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Here’s the question we asked UFI readers: “Do people have the right to sell a body part if they so choose?” Here’s how they responded: 22 Percent           “Yes “ 57 Percent           “No” 21 Percent           “Not sure”  This appears to be one of those questions that has caused a fairly...

Ann Bailey In the post-father’s day review of the news, I came across one article that demands some comment.  “The Gift of Being Gay and a Dad” (The New York Times) chronicles a gay man’s feelings on believing that he would never be able to have...

Rachel Allison Every year Father’s Day gives occasion to reflect on the influence and role our dads have played in our lives. My dad certainly wasn’t perfect, but my memories for the most part are positive and endearing. With 10 mouths to feed I can’t say...

We asked UFI readers this question: “Which of these factors has contributed the most to the meteoric rise of unmarried child bearing?" Here’s how they responded: 48 Percent                           Sexual Revolution 16 Percent                           Anti-Marriage Feminism  8 Percent                            Growth of Individualism 28 Percent                           Gov’t welfare/subsidies  The article “The Single-Mom Catastrophe”  Kay Hymowitz speculates...

Melissa Anderson If any of you read my introduction piece put out several months ago, you’ll already know a bit of my background.  My father is serving two life sentences for child abuse, sexual abuse and torture.  The crimes he committed were committed on his own...

Editor Note:  Mike and Diana Lacey joined the UFI team during the final week of the Commission on the Status of Women.  Mike gives some insights on his UN experience. Mike Lacey Anyone familiar with the culture of European countries will enjoy the joke about European heaven...

Rachel Allison My daughter called this week to share her success of the day.  One of her goals for the summer is to teach her children how to deep clean and organize age-appropriate areas of the home and garden.  Her success? She and her three young...

Ann Bailey The lid has just been blown off on the homosexual vs. heterosexual parenting container.  Over the weekend, two studies came forward that lay waste to the American Psychological Association’s (APA) claim that there is no difference in outcomes between children reared by same-sex parents...

Danny Quinny New York must be a wonderful place to live.  Can you imagine a city with 100% employment, where crime is nonexistent, where every road is beautifully paved, and people just get along?  It MUST be nice.  Why else would the three-term Mayor decide to...

Diane Robertson On June 6, the ninth circuit court of appeals refused to retake the Proposition 8 case (Perry vs Brown). The last step in the appeals process for California’s Proposition 8 will be an appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States. Alliance Defense...

Ann Bailey Much is written and discussed about the youth suicide rate – be it from bullying or from the general stress of being young in today’s society.  But little attention is given to individuals on the other end of the spectrum – the age 60+...

Rachel Allison One of the many advantages that come with being “grandma age” is that I have figured out my strengths and weaknesses.  I’m grateful for my strengths, and I’m patiently working on my weaknesses.  One of my strengths:  I don’t ignore the elephant in the...

We are regularly barraged with news articles about the “injustice” of same-sex couples not being allowed to "marry."  But how many same-sex couples even want to be married?  The most recent U.S. Census Bureau numbers indicate that the number of same-sex households that would actually...

A Six Step Guide to Family Conflict Resolution Ezra Hamilton Conflict in life is impossible to avoid. We encounter conflict in our workplace, at school, with friends and even within the most important environment in our lives, our families. Each unique situation where conflict arises can be...

Diane Robertson The First District court of appeals in Boston today, May 31, ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. The three panel judge based their decision on the idea that the federal law interferes with the right of a state to define...

May 2012, a recent Gallup Poll on abortion found that 50% of American adults label themselves as “Pro-life”, while only 41% of American’s are labeling themselves as “Pro-choice”. 52% of Americans believe that abortion should be legal only under some circumstances, while 25% believe abortion should...

Rachel Allison What has our society done to us? Has Hollywood and advertising caused us to focus on looks rather than depth, and instant gratification rather than virtue and self-control?  Have we become caught up with priorities that may bring status and recognition while true and lasting...

Diane Robertson Target has flip-flopped. Two years ago, Target donated $150,000 to Governor Tim Pawlenty's campaign in Minnesota. Governor Pawlenty supports traditional marriage. Now in 2012, Target has promised to donate at least $120,000 to the Family Equality Council (FEC), a homosexual political advocacy group. Target is...

 Ann Bailey What’s it like for a mother to be planning a funeral when she should be choosing paint colors for her newborn’s nursery?  My neighbor and dear friend, *Sarah, knows the answer to that question.   When her pregnancy reached the five month mark, she was...

Rachel Allison Last night my husband and I chose to watch a movie that had been highly recommended to us by several of our friends.  The movie was “Courageous.” We borrowed it from a friend who had enjoyed the movie so much, he chose to purchase...

Ann Bailey Last week Nancy Keenan, head of NARAL Pro-Choice America, announced that, at the end of the year, she will be stepping down as president.  The reason given for her departure is the organization’s need for a president and executive committee that has the ability...

Rachel Allison It wasn’t until I was an adult that I ever heard my dad talk about his experiences during World War II, and then it was because we asked questions that helped him open up and talk about them. He was just 18 when the Japanese...

Diane Robertson "Vogue model Christy Turlington Burns and a host of female celebrities  encouraged mothers across the nation to ignore their children as part of “No Mother’s Day,” a sign of their support for reducing maternal mortality by supporting family planning and global access to abortion....

"Merely viewing web images of child pornography does not, absent other proof, constitute either possession or procurement within the meaning of our Penal Law," Senior Judge Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick wrote for a majority of four of the six judges in the New York Court of...