Category: Life Issues & Bioethics

Entertainment at the Expense of Children
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Entertainment at the Expense of Children

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A new graphic novel, Pregnant Butch: Nine Long Months Spent in Drag, chronicles the pregnancy journey of a lesbian named Teek and her partner, Vee. While the novel is fiction, it’s based on the author’s own experience parenting her son. It’s a humorous take on the subject of lesbian pregnancies with one reviewer noting “This […]

High Court Guts Contraception Bill
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High Court Guts Contraception Bill

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The Supreme Court of the Philippines struck down key provisions of a new contraception law in order to protect human life in the womb, as well as safeguard parental rights and conscience rights for health workers. The Reproductive Health Bill, as it is known, has been in the pipeline for two decades, having failed approval […]

Building the Culture John XXII and John Paul II Envisioned
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Building the Culture John XXII and John Paul II Envisioned

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This Sunday, Pope Francis will proclaim Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II Saints. He personally chose the date to coincide with Divine Mercy Sunday, a feast inaugurated by John Paul II in 2000. It was on the eve of this feast on April 2, 2005 that John Paul II gave up his spirit […]

In All the Wrong Places
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In All the Wrong Places

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A single mom had an interview for a reality TV show in the UK. The channel was interested in hiring her until they found out she was pregnant. What goes through her mind? That she “has to” have an abortion to get the job. She naively talked about her job opportunity and her decision to […]

Pregnancy, Why Bother?
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Pregnancy, Why Bother?

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There are those hushed, polite conversations when people wondered why Tag Romney and his wife, who already had three children naturally, chose to have three more children via gestational surrogacy.  The celebrity surrogate pregnancy stories always raise more eyebrows.  Why did Sarah Jessica Parker, already a proven birth mother, use another woman’s body to have […]

Before I Was Born, Jesus Knew Me
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Book Review: Before I Was Born, Jesus Knew Me

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Karin Niemeyer has penned her first children’s book.

Are You Suffering? Trust God
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Are You Suffering? Trust God

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This past weekend I met four other people with multiple sclerosis. It was not by design. I met them at events that had nothing to do with MS or disability. The uncertainty of the disease is terrifying them all. Multiple sclerosis can take a benign course and cause very little disability or it can take a […]

Pope Calls Abortion an ‘Abominable Crime’ in Strongest Remarks to Date
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Pope Calls Abortion an ‘Abominable Crime’ in Strongest Remarks to Date

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Human life is “sacred and inviolable” and “every civil law is based on the recognition of the first and most fundamental right, the right to life,” Pope Francis told an Italian pro-life organization last week. The pope thanked the Movimento per la Vita, one of Italy’s leading political pro-life groups, for their work, urging them […]

The Divergent Dignities of Terri Schiavo and Roxy the Dog
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The Divergent Dignities of Terri Schiavo and Roxy the Dog

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Every now and then the biomedical community and the legal system are presented with the opportunity to rediscover our collective humanity through the lens of animal rights and animal cruelty. More often than not that lens has insufficient power to correct their distorted perception of human dignity. Having just passed the ninth anniversary of Terri […]

Mercy and the Truth Are Not Incompatible
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Mercy and the Truth Are Not Incompatible

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Some weeks ago a group of young people, in their late 20s and early 30s, began showing up on the sidewalk in front of a local abortion facility where I and dozens of other pro life witnesses from Catholics United for Life have done sidewalk counseling for many years. They are an energetic bunch, full […]

The Persecution of Sister Jane Dominic Laurel
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The Persecution of Sister Jane Dominic Laurel

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Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, a Dominican nun who has recently come under fire for a presentation she made to a group of Catholic students in North Carolina, has been doing the same type of presentation for years. Her subject matter is Catholic teaching on the truth about human sexuality—popularized by Pope John Paul II as […]

EU Pressure on Homosexuality Complicates EU-Africa Summit
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EU Pressure on Homosexuality Complicates EU-Africa Summit

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European pressure on African nations to change laws on homosexuality has created a backlash that may threaten this week’s meeting between leaders of the two continents European officials have been scrambling to appease African leaders ahead of this week’s summit of EU and African leaders in Brussels. The summit is meant to address a host […]

The Pro-Life Movement's Last and Best Hope
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The Pro-Life Movement’s Last and Best Hope

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In Dostoevsky’s epic novel, The Brothers Karamazov, brothers Ivan and Alyosha engage in a deep discussion about God – his existence and his goodness. Expressing frustration at his brother’s rejection of faith, Aloysha declares that if there is no God, “everything is permitted.” The truth of this observation may be seen in the ongoing debate over […]

Kevorkian’s “Pro-Euthanasia Paintings” May Fetch $45k Each
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Kevorkian’s “Pro-Euthanasia Paintings” May Fetch $45k Each

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News that eleven of the late Jack Kevorkian’s paintings are up for sale in Los Angeles—at “upward of $45,000 per canvas”—are a reminder that long before there was Kermit Gosnell, there was Jack Kevorkian. Whereas abortionist Gosnell was angered when the Philadelphia Attorney General called his abortion clinic a “House of Horrors,” Kevorkian (a publicity […]

Transhumanist Children's Book Says "Death is Enemy of Us All"
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Transhumanist Children’s Book Says “Death is Enemy of Us All”

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Transhumanism is everywhere. We are being steeped in it like a tea bag in hot water. Not all the images are favorable, but shows like Almost Human, Intelligence, and Lab Rats and movies like the Bourne Legacy, Her, and Transcendence keep transhumanist themes always percolating, especially in the minds of those who will be most […]

 The Oxford Push to Screen Embryos for Intelligence
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The Oxford Push to Screen Embryos for Intelligence

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Wesley J. Smith has a disturbing article dealing with Oxford bioethicist Julian Savulescu’s proposal to screen human embryos for intelligence. Smith quotes Savulescu: A common objection is that being smarter does not make your life better. In this study, researchers were concerned with those with an IQ between 70-85. Below 70 is classified as intellectual […]

The Big Lies of Our Age Versus the Truth Found in Jesus Christ
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The Big Lies of Our Age Versus the Truth Found in Jesus Christ

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My father’s generation knew the Holocaust of the Nazis. The holocaust of abortion and soon euthanasia and  assisted suicide hangs over mine. Nazi propaganda Minister Josef Goebbel’s guiding maxim was “If  you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will come to believe it.”[1] The Lie was of Aryan superiority and their […]

The Obama Mandate and Political Power
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The Obama Mandate and Political Power

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Many analyses have been published following the oral arguments delivered last Tuesday to the United States Supreme Court on the two cases Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius. The cases revolve around the fundamental question of whether or not a Christian company/business may or may not reflect Christian principles in its employment and other business practices. The […]

AIDS Resolution Hijacked by “Sexual Progressives.”  Africans Dismayed
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AIDS Resolution Hijacked by “Sexual Progressives.” Africans Dismayed

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“This is unacceptable,” said Zimbabwe’s delegate. Her voice broke from frustration and regret. A resolution on HIV/AIDS, championed by the poorest African countries most affected by the deadly disease, was changed after negotiations had finished. The Netherlands demanded protections for children be removed, subtly giving a nod to sexualizing children and putting people at greater […]

Missing the Forest for the Trees
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Missing the Forest for the Trees

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Last week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc case. As virtually everyone is aware, the CEO of Hobby Lobby is contesting the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate. The company’s refusal to comply with the mandate stems from a religious objection to birth control and […]

Belgium's Terrible Decline
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Belgium’s Terrible Decline

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Joseph Conrad once coined the term “heart of darkness” to describe the atrocities of the Belgian colonial rule in what today is the Democratic Republic of Congo. Nowadays, however, the heart of darkness seems to be closer to home: in Belgium itself. By adopting a law that makes euthanasia available for minors, Belgium has surpassed […]

We’re Not In Kansas Any More And There Is No Land Of Oz On Earth
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We’re Not In Kansas Any More And There Is No Land Of Oz On Earth

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You’ve probably heard the news by now that yet another state has lost the latest round in the battle over marriage. On Friday, March 21st, a district judge in Michigan decided that the state’s ban on same sex marriage was unconstitutional, despite a measure that was approved by a majority of voters several years ago; […]

The Pope, the President, and the Right to Life
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The Pope, the President, and the Right to Life

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Pope Francis and President Obama met in Rome today, and the meeting has naturally generated commentary, both before and after the fact, including by the President himself at the National Prayer Breakfast last month. I am confident that the meeting itself will bear good fruit. I am not so confident that the commentary about it […]

Let’s Be Honest About “Women’s Choice”
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Let’s Be Honest About “Women’s Choice”

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This happened to me 20 years ago and I can’t tell you how many times I have heard or read the same story from both pro-lifers and pro-choicers: You just told him that the pregnancy test is positive but your boyfriend says it’s not a good time to have a baby, so let’s just get […]

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