Family North Carolina

The North Carolina Family Policy Council publishes a quarterly magazine, Family North Carolina. A one-year subscription is available for a suggested donation of $16. Click here to subscribe online or write the North Carolina Family Policy Council at: PO. Box 20607, Raleigh, NC 27619. You may also call us at 919-807-0800 or email us at

About This Issue

AT ISSUE: A Season of Learning

Putting this magazine together has been a season of learning for me. To start with, I’ve never put together a magazine, so the process itself was new to me (I was a staff member for the student newspaper in college, but that’s not quite the same thing). Even more than that, though, each of the […] READ MORE

Feature Story

True Women’s Empowerment: The Positive Impact of Pregnancy Resource Centers

Surprise! You just found out that you’re pregnant, and this was not a part of your plan. Based on statistics from the Guttmacher Institute, you are probably between the ages of 18 and 24, have low income, didn’t finish high school, and aren’t married. READ MORE

Spotlight Story

A Promise of “Prosperity” But At What Cost?

When you hear the word “gambling,” what is the first thing you think of? Maybe it’s the image of a fancy casino, memories of nights out with friends, scratch-off lottery tickets, or that alluring possibility of winning millions. READ MORE

Spotlight Story

2023 Legislative Session Preview

The 2023 Regular Legislative Session of the North Carolina General Assembly is currently underway, and it is likely to be an eventful term. Lawmakers gathered in Raleigh on January 11 to kick-start the year with an “organizational” session, as members were sworn in, temporary rules were adopted, and officers were officially elected. READ MORE

Commentary from the president

PERSPECTIVE: Love God, Love Neighbor

“WHY?” was the question that greeted us as we walked into the meeting room a few years ago at our annual Family Policy Council conference. That one word was written on the top of six large easel pads distributed around the meeting room. READ MORE

About This Issue

AT ISSUE: A Life or Death Game of Chance

When I was about 4 months gestation inside my mother, my parents got an Alpha-Fetoprotein (AFP) test. This test lets parents know if the baby has a chance of being born with certain genetic disorders, such as spina bifida and Down Syndrome. READ MORE

Feature Story

Death by Uncertainty: False Positives in Prenatal Testing

Many were appalled when the New York Times published a jaw-dropping report exposing the unacceptably high rate of false positives from noninvasive prenatal screens. These false positives far too often mislead anxious parents to abort a perfectly healthy child, yet science shows the results are more often wrong than right, especially when screening for rare […] READ MORE

Spotlight Story

Fighting for Fundamental Rights

“The child is not the mere creature of the State; those who nurture him and direct his destiny have the right, coupled with the high duty, to recognize and prepare him for additional obligations.” So said the U.S. Supreme Court in the 1925 case of Pierce v. Society of Sisters. The State of Oregon had […] READ MORE