What a year 2019 has been.
We began the year watching several state legislatures try (and in some cases succeed) to pass laws allowing late-term abortions. We heard the heart-wrenching testimonies of many affected by the transgender movement—including those who struggle with their gender identity, female athletes who have been forced to compete against males, and parents struggling to help their children with gender dysphoria.
But the events of 2019 haven’t been all bad news. In the past several months we have witnessed huge victories for free speech. This includes a win at the Arizona Supreme Court for Brush and Nib Studio and a win at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit for Telescope Media Group.
Here is a look back at the five most-read blogs of 2019.
5. A School Referred to This Dad’s Daughter as a Boy for Months…Without Telling Him
How would you feel if your school-aged child made a life-altering decision without your input and even without your knowledge? Jay Keck felt helpless.
Jay’s daughter is on the autistic spectrum. She has difficulty making friends and uses a personalized education program for students with learning disabilities. Jay and his wife did everything they could to help her do well in school and to build a solid relationship with their daughter’s teachers.
That relationship went south one day in April of 2016. That’s when Jay’s daughter—who was then 14-years old—told her parents that she believed she was a boy trapped in the “wrong body.” But the real bombshell was yet to come.
4. A Court Has Rejected This Planned Parenthood Talking Point as Completely False
In 2015, David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress released undercover videos of Planned Parenthood executives and doctors admitting to breaking laws and violating medical ethics in order to profit from selling aborted baby parts.
In the aftermath, Planned Parenthood repeatedly claimed that the videos were deceptively edited to make Planned Parenthood look bad.
But on January 17, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit rejected Planned Parenthood’s argument that the undercover videos could not be relied upon by Texas to defund Planned Parenthood.
Turns out Planned Parenthood only has itself to thank for that.
3. Can Unelected Officials Rewrite Federal Law? This Supreme Court Case Will Tell Us
In October of 2019, Alliance Defending Freedom argued Tom Rost’s case in front of the United States Supreme Court.
Tom is the owner of R.G. & G. R. Harris Funeral Homes in Michigan—a business that has been in his family for over 100 years.
Day in and day out, he gets to be there for people who are going through one of the most difficult situations in their life – the loss of a loved one. Tom wants to make sure that he gets everything exactly right for them. He and his staff meticulously plan every detail so that the families and friends they serve can focus on the grieving process.
Tom never imagined that running his business and caring for others would land him at the nation’s highest court.
2. While America Watches in Horror, More State Legislators Try to Pass Extreme Abortion Laws
When the New York Senate chamber erupted in cheers after passing a law that expands the availability of late-term abortions, a Texas Catholic bishop described it as a “scene from Hell.” Weeks later, Virginia House of Delegates member Kathy Tran (D-Fairfax) introduced a bill that would allow abortion through the 40th week of pregnancy.
ADF Senior Web Writer, Marissa Mayer, shares a personal reflection on seeing her son’s ultrasound while watching state legislatures try to pass extreme abortion laws that will cost the lives of children at the same point of development.
1. Make Your Voice Heard: Men Don’t Belong in Women’s Sports
Male athletes are dominating women’s high school track and field events in Connecticut.
Yes. You heard that right.
Two high school male athletes who identify as female have won 15 women’s track championship titles that were once held by nine different girls in the state of Connecticut. Female athletes are being denied athletic opportunities, dreams of competing at the next level, and even potential scholarships.
Thankfully, female athletes like Selina Soule and Alanna Smith are taking a public stand against the harmful policies that are allowing this to happen.