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    Marching for the Dignity and Value of Every Life

    Today, hundreds of thousands of Americans will fill the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to participate in the March for Life and mark the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade.  The size of such a crowd, peacefully rallying in front of the U.S. Capitol, should … More

    Orphans Should Wait No More

    Today in the United States, there are 400,540 children in the foster care system. Approximately 104,236 of these are orphans waiting for adoptive families to call their own. Sixty-nine percent of children in foster care spend five or more years in the system. They spend their childhood circulating in and … More

    5 Things You Need to Know About the Supreme Court's Marriage Cases

    Next week the Supreme Court will decide two cases dealing with the definition of marriage. One concerns the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage for the purposes of federal law as the union of one man and one woman. President Clinton signed DOMA into law after Congress … More

    Human Rights Watch Decries Russia Opposition Crackdown

    Human Rights Watch (HRW) recently released a scathing new report focused on the crackdown on Russia’s civil society. Since December 2011, the Kremlin has committed to squashing nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that promote democracy and are alleged conduits of Western influence, HRW says. The report, titled “Laws of Attrition,” focuses on … More

    Redefining Marriage Threatens Religious Liberty

    Religious liberty doesn’t stop at the church doors. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, the nonpartisan public-interest law firm dedicated to protecting the free expression of all religions, filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court making the case that legal recognition of same-sex relationships as marriages creates hazards for … More

    House Makes Case for Improving Foster Care and Adoption

    Today, many foster children languish in a system that can often become a “trap door” rather than a means to a stable home. The House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources held a hearing last Wednesday on how to boost adoptions from foster care. Part of the problem with … More

    Planned Parenthood Sets Record for Abortions and Government Funding

    Planned Parenthood reported receiving record taxpayer funding in the last reporting year, while also performing a record number of abortions, according to the organization’s new annual report released this week. The nation’s largest abortion provider maintained its infamous title, performing 333,964 abortions—a record for the organization that received 45 percent … More

    By Banning U.S. Adoption of Russian Orphans, Russia Shot Itself in the Foot

    Last week, the U.S. Senate unanimously condemned Russia’s new draconian law—whose victims are Russian orphans and Russian democracy. Around Christmas last year, the Russian Duma hastily passed, and President Vladimir Putin signed, The Dima Yakovlev Law, named after an adopted child from Russia who died in 2008 after being abandoned … More

    What Limited Government Looks Like: Adopting a Foster Child

    Many of us will give thanks for family this week. Sadly, more than one hundred thousand children awaiting adoption from the foster care system don’t have a family to be thankful for. More than 400,000 children are in the foster care system, and about a quarter are in circumstances that … More

    Crushing Venerable Adoption Agencies—and Religious Liberty

    Illinois’s and New York’s recent recognition of same-sex couples has raised religious liberty concerns for Catholic and other agencies providing adoption and foster care services. Now, more than 50 Members of the U.S. Congress have signed onto a bill that would go much further, posing a challenge to religious liberty, … More