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Abortion: What if We Started to Listen?
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Abortion: What if We Started to Listen?

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I came out of the abortion closet in 2008 and I sometimes deal with religious Pro-Lifers who consider that I have committed the unforgivable sin and who lecture me about the past (you were selfish, you should have kept your legs closed etc…). I also deal with secular Pro-Choicers telling me I’m Pro-Life because I’m […]

Wrong-Headed Ethics and Mayhem
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Wrong-Headed Ethics and Mayhem

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Last year, the Journal of Medical Ethics published an article entitled “After-Birth Abortion: Why Should the Baby Live?” Central to the paper’s thesis is the position that “the moral status of an infant is equivalent to that of a fetus, that is, neither can be considered a ‘person’ in a morally relevant sense.” The paper further poses the preposterous […]

Come Over Here and Say That to My Face
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Come Over Here and Say That to My Face

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Rape, incest, and mother’s life…oh, and abused children. Better aborted than abused. How many times have we heard these “acceptable” exceptions to an outright ban on abortions? It is easy to understand and even sympathize with the mindset that finds these exceptions to be allowable. No sane person wants to inflict further suffering on someone […]

Abortion's Nadir
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Abortion’s Nadir

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For those who believe that life begins at conception, abortion hangs over society like a dark cloud. So long as the culture and the courts continue to embrace this barbaric practice as simply a matter of “women’s health care,” there remains a need for pro-life advocacy and activism. According to the most recent statistics gathered […]

Healing Hearts: An Open Letter to the Pro-Life Movement
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Healing Hearts: An Open Letter to the Pro-Life Movement

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To some of the finest people I’ve been privileged to know: For decades I heard the call in prayer to stand up against the monstrous evil that has been unfolding in this nation since Roe v. Wade, which was handed down when I was twelve years old. For years I blinded myself to the horror […]

The Billionaire's Club: Philanthropy or Mischief?
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The Billionaire’s Club: Philanthropy or Mischief?

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Led by the wealthiest of the wealthy—Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffet—an organized effort is afoot to entice fellow high rollers to be charitable toward the less fortunate. Their brainchild, a club for billionaires, is exclusively for those who are worth at least a billion dollars and have pledged to give no less than […]

Abortion Advocates Vocally Frustrated at the UN
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Abortion Advocates Vocally Frustrated at the UN

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Advocates for abortion at the UN are vocally frustrated with their lack of advancement since the Cairo conference on population twenty years ago. This becomes increasing evident as they gear up for two big events in the coming year. Next year will see not only the twentieth anniversary of Cairo but the negotiation of a […]

Good News About Down Syndrome
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Good News About Down Syndrome

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It was one of the most heartwarming moments of the 2013 baseball season. On April 18, after a pep-talk from his “best friend and greatest batboy,” Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier ripped a two-run homer to center field off John Maine, extending the Reds lead to 11-1 over the Miami Marlins in the sixth […]

Countries Declare No Right to Abortion or Homosexuality
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Countries Declare No Right to Abortion or Homosexuality

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Russia, Ethiopia, Poland and others took the microphones at a meeting – webcast live from UN headquarters – to make clear that abortion and homosexuality are not international human rights. Diplomats especially chastised the UN’s human rights office for an obsession with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights. Russia singled out a booklet produced […]

Can Obamacare Inform Us If a Plan Covers Abortion?  Sebelius Unsure
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Can Obamacare Inform Us If a Plan Covers Abortion? Sebelius Unsure

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During testimony this morning before the House Energy & Commerce Committee, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said she doesn’t know whether the administration can commit to ensuring that Americans seeking to purchase health insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) exchanges can be told which plans do or do not cover abortion. Rep. […]

'Intact' Killing Deemed Inactionable
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‘Intact’ Killing Deemed Inactionable

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Earlier this year a 29-year-old expectant mother entered the abortion facility operated by infamous abortionist LeRoy Carhart. She was seeking Carhart’s surgical expertise in ending the life of the 33-week-old baby she was carrying in her womb. The woman’s name was Jennifer Morbelli; her daughter’s name was Madison Leigh—a name chosen by Jennifer and her husband. Subsequent to […]

New Data on Why Women Have Abortions is Both Illuminating and Ambiguous
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New Data on Why Women Have Abortions is Both Illuminating and Ambiguous

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The reasons women have abortions are not simple and thus can be difficult to study and/or categorize. That’s one reason why the two most recent previous studies on abortion reasons, from the Guttmacher Institute, date from 2005 and 1988. Now, though, the same team from University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) that brought us the […]

The White Spider
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The White Spider

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My family usually accompanies me to Pro-Life events. My children are 6, 4, 2 and a baby to be born anytime now. Sometimes, at home, my four year old, who saw me sharing my testimony, brings me a piece of paper and says: “Mommy, that’s for you. You go talk to the people.” Anthony, My […]

The Moment of Choice: Recognizing Human Dignity in Difficult Circumstances
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The Moment of Choice: Recognizing Human Dignity in Difficult Circumstances

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In every country, at this very moment, women who have become pregnant — either because of decisions they made or as victims of assault through no fault of their own — are faced with making the choice of life or death for their child. Some of these women are financially stable, some are in financial […]

The Failure of the International Reproductive Rights Norm - Part Three: No Norm, No Right
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The Failure of the International Reproductive Rights Norm – Part Three: No Norm, No Right

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Part 1: A Norm is Born Part 2: Reproductive Health Doesn’t Include Abortion . . . But it Does In 2006, the term “reproductive health” made it into a binding international law treaty for the first time, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. While this was a victory for the reproductive rights […]

No, the Pope is Not Diluting the Anti-Abortion Focus of the Church
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No, the Pope is Not Diluting the Anti-Abortion Focus of the Church

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As the Director of Priests for Life, known worldwide as a ministry within the Catholic Church that urges more preaching, teaching, and action against abortion, I was asked by many alarmed and confused people these past few days about the reported comments of the Pope that the Church should not be “obsessed” with this issue, […]

Yes, There Is
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Yes, There Is

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I remember the woman well. She was in her mid-twenties. She wanted an abortion, and did not want anyone or anything to interfere with her plan. She had arrived at the abortion facility that morning with a young man whom I later learned was her boyfriend…and the father of the child whom she came to […]

The Human Machine?
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The Human Machine?

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In modern times, skewing the image of the human being as a child of God, created in His image and likeness, is a process that started the day the first condom was sold in a vending machine early in the 1940s. While it is equally true that, since the beginning of time, man has tried by every means […]

Understanding Pro-Choice Arguments, Part II
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Understanding Pro-Choice Arguments, Part II

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My last article proposed the option of converting pro-choice minds by listening to their arguments. Aside from the fact that a world without abortion is very bleak for pro-choicers, what does a world with abortion look like? Obviously they’re not happy with the way it looks now, otherwise they wouldn’t be marching around, topless, screaming, […]

Why I Can’t Go Back to Being Pro-Choice
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Why I Can’t Go Back to Being Pro-Choice

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-Where I was ten years ago- I told my future husband on a date in 2004: “My sister had half of her thyroid removed because she had parasitic cells growing on it. Was she wrong to have the surgery done so that she could live? Of course not and it’s the same with abortion.” I […]

Syrian Children v. American Children
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Syrian Children v. American Children

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A few days ago former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, was having a discussion with her five-year-old grandson about possible war in Syria. She told the press that she explained to him that “hundreds of children” had been killed in Syria and that her defense of going into that country was that the killing […]

Understanding Pro-Choice Arguments
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Understanding Pro-Choice Arguments

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I realized a while ago that debates are pointless. All they do is try to prove the other person wrong rather than bring about greater knowledge of the good. Think about it – the nature of a debate is to locate the weakness in a person’s argument so that you can exploit it to the […]

Time to Make "Unborn" the New Gay?
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Time to Make “Unborn” the New Gay?

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Last week marked 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his seminal “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Fifty years ago, if someone had told the audience assembled at the National Mall that they would see a black man elected President in their lifetime, […]

Chilean Twin Brothers Saved from Abortion Became Catholic Priests
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Chilean Twin Brothers Saved from Abortion Became Catholic Priests

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Fathers Felipe and Paulo Lizama, two twins saved from abortion when it was legal in Chile, are now both Catholic priests. The siblings say their mother’s determination to protect them in her womb fostered their vocations. “My mother was told to abort because the baby she was carrying had two heads, three legs, and four […]

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