Category: Life Issues & Bioethics

FDA to Review Concerns on the Essure Sterilization Procedure
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FDA to Review Concerns on the Essure Sterilization Procedure

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After receiving thousands of complaints of adverse side-effects, the FDA has decided to conduct a hearing on the safety and effectiveness of Essure. The controversial sterilization implant involves pushing micro coils made of nitinol (a nickel-titanium alloy) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) fibers into a woman’s fallopian tubes via a hysteroscope and catheter. This scars the […]

Movie Review: <em>Self/less</em>
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Movie Review: Self/less

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The idea and ideology of “transhumanism”: that human beings are basically just brains in containers, and that if we could just find a way to upload our brains into computers or robots or such–we could live on forever–is the subject of the new film Self/less. It was also the subject of the recent film Transcendence. […]

Take A Friend On The Journey
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Take A Friend On The Journey

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A March weekend in 2005 has affected my life as profoundly as almost any other event. Not only did my two-day experience improve the quality of my life, it probably saved my life. Numerous times. I gained a true understanding about the invaluable importance of making my spiritual journey with companions. And to think it […]

Undercover Video Catches Planned Parenthood Selling Aborted Baby Body Parts
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Undercover Video Catches Planned Parenthood Selling Aborted Baby Body Parts

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An undercover video released yesterday morning shows a national leader of Planned Parenthood admitting that the abortion provider uses the illegal and highly controversial partial birth abortion procedure to sell intact fetal body parts. The average asking price for fetal body parts? Between $30 and $100 per specimen. Dr. Deborah Nucatola has been senior director […]

Big Win for Traditional Family at UN Human Rights Council
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Big Win for Traditional Family at UN Human Rights Council

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A monumental development for the pro-family movement came recently in Geneva when the Human Rights Council approved a resolution calling for countries to take concrete steps to protect the family, described in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the “natural and fundamental group unit of society.” This is the second such resolution at the […]

A Conversation With My Gay Friend
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A Conversation With My Gay Friend

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The other day we got together with a friend of mine from high school named Andrew*, and his boyfriend, Tom. They moved out of state earlier this year, but a business trip brought him and Tom back through town recently, and we jumped at the chance to go out to dinner with them. This was […]

One Nation Under SCOTUS: Some Hildebrandian Parallels
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One Nation Under SCOTUS: Some Hildebrandian Parallels

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In response to the US Supreme Court’s (SCOTUS) decree on same sex marriage, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, head of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops issued this statement: …It is profoundly immoral and unjust for the government to declare that two people of the same sex can constitute a marriage…. Mandating marriage redefinition across the country […]

Was Jesus Really Silent on Same-Sex "Marriage"?
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Was Jesus Really Silent on Same-Sex “Marriage”?

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The issue of same-sex “marriage” seems to be everywhere these days. Anyone who voices an objection to it is also, more and more frequently, accused of discrimination and labeled a “bigot.” Now, state and federal governments may very well change the age-old definition of marriage to include people of the same gender and marry two […]

Cross Bearers Needed
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Cross Bearers Needed

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In March of this year my father sent out an email to his family marking an important date in his life. It was the anniversary of the day, at thirty years old, he woke up paralyzed. Forty-eight years had passed. I was only eight years old, and the oldest of five children. I cannot remember […]

America is Post-Abortive
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America is Post-Abortive

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If you’re an American, you’re post-abortive. It is estimated that, since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 by which  seven Justices created the “right to abortion” in America, over 58,000,000 babies have been killed here. “Post-abortive” persons include the mothers of babies killed, fathers, and close family members. Consider:   Mothers Due to girls […]

The Coming Battle
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The Coming Battle

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If you are like me, you are in mourning. Not merely for a battle lost, but for the thousands of misguided souls who may be lost due to the Supreme Court’s misguided attempts at fairness. The legalization of same sex marriage is not a sudden event, however. Judging by the reactions on both sides, it […]

The Trouble With Transhumanism
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The Trouble With Transhumanism

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“Transhumanism is a desperate belief system that grasps at technological straws. But the raw desperation in that grasping has the potential–like all Utopian movements–to unleash violently destructive forces. Caveat emptor.” (Wesley J. Smith). There are a number of pressing issues in the broad realm of bioethics. Abortion may well be the biggest bone of contention […]

I Believe in Life
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I Believe in Life

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I am for our children born and unborn. That means giving love and nurture to them and providing environments where they can thrive and rise to their full potential. I believe we must call out the cultural bigotry that does not view unborn children as part of the human family deserving equal care and protection. […]

The Playgrounds of War I
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About an Unwanted Boy

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I’ve just watched an in depth report about a baby boy born via surrogacy in India on November 12, 2012, and left behind by his Australian parents. This tragic story highlights the dirty side of buying and selling and trafficking in children, the complicity of government officials, and the corrupt $500 million per year surrogacy […]

The American Address
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The American Address

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The 1857 Supreme Court Dred Scott decision said that Dred Scott, his wife, and their unborn child were not human beings, but were property to be bought and sold. Led by proslavery Chief Justice Roger Taney, the Court created a new national constitutional right to own slaves. Taney, a Democrat and a Roman Catholic, was […]

Pope’s Encyclical Brandished at UN, Its Condemnation of Abortion Ignored
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Pope’s Encyclical Brandished at UN, Its Condemnation of Abortion Ignored

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Pope Francis’ new encyclical on the environment made an impact on UN negotiations this week. But in the rush to emphasize its input on climate change, his forceful condemnation of abortion and population control remain overlooked. At this week’s negotiations on sustainable development in the General Assembly, María Emma Mejía Vélez, ambassador of Colombia said […]

Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Subsidies in 6-3 Decision
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Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Subsidies in 6-3 Decision

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The Supreme Court has upheld the Obama administration’s controversial implementation of the Affordable Care Act in a 6-3 decision yesterday morning. Americans are required to purchase an insurance program that follows federal guidelines, including no co-pay coverage of contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs. In some cases, this includes a $1 abortion surcharge. The federal government […]

Abortion in Overdrive
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Abortion in Overdrive

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Over the past few weeks it has become abundantly clear that the tipping point for the radical abortion machine is upon us—and it’s a frightening image. Take for instance the clamoring in Ireland once it became clear that the “gay” rights movement had scored a victory for sin. No sooner had the Republic of Ireland […]

Calls to Change Helms Amendment Not about Rape Victims
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Calls to Change Helms Amendment Not about Rape Victims

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Abortion advocates are exploiting victims of sexual violence in conflict to advance their own narrow agenda – opening up a new funding stream to international abortion groups and changing abortion laws in countries where restricted. Global humanitarian groups receive hundreds of millions of dollars to help the most vulnerable – many in areas of conflict […]

UN Report Calls for LGBT Rights, Leaves out Same-Sex Marriage
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UN Report Calls for LGBT Rights, Leaves out Same-Sex Marriage

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A UN report seeking to break new ground for “LGBT rights” left same-sex “marriage” out of a long list of special new rights on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The UN human rights office published its latest collection of UN expert opinions about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights last week […]

Bruce Jenner: What Does Love Demand? Part 2
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Bruce Jenner: What Does Love Demand? Part 2

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In Part 1, we talked about how a person knows he’s transgendered. This is important, because we must ask ourselves if as a society we’re going to accept and accommodate individuals’ subjective realities, as we’re increasingly being asked to do with the transgendered. Reprinted with permission from CatholicSistas.com. Bruce Jenner says he’s a woman named […]

Bruce Jenner: What Does Love Demand? Part 1
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Bruce Jenner: What Does Love Demand? Part 1

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I was 18 when I encountered my first transgender person: Kevin was a sweet young man with a petite frame, high-pitched voice, and feminine mannerisms who hung around the common area of my all-girls’ dorm to avoid harassment and bullying from peers in his all-male dorm across the street. Kevin called himself a “pre-op queen,” […]

Luthers Today
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Luthers Today

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From Germany yet again today rises the aroma of dissent. Whether this will ripen into schism or outright heresy will be clear after the conclusion of this fall’s Synod on the Family. Some modern-day princes of the German Church and numerous German bishops are, as did Martin Luther some centuries ago, attempting to heretically alter […]

The Right Side of History
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The Right Side of History

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If any two issues illustrate the awesome power of public relations campaigns to define important cultural and policy debates, they are abortion and gay marriage. By cleverly framing these highly controversial questions in terms of human rights and social “progress,” advocates have cultivated a social environment in which opposition to either makes you a bigot […]

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