Category: Life Issues & Bioethics

Euthanasia Movement Sells Assisted Suicide to the Depressed
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Euthanasia Movement Sells Assisted Suicide to the Depressed

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With all the fluff and noise about the elections, two reports came to my attention recently that may have missed your roving review of the news. We have learned that in the Netherlands the government will kill you at your request, even if what you’re suffering from is alcoholism or depression. One report reveals that […]

Abortion Advocates Seek to Sway Trump to Keep Foreign Abortion Funds
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Abortion Advocates Seek to Sway Trump to Keep Foreign Abortion Funds

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The biggest names in international abortion advocacy are looking for ways to convince the incoming Trump administration not cut their funding by reinstating the 1984 Mexico City Policy. The policy requires that grantees of US foreign aid for family planning do not perform or actively promote abortions. It was rescinded under Democratic administrations and reinstated […]

Unborn Sanctuary Cities and Prenatal Immigrants
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Unborn Sanctuary Cities and Prenatal Immigrants

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There is much debate since the presidential election about the status of sanctuary cities across our country. “Sanctuary city” is a name given to a city in the United States that follows certain procedures that shelter illegal immigrants. A sanctuary can be defined as “a place of refuge and protection,” and sanctuary cities claim to […]

Controversial Sterilization Device Should be Taken Off the Market
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Controversial Sterilization Device Should be Taken Off the Market

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it has approved a boxed warning for Bayer’s controversial Essure® sterilization device. A boxed warning is the strongest warning the FDA can require for drugs and devices and is intended to alert the user to potentially serious, even deadly, side effects that can result from […]

The Contraception Crisis that Isn’t
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The Contraception Crisis that Isn’t

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The world’s most powerful family planning groups announced a “contraceptive crisis,” calling for more funding and “sounding the alarm over the unmet contraceptive needs of hundreds of millions of people.” A look at their latest report, however, shows the opposite: a glut of contraception in a world where unsatisfied demand has sharply fallen. The group, […]

Old, Lonely, and Poor
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Old, Lonely, and Poor

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When China’s Communist Party under Deng Xiaoping first introduced the one-child policy in 1979, party insiders had been convinced that China’s population growth was impeding its economic development. Decades under Chairman Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution had wrecked the nation’s economy and left policymakers in the Communist Party searching for new solutions. Some of the reforms […]

We Must Be Nice
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We Must Be Nice

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The new superintendent of my local independent school district unilaterally decreed a few months ago that any student with the chromosomes and the privy parts of one sex, but who “self-identifies” as one of the opposite sex, must now be given access to the bathrooms of the other sex or to single user bathrooms. Also, […]

Human Life -- The Issue!
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Human Life — The Issue!

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As a very long election season comes to a close, there is a fury of endless media messages attempting to focus voters on issues. There are countless issues to sort through that are facing our nation as we head to cast our ballots on Election Day, and it often becomes difficult to prioritize what matters […]

US Presidential Election
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“You Be You”

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I sit here listening to one of my favorite reflective CD’s (Carl Herrgesell’s Reflections in the Key of Peace), playing in the background as I attempt to put little letters together and form words on a blank page. We are days away from a national election that has stirred in me an unprecedented level of both […]

Americans Don’t Want to be Taxed to Pay for Abortions
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Americans Don’t Want to be Taxed to Pay for Abortions

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Perhaps you have heard the saying abortion advocates often like to repeat: ‘if you don’t like abortion, then don’t get one.’ Well, we not only don’t like abortions, we don’t like being forced to pay for them or to do anything else that would facilitate the termination of the life of an unborn child. Yet […]

Christians in a Culture of Death
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Christians in a Culture of Death

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I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of multiple sclerosis (MS) in 1984. In the early 1990s a Canadian woman with ALS tried to introduce to Canada a thin edge of a deadly wedge of physician assisted suicide. Sue Rodriguez was an active campaigner from her wheelchair. “Whose body is this anyway?!” she said. I […]

Cruel and Unusual Punishment for Baby
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Cruel and Unusual Punishment for Baby

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In an opinion piece for the New York Times, Meredith Isaksen wrote about her later-term abortion—the death of her second child—as if it were an act of mercy for her, her family, and the preborn child who died during the abortion. Her sense of her son’s death as an act of compassion toward him and […]

How Faithful Catholics May Use the Law at the End of Life
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How Faithful Catholics May Use the Law at the End of Life

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The last time I checked, the mortality rate in this country was still 100%. To die usually involves unavoidable suffering. I don’t think these things will be changing any time soon. This is not a cause for anxiety or dread. Christ our Savior has made death and suffering into pathways to eternal life. “Precious in […]

Global Abortion Advocates Dispense with Mask of “Post-Abortion” Care
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Global Abortion Advocates Dispense with Mask of “Post-Abortion” Care

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A leading consortium of reproductive health advocates announced its intention to drop “post-abortion care” from its title and to begin campaigning for “comprehensive abortion care” instead. At an event in Washington announcing the shift, one advocate said that sustaining post-abortion care was never the goal.  “Post-abortion care” was meant to be an “entry point.” She […]

Europe Rejects Legalization of Surrogacy to Protect Children’s Rights
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Europe Rejects Legalization of Surrogacy to Protect Children’s Rights

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Last Tuesday, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) rejected an attempt to legalize surrogacy throughout Europe. By a narrow majority, the representatives of the 47 Member States rejected a recommendation aimed at regulating the selling of female gametes and renting of women’s wombs. This was the third attempt to normalize surrogacy by […]

UN Event Shows How Sexual Agenda Tramples Children’s Rights
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UN Event Shows How Sexual Agenda Tramples Children’s Rights

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That all children have a mother and a father is a biological fact.  That they have a right to know and be raised by their parents, where possible, is enshrined in the UN’s most widely ratified human rights treaty.  A UN event last week highlighted how those rights are undermined by efforts to redefine the […]

Abortion Group Targets Catholic Doctors' Conscience Rights
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Abortion Group Targets Catholic Doctors’ Conscience Rights

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A new study published by the Guttmacher Institute’s in-house journal Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Rights targets the conscience rights of Catholic hospitals and health care workers that opt not to provide abortion and contraception services that run contrary to their deeply-held beliefs. According to the study’s authors, Catholic doctors and health care workers should […]

Historic UN Clash on LGBT Rights Set for November
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Historic UN Clash on LGBT Rights Set for November

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Supporters of LGBT rights at the UN are preparing for the most important vote on their agenda since 2008. In November the UN General Assembly must decide whether to approve a controversial new UN post to enforce special new rights based on the sexual preference and behavior of individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, […]

Will New Saint Bring New Allies to UN Abortion Debates?
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Will New Saint Bring New Allies to UN Abortion Debates?

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Mother Teresa’s canonization in Rome reverberated at an event in UN headquarters where top diplomats praised the saint as the very essence of the UN’s mission even if they had opposed her message on life and family issues in the past. “Mother Teresa is the United Nations,” the Secretary-General, Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, said when […]

A Basket of Dreadfuls
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A Basket of Dreadfuls

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Dreadfuls: Catholic scandals, lying about Zika, and animal personhood It is not all that surprising that we seem to be living in an environment slowly sinking into total madness. Individual egos appear to have made facts a non sequitur in the quest to satisfy personal concepts of what is and is not right. Catholics for […]

Why the Prophetic Voice of Pope Paul VI Still Matters
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Why the Prophetic Voice of Pope Paul VI Still Matters

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Those of us who live in prosperous countries may not realize the full impact of the contraceptive ideology around the world. You know the ideology I mean: everyone old enough to give meaningful consent is entitled to unlimited sex without a live baby showing up. We tend to think governments should allow people to obtain […]

We Must Obey God Rather Than Men
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We Must Obey God Rather Than Men

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At the time that I am writing these words 200 Canadians have been euthanized under Canada’s new assisted suicide law. The medical killings begin to mount. One might think the battle to save suicidal sick and disabled people is lost. One Catholic bioethicist stated this defeatism. A May 1st 2016 article appeared in the Catholic […]

World Suicide Prevention Day (But Not for the Sick and Disabled)
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World Suicide Prevention Day (But Not for the Sick and Disabled)

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September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day! It’s a time to promote suicide prevention for people everywhere — except the sick and disabled. Depending on where they live, they get help killing themselves. In Canada, we now have legal assisted suicide for Canadians “who have a serious and incurable illness, disease or disability.” I meet […]

Pro-Life Heroine Mother Teresa Will Be Declared a Saint
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Pro-Life Heroine Mother Teresa Will Be Declared a Saint

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Mother Teresa will be declared a Saint by Pope Francis in a special ceremony on Sunday at the Vatican. The pro-life heroine skillfully exploited her celebrity status to propel the pro-life cause internationally like no one else before her or since. The four feet tall Albanian nun was never afraid to speak truth to power, […]

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