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Missouri Family E-News December 7, 2009
 
Court Orders Woman to Give Up Biological Child
 
A judge in Vermont has ruled that a mother must surrender her biological child to her former lesbian partner.  Superior Judge William Cohen has ordered Lisa Miller to turn over her seven-year old daughter, Isabelle, to Janet Jenkins by January 1st.
 
Miller and Jenkins lived together as a lesbian couple in a "civil union," and during that time Isabelle was conceived through artificial insemination.  Miller subsequently became a believer in Jesus Christ, and abandoned the homosexual lifestyle and the relationship.
 
Miller was granted custody of Isabelle when a court dissolved the "civil union," and Jenkins was afforded visitation rights.  However, Miller has now been found in contempt of court for denying visitation rights to Jenkins, and custody of Isabelle has been awarded to Jenkins.
 
Miller contends that Isabelle has suffered trauma from court-ordered visitations with Jenkins, including being exposed to violent R-rated movies, and being required to bathe with Jenkins.
 
Matthew Staver, the chairman of Liberty Counsel, has served as legal counsel for Miller.  He sys it is wrong for the court to take Miller's biological daughter away from her and put her into "an activist lesbian household" with a woman who has no legal relationship to the child.
 
Please be praying for Lisa Miller and Isabelle that despite the shameful actions of a local judge, God will restore and safeguard their relationship as mother and child. 
 
 
 
Sidewalk Counselor  Assaulted Outside KC Abortion Clinic 
 
A pregnant pro-life volunteer was recently the victim of a physical assault outside a Kansas City, Kansas abortion clinic.
 
LifeNews reports that Jennifer McCoy was engaging in sidewalk counseling on the street adjacent to the Aid for Women abortion clinic operated by Central Family Medicine.  Witnesses say that an employee of the abortion center came out of the building and began taunting McCoy and then proceeded to ram her shoulder into the woman, who is six months pregnant.
 
Police were summoned and attempted to question the abortion clinic worker, but they were denied access to the clinic by another worker who demanded that they obtain a search warrant.  Police are continuing to investigate the case, and may also press charges against the clinic for impeding a police investigation.
 
Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, says, "This is another example of abortion workers engaging in violent or criminal acts, and then acting as if the laws don't apply to them.  
 
Newman says that two women abandoned their plans for abortion and made decisions to keep their babies thanks to the efforts of McCoy and other sidewalk counselors.
 
 
 
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New Study Documents How Pornography Damages Families
 
A new study has been released which documents the damaging effect that pornography has on marriages, children, and families.  The study shows that pornography use leads to marital dissatisfaction, infidelity, and divorce.
 
The study was authored by Dr. Pat Fagan, the Director of the Center for Research on Marriage and Religion at the Family Research Council.  Fagan says that the culture teaches that pornography use is just a form of amusement, and has no lasting negative effects.  But he says his research shows that pornography is "a quiet family killer."
 
"Pornography corrodes the conscience, promotes distrust between husbands and wives, and debases untold thousands of young women.  It is not harmless escapism but rather relational and emotional poison."
 
Fagan's study finds that increased exposure to sexually explicit material increases favorable attitudes toward sexual exploration with others outside of marriage and decreased marital commitment to the other spouse.
 
"Husbands report loving their spouses less after long periods of looking at and desiring women depicted in pornography.  The wives of pornography users develop deep psychological wounds, commonly reporting feelings of betrayal, loss, mistrust, devastation, and anger."
 
The study illustrates that so-called Internet "cybersex" is a major contributor to separation and divorce.  Fagan cites a report from a group of divorce lawyers, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.  The report examined the most significant factors present in divorce cases handled by the family law attorneys.  It showed that 68% of the cases involved one party meeting a new lover over the Internet, 56% involved one party having an obsessive interest in pornographic images, and 33% involved spending excessive time in "chat rooms."
 
Fagan says that the neurological study of pornography is still in its infancy, but that research is uncovering the nature of the addiction.  He says that neuroscientists are beginning to map "the biological substrate" of the addiction, which involves dopamine, a hormone that produces feelings of pleasure.  Fagan says that scholars are concluding that "emotionally arousing images imprint and alter the brain." 
 
The study reinforces the demonstrated link between pornography use and the conduct of sexual offenders.  83% of rapists were users of hard-core pornography, as were 67% of child molesters.  About a third of sex offenders admitted using pornography as a deliberate stimulus to commit their sexual offenses.  Fagan says none of this is surprising considering the manner in which physical aggression and domination are so often depicted in pornographic materials.
 
Fagan observes that the "traditional sexual taboos of a well-functioning society have broken down," and argues that government must act to protect families.  "The fundamental role of government is to protect innocent citizens, most especially children and adolescents...Pornography, clearly, undermines both marriage and family, and has a host of ill effects."
 
"It is time for government to reassess its laissez-faire attitude towards the proliferation of pornography, especially on the Internet.  Our present and future families need protection from this insidious enemy of love, affection, and of family and social stability."
 
Fagan says that the main defenses against pornography are close family life, a good marriage, and good relations between parents and children, coupled with deliberate parental monitoring of Internet use.  "The key to militating against these damaging patterns...is to foster relationships of affection and attachment in the family.  The first and most important relationship is between the father and the mother.  The second is engaged parents who love their children."
 
The study emphasizes the attention parents must give to helping their children develop a healthy sexuality.  "In our over-sexualized culture, with a longer pre-marriage period, children need the capacity for abstinence if their sexuality is to be channeled into stable marriage, procreation, and healthy family life for their children," Fagan adds.  "Strong families remain the best defense against the negative effects of pornography."
 
If you would like to read or download a full copy of the Family Research Council study, you can go to this weblink:
 
If you are looking for an excellent ministry that works with men and women dealing with sexual addiction, you can visit the website of Pure Life Ministries:
 
If you are looking for a powerful resource for church groups on the spiritually damaging effects of pornography, you can check into the video called "Somebody's Daughter" produced by Music for the Soul Ministries at this web address:
 
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