U.S. Supreme Court Rules State Can’t Force Pregnancy Centers to Promote Abortion

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

On Tuesday the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a California law that required pregnancy resource centers to tell pregnant women that low-cost and publicly funded abortion is available in California, and to give the women a phone number to call.

Family Council President Jerry Cox issued a statement, saying, “This is a really good ruling. California, Illinois, and Hawaii have passed laws that effectively require pregnancy resource centers to do abortion referrals. Pregnancy resource centers exist to help women choose options besides abortion. Forcing them to promote abortion goes against their very purpose. I’m glad the U.S. Supreme Court understood that and struck down California’s law today.”

Cox said the ruling is good for pregnancy resource centers in Arkansas. “Legislators in Arkansas haven’t tried to regulate pregnancy resource centers the way politicians in other states have, but this court decision still helps Arkansas’ pregnancy resource centers. The ruling protects Arkansas’ pregnancy resource centers just as much as it does the centers in California. The court’s decision does not call into question any of the good laws that Arkansas has passed in recent years requiring abortion facilities to give women all the facts about abortion—including its risks, consequences, and alternatives. The ruling reaffirms that the government cannot force people to violate their deeply-held religious convictions. All in all, that’s good for everyone.”


The Hopeless World of “13 Reasons Why”

Our friends at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview have published an excellent commentary on the Netflix original series “13 Reasons Why.”

Based on the novel Thirteen Reasons Why, the series follows a group of high school students in the wake of a classmate’s suicide.

John Stonestreet writes,

If you’re a parent, chances are you’ve heard about the series. If you’re a parent in a place like Colorado Springs, where literally dozens of teenagers have committed suicide in recent years, you’re probably asking yourself whether the show will only make a bad situation worse. . . .

The National Association of School Psychologists agrees, having issued the following statement: “We do not recommend that vulnerable youth, especially those who have any degree of suicidal ideation, watch this series. Its powerful storytelling may lead impressionable viewers to romanticize the choices made by the characters and/or develop revenge fantasies.”

Parents, we need to understand the impact that shows like this can have on our teens. And ultimately, we need to show our children what love really means—and where our hope in life truly lies.

We want to build a culture that values and protects human life. That includes opposing efforts to normalize or promote suicide.

You can read Stonestreet’s entire commentary here.

Photo Credit:By Wing-Chi Poon [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Pregnancy Resource Center Hosting Diaper Drive

Caring Hearts Pregnancy Center announced Monday that it has partnered with the North Little Rock Fire Department for its 2017 Diaper Drive.

The Diaper Drive began on Mother’s Day (May 14) and will continue through Father’s Day (June 18), 2017. Donations of all diaper sizes will be accepted at all North Little Rock Fire Stations. The center is in most need of diaper sizes three, four, five and six.

These are the 11 North Little Rock Fire stations accepting donations:

  • Central Station (Station 1), 723 Maple St.
  • Station 2, 3700 E. Broadway St.
  • Station 3, 1500 Shaer St.
  • Station 4, 8723 Maumelle Blvd.
  • Station 5, 3417 Magnolia St.
  • Station 6, 2401 McCain Blvd.
  • Station 7, 2401 McCain Blvd.
  • Station 8, 6550 MacArthur Dr.
  • Station 9, 2309 Osage Dr.
  • Station 10, 8800 Highway 70 E.
  • Station 11, 9906 Baucum Pike

Pregnancy resource centers provide support for young women with unplanned pregnancies. They offer vital resources and empower women to choose an alternative to abortion. They offer pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, adoption information, and many other valuable services.

Photo Credit: By Cliff [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons