A roundup of news and commentary from around the interwebs.
This, from Cardus, is encouraging:
Our newest research report brings some good news to light. The key finding in Canadian Children at Home: Living Arrangements in the 2021 Census reveals that six in 10 children in Canada live in married-parent families, a proportion that’s held steady since 2016 after declining for decades.
The stabilization of that figure is what we have our eye on. We know that families with married parents are generally less likely to dissolve than families with non-married parents. And we also know children in healthy, stable homes tend to be happier and healthier and do better in school.
Measuring and monitoring family structure and children’s home living arrangements is just one step toward reducing inequality and improving children’s well-being.
Stable families make for a stable country. Rare and welcome good news on that front.
From C-Fam—the Biden Administration is pushing for the inclusion of abortion in global health treaties, and is insisting that the details be kept from the American public:
The Biden administration has pushed for abortion in a controversial new global health treaty. The Biden negotiators also insisted that the negotiations remain secret away from the American people.
U.S. Ambassador Pamela K. Hamamoto called for the new World Health Organization pandemic treaty to include an obligation to provide “sexual and reproductive health services” as essential health care services during pandemics in the U.S. opening statement of negotiations this week.
Read the whole thing. This is why I consistently emphasize that although the WEF is a bad organization, the real threat comes from international bodies like the UN and the EU, who craft treaties and then impose their “values” on member states.
The new junior senator from Ohio J.D. Vance was recently profiled in Vanity Fair. This bit caught my eye:
Vance tells me he has begun conversations with his Senate colleagues about his proposal to make birthing free. “So you don’t have people who are caught off guard by unexpected insurance charges or they have the wrong anesthesiologist when they’re three minutes from birth and so they get financially ruined over,” said Vance. “It’s just a question of willpower and resources … It sounds like a good idea to me.”
These sorts of policies—which I wrote about recently in Newsweek, The American Conservative, and First Things—are an essential next step in a post-Roe America. That Vance is pushing them is very encouraging.
This is an extraordinary piece from Sean Thomas in The Spectator: “How we forgot about Pol Pot.”
From Kathleen Stock at Unherd, the media pile-on of a Presbyterian running for political leadership in Scotland: “The crucifixion of Kate Forbes.”