21 Things That Caught My Eye Today: Seminarians Attacked in Nigeria; Planned Parenthood Deception; More


1. Vatican News: Bandits attack Seminary in Kaduna, abduct 3 seminarians

Six seminarians sustained various degrees of injuries during the attack and they were accompanied by a dispatch of soldiers to a hospital in Kafanchan where they were treated and discharged after being confirmed to be stable.

2. Leigh Fitzpatrick Snead: Planned Parenthood’s highly deceptive Supreme Court brief

In one Orwellian passage after another, the brief talks about how abortion “saves lives.” It features anecdotes of women whose pregnancies were life-threatening even though the Mississippi law at issue in Dobbs includes a “medical emergency exception.” 

As wrenching as the brief’s stories might be, they are manipulative misdirection. They ignore entirely the fact that an increasingly small percentage of abortions are sought to preserve a mother’s life or physical health. According to the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion research organization that grew out Planned Parenthood, only 3 percent of all abortions are attributed to physical problems affecting a woman’s health.

3. Naomi Schaefer Riley: Social justice crusaders are putting kids in foster care system at risk

Across the country, advocates influenced and sometimes even trained by Casey Family Programs espouse the view that the child-welfare system is racially biased and structured to break up minority families rather than protect children. In response, they say, the system should try to keep kids in their homes, reunify them more quickly if they have been removed or keep them with extended family because they share the same racial background. 

Almost anything, they argue, would be better than placing them with a family of another race. 

Despite all the evidence to the contrary, the idea that the child-welfare system is racist has taken hold, and legislators are now trying to act on it.

4. A child’s death in Schenectady draws scrutiny in Family Court

Since Charlie’s death five days before Christmas, the Times Union has been tracking the fallout as separate legal actions have wound through family and criminal courts, and most recently, state Supreme Court. As a condition of covering the highly sensitive Family Court proceedings, the Times Union agreed not to use Charlie’s last name in this article or the names of any other children.

5. Maureen Ferguson: ‘Relic of the past’: Why women don’t need Roe V Wade

6. Asra Q. Nomani: ‘F.B.I. vs. Moms??’ Moms Win.

The next day, October 5, at Parents Defending Education, we exposed Garland’s conflict of interest with his son-in-law’s company, Panorama Education, profiting off the backs of America’s children, date mining their innocent minds about sexuality, brain health and other invasive areas that invade the privacy of children. A local mother had sent us the tip. The month before, we had disclosed that Fairfax County Public Schools had signed a $1.8 million deal with Panorama Education. The mother also discovered that the contract quietly increased to $2.4 million. One mother.

7. Ben Domenech: Why does US persist as extreme abortion regime as rest of world wakes up to moral reality?

Understand, there is no more important single issue today to the left than the issue of abortion. It is an item of faith they are wedded to stronger than any religious conviction. If you’ve ever been taken aback by the vitriol, violence, and false accusations leveled against any who challenge abortion, you’ll know what I’m talking about — the kind that makes a young woman spit on an elderly priest. It’s safer to attempt sacrilege in a cathedral than an abortion rally.

To criticize the abortion regime is to place yourself at odds not just with the most powerful activist groups and donors, it is to take on the woke corporatists and Hollywood and our corrupt media and big tech and… well, just about everybody with power in America today.

8. Catholic News Agency: Profiles of pro-life women: A Q&A with Elizabeth Kirk

What follows is a Q&A with Elizabeth Kirk, a research associate and lecturer at the Catholic University of America and one of the signers of an amicus brief supporting Mississippi’s abortion law.

EK: Many are saying the Dobbs case has a chance of overturning Roe v. Wade. Do you agree?

Certainly. This case presents this question to the Court: “Whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortions are unconstitutional.” Under the governing precedents of Roe and Casey, there is a constitutionally protected right to abortion and states may not place an “undue burden” on it before viability. So, the question presented goes to the heart of the matter.

Of course, there are a number of ways the Court could handle this case short of overturning Roe and Casey. For example, it may affirm the constitutional right itself, but articulate a different test than the current “undue burden” test, or it may reconsider the role of viability in evaluating laws restricting abortion.

9. Katie Yoder: Rep. Bush and Rep. Cammack Share Two Very Different Abortion Stories

No one should stand for how Rep. Bush was treated. She’s right that she and other women deserve better. No woman deserves rape. No woman deserves to be counseled differently – encouraged to consider abortion instead of adoption – because of how she looks. Every woman should feel supported enough by her family, her community, her society, to keep her baby. Every woman should know she’s not alone, should know about the resources available to her, should know she’s loved as a human person of inherent dignity and worth. 

10. National Journal: Can the last antiabortion House Democrat withstand Texas’s new abortion law?

Yet one of the most telling repercussions of the bill may happen at the district level. That’s because Rep. Henry Cuellar, the lone remaining antiabortion Democrat in the House and the only Democrat to vote against the federal abortion bill, happens to represent a South Texas seat. And with abortion as a backdrop, he faces what could be his toughest challenge yet—a primary rematch against Jessica Cisneros, who’s backed by both abortion-rights organizations and progressive groups.

“We have seen many anti-choice politicians really steer clear of weighing in on SB 8 because they know it’s really politically unpopular,” said Kristin Ford, acting vice president of communications and research at NARAL Pro-Choice America, which endorsed Cisneros in her 2020 campaign, and is doing so again. “I think that silence is so telling.”

11. The Pillar: Troop vaccine mandate is matter of conscience

12. F. James Sensenbrenner: The Patriot Act Wasn’t Meant to Target Parents

In recent months, parents across the country have expressed their views on issues ranging from pronoun selection and Critical Race Theory to the medical basis of certain Covid restrictions and age-inappropriate, sexually explicit curricular materials. Parents have a right—indeed an obligation—to participate actively at school-board meetings to ensure the safety and well-being of their children. In Virginia’s Loudoun and Fairfax counties, moms, dads, and teachers shocked by X-rated reading lists, race-based indoctrination, and anti-Christian instruction have made their voices heard.

Rather than embracing a renaissance of spirited and nonviolent civic engagement, Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe recently said: “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.” Democrats’ hostility toward parents seeking a voice in their children’s education is not new. Of greater concern is the recent attempt to weaponize our criminal laws to eliminate these voices.

13. Lee Habeeb: Can Our Nation’s Churches Save Marriage— and the Family?

14. The Free Beacon: Listen to Yale Law School Administrators Tell a Student His Affiliation With the Federalist Society Is ‘Triggering’ for Classmates

-18:10: Cosgrove warns that escalation is a possibility if the student doesn’t apologize.

15. Robert Pondiscio: The unexamined rise of therapeutic education: How social-emotional learning extends K-12 education’s reach into students’ lives and expands teachers’ roles

16. Timothy P. Carney: Humans, actually, are good

The quality of human life goes up and down over time. But look at human history in large segments — maybe 100 years, maybe 500. Life today is better than it was 500 years ago, which was better than it was 500 years before that. We’re generally on an upward slope. What’s making human life better? Is it reptiles? Is it aliens? Is it sunspots?

No, it’s humans. Humans, through science and art, innovate to make life better. Simply with more people, we make possible gains through trade.







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