Last week, Lord Kevin Shinkwin addressed his fellow lawmakers in the U.K., urging them to close a legal loophole that lets doctors perform abortions—up to the moment of birth—if the baby is disabled. However, babies who are healthy, can not be legally aborted after the 24-week mark.
Shinkwin, who himself is disabled, said,
I can see from the trends in abortion on grounds of disability that the writing is on the wall for people like me. People with congenital disabilities are facing extinction.
A Czech Christian aid worker visiting Sudan has just been sentenced to 20 years in prison for a variety of charges that his lawyers—and the Czech Foreign Ministry—say are baseless. Two of his local Christian colleagues, Hassan Abdel Rahim and Abdelmoneim Abdulmulli, were also arrested and given long sentences for helping him.
The World Economic Forum has released the troubling findings of a new study that found that it will be nearly two centuries until there is true gender equality around the globe.
The group looked at a variety of factors to gauge equality including health, education, economic participation and political empowerment and found that gender equality is still 170 years away (that is, unless major changes are undertaken).
Though globally, men and women’s rates of going to school are about the same and they have similar health statuses, the other two areas are in desperate need of change. Not only are they underrepresented politically, but in 74 of the 140 nations studied, economic gaps have actually widen in the last year. Discuss
This weekend, a family of Syrians who have been attempting to rejoin family members in the United States for more than a decade, were turned back almost immediately after touching down in the United States.
The family members awaiting their arrival, were not allowed to contact the two couples and their children after they landed. Authorities turned them back because of President Trump’s recent executive order, banning Syrian refugees and other individuals from predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S. while his administration puts more “extreme” measures in place to vet them.
Assalis are Christians who fled Syria while facing persecution from radical Islamist. They have been living as refugees in Lebanon. Family members told CNN that authorities—who were reportedly caught off guard by Trump’s executive order—that they had two options once they landed: Get back on a flight to the Middle East, or have their visas taken away and be detained. The family, who, were here legally with visas (prior to Trump’s blanket ban), doesn’t speak English well, in fear, got back onto the plane. The family had gone through in person-screenings in Jordan months ago.
They did not have a lawyer present.
Their family had even purchased them a home the U.S.
In a statement, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said,
I am sickened by reports that federal officials, without knowledge or cooperation of PHL Airport staff, detained and then turned away two Syrian families … they were sent back to a war-torn nation that has used chemical warfare against its own people. The Trump administration very well may have just given these families a death sentence.
Protest broke out at several major airports, with crowds pleading with authorities to release detained families.
The president of the Christian aid organization World Relief is speaking out a new executive order that President Trump is expected to sign soon, effectively banning refugees fleeing violence from coming to America. The order suspends the refugee program for 120 days—for now—while the administration seeks to add more stringent vetting process.
However, World Relief’s Scott Arbeiter thinks the move is misguided. His organization is one of several approved by the government to resettle refugees in the U.S. He told The Blaze, “We disagree [with] the notion that security and compassion are mutually exclusive and that the only way to address security is to completely close down the program for four months.”
He also said that the current vetting is extremely thorough, saying, “I do think that they will be pleasantly surprised by the rigors of the process that are there.”
He added, “Our children and grandchildren may ask of us: ‘What did you know and what did you do in the worst humanitarian crisis in history? ‘Did you walk courageously and with compassion and with appropriate care for security, or did you simply close the doors?'” Discuss