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January 16, 2018

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The Deceitful Road To Abortion
After Roe v. Wade plaintiff Norma McCorvey became a Christian and revealed that she had not been gang raped as her legal team had claimed, many Americans came to understand that this landmark ruling that legalized abortion was based on a lie.

How We Ended Up With 40 Percent Of Children Born Out Of Wedlock
In 1960, nonmarital births were quite rare. Today in the United States, about two-fifths of all births are to unmarried women. This resulted from a complicated combination of moral and behavioral changes, and a new report from Senator Mike Lee’s Social Capital Project disentangles them.

Betics Are Eligible For Assisted Suicide In Oregon - State Officials
On Monday the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition reported on an article written by Fabian Stahle, a Swede who opposes euthanasia. Stahle asked the Oregon Health Authority a series of questions. The answers he received confirmed that "terminal disease" has a wider definition, with respect to the assisted suicide act.

Good News From CDC: Teen Sexual Activity Drops 12% In Two Decades
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has released some good news about the sexual activity of teens in America: Since 1995, sexual activity among high school students has dropped approximately 12 percent (from 53 percent in 1995 to 41 percent in 2015).

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Niece: “My Uncle Would Have Been Very Pro-Life”
Martin Luther King Jr.’s niece says her uncle’s legacy as a civil rights leader has a strong impact on the pro-life movement today.

Woman Trusts God And Delivers “Miracle Baby” While Fighting Brain Cancer
An amazingly brave teenager gave birth to a baby girl last week in Philadelphia while battling a deadly brain cancer.

Belgian Catholics Concerned About Abuse Of Country’s Euthanasia Law
Catholics in Belgium are concerned the country’s euthanasia law is being abused to kill patients without legal checks and safeguards.

Trudeau Dismisses Allegations Of Persecution: Pro-life Groups 'Not In Line With Where We Are As A Society'
At the end of 2017, the Canadian government set out criteria requiring that any employers who wish to be supported by the summer job grant scheme – to hire student summer workers – must sign an "attestation" that "both the job and the organization's core mandate respect individual human rights" including the "right" to abortion

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Editorial

“Immigration” vs “Migration” – confusion?

Dear Friends for Life: Many news articles use the words refugees, migrants and asylum seekers when reporting on the movement of people. Japan Times' headline this morning reads – “Japan to limit work permits for asylum seekers from 2018” – and talks about asylum seekers who file for refugee status in order to work as immigrants in the country. The number of applications has jumped from 1,202 in 2012 to nearly 17,000 in 2017. But only "28 people" were recognized as refugees in 2016, causing much international criticism that Japan is closed to refugees. On the other hand, Japan has over one million foreign workers who are referred to as “Immigrants”. Are these workers really “Immigrants” or “Migrants”? What’s the difference? Or is there? Continue reading at Fr. Jerry's Blog...

Ethical Perspectives

New! Is a child a gift or an entitlement?

John M. Grondelski
Children are always needy for the reassurance they are wanted or loved. The modern world wants to convince people that "love" can mean snuffing out their existence, but that lie about love works only in the third person, not the second.

New! The suffering of surrogacy: A veteran feminist spells it out

Selena Ewing
The women who bore the babies are nowhere to be seen; they would have received but a small cut of the money, while IVF clinics, surrogacy brokers and lawyers took the lion's share. Surrogacy is a rapidly growing industry, bolstered by glowing photographs of celebrities beaming over cute babies. Who could begrudge them their happiness?

New! Practical Reason, Basic Goods, and Natural Law

Christopher O. Tollefsen
Reason operating without error judges that no human being should ever intend the death of another human being for any reason whatsoever. No achievable good can justify such a choice. And that is the foundation for the case against the death penalty.

New! Truth for a Transitioning Time: Andrew Walker's "God and the Transgender Debate"

Owen Strachan
God offers not mere "transition" but deep and lasting transformation. We live in a brave new world. I think this every time that, in discussing a friend's career change, I use the phrase, "He is transitioning to something new."

New! Physicians Cannot Serve Both Death and Life

Gerard T. Mundy
A physician cannot truly and wholeheartedly work toward bringing his patient to health if he can choose at any time to give up that pursuit and suggest rather that the patient choose death instead.

Today's 'palliative care' disrespects the natural law

Elizabeth Wickham
The natural law tells us that, in the context of health care, 1) food and water are basic treatment and care, and should not be withdrawn lightly; 2) morphine must not be used aggressively to hasten death when a patient is not near the time of death; and 3) pain management must be properly titrated to avoid overdose.

Those who sow in tears shall reap rejoicing

Tom Bartolomeo
The outcome of our national elections does not decide our salvation. Our opposition to intrinsic evil does, particularly upholding traditional marriage, the dignity of human conception and the protection of the life of the unborn child. Evil of such magnitude trumps and far outweighs any and all other considerations. We can not be so blind to the truth and not "cry out and say . . . with courage" as did Bartimaeus: Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me . . . I want to see.

Wales adopts policy of presumed consent to organ donation

Xavier Symons
Wales will be the first British region to adopt a policy of presumed consent for organ donation.

Federal fraud: Porn addicts at NSF

Judith Reisman
Remember when the excuse for legalizing pornography was "I don't care what people do in the privacy of their own homes so long as it doesn't cost me money and harm"? Now, roughly $6 billion a year from American taxpayers to the National Science Foundation is inadequate for NSF expenses. Why?

Massachusetts Schools are Giving First Grade Children Condoms, Why Exactly?

Judith Reisman
CSC pedophiles want Kiddie condoms and contraception -- like modern STD vaccines -- not to protect children from harm but to protect pedophiles from disease, and evidence of assaults, like impregnating minors, thus from jail. And same-age and same gender sex opens the door to dispersant age sex with hetero/homosexual adults.

The Danish Girl: People Aren't Born Transgender, But Playing Dress-Up Can Spark Psychological Problems

Walt Heyer
A recent film accurately portrays the deep emotional and psychological problems that transgender people experience, but it fails to address the reality of life after sex reassignment surgery and the need to treat comorbid psychological disorders.

Science or Propaganda?

Wesley J. Smith
The cloning debate is morally difficult and scientifically complex. Much is at stake, not the least our view of the inherent value of human life.

Millenials choose demanding jobs over having kids

Nicole M. King
In a New York Times blog post this week, Katrina Alcorn highlights an alarming new study revealing that fewer than half of millennials are planning on having children.

Religion: A Source of Division?

Douglas P. McManaman
Synopsis: Strictly speaking, it isn't politics, ethics, or religion that are divisive forces. Human beings are divisive. And man is essentially a political animal, a religious animal, and a moral agent. If there were no religions in the world, would we necessarily all agree with one another and live in complete harmony? One would have to be naive to think so.

Truth Always Gets Mutilated in a Vacuum

Judie Brown
Nothing shocks us any longer, but some things force us to see the actual hideousness of what some describe as business as usual. Three separate incidents underscore my point.