Child Custody Unhinged

A New York State Supreme Court justice recently granted three adults shared custody of a 10-year-old boy. It seems that the biological father and his wife had an ongoing romantic relationship with a female neighbor, who conceived and bore the child; the married couple later divorced, and the two women now live together. When “contemporary forms of the family” crash into the lives of small children, what is a judge to do? Read

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Porn Harms: Law and Science Reflect Natural Truth

In an overwhelming (82-8) bipartisan vote, the Virginia House of Delegates approved a measure earlier this month recognizing that pornography leads to societal and individual harms, joining Utah and South Dakota as states that are recognizing pornography’s adverse effects. While religious groups have long recognized the destructive impact of pornography, and the sciences have begun documenting this phenomena increasingly over the past several years, it is significant that another legislature is seeing the need to codify this truth. Read

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Should Sperm Donation Be Anonymous?

A couple made up of two women chose a ‘qualified,’ though anonymous, semen donor, profiled as being an eloquent, mature, healthy, intelligent man, to be the father of their child. Almost seven years later, they found that the donor was schizophrenic, left university before graduating and had just been accused of robbery. Furthermore, his picture had been modified to remove a large mole from his face. This donor is the biological father of at least three dozen children… Read

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Living Together Versus Marriage: A Closer Look at the Data

Research has consistently shown the positive impact of marriage on mental health. Might similar benefits exist with cohabitation given that it holds certain elements in common with marriage, and especially now that the stigma associated with cohabitation is all but removed in our “modern” world? Headlines respecting a recent study on the question suggest that just might be the case. Have the supporters of the irreplaceable role of marriage been wrong all this time? Read

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Angry Relatives? Or Wounded Souls…

Mixed emotions are natural. And while it is true that “feelings are not right or wrong, they just are,” there actually is a proper ordering to emotions. In time, negative emotions that are properly ordered can be resolved. However, emotions which are disordered are never resolved. They simply continue to arise again and again, frustrating family and family gatherings year after year. What can be done in such cases? Read

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International Effort To Prohibit Surrogacy

Arising from altruistic, though misplaced, intentions to aid couples that cannot conceive, surrogacy has become a multi-million-dollar business. The main argument used to justify surrogacy is the supposed right to a child, but there is no such right of one person over another. People are not things and cannot be made so. Most simply, surrogacy is the exploitation of women for reproductive purposes. Read

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Dating And Commitment In The 21st Century

Per the Daily Telegraph “the lines of what constitutes a relationship are now completely blurred…. Young people today are brilliantly liberated because they have so much freedom, but also incredibly oppressed because that means they have to find their own rules and they’re confused.” Online dating? “[I]t’s like ordering…food, but you’re ordering a person.” Can anything good come from this? Read

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Jenner’s “Courage” – Three Ways Wrong

On July 15, Jenner accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYS and urged acceptance for others who are transgender, receiving a standing ovation from some of the sporting world’s biggest stars. Amid the public spectacle that has captured the media’s attention these past few months, an important question must be asked: Does it take courage to do the wrong thing? Read

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Adoption: Is Earlier Better?

Prospective adoptive parents are getting involved in the lives of the birth mother and their hoped-for child earlier and earlier. Proponents note the positive benefits in terms of facilitating a more comfortable and connected open-adoption experience. Yet, others raise concerns about what can happen if the birth mother changes her mind. While there are no easy answers when dealing with such a powerful and poignant experience, one principle which might be applied is the preferential option for the most vulnerable, in this case, the baby. Read

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