Pro-Life Legislation to Finally Prevail
Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, and the ACLU have decided to drop their lawsuit against a 2016 Indiana law which offers an ultrasound screening to women considering abortion in advance of their appointment.
The law passed by the legislature and signed by Governor Mike Pence had been put on hold when a federal judge blocked it in 2017. The judge’s ruling was upheld by the federal appeals court. However, a recent ruling by the US Supreme Court indicated that the abortion activists’ suit would likely fail at the highest court level.
Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill, who defended the state law, described the move by Planned Parenthood as their conceding defeat in their effort to permanently block the state law.
From July through December 2016, while the ultrasound law was in effect, there were 496 fewer abortions in Indiana compared to the period of July through December 2017. After the law was blocked, abortions increased in Indiana.
Sitting Out the Governor’s Race this Fall
In a surprising move, the political arm of the Indiana State Teachers Association has announced that they will not endorse in the Governor’s race this fall. The ISTA regularly supports Democrat candidates. In 2016 the ISTA PAC gave Democrat candidate John Gregg $300,000 in his race against Eric Holcomb. Governor Holcomb faces Dr. Woody Meyers in November. If elected, Meyers would be the first African American governor in Indiana history. (In June, the EdWeek Research Center claimed that 81 percent of teachers who responded to their survey [not a scientific poll] support the Black Lives Matter movement.)
The polls predict that Holcomb, who has a large campaign war chest, is likely to be easily re-elected. (The American Federation of Teachers has endorsed Meyers.)
Relationship Factors in Politically Divided Households
There is an interesting article from the Institute for Family Studies looking at relationship harmony and commitment among couples who vote differently. The upshot of the study is that relationship problems among divided homes are not as significant as some may think.
A few findings in the IFS report of interest, which looked at several studies, include the following takeaways:
• Most people (77%) tend to marry or be in relationship with those of similar political values and voting patterns.
• Democrats (82%) were more likely than Republicans (74%) or Independents (58%) to be in a relationship with someone who voted like them.
• There is evidence that people shift away from liking a potential partner when there are political differences.
• Although some people actively seek partners who are politically similar, evidence tends to suggest that most people end up with someone sharing similar views because most still marry within their social circle or among similar demographics.
• A 2017 study found that married Republicans tended to report greater sexual satisfaction and lower rates of infidelity than Democrats.
• Democrats are less likely to be married than Republicans.
• Republicans tend to be more committed to their partner, though the difference is somewhat small in married couples. Part of this poll difference is due to the fact that Democrats in unmarried relationships are less committed to their partners.
Fallout from Covid-19 Fear and Shutdowns
There is a very detailed research study from the CDC regarding mental health, substance abuse and suicide during the Covid-19 epidemic. The CDC found significantly elevated levels of harmful mental health conditions in June of this year over previous years.
They found that anxiety disorders were three times higher in the second quarter of 2020 than in the second quarter of 2019 (25.5% versus 8.1%). The presence of a depressive disorder was approximately four times that reported in the second quarter of last year. Suicidal thoughts were also elevated, as twice as many adult respondents reported serious consideration of suicide in the previous 30 days in 2020 as those in 2019.
These mental health problems were disproportionately impacting certain populations including young adults, Hispanic and black Americans, essential workers, unpaid caregivers and those already receiving treatment for preexisting psychiatric conditions.
Black Lives Matter: Politics First, Inner City Youth Last
One of my favorite activists is a woman with a wonderful life story and faith testimony named Star Parker. She runs CURE the Center for Urban Renewal and Education. Star is an African-American. So, it might surprise you to learn that Black Lives Matter is coming after her and her organization over an anti-poverty billboard CURE posted in several inner cities.
Sociologists have long known about the “success sequence.” The sequence is a simple generality. It is not a rule written in stone, but it has basic truth that is often seen in research findings. If a person takes certain steps, they are statistically far less likely to live in poverty. If they don’t follow these guidelines, the risk of being in poverty is much higher. The success sequence is: graduate from high school, don’t use drugs, get married before having children, and get a job of any kind.
Apparently, this is offensive or counter to the agenda of BLM. (This makes sense if one understands that BLM is a Marxist organization.) Given all the harmful messages in our culture, I have to wonder what is so offensive about this billboard? I am posting it here for you to judge.
In Their Own Words:
“We did every possible thing wrong. Sixty million Americans got H1N1 in that period of time, and it is just purely a fortuity that this isn’t one of the great mass-casualty events in American history. It had nothing to do with us doing anything right; just had to do with luck. If anyone thinks that can’t happen again, they don’t have to go back to 1918. Just go back to 2009, 2010. Imagine a virus with a different lethality, and you can just do the math.” – Ron Klain, Former VP Biden chief of staff