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Fujimori Re-Imprisonment and Peru’s Forgotten Forced-Sterilization Program

In an age when the #MeToo movement has increased the sensitivity toward the rights of women, many would be shocked to realize that a U.S. government agency and the U.N. Population Fund encouraged and financed a program of forced sterilizations in Peru during the 1990s. …

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/fujimori-re-imprisonment-and-perus-forgotten-forced-sterilization-program


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Cultural Contradiction: Miss America Cancels Swimsuits, as More Americans Back Porn

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — While the nation’s largest beauty pageant is proudly covering up in the name of women’s empowerment, Americans increasingly believe pornography to be morally acceptable — a trend that one Catholic commentator finds to be incoherent.

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/cultural-contradiction-miss-america-cancels-swimsuits-as-more-americans-bac


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Battle to Stop California Law Forcing Pregnancy Centers to Promote Abortions Heads to Supreme Court

A major battle against a pro-abortion law is heading to the United States Supreme Court. The pro-life lawsuit against a California statute that requires pregnancy centers to promote abortions is heading to the nation’s highest court.
The California law, upheld by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in October, forces pro-life pregnancy centers to promote abortions. Tom Glessner, president and CEO of the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates, said his group was appealing the case to the Supreme Court,  arguing that the law violates both free speech and religious freedom. …

Battle to Stop California Law Forcing Pregnancy Centers to Promote Abortions Heads to Supreme Court


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President Trump Signs Religious Freedom Order Protecting Little Sisters of the Poor From Obama Abortion Mandate

President Donald Trump signed a religious liberty executive order today that would protect Christian organizations like the Little Sisters of the Poor from being forced to pay for abortions.

“Freedom is not a gift from government. It is a…

President Trump Signs Religious Freedom Order Protecting Little Sisters of the Poor From Obama Abortion Mandate


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When Anti-Discrimination Becomes Discriminatory

University campuses are an open forum for free, and sometimes passionate, debate over ideas and culture, right? Not so at…

When Anti-Discrimination Becomes Discriminatory


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Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Expression Have Delicate Interplay, Says Holy See at UN

There must be a delicate interplay between the two human rights of freedom of expression and freedom of religion. Both are human rights — meaning everyone should have them. But “these freedoms, as with all rights, are to be understood within  the  framework  of  the  universality and  interdependence  of  all  fundamental human rights. The danger arises, however, when human rights are understood from  an approach that considers freedom as complete license or autonomy, the exercise of  one’s  freedom  without  any  reference  to  the  other  or  to  the  ‘obligation’  which  corresponds  to  the  right.” …

Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Expression Have Delicate Interplay, Says Holy See at UN