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  • WebMemo posted August 2, 2011 by Chuck Donovan HHS’s New Health Guidelines Trample on Conscience

    The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) new preventive services guidelines are a disaster for freedom of conscience and a fresh illustration of the political hammerlock “reproductive rights” organizations have on the Obama Administration. Forcing private insurance plans to pay for morally controversial offerings such as contraception, sterilization, and…

  • Commentary posted August 2, 2011 by Chuck Donovan Bend the Baby Curve Like Beckham

    On most days, people around the world admire the footprints of David Beckham. The super-talented British soccer star’s maneuvers around and over flummoxed defenders populate many a YouTube video. But for several years, Beckham and his family have been the targets of what the British charmingly call “campaigners” on global warming. These critics charge that the…

  • Commentary posted August 2, 2011 by Chuck Donovan Liberal Overpopulation Alarmists are Exactly Wrong

    People around the world admire the footprints of David Beckham. The super-talented British soccer star's maneuvers around and over flummoxed defenders populate many a YouTube video. But for years, Beckham and his family have been targeted by what the British charmingly call "campaigners" against global warming. They charge that the globe-traveling Beckhams' carbon…

  • Commentary posted July 5, 2011 by Chuck Donovan Game on, Not Over, for Parents

    The Supreme Court dismayed parents across California's ban on sales of ultra-violent video games to minors. Many hail the 7-2 ruling as a victory for free speech and the First Amendment. But it's also one more message to parents that they must fend for their own families in an increasingly rudderless culture. Legal scholars are sifting through the opinions and…

  • Commentary posted June 30, 2011 by Chuck Donovan A "Marshall Plan." Is that a little overly dramatic?

    No and yes.The problem of family disintegration is approaching that scale. The nation’s out-of-wedlock birth rate is more than 50 percent higher for all women of childbearing age than it was for the black American subset that so troubled the late Pat Moynihan when he wrote his study for the Labor Department in the 1960s. The poverty rate for children born to single…

  • WebMemo posted June 28, 2011 by Chuck Donovan Five Impacts of the New York Same-Sex Marriage Vote

    The New York legislature’s June 24 vote to redefine the family and recognize homosexual marriage will have a number of short-term and long-term impacts within and well beyond the Empire State.[1] The vote does not signal an end to the now two-decade fight over the meaning of marriage. A new phase—not an endgame—has begun. Here are five key impacts whose full import will…

  • Commentary posted June 18, 2011 by Chuck Donovan Remembering Monroe

    His nickname was Monroe. According to my cousin Joe King, the reason was that he could recite the Monroe Doctrine from memory. That feat certainly is worthy of a nickname. At just shy of a thousand words, the Monroe Doctrine — enunciated by Pres. James Monroe in his 1823 State of the Union address — is a mouthful. Monroe’s real name was James Ryan Donovan. He…

  • Commentary posted June 12, 2011 by Chuck Donovan State Forces Church to Choose

    Our nation’s simmering conscience wars have claimed another victim: the Catholic Diocese of Rockford, Ill. Once again, the conflict centered on the legal redefinition of marriage and family. But at a deeper level, what’s at stake is the future of moral and religious liberty. Previous clashes have yielded similar results. In 2006, for example, Catholic Charities in…

  • Commentary posted June 10, 2011 by Chuck Donovan A Marshall Plan for Marriage: Rebuilding Our Shattered Homes

    Marriage and family are declining in America, following a trend well established in Europe. This breakdown of the American family has dire implications for American society and the U.S. economy. Halting and reversing the sustained trends of nearly four decades will not happen by accident. The federal, state, and local governments need to eliminate marriage penalties…

  • Backgrounder posted June 7, 2011 by Chuck Donovan A Marshall Plan for Marriage: Rebuilding Our Shattered Homes

    Abstract: Marriage and family are declining in America, following a trend well established in Europe. This breakdown of the American family has dire implications for American society and the U.S. economy. Halting and reversing the sustained trends of nearly four decades will not happen by accident. The federal, state, and local governments need to eliminate marriage…

  • Commentary posted May 20, 2011 by Chuck Donovan ‘New Normal’ on Questions of Life

    The sight of Planned Parenthood’s top official turning on the charm in Austin, Texas, says everything about one of the year’s most extraordinary developments. Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood and daughter of the late Gov. Ann Richards, was in town to lobby Texas legislators to preserve the group’s access to state money. When you’re defending…

  • WebMemo posted May 6, 2011 by Chuck Donovan Winning DOMA on the Merits of Marriage

    If Olympic medals were handed out for hubris, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a gay activist group, would be the clear favorite for the gold. Its ruthless effort to deprive the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) a top-notch defense in federal court has collapsed at the starting block. But this effort highlights the fact that the fight for traditional marriage is a fight for…

  • Commentary posted May 5, 2011 by Chuck Donovan Day of Prayer Timely After Day in Court

    This year our National Day of Prayer is particularly well timed, since it will dawn four days after a heroic team of Navy SEALs rid the world of master terrorist Osama bin Laden. As it turns out, the White House issued President Barack Obama’s official proclamation of Thursday, May 5, as a National Day of Prayer only hours before he set in motion that successful…

  • Commentary posted April 23, 2011 by Chuck Donovan In Church or Out, People Are Not Particles

    God is not dead. But he might just be sick with worry about us. If a team of respected scientific researchers is right, religious belief is headed for extinction in at least nine nations. This projection, somber to some and soothing to others, got a lot of play during the recent annual meeting in Dallas of the American Physical Society. First reported by the BBC,…

  • Testimony posted April 20, 2011 by Chuck Donovan The Defense of Marriage Act: A Measure for Children and Families

    Testimony before Subcommittee on the Constitution Committee on the Judiciary United States House of Representatives   April 15, 2011 My name is Charles Donovan. I am Senior Research Fellow at The Heritage Foundation. The views I express in this testimony are my own and should not be construed as representing any official position…