· · · · · 

Adoption Agencies in Michigan Can Now Discriminate Against Same-Sex Couples

Same-sex couples in Michigan may have a harder time adopting children under new laws signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday that allow adoption agencies to deny anyone services based on the organization's "sincerely held" religious beliefs.

Same-sex couples in Michigan may have a harder time adopting children under new laws signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday that allow adoption agencies to deny anyone services based on the organization’s “sincerely held” religious beliefs.

· · · · · 

Senate Bill Would Prohibit LGBTQ Discrimination in Adoption and Foster Placement

The Every Child Deserves a Family Act seeks to fix the inconsistent patchwork of state laws on same-sex couples who want to adopt or foster a child.

The Every Child Deserves a Family Act seeks to fix the inconsistent patchwork of state laws on same-sex couples who want to adopt or foster a child.

· · · · · 

Stigma Around ‘Non-Traditional’ Families Won’t End With Assisted Reproductive Technology

New research suggests the use of skin cells and stem cells to create biological children for couples or individuals with difficulty conceiving may one day become a reality. The thing is, it's not only necessary to make this assisted reproductive technology accessible to all people seeking to parent, but to make sure all the ways we form families are affirmed too.

New research suggests the use of skin cells and stem cells to create biological children for couples or individuals with difficulty conceiving may one day become a reality. The thing is, it’s not only necessary to make this assisted reproductive technology accessible to all people seeking to parent, but to make sure all the ways we form families are affirmed too.

· · · · · 

Rep. Justin Harris Wants to Make It Harder for Teenage Rape Survivors to Get Abortions

Arkansas state rep. Justin Harris, who handed his adopted daughters over to a man who raped one of them, still thinks he's entitled to pass legislation that could force teen girls to bear their rapist's child.

Arkansas state Rep. Justin Harris, who handed his adopted daughters over to a man who raped one of them, still thinks he’s entitled to pass legislation that could force teen girls to bear their rapist’s child.

· · · · · 

Obama Expands Paid Family Leave, Urges Congress to Do More

The president signed an executive order to give federal employees up to six weeks of paid family leave after the birth, adoption, or foster placement of a new child.

The president signed an executive order to give federal employees up to six weeks of paid family leave after the birth, adoption, or foster placement of a new child.

· · · · · 

Adoption Is Not a Universal Alternative to Abortion, No Matter What Anti-Choicers Say

Anyone who believes that adoption or foster care is a real solution to growing restrictions on reproductive rights is kidding themselves.

Anyone who believes that adoption or foster care is a real solution to growing restrictions on reproductive rights is kidding themselves.

· · · · · 

Legal Wrap: Police Brutality Is a Reproductive Justice Issue

Police in riot gear on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, following the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, on Saturday, August 9.

The tragic shooting death of an unarmed Missouri teenager by a police officer is a wake-up call for advocates that police brutality is a reproductive justice issue.

· · · · · 

The Next ‘Religious Freedom’ Debate: Using Tax Dollars to Discriminate in Adoption

In what universe is any private institution providing services in a competitive marketplace entitled to public funding? Apparently a universe where children without stable homes are denied the opportunity to join a loving family because of someone else’s bigotry.

In what universe is any private institution providing services in a competitive marketplace entitled to public funding? Apparently a universe where children without stable homes are denied the opportunity to join a loving family because of someone else’s bigotry.

· · · · · 

Pennsylvania Tightens Loophole in Rapist-Fathers’ Rights Law

The Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg

A bill that would amend Pennsylvania law to tighten—but not close—a loophole enabling rapist-fathers to obtain custody and visitation rights over a child conceived in rape unanimously passed the Pennsylvania house.

· · · · · 

Group Plans to Open First-of-Its-Kind All-Options Pregnancy Center

Backline operates a talkline, available seven days a week, that offers non-biased information concerning pregnancy, parenting, adoption, and abortion.

The All Options Pregnancy Resource Center, which will be located in Bloomington, Indiana, is seen by its supporters as an antidote to the strategy employed at anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers of limiting accurate information about and access to abortion care.

· · · · ·