Weekly Review

Planned Parenthood Pays, Love Wins, Facebook Follies, and Back to Homeschool

Planned Parenthood Pays. Mayra Rodriguez was working at a Planned Parenthood facility in Arizona when she started seeing things that didn’t seem right. Women were experiencing complications, and medical records were falsified. She reported the irregularities to her superiors, thinking she would be praised for her concerns about quality. Instead, Planned Parenthood fired her in 2017. With the help of the pro-life ministry And Then There Were None, run by former Planned Parenthood manager Abby Johnson, Rodriguez filed a lawsuit for wrongful termination. Last week, a jury awarded her $3 million in damages. “I hope my case is a lesson to other workers that shows them that the truth will prevail,” Rodriguez said. “I also hope my case is a lesson to employers who abuse their power: Sometimes the underdog wins and justice will be done.”

The Power of Love. In 2013, Li Zhihua had an accident on his scooter while riding to work in China. He suffered a traumatic brain injury and was unconscious for five years. However, his wife Zhang Guihuan cared for her husband every day. She was with him for 20 hours most days, talking with him, feeding him, and playing music. Li Zhihua woke up last year. He turned to his wife and said, “Wife, I love you!” Since then, Li Zhihua has undergone a difficult season of rehabilitation, with his wife by his side. “I have never thought about giving up,” Zhang said. “As long as he is alive, I will keep serving him.” You can read more and see a photo essay of the two here.

Facebook Follies. Former Sen. Jon Kyl, R-AZ, released an audit of Facebook last week that said policies of the social media giant create a disadvantage for conservative groups and politicians. The audit, conducted with the aid of California law firm Covington & Burling LLP, included interviews with 133 politicians, organizations, and individuals. Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs and communications, said Facebook had already made changes based on the report. For example, Facebook has created a content oversight board “with a diverse range of ideological views,” and an appeals process for content that is removed. “When dealing with such nuanced issues, involving policies that apply to billions of posts, we will inevitably make some bad calls, some of which may appear to strike harder at conservatives,” Clegg wrote in a blog post. “That’s why it is so important that we work to make sure this process is free of bias, intended or not.”

Back to (Home) School. Homeschooling in America continues to grow. WORLD reports that “about 2.5 million students—3 percent of all school-aged children in the United States—homeschool, according to Brian Ray, president of the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI).” But as the movement has grown, it has also changed. WORLD continues, “It’s no longer a movement of non-establishment people on the left and evangelical believers on the right: Nationwide, only 21 percent of parents in 2012 cited religious or moral instruction as their reason for homeschooling, down from 36 percent in 2007, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.” Technology and the growth of club sports teams for elite athletes – instead of high school teams – has contributed to the growth of homeschooling.


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