Life & Family Issues

 

Republican Leaders in the General Assembly Say Now is the Time for Voters to Have Their Say on Marriage

On September 12th, the General Assembly will convene for a special session to consider amendments to the state constitution. One of the amendments under consideration would define a recognized marriage as one only between a man and a woman. House Majority Leader Paul Stam (R-Wake) said Democrats voted for a…

 

Women’s Right to Know Act Embodies “Pro-Choice” Mentality

No one can call themselves “pro-choice” and “pro-woman” and stand in opposition to the Women’s Right to Know Act (House bill 854).  This piece of legislation requires that women receive a consultation with a doctor, are given information on alternatives to abortion, offered an ultrasound, and given a 24-hour waiting…

 

Session Gains Ground on Family Issues

The 2011 legislative session was marked by a significant amount of pro-life and pro-family legislation. The most contested of these was HB 854, the “Women’s Right to Know Act,”which would have required that women be completely informed of all alternatives to abortion, offered an ultrasound, and given a 24-hour waiting…

 

Smart Start Partnership Re-Awards Multi-Million Dollar Contract to Mismanaging Non-Profit

In a controversial decision that followed heated opposition by the public and alarming questions raised by the members of the board, Durham County’s Partnership for Children voted to re-award a multimillion dollar contract to a non-profit with a very troubled past. The Durham County Partnership for Children is the local…

 

Government Invites Itself In: Parental Rights at Risk

In North Carolina, like every other state, the Fourteenth Amendment of the US Constitution gives parents the implicit right to care and nurture their children. Parents, not the government, are presumed to have the child’s best interest in mind when making choices about who may see their children and when,…

 

The Daycare Dilemma

2011 finds North Carolina in the abyss of recession: high unemployment, low private sector job growth, and state government scrambling to fill a $3.7 billion budget hole. In a year when state finances are scarcer than any other time in recent history, virtually all government programs will be cut back;…

 

Marriage Rally Urges Legislators for Amendment

Dozens of people rallied outside the state capital on August 10 to support a state constitutional amendment defining marriage between one man and one woman. The rally was one stop in a series of rallies taking place nationwide sponsored by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM). The 20-stop tour is…

 

20 Changes For 2010: Protecting Unborn Victims of Violence

When a crime is committed against a pregnant woman, North Carolina does not legally recognize the unborn child’s death or injury as a separate crime. In 2009, 15 states, including New York, Oregon and neighboring Tennessee introduced measures to protect unborn victims of violence. North Carolina was not one of…

 

20 Changes For 2010: Death Penalty

The tenth recommendation in the Civitas Institute 2010 Agenda: “20 Changes for 2010: A Primer for State Reform” focuses on ending the death penalty moratorium and carrying out jury verdicts.

 

20 Changes For 2010: Defense of Marriage Act

In 2009, North Carolina state legislators had the opportunity to enact a constitutional amendment declaring marriage as the union between one man and one woman. However, the Defense of Marriage Act, introduced this session in the House as HB 361 and in the Senate as SB 272, was blocked for…

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