By Christy Barritt
Medical Journal Promotes “After-Birth Abortion”
Two academics who published an article in the Journal of Medical Ethics believe that if abortion is legal, then terminating the life of a newborn baby should also be.
They argued that newborn babies are “morally irrelevant” and ending their lives is no different than abortion. They also prefer to call this practice “after-birth abortion” instead of infanticide or euthanasia because the “mortal status of the individual killed is comparable to a fetus.”
The article said that newborn babies are not “actual persons” and do not have a “moral right to life.”
The authors also argued that parents should be able to have their baby killed if it turns out to be disabled when it is born.
Hackers Attack Christianity
The Internet hacker group Anonymous, a self-labeled group most well-known for launching cyber-attacks on big business and government agencies such as the FBI, are now targeting churches.
This spring the group hacked three church websites and replaced their pages with a clip from evolutionary biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins.
They also posted a statement that branded religion as a sickness. Their message read, “Let us be clear from the start; any kind of religion is sickness to the world. A sickness that creates hate and intolerance, a sickness that brings people to wage war on their fellow people.”
They accused religion and Christianity of being the sources of most of the wars that have occurred throughout history.
Anonymous also took credit for hacking into the official website for the Vatican.
“Tim Tebow Bill” Fails to Pass in Virginia
A bill in the Virginia General Assembly known as the “Tim Tebow Bill,” which would have
allowed homeschooled children to participate in public school sports, failed to advance in the Virginia’s Senate Education and Health committee.
The bill was named after the Denver Broncos quarterback who was homeschooled but played football for public school while growing up in Florida.
This was one of three bills introduced that would have required public schools in Virginia to consider homeschooled students for extracurricular activities.
Currently 25 states in the U.S. allow non-public school students to take part in public school sponsored sports activities.
Sleeping Pills Increase Risk of Death
A new study suggests that taking prescription sleep aids may dramatically increase your risk of death.
The study published by BJM Open, an online medical journal, shows that the risks of taking sleeping pills may outweigh the benefits. The study monitored 10,500 people and showed that the risk of death for those who took 18 or fewer prescribed doses of sleeping pills per year was 3.5 times higher than for those who didn’t. It also showed that people taking 132 doses per year had a five times higher risk for death and a 35 percent higher risk for cancer.
Researchers point out the study shows these dangers are associated with—rather than caused by—the drugs.
The study also showed that the higher the dose, the greater the risk of death.
Christy Barritt is an award-winning author, freelance writer, and speaker living in Chesapeake, Virginia. She and her husband Scott have two sons.