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Positive news emerging from culture wars

America’s culture wars never end, and reading the daily news often can be depressing. It can be easy to overlook the fact that Christians are winning their share of skirmishes.

Dr. Michael Brown, who hosts a nationally syndicated radio show, shared a few of these victories in a story in The Christian Post.

Abortion numbers are dropping. The number and rate of abortions across the United States have plunged to their lowest levels since the procedure became legal nationwide in 1973, according to new figures released on September 18.

The report from the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights, counted 862,000 abortions in the United States in 2017. That’s down from 926,000 in the group’s previous report for 2014,and from just over 1 million counted for 2011. In addition, the 2017 abortion rate was 13.5 abortions per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44..

“To be sure, some of the decline is due to lower fertility rates, with women having less children in general,” Brown said. “And some of the decline is connected to increased use of contraception. But much of the decline is also due to a recognition of the wrongness of abortion. And so, despite the gory statistics of 862,000 reported abortions in 2017, the pro-life cause continues to gain ground.”

New York City dropped a ban on so-called conversion therapy. The bill, which became law in 2017, prohibited therapists from charging clients for “services intended to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.” In other words, if a gay man asked a licensed therapist to help him overcome his same-sex attractions and the therapist agreed to help him, the therapist would be fined $1,000 per violation

New York City will act swiftly to repeal a ban on psychotherapy to address unwanted same-sex attraction, New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson announced last week,” Tyler O’Neil reported in PJ Media. “Johnson, who is himself gay, insisted that he would rather not repeal the ‘conversion therapy’ ban, but he insisted that a legal challenge forced his hand.”

Several cities are canceling “Drag Queen Story Hours” in local libraries.

”Of course, it’s a shame we even need to fight this battle,” Brown said. “But the good news is that some communities are standing up to this outrageous and offensive new practice, one that targets the most vulnerable citizens in our country – toddlers.”

–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice