Deprived of Breastfeeding in Infancy, Vulnerable to Severe Depression in Adulthood

Though pediatricians and public-health officials have fought to increase the practice of breastfeeding, their efforts have often proven fruitless in a world of out-of-wedlock childbirths and out-of-home maternal employ­ment. And unfortunately, evidence continues to mount that children deprived of breastfeeding in infancy pay a price later on. The latest evi­dence comes from a study in […]

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A Bad Gut Feeling about Fatherlessness

Among the indicators of good infant health, one that receives relatively little attention is the presence in the neonatal gut of the right kinds of bacteria. A number of factors can affect the makeup of the microbes liv­ing in a baby’s gut, but a new study identifies family structure as a predic­tor of the relative […]

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The Contraceptive Mindset Invades the Gambia

As champions of the feminist cause, progressives tirelessly insist that they want to expand the range of choices open to women around the globe. But a new study out of the Gambia in West Africa manifests more than a little progressive discomfort with one kind of female choice: that of bear­ing and rearing a large […]

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Message from Malachi

The Turning: Why the State of the Family Matters, and What the World Can Do About It Richard and Linda Eyre Familius, 2014; 339 pages, $18.95 Sociologists, political scientists, ethical philosophers, demographers, psychologists, public-policy experts—these are the credentialed authori­ties loudly proffering their services as guides to a world confused about family life in the twenty-first […]

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Out of the Shadows: Family Life and Policy Making in Early Twentieth-Century Europe

Family Politics: Domestic Life, Devastation and Survival, 1900-1950 Paul Ginsborg Yale University Press, 2014; 444 pages, $35.00 Narratives of modern Europe, argues history professor Paul Ginsborg of the University of Florence, have commonly left families “off stage,” “hidden from history.” In Family Politics, he seeks to insert the story of the European family during the […]

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La Manif Pour Tous:

An Interview with Ludovine de La Rochère Ludovine de La Rochère is President of La Manif Pour Tous, the French organization which has spearheaded some of the most remarkable and well-attended protests against same-sex “marriage” in the world. Here, she discusses her organization’s history, motivations, and great success. Tell us a bit about the background […]

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The Spirit, Tools, and Results of Hungary’s Family Policy

As political leaders, our actions and decisions must be based on the values and traditions generally considered as fundamental by the major­ity of our society. We need to make efforts to survey the way our citizens choose their values, and understand their needs and motivations and, thus, to have a realistic view of what motivates […]

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Marriage at a Crossroads in Romania

Romania is at a marriage crossroads. On the one hand, Romania will hold a referendum in the spring of 2017 to constitutionally enshrine marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The petition for the referendum received the most support of any so far in Romania’s his­tory as a democracy, and it was […]

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The Serbian Movement Dveri:

A Family-Centered Political Organization The history of the Serbian movement Dveri begins with the first issue of the Journal for National Culture, which was published on January 27, 1999, as a publication of students at Belgrade University in Serbia. Those were very turbulent times in Serbian history. On one side, there was a socialist government […]

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Marriage, Family, and National Sovereignty in the European Union

In recent years, the European Union (EU) has taken on a symbolic role as a champion of so-called “social progress” and liberal values, especially in light of greater European integration and the welcoming into its fold of more, mainly post-communist eastern European nations. Naturally, as debates over foundational social issues have become increasingly pro­nounced and […]

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