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June 16, 2019

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Cdl. Cupich’s Rationales For Not Taking Canonical Action Against Prominent Pro-abortion Catholic Politicos Are As Unconvincing As Ever
Cupich claims that “it would be counterproductive to impose sanctions”

Pro Life Warrior Fined $195,000
David Daleiden is a courageous pro life campaigner. For three years he ran an undercover operation to expose Planned Parenthood’s sickening business of selling body parts from aborted babies to research labs.

New York Becomes The First City To Pay Directly For Abortions In Response To Pro-life Bills In Other States
New York City wants to become the sanctuary city for abortions.

5 Shocking Facts About New Illinois Late-Term Abortion Law Called 'Death Penalty' For Viable Babies
Illinois Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed an abortion bill into law on Wednesday that expands The Prairie State's abortion rights in profound ways.

The Heart Of A Father
“What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:11-13)

Why Saying “I’m Gay” Offends Chastity And Contradicts Church Doctrine
Ron Belgau’s attacks on the Courage apostolate flow from his inability to understand why the Church uses certain words and specific language in talking about sexuality.

We Don't Need More Reasons To Reject Heritable Genome Modification
Late last year, scientist He Jiankui announced the birth of the world’s first genetically modified babies . He deployed a technology known as CRISPR to alter the genomes of two embryos that he used to initiate a pregnancy; their mother carried the pregnancy until the two girls, publicly called Lulu and Nana, were delivered prematurely by C-section.

No One Should Own Our Genes
Six years ago, the question of who, if anyone, could patent a human gene was (we thought) settled by the Supreme Court in what is known as the Myriad decision. Their answer was, no one: human genes may not be patented because a “naturally occurring DNA segment is a product of nature and not patent eligible.” Unfortunately, a small but influential coalition in Congress is trying hard to overturn that decision.

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Editorial

The Devil is Smiling: 56 Million Human Homicides and SILENCE

On average, 56 million abortions occurred worldwide each year in 2010–2014. This is an increase from 50 million annually in 1990–1994. To try to understand the cause, let's begin by asking the following question, could not English language contamination be the source of the slippery slope of abortion? For example, I question the politicians' and medias' usage of the word ABORTION. Official dictionaries clearly state that ABORTION is “the deliberate termination of a human pregnancy.” Further reading shows that the word DELIBERATE is something done consciously and intentionally, not impulsive, a deliberate decision; TERMINATION: the act of bringing something to an end; HUMAN: relating to or characteristic of people or human beings; PREGNANCY: containing a developing … unborn offspring within the body. We see how the Dictionary clearly defines ABORTION. Without any doubt, the act of ABORTION consists of one human being ending the life of another human being. A Ph.D. degree is not required to comprehend this simple fact. In brief, I strongly propose that we no longer use the word ABORTION. Let us call it by its real name: HOMICIDE or MURDER "the killing of one human being by another." If we use this term, I doubt very much that our self-serving politicians would pass such stupid, barbarous, and terrifying laws by flying them under the banner of "human rights" (for obvious reasons). Continue reading at Fr. Jerry's Blog...

Ethical Perspectives

New! Sex Trafficking Ring Found Selling Pakistani Women into Prostitution in China

Steven Mosher
Pakistani authorities have arrested 12 suspected members of a sex trafficking ring that was found to be selling Pakistani girls into prostitution in China. The incident is part of an alarming trend that has seen sex trafficking and bride trafficking into China increase in recent years.

New! SCOTUS judge links abortion and eugenics

Clarence Thomas
Clarence Thomas attacks Planned Parenthood's founder as racist.

New! Death: The Definitive Painkiller

Judie Brown
Palliative care was originally understood to be the practice of offering relief and comfort to a suffering or dying patient. But the popular version of this technique is something quite different. Ione Whitlock suggests that today "one is well-advised to be skeptical of a referral to palliative care."

New! Dementia, Dualism, and What Makes Us Human

Aaron Rothstein
In many ways, demented patients present the greatest challenge to the question of what makes us human. Victims of dementia seem to lose all power of reason, recognition, speech, and memory. Their minds disintegrate, and all that seems to be left is the physical form. That, too, rapidly fades. Because of this, we tend not to see them as humans, but as something inhuman or formerly human - merely masses of flesh to be tossed aside. But this is a mistake.

New! Eugenics and Other Evils

Justin Dyer
The eugenic search for good genes comes at the cost of human dignity and human equality, and leaves by the wayside the dogma of the sanctity of human life. Rather than warning us that eugenics can happen here, Thomas's dissent lays out the case that it already has happened here, and the state has a compelling interest in preventing its return.

Teenage birth control and its unfortunate consequences

Carolyn Moynihan
A decade ago public health experts and frontline health professionals convinced the UK government that easy (free, over the counter) access to the morning after pill would bring down the country's record rates of teenage pregnancy. It hasn't, but it has helped to increase sexually transmitted infections among teens.

Hotels and the Pornography Plague: An Example of Moral Responsibility from Scandinavia

Robert P. George
While many American hotel executives refuse to rid their businesses of pornography, Petter Stordalen, owner of one of Scandinavia's largest hotel chains, is leading the way forward.

The First Christmas Tree

Dot McGinnis
T'was the lighting of the very first Christmas tree.

It's official. If Australia gets same-sex marriage, polygamy is next.

Michael Cook
There were tears of indignation outside of Australia's High Court yesterday, but it was the result that everyone expected: a law passed on December 3 authorising same-sex marriage in the Australian Capital Territory was unconstitutional. The marriages of the 30 or so gay and lesbian couples who had exchanged vows under the law have now been annulled.

Repelling the Attack on Conscience

Helen Alvaré
There is no need to view the matter of conscience protection in health care as a zero-sum game between conscience-driven healthcare providers and the patients they serve, particularly the most vulnerable. Opponents of conscience protection often portray the situation this way, but the opposite is true. It is by protecting conscience, and thereby elevating the value of respect for life in health care, that we are likely as a nation to serve and reflect the values of most Americans, particularly the vulnerable. There are four primary points that underscore the compatibility of conscience and care.

"The U.S. Belmont Report Already Requires All Citizens To Take Part in Research 'For the Greater Good'"

Dianne N. Irving
Veitch raises the question, "[S]hould we all be obliged - or even compelled - to become human guinea pigs in research experiments for the advancement of science and the good of society?" .. Leading bioethicist Prof. Harris responds that "the public should be 'morally obliged' to take part in research, in a similar way to wearing a seat belt or performing jury service." Although such "reasoning" might sound off-center for most people and echo research atrocities of the likes of the Nazi Holocaust, apparently few realize that the strong "moral obligation" of which Harris speaks .. is already part and parcel of the Belmont Report (1979) in the United States - the very same Report that ushered in the formal "birth of bioethics". What is more striking than Veitch's question or Harris' response is the fact that most people are oblivious to this.

Children: the trans money-maker

Ann Farmer
A British doctor is convicted of illegally offering services to children as young as 12

The Duty of Man

Ron Panzer
What can we learn from history? Those who create policy in government need to be people of integrity, who value the lives of the people and honor the divine and the natural moral law. When they are not, each of us must still choose to honor God by how we live, wherever we serve in society - or choose to go along with terrible evil that harms or even kills others. Each of us is responsible for our own choices. With peer pressure comes the opportunity to show what kind of individual we choose to be.

A Married Mom and Dad Really Do Matter: New Evidence from Canada

Mark Regnerus
A new academic study based on the Canadian census suggests that a married mom and dad matter for children. Children of same-sex coupled households do not fare as well.

More bad health news from the USA

Marcus Roberts
Opioids and suicides up, life expectancy down.