October 2021 Newsletter

Connecticut Pro-life Pregnancy Resource Center Sues State Over New Law to Protect Free Speech

    A Connecticut law, passed during the last legislative session, targets pro-life pregnancy centers as “limited services” providers because they do not refer for or perform abortions.

New Marijuana Law Raises Concerns with Connecticut Poison Control Center due to Anticipated Increase in Child Poisoning Incidents

  Children eating marijuana laced edibles has proven to be a problem in the states that have legalized recreational use.

The Conflict between Parental Rights and the Education System is Growing 

  The Catechism of The Catholic Church recognizes that parents are the primary educators of their children, while states and local boards of education appear to have an opposite view. 

 


   October 2021 

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Connecticut Pro-life Pregnancy Resource Center Sues State Over New Law to Protect Free Speech

    A Connecticut law, passed during the last legislative session, targets pro-life pregnancy centers as “limited services” providers because they do not refer for or perform abortions. The law was strongly supported by the abortion advocacy group NARAL CT. Care Net Pregnancy Resource Center of Southeastern Connecticut has filed a federal lawsuit to challenge this law in order to continue providing critical services to women without fear of discrimination based on the center’s pro-life views. Under the law, the state attorney general has the authority to decide whether Care Net is engaging in “deceptive advertising” because of its life-affirming message based on its religious beliefs. Then the attorney general can force the center to adopt “corrective advertising” or face fines or lawsuits. A complaint by a client is not necessary in order for the Attorney General to take action against a center.     


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New Marijuana Law Raises Concerns with Connecticut Poison Control Center due to Anticipated Increase in Child Poisoning Incidents

 

  Children eating marijuana laced edibles has proven to be a problem in the states that have legalized recreational use. The Connecticut Poison Control Center is seeking to add two additional people to to its staff to handle the expected increase in calls. An expense not considered by the legislature when they passed the law legalizing recreational marijuana. Unfortunately, legalization does have an impact on youth and young children. Please click below to read the story from the CT Examiner.

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The Conflict between Parental Rights and the Education System is Growing 

  The Catechism of The Catholic Church recognizes that parents are the primary educators of their children, while states and local boards of education appear to have an opposite view. 

 

   One positive outcome of students being educated at home during the pandemic is the growing awareness of what is being taught in many of our nations school systems. While parents are primarily concerned about focusing on the basics, such as reading, writing, math, and historical facts, they have found that what is really happening is the social indoctrination of their children. These concerns seem to be focusing on the teaching of various aspects of critical race theory, gender identity,  and a distorted view of our nation's history.  Local school boards are use to parents helping to raise funds for school activities or cheer on a local sports team, but the move to hold boards accountable for what is being taught appears to have caught them off-guard. 

   Connecticut state laws and school policies, especially those with in-school health clinics, already exclude parents from knowing important information about their child such as, has the school assisted their daughter in obtaining an abortion, is their child being treated for a sexually transmitted disease, is their child being supported in a change related to their gender identity, is their child receiving mental health treatment, is their child HIV positive, etc. As a specific example, a guidance from the CT Department of Education informs school districts that if a child desires to be identified as their nonbiological sex they are to support the child, even if the parents disagree. They are also not obligated to inform the parents of this support, even if the parents have requested they stop such support. Is it really a far step to believe that school systems will attempt to forgo parents from knowing about what type of other social indoctrination may be taking place?