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Abortion numbers decline in Minnesota

The number of abortions in Minnesota declined last year to near-record lows, despite an increase in women coming from other states to terminate their pregnancies, a new state report shows.

After a long, gradual decline, the 9,910 abortions in 2018 represented the third year since at least 1975 when the total numbers dropped below 10,000. It also represented a 2% drop from 2017, according to the report, released Monday by the state Department of Health.

But the report also showed that the number of nonresident abortions increased in Minnesota, from 938 in 2017 to 1,014 last year. Nonresidents received more than 10% of the abortions in the state last year, the first time that has occurred since 1992.

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Some States Expanding Abortion Access

When an abortion law makes headlines in 2019, it’s usually as a ban.

Aggressive abortion restrictions have passed in numerous states in recent months, with some banning the procedure at six weeks or even earlier.

But earlier this month, Maine’s Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed into law a bill that will actually expand abortion access in the state by allowing nurse practitioners and physician assistants, not just doctors, to perform the procedure. As clinics in other states are at risk of closing, the Maine law will increase the number of clinics able to perform abortions.

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Control vs. Controlling: The Difference Parents Need to Understand

A new parenting study affirms that children are more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression when they have controlling parents. Wendy S. Grolnick, who supervised the research, urges parents to understand the difference between being controlling and with being in control.

This isn’t just a matter of semantics. Parents provide a positive experience for their children, advises Grolnick, when they put “structure” in their children’s lives. This structure involves “rules, guidelines and limits” so that children have clearly outlined expectations and understanding of where their actions will lead.

This is a parent being in control of a situation, while accommodating their child’s autonomy and agency as an individual. Within clearly defined boundaries, their child is free to move, in full knowledge of what consequences they invite when they overstep them.

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Chile advances bill permitting euthanasia for 14-year-old kids

Last week, legislation advanced in Chile’s congress that would allow euthanasia for children as young as 14.

The Committee on Public Health in the lower chamber of Chile’s congress approved a bill that would allow 14-year-olds to obtain the means for medically-assisted suicide.

The bill requires authorization from a legal representative for patients 14 to 16 years of age. If a request is denied, the patient may seek intervention from a family court judge to determine whether he or she “meets the legal requirements for obtaining medically-assisted euthanasia.”

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California close to revising sex ed guidance for teachers

California is close to overhauling its guidance for teaching sex education in public schools, offering teachers a framework for talking to kindergartners about gender identity and discussing masturbation with middle-schoolers.

But the guidance likely won’t recommend students read books that describe anal sex, bondage and other sex acts after getting hundreds of complaints from concerned parents and conservative groups.

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8th Place: A High School Girl’s Life After Transgender Students Join Her Sport

When two high school athletes who were born male but identify as female took first and second place at Connecticut’s girls indoor track championship this year, it wasn’t just a local news story.

To some, it was a story of triumph and courage. The winner, a junior from Bloomfield High School, set a girls state indoor record of 6.95 seconds in the 55-meter dash, and went on to win the New England titles in both the 55-meter dash and the 300-meter dash.

To others, it was a story of shock and disappointment: Is this the end of women’s sports?

To Selina Soule, a 16-year-old runner from Glastonbury, it was personal.

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My Daughter Went Transgender. I Was Powerless to Stop Doctors From Harming Her.

I am a mother whose daughter has identified as transgender since the age of 14. I love her, and I care deeply about her and other kids who identify as transgender.
There are young people, like my daughter, who are in turmoil, and who are not getting the compassionate care that they need and deserve.
I’m going to explain to you what happens when parents seek out expert advice to help their transgender-identifying children explore their feelings and discomfort with their sex.

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How going online might help you stop watching porn

Watching online videos leads many men to pornography addiction. But now one set of online videos aims to lead them out. STRIVE is video series developed by Matt Fradd, author of “The Porn Myth,” in collaboration with Cardinal Studios, a Catholic media apostolate. The series, along with online discussion and accountability groups, aims to help men address pornography addictions through an intensive three-week experience.

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Covington Catholic student sues Washington Post over Nathan Phillips story

Attorneys for Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann announced they filed a $250 million dollar lawsuit against the Washington Post after the newspaper reported that Sandmann harassed a Native American man following the March for Life. The suit alleges that the Washington Post “engaged in a modern-day form of McCarthyism by competing with CNN and NBC, among others, to claim leadership of a mainstream and social media mob of bullies which attacked, vilified, and threatened Nicholas Sandmann.” They are seeking “compensatory and punitive damages.”

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