Thursday, April 13, 2017
The Kentucky legislature quietly voted to add "in the year of our Lord" to all their resolutions.
I think this is a bad idea.
Don't get me wrong - I am a church elder.
The state is not like any other institution. It should not be run "like a business" or "like your household" or "like a church." Those are all private institutions, which can have their own private rules. But the government has a mission to serve everyone, not just the majority.
I wish we had more government officials who understood that the government serves all the people, not just the people like them. The state has to be religiously neutral for the good of the church, as well as to do justice to all the citizens who are not Christian.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Colorado is leading the way in providing long-acting reversible contraceptives - LARCs - to teenagers. These include intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implanted contraceptives, such as Norplant. The state covers the high upfront cost.
The results have been dramatic - a 40% reduction in teen pregnancy, and a 35% reduction in abortions.
The Colorado plan builds on earlier experiments in St. Louis and statewide trials in Iowa. Colorado added a "no wrong door" approach, to try to reach teens anywhere and everywhere they might be open to talking about birth and birth control. In addition to the LARCs, this approach included comprehensive sex education.
I believe LARCs have the possibility of breaking down the polarization about sex and abortion. Reducing teen pregnancy and reducing the demand for abortion is a cause we can all get behind.