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From The New York Times

"Gomperts designed her program — based on the radical idea of providing abortions without direct contact with a doctor — for women in countries where abortion clinics are nonexistent or highly restricted. But her model is invigorating abortion rights activists in the United States, where the procedure is simultaneously legal and increasingly hard to access. In their eyes, medical abortion, delivered through a known, if faraway, source, could be a transformative response: a means of access that remains open even when clinics shut."

Read more: Emily Bazelon, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times
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From Mere Orthodoxy

"Wendy VanderWal-Gritter’s Generous Spaciousness: Responding to Gay Christians in the Church is not, alas, the book we have been waiting for. . . . By repeatedly presenting the progressive position at its best and responding to ‘conservative’ theology at its worst, VanderWal-Gritter creates a caricature of the demands of unity that claims the moral high ground for those who wish to push doctrine to the side."

Read more: Matthew Lee Anderson, Mere Orthodoxy

(H/T John Stonestreet)
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From The Gospel Coalition

"If your self-identity is caught up in the fact you proclaim a strong God who commands what he commands and so forth, in order to push back against the culture you may end up overcorrecting and teaching a distorted picture of God. The righteous God who judges sin becomes a fastidious, contemptuous God who barely stomachs sinners; meanwhile, the biblical testimony about his tender love can get sidelined."

Read more: Derek Rishmawy, The Gospel Coalition

(H/T Shane Morris)
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From The Wichita Eagle

"'After Tiller' profiles the four doctors in the United States still openly performing late-term abortions after the the 2009 assassination of Wichita abortion doctor George Tiller."

Read more: Phillip Brownlee, WE Blog, The Wichita Eagle
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From WORLD

"'[W]ith these recent scandals in view, we think it is now time to speak out,' wrote Farris, currently chairman of HSLDA, on the organization’s website. '[T]heir teachings continue to threaten the freedom and integrity of the homeschooling movement. . . . Frankly, we should have spoken up sooner.'"

Read more: Daniel James Devine, WORLD
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From I Have to Sit Down

"You never know what the morning will bring. I just got into a weird little skirmish with a fellow who believes that there is only one kind of generosity, and that is having as many babies as possible."

Read more: Simcha Fisher, I Have to Sit Down, Patheos
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From The American Thinker

"The latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates continued dramatic declines in teen births, but the 'news' regarding the CDC report is the general acknowledgement that abstinence efforts are contributing to the decline in teen births."

Read more: Janice Shaw Crouse, The American Thinker

(H/T Lee Thomas)
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From The New York Daily News

"The 'Sister Wives' have won another victory in their long battle to find acceptance for their big, polygamous family.

"A Utah judge issued a final ruling Wednesday in the lawsuit filed by reality TV stars Kody Brown and his four wives, officially striking down part of the state’s anti-polygamy law that banned polygamous cohabitation."

Read more: Carol Kuruvilla, The New York Daily News
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From Pew Research

"The survey did not directly explore why people might remain silent if they felt that their opinions were in the minority. The traditional view of the spiral of silence is that people choose not to speak out for fear of isolation. Other Pew Research studies have found that it is common for social media users to be mistaken about their friends’ beliefs and to be surprised once they discover their friends’ actual views via social media. Thus, it might be the case that people do not want to disclose their minority views for fear of disappointing their friends, getting into fruitless arguments, or losing them entirely. Some people may prefer not to share their views on social media because their posts persist and can be found later—perhaps by prospective employers or others with high status. As to why the absence of agreement on social media platforms spills over into a spiral of silence in physical settings, we speculate that social media users may have witnessed those with minority opinions experiencing ostracism, ridicule or bullying online, and that this might increase the perceived risk of opinion sharing in other settings."

Read more: Keith Hampton, Lee Rainie, Weixu Lu, Maria Dwyer, Inyoung Shin and Kristen Purcell, Internet Project, Pew Research
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From The Daily Signal

"Marriage has everything to do with uniting the two halves of humanity—men and women, as husbands and wives and as fathers and mothers—so that any children born of their union will know and be loved by the man and woman who gave them life. This is why principle-based policy has defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The argument over redefining marriage to include same-sex relationships is one over the nature of marriage. Same-sex marriage is the result of revisionism about marriage."

Read more: Ryan T. Anderson, The Daily Signal
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From First Things

"'Before "I Do",' a new study published by the University of Virginia’s National Marriage Project, offers evidence of the ways certain common individual and cultural pre-marital practices can shape the experience and quality of a marriage."

Read more: Karen Swallow Prior, First Things
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From Good Morning America

"A third American hostage held by ISIS has been identified as a 26-year-old American woman who was kidnapped a year ago while doing humanitarian relief work in Syria. The terror group is demanding $6.6 million and the release of U.S. prisoners for the life of the young woman, who the family requested not be identified."

Read more: Brian Ross, Rhonda Schwartz, and James Gordon Meek, Good Morning America, ABC News
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