Aid shortfalls are driving desperate Syrians back home
(WNS) – Desperate conditions and cuts to humanitarian aid helped drive many Middle Eastern refugees into Europe in recent months. But a new scarcity of aid is now prompting some Syrians to return to their war-torn country. Even as thousands of refugees attempted to make their way to European nations, thousands more turned back to Syria from places like Jordan after UN agencies cut back on international aid.
India no longer requires two-parent homes for adopted children
(WNS) – India’s domestic adoption policy is getting an update, but not everyone is happy about it. Contention swirls around the amendment, passed this summer, which states that “any prospective adoptive parent, irrespective of his marital status and whether or not he has his own biological son or daughter, can adopt a child.” In mid-October, Missionaries of Charity, the Roman Catholic order founded by Mother Teresa, announced its decision to cease all adoptions through its group. The Times of India reports the nuns are seeking de-recognition for 13 of their 16 orphanages across the nation. The nuns believe in the value of a traditional, two-parent home and say the government’s adoption amendment defies their Christian beliefs: “We have already shut down our adoption services because we believe our children may not receive real love,” said Sister Amala, who works at a Missionaries of Charity orphanage in New Delhi. “We do not wish to give children to single parents or divorced people,” she added. “It is not a religious rule but a human rule.”
Irish Pro-Abortion Movement Loses Momentum After City Vote
(WNS)–The City and County Council of Limerick, Ireland, on Sept. 28 rejected a proposal calling for a referendum to repeal the country’s constitutional right-to-life provision. The 23-12 vote slows an effort led by the Anti-Austerity Alliance and other pro-abortion groups to gather support for a referendum on Ireland’s Eighth Amendment. Limerick County is the eighth most populous county in the Republic of Ireland.