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In the World — May 27, 2012

By Christy Barritt   Wrongful Birth Lawsuit in Favor of Parents An Oregon couple was recently awarded $2.9 million in a “wrongful birth” lawsuit. The Portland couple claimed they would have aborted their Down syndrome baby if doctors had not been “negligent” in their prenatal care. The couple argued that they continued their pregnancy based on […]

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In the World — April 15, 2012

By Christy Barritt   One in Five Adults Had a Mental Illness in 2010  A survey funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration showed that in 2010, 20 percent of American adults had some form of mental illness. That’s more than 45 million people. Reporting the most disorders is the 18- to […]

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In the World–April 8, 2012

By Christy Barritt   Most Americans Oppose Abortion A poll released by CNN shows that 62 percent of Americans believe abortion should be illegal under most or all circumstances. According to the results, 41 percent of respondents said abortion should be legal in a few circumstances; 21 percent said it should be illegal in all circumstances, […]

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In the World–March 4, 2012

By Christy Barritt   Military Divorce Rates on the Rise  The Defense Department released statistics confirming that the overall military divorce rate is increasing as part of a continued upward trend since 2001. Since 2001—when operations started in Afghanistan—the divorce rate among military couples has risen from 2.6 percent in 2001 to 3.7 percent in […]


In The World–February 5, 2012

By Christy Barritt   Gay Adoptions Triple In the past decade, the number of adoptions in the U.S. by gay and lesbian couples has tripled. According to analysis of Census Bureau data by the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute, 6,477 same-sex couples adopted children in 2000. In 2009, the number rose to 21,740. The […]