A roundup of news from across the interwebs.
According to the BBC, Jersey is scrapping their week-long waiting period between scheduling and receiving an abortion. The island government was pressured to change the existing 1997 abortion law after Deputy Louise Doublet claimed that it was an “unnecessary barrier to accessing safe and legal abortion care.” Abortion is legal up until 12 weeks on Jersey, and there is only one clinic on the island.
Hookup culture continues to decline, and a recent study attributes this directly to a decrease in alcohol consumption. From Healthing:
The research, published in the journal Socius, discovered that the number of men who reported having casual sex in the past month dropped from 38 to 24 per cent between 2007 and 2017. Women of the same age experienced a similar drop, from 31 to 22 per cent.
“We find that about one quarter of the drop in young women’s propensity to have casual sex is attributable to a decline in their frequency of drinking alcohol,” the researchers wrote. “Of the various sources of the decline in sexual activity considered in this analysis, the decline in alcohol consumption is the only factor that explains a significant portion of the decline in young women’s probability of engaging in casual sex. A somewhat different story emerges for young men.”
For the study, researchers relied on the data of 2,000 young adults, aged 18-23, contained in the 2007-2017 Panel Study of Income Dynamics Transition to Adulthood Supplement, which focuses on sexual activity outside of romantic relationships. They used this data to probe whether factors such as economic status, technology, living arrangement and alcohol consumption were taking a toll on the likelihood of hooking up.
For men, playing video games was the primary factor in the reduction of sexual activity. The only factor the study did not address—which has been confirmed by others studies—was the use of pornography. Either way, less sexual activity means fewer crisis pregnancies, which means fewer abortions.
One eerie side effect of our shrinking populations is the emergence of abandoned villages in many European countries—“ghost villages” that were abandoned when the populations simply failed to replace itself. The Guardian posted haunting photos of these once-inhabited places, now returning to wild and wildlife.
Al Mohler says recent attacks on the traditionalist views of Oral Roberts University are the opening salvo in a war on Christian colleges and universities:
Will Christian colleges survive? Will colleges and universities that hold to historical biblical definitions of gender and sexuality and marriage be forced into the academic wilderness? What about American collegiate sports? Will conservative Christian schools be ruled out of bounds?
These are real and urgent questions. Christians in the United States now face the reality that open hostility to our convictions is now leading to public calls for Christian colleges and schools to be marginalized and excluded from organizations such as the NCAA.
Just consider a recent article at ForTheWin, part of USA Today Sports. This article will knock you off your feet. It is an outright attack on biblical commitments and a public call for the NCAA to eliminate Christian schools from post-season play, and even from membership.
Read the whole thing.
Dr. Rachel Levine, a biological male who swapped the name “Richard” for his current first name, has become the first transgender nominee appointed to a senate-confirmed office. Levine, incidentally, refused to condemn child genital mutilation if the process was part of a transgender sex change surgery. Return to normal, indeed.
Good news from Arkansas:
Arkansas has joined those states that have banned biological males from competing in women’s sports. In a statement issued Thursday, Governor Asa Hutchinson confirmed that Arkansas has joined the ranks of several GOP-led states that have moved to save women’s sports. Arkansas bill SB354, the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, was signed, according to Hutchinson, after having heard from “hundreds of constituents on this issue.”
This issue is, inevitably, going to end up at the Supreme Court.