Promoting the Propaganda

 

Promoting the Propaganda

The spin is in full effect surrounding Arizona’s new law establishing a marital preference in adoption. From the time the CAP-supported SB 1188 was introduced, opponents have gone out of their way to distort the intention and effect of the bill – and the media has happily gone along with their story line.

SB 1188 is based on a simple principle: children deserve the opportunity to have a married mom and dad. Study after study shows that the best environment for a child is an intact home with a married mom and dad. SB 1188 requires that marital status is considered in adoption placements and establishes a preference for children to be adopted by a married man and woman when all other relevant factors are equal.

For months, there have been news stories and blog posts from our opponents – especially the homosexual lobby – saying this bill will decrease adoptions by discouraging single parents to adopt.

Let me be clear: the implementation of Arizona’s new law does not prohibit single individuals from adopting or becoming a foster parent. The new law does not mean that any child should be left in the state foster care system waiting for a married mom and dad when a single individual qualifies as an adoptive parent. CAP Communications Director Aaron Baer discusses a recent misleading story on the Foundations blog.

Positive Trend Towards Abstinence

A recent study from the Center for Disease Control reports a steady increase in teenagers abstaining from sex over the last 22 years.

In 2006-2010, about 57% of never-married female teenagers, and about 58% of never-married male teenagers, ages 15-19 years, have never had sex. For younger teens, ages 15-17 years, 73% of girls and 72% of boys have not had sex.

Abstinence until marriage remains a critical issue for our culture. For example, eight in 10 abortions are performed on unmarried women and four of 10 children are born to unwed mothers.

Strong Marriages and Economies

Everyone has their theories about the factors behind the current economic crisis in America. Many, however, refuse to consider the severe impact the breakdown of the family contributes to the nation’s economic woes.

Strong families are at the center of a strong economy and nation. The data backs this up. Dr. Brad Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, has conducted in-depth studies on the important role families play in our society.

In a recent editorial, Dr. Wilcox wrote “children are more likely to acquire the human and social capital they need to thrive in the modern economy when they are raised in an intact, married family. In the U.S., for instance, children are more likely to graduate from high school, complete college and be gainfully employed as young adults if they were raised in an intact, married family.”

What does this mean for public policy? It means lawmakers should only support legislation that promotes marriages and strong families. State and federal laws should not attack or weaken marriage or the traditional family.

Only a Week Left to Get Your Ticket

The Faith in Action Tour is just a week away, and we’ve already sold 1,300 tickets! Not only will Dr. Del Tackett speak live at this special event, but attendees will have the opportunity to meet with more than 30 local community service organizations, including Phoenix Rescue Mission, Arms of Love Foster Care, ArizonaServes, Crisis Pregnancy Centers of Phoenix, and Streetlight Phoenix. Still time to get your tickets – click here to order yours before we’re sold out!

Aborting for a better life?


Aborting for a better life?

Abortion advocates promote many myths and falsehoods to sell abortions. One of the most offensive results of legalized abortions remains the fact that up to 80-90% of preborn children with Down syndrome are aborted. If a baby is diagnosed in utero with having or being at risk for having Down syndrome, the parents often are advised strongly that the “humane” thing to do is abort the child. The so-called medical professionals and pro-abortion advocates also will say an abortion will spare the parents a life full of hardships.

Yet like most things that come from the deceptive pro-abortion crowd, this is completely wrong – and the research proves it. A recent study published in the American Journal of Medical Genetics surveyed 2,044 parents of children with Down syndrome and found that 99% reported that they love their son or daughter; 97% were proud of them; and 79% felt their outlook on life was more positive because of them.

Somehow our opponents have lost sight of the value of all life. CAP Legal Counsel Deborah Sheasby writes more about these studies on the Foundations blog.

Summing Up the Values Voters Summit

Last weekend, I attended the Values Voters Summit. I listened closely to seven of the eight candidates for the Republican Presidential nomination. I also had the chance to meet with 21 of my Family Policy Council colleagues from across the country to discuss what’s happening in our states and look ahead toward 2012.

Each speaker voiced grave concerns about the future of our country and the critical importance of the 2012 elections. The number of opportunities we face is only matched by the number of challenges we face. My prayer is that the turnaround and victories we’ve experienced in Arizona will carry over to Washington, D.C., and the rest of the nation. Each of us must stay informed this election season, register voters, and be sure to turn out to vote when the time comes. Most importantly, we must all remember to pray daily for our state and nation.

The Best Interests of the Child

The U.S. Supreme Court this week refused to hear a case from a same-sex couple in Louisiana that was trying to force the state to list both adults on a child’s birth certificate as parents. Louisiana, like Arizona, only allows for two people to be listed as the parents of a child if they are a married man and a woman (both states allow for singles to adopt, too). The Court’s decision not to hear the case means that an earlier ruling upholding Louisiana’s adoption laws stands.

While the courts haven’t always been friendly to those of us that recognize the importance of marriage and family to our culture, this was a welcomed victory.

Recall Election Voter Guide Now Available

CAP has surveyed the two candidates in the upcoming Legislative District 18 Special Recall Election and posted the Voter Guide to azvoterguide.com. Click here to access it.

Will I see you on October 29?

The Faith in Action Tour is two weeks away on October 29. Dr. Del Tackett, along with more than 30 local community service organizations will be joining CAP at Bethany Bible Church from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. So far, we’ve already had more than 800 people register for this unique event. Space is limited and you won’t want to miss it! Click here to get yours!

Catch me on Radio Shine

Just reminder to tune-in to 90.9 FM every Friday morning or afternoon to catch me on the CAP Family Minute on Radio Shine.