Springdale Moves Forward With Pro-Life Safe Haven Baby Box

Last night the Springdale City Council discussed plans to install a Safe Haven Baby Box in one of the city’s fire stations, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Arkansas’ Safe Haven Act protects children from being abandoned. It lets a woman surrender her newborn infant to law enforcement personnel, fire department personnel, or medical personnel without facing prosecution.

Similar laws are on the books in all 50 states.

Act 185 of 2019 by Sen. Cecile Bledsoe (R – Rogers) and Rep. Rebecca Petty (R – Rogers) improved Arkansas’ Safe Haven law; it lets fire stations install Safe Haven Boxes — sometimes called “baby boxes” — where women can anonymously place their newborn.

Last May a baby was safely surrendered using a Safe Haven Box at a fire station in Benton, Arkansas.

Laws like Arkansas’ Safe Haven Act protect the lives of unborn children by giving women options besides abortion.

It’s good to see cities like Springdale move forward with installing these Safe Haven Boxes in their communities.

LGBT Group Promotes Policies That Would Strip Christian Schools of Accreditation

A major pro-LGBT group is advocating policies that effectively would strip many Christian colleges and universities of accreditation if they hold biblical views about sex and marriage.

The Christian Post writes,

One of the leading national LGBT activist organizations is urging presumptive President-elect Joe Biden and his administration to advance policies that would strip Christian colleges that uphold rules and stances that oppose homosexuality of their accreditation.

The request was part of the Human Rights Campaign’s “Blueprint for Positive Change,” a recent document which offers 85 policy and legislative recommendations for a potential Biden administration. The document comes as Biden pledged throughout his 2020 campaign to advance “LGBT equality” in the U.S. and around the world. 

One of the recommendations proposes the elimination of nondiscrimination exemptions for religious colleges if the institutions support biblical definitions of marriage or fail to offer “scientific curriculum requirements.”

According to Al Mohler, the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, losing accreditation would devastate Christian schools.

During the Obama Administration, we saw very similar threats against colleges and universities.

For example, in May of 2016 the Obama Administration issued “guidelines” instructing schools that receive federal tax dollars — in other words, virtually every public school and most private and public colleges and universities — to let male students who claim to be female use the women’s locker rooms, showers, restrooms, and similar facilities on campus, and vice versa.

The Obama Administration also told colleges that men had to be housed in women’s dormitories if they claim to be female, and vice versa.

Colleges who resisted policies like these could have risked losing their public funding.

But if the government implements the Human Rights Campaign’s proposal, Christian colleges wouldn’t just risk losing their funding; they could lose accreditation.

That would affect everything from their graduates’ ability to get jobs to transferring academic credits from one school to another, according to The Christian Post.

The Ongoing Link Between Marijuana and Psychosis

On November 3 voters in several states passed ballot measures in favor of marijuana, and Oregon became the first U. S. state to legalize “magic mushrooms” for therapeutic use.

The rapid expansion of drugs in America has a number of healthcare professionals discussing the link between marijuana and psychosis.

Dr. Kenneth Finn, Pain Medicine Physician in Colorado, recently told a news outlet in San Antonio about the dangers of adolescent marijuana use, saying,

“When you’re having a fragile brain that is still developing and having negative impacts on that, some of those bridges, you cannot uncross, like the schizophrenic or the psychosis, some of that those symptoms persist even after cessation of [marijuana] use,”

The Mayo Clinic recently updated its information regarding marijuana, saying,

Marijuana use might worsen manic symptoms in people who have bipolar disorder. If used frequently, marijuana might increase the risk of depression or worsen depression symptoms. Research suggests that marijuana use increases the risk of psychosis in people who have schizophrenia.

Smoking marijuana can affect your memory and cognitive function and cause harmful cardiovascular effects, such as high blood pressure. Long-term marijuana use can worsen respiratory conditions.

And Psycom Pro, a resource for mental health professionals, writes,

Medical cannabis is not recommended [for patients with psychosis] as it can trigger and worsen psychosis in those diagnosed with schizophrenia as well as in those with an increased risk for developing schizophrenia.

A study published last year found that marijuana legalization has been linked to psychosis, suicide, and other substance abuse.

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association’s publication JAMA Psychiatry found exposure to marijuana during pregnancy was associated with psychotic behaviors, weaker cognitive abilities, and other problems in children.

Despite all of the research linking marijuana use with psychosis and psychiatric problems — particularly in children — Arkansas law lets doctors certify children to use marijuana for psychiatric conditions like PTSD.

In fact an Arkansas abortionist got in trouble with the State Medical Board for the evaluation methods he used earlier this year when he certified a 12 year old girl with psychiatric problems to use marijuana.

All of this underscores what we have said for years: Marijuana may be many things, but “harmless” simply is not one of them.