A long-term study out of New Zealand has found that teens using marijuana on a regular basis may suffer from lowered intelligence as adults. Researchers followed 1,037 individuals, born between 1972 and 1973, for nearly four decades, analyzing them for the effects of persistent marijuana use on neuropsychological functioning. The participants, approximately five percent of which began using marijuana as teenagers, were given IQ tests at age 14, before any had begun using the drug, and again at 38, and were additionally surveyed at ages 18, 21, 26, and 38 about their drug use.
On October 23, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago blocked Indiana's defunding of Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers, affirming a lower court's preliminary injunction against the state law as a Planned Parenthood lawsuit against it makes its way through the courts. In its ruling, the three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit said that the suit, filed jointly by Planned Parenthood and the ACLU, would likely succeed on the argument that the funding ban violates a federal statute that allows patients in state Medicaid programs to choose their healthcare providers.
Cheerleaders at a Texas high school have been awarded an injunction by a district judge, allowing them to continue displaying Bible verses on banners during school football games. Officials with the school district of Kountze, Texas, had forced the cheerleaders to stop using the banners — which bear Bible verses like “If God be for us who can be against us" — after the atheist Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) warned the district that the banners may prompt a First Amendment lawsuit. As it has done in dozens of cases, the godless busybodies had convinced the officials that the students were violating the First Amendment's supposed requirement of separation of church and state.
The head of Planned Parenthood is taking a break from her tax-subsidized job so she can "volunteer" full time in Obama's re-election effort.
Nearly 15,000 pages from files the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) kept between 1965 and 1985 on alleged child sexual abuse by Scout leaders were released October 18 by order of the Oregon Supreme Court. The pages, dubbed the “perversion files” by the media, include letters, memos, news clippings and other documents related to both alleged and confessed sexual abuse during the 20-year time period.