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Month: November 2018

Washington Post Declares Family the Most Dangerous Place for Women

Washington Post Declares Family the Most Dangerous Place for Women

November 29, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization The Washington Post is at it again (Washington Post, 11/26/18).  In a bid to further erode the institution of the family, the WaPo offers an article entitled “UN Finds Deadliest Place for Women is Their Home.”  The only problem with that headline is that the UN did no such thing.  Indeed, the intellectual distance between the headline and the UN study on which it pretends to report tends…

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The Latest Study Showing Pro-Mother Bias by Judges

The Latest Study Showing Pro-Mother Bias by Judges

November 28, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization A new study in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science finds bias in judges’ rulings in child custody cases (Science Daily, 4/3/18).  Now, it’s worthwhile to note that this is a study, not of judicial behavior in the courtroom in actual cases, but in hypothetical ones.  Still, the methodology of the case suggests the pro-mother/anti-father bias we’ve come to know all too well. The study was conducted…

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Philadelphia CPS Tries to Silence Grandmother Exposing Rape of Grandchild in DHS Foster Care

Philadelphia CPS Tries to Silence Grandmother Exposing Rape of Grandchild in DHS Foster Care

Virginia McKale. (Photo: P.J. D’Annunzio/ALM – Source.) Commentary by Terri LaPoint Health Impact News Child Protective Services, funded by American taxpayers, doesn’t believe that they should be held accountable to the citizens who foot the bill. Repeatedly, we have seen efforts by various state CPS agencies around the country to silence parents who speak out about the abuse that they and their children suffer at the hands of social workers and courts as well as abuse that happens to their children in foster…

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Canada Poised to Punt Real Family Court Reform

Canada Poised to Punt Real Family Court Reform

November 26, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization Canada is not poised to make meaningful change to its divorce and custody laws.  As I mentioned here, it’s poised only to make trivial changes to the wording of existing statutes.  And Barbara Kay isn’t happy about it (Post Millennial, 11/23/18). Kay of course has for many years been a redoubtable champion of equal parenting, so, when the Canadian Parliament once again simply punts the issue, she’s right to…

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Murderers, Rapists, and Terrorists have More Rights to Due Process of the Law than Parents Accused of Child Abuse

Murderers, Rapists, and Terrorists have More Rights to Due Process of the Law than Parents Accused of Child Abuse

Commentary by Terri LaPoint Health Impact News It is clear that the effort to protect children from abuse has resulted in many non-abused children being taken away from innocent parents by Child Protective Services. Less than 16% of children are taken from their families for allegations of any kind of abuse (Source), and only 17% of allegations against parents are even substantiated (Source). In the name of protecting some children, many more children are traumatized and abused by the very system…

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So Much for Which to Be Thankful

So Much for Which to Be Thankful

November 24, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization  Two days after the fact, I thought I’d take time to mention a few of the things for which we have to be thankful.  By “we” of course I mean the movement for family court reform.  ‘Tis the season, after all, and, since we have so much for which to be thankful, it would seem to be inappropriate to let it go by without a low…

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AZ: No Data on Emergency Hearings in Child Protection Cases

AZ: No Data on Emergency Hearings in Child Protection Cases

Linda Valdez is on to something (Arizona Republic, 11/19/18).  Arizona’s child protective agency, the Department of Child Safety seems to be hoping no one will notice a particular bit of information.  More specifically, it hopes We the People won’t notice that an important bit of information is missing from the reams of data DCS routinely maintains. The state’s legislature requires that DCS go to court and get a judge’s order before it removes a child from its parents.  That of course is…

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History of Shaken Baby Theories Exposed: How an Elite Group of Pediatric Radiologists Started Medical Kidnapping in the 1940s

History of Shaken Baby Theories Exposed: How an Elite Group of Pediatric Radiologists Started Medical Kidnapping in the 1940s

Dr. John Patrick Caffey was born in Utah in 1895, the year that Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen accidentally discovered the x-ray, which was originally known as the “roentgen ray.” The impact of Dr. John Caffey on medical kidnappings of today cannot be underestimated. Photo source. By Health Impact News/Medicalkidnap.com Staff “The bones tell the story,” or so the saying goes. But do they tell the full story? The discovery of the x-ray in 1895 gave rise to a group of doctors who claimed to…

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Another Side of Adoption

Another Side of Adoption

November 19, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization This continues my response to the National Review article on adoption that I began yesterday (National Review, 11/17/18).  November is National Adoption Month, hence the NR piece. As I said yesterday, all 14 contributors to the article enthusiastically promote adoption and for the best of reasons.  Many, many children worldwide don’t have parents or close relatives to care for them.  They desperately need good, loving homes and only…

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