With the end of the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI rapidly approaching, Vatican spokesmen on February 23 vehemently refuted reports originating in the Italian media that presented highly negative descriptions of the Holy See’s central administrative apparatus, known as the Curia. An Italian newspaper suggested that the pope had resigned soon after being presented with a dossier that revealed a network of Vatican priests, "united by sexual orientation," who were being blackmailed.
Puerto Rico's supreme court has upheld a ban on adoptions by same-sex couples, as the majority of the island's residents are showing their opposition to same-sex marriage.
A directive by the Massachusetts Education commissioner requires state schools to cater to "transgender" students, including allowing them to use opposite sex bathrooms if they wish.
A Colorado woman alleges that a doctor at a Planned Parenthood clinic forced her to endure an abortion without anesthesia, then left part of the baby's remains in her body.
Planned Parenthood is being forced to close four of its clinics in Wisconsin after the state enacted legislation to defund abortion providers.