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Post-Sandusky Child Abuse Reform Bills Finally Expected to Move in Pennsylvania (Updated)

Last summer, Sandusky was convicted of 45 charges of abusing ten boys and the failures of Pennsylvania law were in the spotlight once again.

If HB 726—the bill designed to redefine child abuse in Pennsylvania—is signed, it will be the first of more than a dozen bills expected to be signed into law that came out of the evaluation following the arrest of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, who was convicted of 45 charges of abusing ten boys.

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Oklahoma Passes Harsh Parental Consent Bill, While Louisiana Teens Can Turn Parents in for Abuse

In one case a parent trying to assist their teen with an abortion may hit even more stumbling blocks, while in another not agreeing with the decision could be considered abuse.

Oklahoma’s governor has signed into law a bill that will make getting an abortion much more difficult for teens, while in Louisiana a new bill would make it possible to charge parents with child abuse for “coercing” daughters into abortion.

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Spanking Your Child: The World Disagrees

Every single country in the world except for the United States and Somalia, have agreed that spanking is wrong, at least in principle.

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Wisconsin Lawmaker: If You Are Being Beaten, Just Remember the Things You Love About Your Husband

Wisconsin Rep. Don Pridemore–a co-sponsor of a bill to penalize single mothers– helpfully suggests that, rather than divorcing an abusive spouse, you should try to remember the things you love about the guy while he is beating you up. You know… so you don’t get penalized later for being single.

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Inter-country Adoption: Steep Declines in International Adoptions by U.S. Parents Reflect Mixed Record

For many committed to intercountry adoption, it is unfortunate that since the year 2004 the practice has declined more than 50%. An important question is: what is happening? The answer is complex. To begin with, the unfortunate reality is that intercountry adoption has a mixed history. 

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A Catholic Bishop Is Indicted in Child Pornography and Again I Ask: Why Does Congress Kowtow to the USCCB?

Almost exactly two years ago, during the heat of the health reform debate, I wrote an article asking why the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has so much power in the halls of Congress, especially when it comes to pushing for policies that deny women their rights.  Today, I ask again: Why?

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Catholics Still Waiting for Justice in Sex Abuse Scandal

There may have been an official change in policy regarding clergy sex abuse, but practice and culture appear to be lagging. In practice, the leadership of the Catholic Church has plenty of tolerance for the sexual abuse of children.

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HuffPo’s Divorce Section: No Room for Reason on Domestic Violence?

HuffPo’s new divorce section features articles by an author whose work is widely rejected by professionals in the medical, psychological and domestic violence communities. Why do they censor comments on his posts?

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Paying Drug-Addicted Women To Get Sterilized: Choice or Coercion?

Project Prevention pays low-income, drug-addicted women to get sterilized or use a long-term form of contraception. Is it coercion or simply “reproductive choice?”

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Does Refusing a C-Section = Child Abuse?

A woman comes into a hospital, in labor, refuses to pre-consent to a c-section, and has her baby whisked away under charges of child neglect?

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