While the festivities were in high gear and the president was using his gaily colored flood lights to festoon the White House, the president of the American College of Pediatrics wasn’t giving SCOTUS a high five over its hip new stance on marriage.
In a statement, Dr. Michelle Cretella, said [T]his is a tragic day for America’s children. The SCOTUS has just undermined the single greatest pro-child institution in the history of mankind: the natural family. Just as it did in the joint Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton decisions, the SCOTUS has elevated and enshrined the wants of adults over the needs of children.”
As Breitbart reports, the College, which has members in 44 states and in several countries outside the U.S., joined in an amici brief in Obergefell v. Hodges, the case that has led to the legalization of same-sex marriage in all 50 states of the nation.
In the brief, the amici stated what is often the case when sound research is ignored by the left, when it fails to support their causes:
Despite being certified by almost all major social science scholarly associations—indeed, in part because of this—the alleged scientific consensus that having two parents of the same sex has no effect on child well-being is almost wholly without basis. All but a handful of the studies cited in support draw on small, non-random samples which cannot be extrapolated to the same-sex population at large. This limitation is repeatedly acknowledged in scientific meetings and journals, but ignored when asserted as settled findings in public or judicial advocacy.
The College itself has maintained that a significant body of research has demonstrated that “same-sex marriage deliberately deprives the child of a mother or a father, and is therefore harmful.”
I’m really not sure what Dr. Cretella thought was going to happen. In a country where , according to the CDC, 730,322 legal induced abortions were reported in 2011, it’s pretty obvious that quite a few people don’t care about the family environment that a child grows up in-because they don’t even care if the child grows up, period.
Approximately one week ago a judge in Kansas blocked a newly-passed law that would have effectively banned the majority of second-trimester abortions performed in the state. This was touted as a “win” for “reproductive health care rights” activists. The first-in-the-nation law would have banned a process that abortion rights opponents call “dismemberment abortion” and that reproductive health advocates call dilation and evacuation. D&E is the most commonly used procedure in the second trimester.
If judges think it’s ok to butcher a baby and call it “evacuation,” it’s easy to see how they won’t think it’s a problem for children to grow up in an unconventional family home. But, as Dr. Cretella notes, this is the result of the “it’s all about me” mentality.
[NOTE: This article was written by Ashley Edwardson]