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    Ep 876 | How LGBTQ Activists Are Redefining Infertility | Guest: Katy Faust (Part One)

    enSeptember 20, 2023

    Podcast Summary

    • Redefining Infertility and Family Structures: Implications and ControversiesCalifornia's push to redefine infertility for same-sex couples could lead to insurance coverage for surrogacy and other assisted reproductive methods, but raises questions about the needs of the child, ethics of redefining parenthood, and potential problems within surrogacy and third-party donation.

      The debate surrounding reproductive technologies and family structures is a complex and controversial issue with far-reaching implications. California and other blue states are pushing to redefine infertility to include same-sex couples, which could lead to insurance coverage for surrogacy and other assisted reproductive methods. However, this raises questions about the needs of the child, the ethics of redefining parenthood, marriage, and fertility, and the potential problems within surrogacy and third-party egg and sperm donation. Katie Faust, founder and director of Them Before Us, a global movement defending children's right to their mother and father, argues that the right has been late to acknowledge the victimization of children by fertility industries and the push for equality, which includes redefining infertility and family structures, is the next frontier in the family redefinition train. This conversation will delve into pressing questions about IVF, surrogacy, embryo adoption, and adoption in general in a two-part discussion.

    • Redefining infertility for equalityLawmakers propose bills to redefine infertility as a relational status, allowing same-sex couples and singles access to infertility treatments and insurance coverage, challenging the traditional definition of infertility as unprotected heterosexual sex for 12 months.

      Lawmakers in various states are proposing bills to redefine infertility as a relational status rather than a medical one, allowing same-sex couples and single adults to access infertility treatments and insurance coverage. This shift aims to promote equality and challenge the traditional definition of infertility as unprotected heterosexual sex for 12 months leading to no pregnancy or live birth. The rationale is that same-sex couples cannot biologically produce a child and, therefore, the law should provide them with the same opportunities to create a child in a laboratory. This redefinition of infertility could lead to increased access to infertility treatments and insurance coverage for a broader range of individuals. However, it also raises questions about the potential consequences, such as increased healthcare costs and potential ethical dilemmas. It's essential to consider both sides of the argument and the potential implications of such a change in definition.

    • California bill's potential impact on IVF and childrenThe California bill promoting IVF equality for same-sex couples and singles could lead to more frozen embryos, commodification of children, and potential risks for their wellbeing.

      The California bill, which aims to provide equal insurance coverage for IVF treatments for same-sex couples and single adults, could have significant repercussions. From a pro-life perspective, it could lead to an increase in the number of frozen embryos, contributing to the commodification of children and denying them access to one of their biological parents. This matters because the biological parent is the one who grants children access to their identity and is statistically the most connected, invested, and protective figure in their lives. By incentivizing and paying for children to be raised by unrelated adults, the bill could potentially increase the risk of abuse and neglect. It's important to consider these potential consequences in the name of equality.

    • Overlooking children's rights and well-beingIt's crucial to recognize children as victims in various situations and prioritize their needs in policies and debates to ensure their best interests are protected.

      The focus on equality and nondiscrimination in various policies and debates often overlooks the rights and well-being of children. Instead of centering the conversation on the real victims, we risk sacrificing children's needs for the desires of adults. Misidentifying victims is a common issue, as seen in the pro-life movement where women with unplanned pregnancies are often considered the primary victims. However, it is essential to recognize that the child is the victim in various situations, such as IVF, surrogacy, or third-party reproduction. By properly identifying the victims and prioritizing their needs, we can ensure that policies and debates truly promote the best interests of all involved, particularly the children.

    • Children's rights and wellbeing matterPutting children first in policy ensures a 'seamless garment' approach to family, infertility, and marriage issues. Prepare for medical emergencies and access necessary medications to bring peace of mind.

      The focus on adult liberation often overlooks the rights and wellbeing of children. The speaker emphasizes the importance of putting children first in matters of policy, even if adults are suffering or yearning for certain outcomes. This perspective offers clarity and a "seamless garment" approach to various issues related to family, infertility, and marriage. Additionally, the speaker highlights the importance of being prepared for medical emergencies and accessing necessary medications through services like Jace Medical. This proactive measure can bring peace of mind and ensure that families have the necessary resources during uncertain times. When addressing the pro-life audience, the speaker acknowledges the nuances of their perspective and the desire for children, but emphasizes the importance of not violating children's rights to life and their right to a mother and father. The speaker encourages empathy and understanding, while maintaining a focus on justice for children.

    • Navigating Ethical Implications of IVF for ChristiansChristians must consider ethical implications of IVF, protect children's lives, and resist industry's business model of creating and discarding excess embryos.

      While individuals and couples may strongly desire to use reproductive technologies like IVF to have children, it's crucial for Christians to consider the ethical implications and ensure these methods don't violate the rights of children or their parents. Protecting children's lives is a non-negotiable mandate. However, it's not an easy path for those dealing with infertility, as their longing to be parents can be overwhelming. Yet, they must not transfer their loss and longing onto the child. There are ways to use IVF ethically, but it often means going against the industry's business model, which relies on creating multiple embryos and discarding or freezing excess ones. After the Dobbs decision, fertility clinics in red states were alarmed, as they might no longer be able to dispose of embryonic life, which could impact their business model. It's essential to navigate these complex issues with sensitivity, respecting both the desire for parenthood and the importance of protecting life.

    • The Child's Perspective in IVF and SurrogacyThe fertility industry results in more embryonic lives being ended than abortions. From the child's perspective, their birth mother holds significant emotional significance, and separating them can lead to mourning.

      The fertility industry, specifically IVF and surrogacy, results in more embryonic lives being terminated than the abortion industry. This discussion emphasizes the importance of considering the perspective of the child in these situations. For instance, when a celebrity like Khloe Kardashian uses a surrogate, they may struggle to bond due to the lack of a physical connection during pregnancy. However, from the child's perspective, their birth mother is their only known relationship. Taking the child away from this relationship can result in mourning. Similarly, Chrissy Teigen's attachment to her surrogate-born child demonstrates the emotional bond that can form even before birth. The act of intentionally severing this relationship for the sake of adults' desires is a reversal of the Christian worldview, which emphasizes adults sacrificing for the benefit of children.

    • Aligning finances with values brings peace and advances causesBy aligning investments with values, we can make a difference, advance causes, and bring peace of mind.

      Aligning our financial decisions with our values can bring peace of mind and advance causes we believe in. The Bible emphasizes the importance of wise spending, and partnering with like-minded organizations, like Constitution Wealth, can help ensure our dollars support godly principles. The speaker's personal experience with her child's birth highlights the emotional impact of separation and the importance of being present, which can also be applied to our financial decisions. By aligning our investments with our values, we can make a difference and move towards a shared goal, ultimately advancing God's kingdom and American principles.

    • Adoption and reproductive technologies: Who bears the pain?Adoption and reproductive technologies impact children differently, with adoption focusing on healing the child's loss, while reproductive technologies inflict new losses on them.

      The experiences and challenges faced by children in adoption and other reproductive processes are not to be minimized. The term "primal wound" refers to the pain and loss felt by adopted children at birth, when they were separated from their mothers. While adoption is a response to children who have lost their parents and is generally centered around their well-being, the children are still experiencing a significant loss. On the other hand, in reproductive technologies such as surrogacy, sperm donation, and egg donation, the children are the ones who are losing their lives, their mothers, and their relationships with their birth mothers, all for the sake of adults' desires. Therefore, it's crucial to consider who is doing the hard thing in each situation. In adoption, adults are seeking to mend the wound, while in reproductive technologies, adults are inflicting it. Ultimately, the focus should be on prioritizing the needs and experiences of children in all family-building processes.

    • Adoption vs Surrogacy: Different Purposes and Ethical ImplicationsAdoption addresses broken situations, while surrogacy can create new ones. Ethical concerns include high attrition rate, potential health risks, and impact on child's development from lab conception.

      While adoption and surrogacy serve different purposes, adoption redeems existing broken situations, whereas surrogacy can create new ones. The ethical implications of creating life through IVF, including the high attrition rate and potential health risks, should be carefully considered. Even if no rights are violated, the impact on the child's development and wellbeing from being conceived in a laboratory instead of naturally should not be overlooked. As we continue this conversation, we will discuss policy implications and the Christian stance on reproductive technology. Stay tuned for more insights.

    • Exploring sensitive topics truthfully and with loveCommit to addressing sensitive topics truthfully and with empathy, understanding, and a willingness to listen and learn from one another.

      During the discussion, it was acknowledged that the topic being explored is sensitive and understandably so. The speakers promised to address it truthfully and with love. Specifically, they mentioned that they would delve deeper into the topic the following day. The importance of handling this topic with care and respect was emphasized. It's crucial to remember that everyone's perspective and experiences are valid, and open and honest communication is essential. The speakers' commitment to addressing the topic truthfully and with love sets the stage for a productive and respectful conversation. It's important to approach sensitive topics with empathy, understanding, and a willingness to listen and learn from one another. We'll continue to explore this topic in the next session, and in the meantime, let's remember to be kind and compassionate towards each other.

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    Today, we discuss Rosaria Butterfield's recent critique of seminaries that are pushing questionable LGBTQ curriculum and Dennis Prager's comments on lust and masturbation. What is the correct response to same-sex-attracted Christians? And is masturbation a sin? Plus, is it controversial to always let your husband drive? We weigh in on the "passenger princess" trend. Get your tickets for Share the Arrows: https://www.sharethearrows.com/ --- Timecodes: (01:48) Introduction to Rosaria Butterfield (03:43) Rosaria rebukes dissertation (08:00) Nate Collins’ history with  (16:50) What is Revoice? (27:21) Dennis Prager's comments on lust and masturbation (43:12) "Passenger Princess" trend --- Today's Sponsors: My Patriot Supply — prepare yourself for anything with long-term emergency food storage. Get your new, lower-price Emergency Food Kit at PrepareWithAllie.com. EveryLife — the only premium baby brand that is unapologetically pro-life. EveryLife offers high-performing, supremely soft diapers and wipes that protect and celebrate every precious life. Head to EveryLife.com and use promo code ALLIE10 to get 10% of your first order today! Freedom Project Academy — Take back your child’s education at Freedom Project Academy. Right now, save 10% on tuition when you enroll at Freedom For School dot com, that’s Freedom F-O-R School dot com. American Christian Credit Union — America’s Christian Credit Union is Federally Insured by the National Credit Union Administration. Find America’s Christian Credit Union online at AmericasChristianCU.com/SWITCH --- Relevant Episodes: Ep 1017 | Dr. Tony Evans Steps Down Over Secret Sin https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ep-1017-dr-tony-evans-steps-down-over-secret-sin/id1359249098?i=1000658686225 Ep 960 | Unraveling Cru’s Troubling LGBTQ Curriculum https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ep-960-unraveling-crus-troubling-lgbtq-curriculum/id1359249098?i=1000647583878 Ep 782 | 'Pronoun Hospitality' Is Sin: Rosaria Butterfield’s Confession https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ep-782-pronoun-hospitality-is-sin-rosaria-butterfields/id1359249098?i=1000607404995 Ep 796 | Former Lesbian Activist Calls “Soft” Christians to Repentance | Guest: Rosaria Butterfield https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ep-796-former-lesbian-activist-calls-soft-christians/id1359249098?i=1000610921016 Ep 1026 | The Secret to Preventing Cancer | Guest: Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ep-1026-the-secret-to-preventing-cancer-guest-dr/id1359249098?i=1000660354483 Ep 859 | Why You Can't Be a Gay Christian | Guest: Dr. Christopher Yuan https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ep-859-why-you-cant-be-a-gay-christian-guest-dr/id1359249098?i=1000625169321 Ep 14 | Holy Sexuality with Dr. Christopher Yuan https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/relatable-with-allie-beth-stuckey/id1359249098?i=1000413686629 Ep 582 | How to Share the Gospel with LGBTQ People | Guest: Becket Cook https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ep-582-how-to-share-the-gospel-with-lgbtq-people/id1359249098?i=1000554125181 --- Buy Allie's book, You're Not Enough (& That's Okay): Escaping the Toxic Culture of Self-Love: https://alliebethstuckey.com/book Relatable merchandise – use promo code 'ALLIE10' for a discount: https://shop.blazemedia.com/collections/allie-stuckey Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Ep 1026 | The Secret to Preventing Cancer | Guest: Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy

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    Today, we sit down with Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy, world-renowned medical doctor, leading functional integrative physician, and medical director of Cancer Center for Healing and Center for New Medicine. She uses conventional, homeopathic, Eastern, and modern medicine to address the root cause of medical maladies, including autoimmune disorders and cancer. What are some issues with conventional medicine and prescription drugs? Is it possible to heal cancer naturally? What steps can help prevent cancer? And why is colorectal cancer increasing among young people? Dr. Connealy answers all that and more on how to preserve your health. Get your tickets for Share the Arrows: https://www.sharethearrows.com/ --- Timecodes: (01:07) Dr Connealy's story (16:49) Problems with conventional medicine (22:22) How to lose weight  (32:10) Postpartum weight loss (35:44) Importance of sleep (39:07) Healing & preventing cancer (54:07) Body positivity movement (57:10) Colorectal cancer in young people (1:01:08) Hippocratic oath in medicine (1:05:38) How to find a good doctor --- Today's Sponsors: Seven Weeks Coffee — try Seven Weeks Coffee today at SevenWeeksCoffee.com and use the promo code: ALLIE to save 10% off your order. Covenant Eyes — protect you and your family from the things you shouldn't be looking at online. Go to coveyes.com/ALLIE to try it FREE for 30 days! Carly Jean Los Angeles — use promo code ALLIE50 for $50 off your order of $100+ at carlyjeanlosangeles.com. Birch Gold — protect your future with gold. Text 'ALLIE' to 989898 for a free, zero-obligation info kit on diversifying and protecting your savings with gold. --- Relevant Episodes: Ep 926 | The Secret Reason Doctors Push Cancer Drugs | Guest: Suzy Griswold https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ep-926-the-secret-reason-doctors-push-cancer-drugs/id1359249098?i=1000640353494 Ep 971 | Question Your Doctor, Save Your Life | Guest: Dr. Casey Means https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ep-971-doctors-are-paid-to-keep-us-sick-guest-dr-casey-means/id1359249098?i=1000649903503 Ep 693 | The Disturbing Truth About Breast Cancer Awareness Month | Guest: Chris Wark (Chris Beat Cancer) https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ep-693-the-disturbing-truth-about-breast-cancer/id1359249098?i=1000583065318 --- Buy Allie's book, You're Not Enough (& That's Okay): Escaping the Toxic Culture of Self-Love: https://alliebethstuckey.com/book Relatable merchandise – use promo code 'ALLIE10' for a discount: https://shop.blazemedia.com/collections/allie-stuckey Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Ep 1025 | Chrissy Teigen Cries Tears of Joy Over Abortion

    Ep 1025 | Chrissy Teigen Cries Tears of Joy Over Abortion
    Today, we discuss Chrissy Teigen and Kamala Harris' recent comments on abortion. A few years ago, Teigen announced she had a miscarriage. After the reversal of Roe vs. Wade, she announced this miscarriage was actually an abortion, causing confusion. The Biden/Harris campaign also recently put out an ad that features a woman who claims she was denied miscarriage treatment due to the Dobbs decision. Is this true? What is the difference between a miscarriage and an abortion, and why do abortion activists often conflate the two? And what actually happens during an abortion? We also share an encouraging moment from a group of Nigerian Christians after tragedy. Get your tickets for Share the Arrows: https://www.sharethearrows.com/ --- Timecodes: (00:40) Nigerian Christians praise Jesus (09:24) Chrissy Teigen’s new abortion comments (25:25) Obstacles post-abortion (30:21) What happens during an abortion (41:55) White House conflates miscarriage & abortion (46:48) Confusion about abortion laws (48:17) Abortion in elections (52:16) Sign up for BlazeTV & Share the Arrows --- Today's Sponsors: We Heart Nutrition — nourish your body with research-backed ingredients in your vitamins at WeHeartNutrition.com and use promo code ALLIE for 20% off. Pre-Born — will you help rescue babies' lives? Donate by calling #250 & say keyword 'BABY' or go to Preborn.com/ALLIE. Jase Medical — get up to a year’s worth of many of your prescription medications delivered in advance. Go to JaseMedical.com today and use promo code “ALLIE". BlazeTV- Subscribe to BlazeTV to get uncensored news and exclusive content. Use code ALLIE at https://BlazeTV.com for $20 off. --- Relevant Episodes: Ep 762 | No, Jessa Duggar Seewald Did Not Have an Abortion https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ep-762-no-jessa-duggar-seewald-did-not-get-an-abortion/id1359249098?i=1000602182351 Ep 682 | My Response to Chrissy Teigen & The Truth About “Little Demon” | Guest: Hilary Kennedy https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ep-682-my-response-to-chrissy-teagen-the-truth-about/id1359249098?i=1000580226252 Ep 831 | Chrissy Teigen’s Surrogacy Announcement & No More Affirmative Action | Guest: Steve Deace https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ep-831-chrissy-teigens-surrogacy-announcement-no-more/id1359249098?i=1000618787746 --- Buy Allie's book, You're Not Enough (& That's Okay): Escaping the Toxic Culture of Self-Love: https://alliebethstuckey.com/book Relatable merchandise – use promo code 'ALLIE10' for a discount: https://shop.blazemedia.com/collections/allie-stuckey Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Ep 1024 | First Presidential Debate, 10 Commandments in Schools

    Ep 1024 | First Presidential Debate, 10 Commandments in Schools
    Today, we discuss the upcoming debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump. What does Trump need to do to come out on top? Plus, RFK Jr. claims Trump and Biden are colluding with CNN to keep him off the debate stage. In other news, Louisiana is the first state to require the Ten Commandments to be displayed in classrooms. Does this violate "separation of church and state"? And is it an example of "Christian Nationalism"? Get your tickets for Share the Arrows: https://www.sharethearrows.com/ --- Timecodes: (00:45) Introduction (12:35) Questionable debate coverage (20:00) RFK Jr. not allowed in debate (30:15) Relatable at Home (32:30) Louisiana requires 10 Commandments in classrooms (44:59) Legal precedent (47:25) Opposition responses (52:16) Is this 'Christian nationalism'? (01:01:03) Andrew Walker & The Babylon Bee weigh in --- Today's Sponsors: Good Ranchers — Change the way you buy meat today at GoodRanchers.com with code ALLIE to claim your $100 off and free smoked brats for a year.  Get free shipping on all your orders and make this Independence Day one to remember.  Jase Medical — get up to a year’s worth of many of your prescription medications delivered in advance. Go to JaseMedical.com today and use promo code “ALLIE". A’del — try A'del's hand-crafted, artisan, small-batch cosmetics and use promo code ALLIE 25% off your first time purchase at AdelNaturalCosmetics.com. Cozy Earth - go to COZYEARTH.COM/RELATABLE to enjoy 30% off using the code RELATABLE. --- Relevant Episodes: Ep 1008 | Dr. John MacArthur on Preparing Our Kids for Battle https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ep-1008-dr-john-macarthur-on-preparing-our-kids-for-battle/id1359249098?i=1000656550362 Ep 1023 | Pride Pullback: Are Companies Backing Down? https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ep-1023-pride-pullback-are-companies-backing-down/id1359249098?i=1000659673322 Ep 1001 | Christian Bridal Designer vs. LGBTQ Mafia | Guest: Dominique Galbraith https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ep-1001-christian-bridal-designer-vs-lgbtq-mafia-guest/id1359249098?i=1000655460794 Ep 922 | The Very Scary Rise of Christofascism https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ep-922-the-very-scary-rise-of-christofascism/id1359249098?i=1000638483605 Ep 13 | Two Gay Men + A Christian Baker Walk into a Courtroom https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/relatable-with-allie-beth-stuckey/id1359249098?i=1000413171727 --- Buy Allie's book, You're Not Enough (& That's Okay): Escaping the Toxic Culture of Self-Love: https://alliebethstuckey.com/book Relatable merchandise – use promo code 'ALLIE10' for a discount: https://shop.blazemedia.com/collections/allie-stuckey Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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