Same-sex parenting

Earlier this month Katy Faust, a blogger raised by same-sex parents, wrote an open letter to Justice Kennedy, a traditional swing vote in the Supreme Court. In the letter, which has been shared more than 270,000 times, she argues that same-sex marriage presents inherent disadvantages to children. Because same-sex partners cannot have children in a conventional fashion, the institutionalization of same-sex marriage would “guarantee” that a child would be denied a “natural right” to be raised by his or her biological parents, “whether by adoption, divorce or third-party reproduction.” While Faust concedes that LGBTQ individuals should receive all of the … Continue reading Same-sex parenting

Vaccines and the fear of autism

A young mother named Emma* took her twin sons Jacob and Danny for their regular checkup and to get their shots. Shortly after, Jacob broke out with a high temperature and a rash. His developmental progress slowed, and, less than a year later, he was diagnosed with autism. This diagnosis seemed to come out of nowhere, since no one else in their extended family had been diagnosed before. For some parents, there would be only one logical explanation for the diagnosis: it was caused by vaccines. This was not the case with Jacob. Parents naturally fear for their kids. They … Continue reading Vaccines and the fear of autism