything, from a Trump presidency.  But the same can be said of cultural liberals.

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Euthanizing the mentally ill

Assisted Suicide laws usually have a provision specifying that a person must be “mentally competent” in order to make the decision to die.  But California’s new euthanasia law allows for the assisted suicide of patients who are so mentally ill that they have been institutionalized. [Read more…]

Our nation’s capital votes for physician-assisted suicide

The City Council of the District of Columbia has passed a measure to allow physician-assisted suicide.  It needs another vote and the mayor’s signature to become law.  But Ryan T. Anderson has written an eloquent critique of the bill, emphasizing what euthanasia does to the medical profession and to the society that approves of it. [Read more…]

Planned Parenthood’s political army

Planned Parenthood has launched a massive political initiative designed to elect politicans who are pro-abortion, will support its abortion business, and will preserve its half a billion dollars in taxpayer funding.  Plans include a super PAC, 800 paid staffers (more than Hillary Clinton has), and 3,500 paid volunteers who will be knocking on doors.

Students for Life president Kristan Hawkins tells all about it, beginning after the jump. [Read more…]