Jerry Novotny OMI
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October 23, 2014

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CBS News Looks For 'LGBTQ Catholics,' Finds Schismatics Instead
Given the archdiocese's ban, a "Catholic" Mass celebrated for Dignity NY at an Episcopal church would necessarily be illicit and, de facto, schismatic. A story about this group represents one point of view in this story, of course. But it's bad journalism to inaccurately describe this flock's status and something it is not.

Raleigh Seminarian With Terminal Brain Cancer Responds To Brittany Maynard
Philip Johnson, a 30-year-old Catholic seminarian from the Diocese of Raleigh who has terminal brain cancer, has written an article responding to Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old woman who has publicly stated her plan to commit suicide due to the fact that she has a terminal brain cancer. Johnson is vocal about his disagreement that suicide would preserve one’s dignity in the face of a debilitating illness.

We Will Not Comply: California Forces Churches To Directly Fund Abortions
To the dismay of California's people of faith, the California Department of Managed Health Care has reclassified abortion as a "basic health service" under the Affordable Care Act and ordered all insurance plans in the state to begin covering surgical abortions immediately. Even churches are not exempt from funding abortions.

Women Suffer Appalling Abuse In China's 'black Jails'
Eighty percent of people held in China's unofficial detention centers, or "black jails," are female, and many suffer routine abuse at the hands of their captors, according to a report published on Tuesday by the overseas-based Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) group.

Ex-ISU Scientist Offered Plea Deal In AIDS Fraud Case
[Note: See http://RetractionWatch.com for several excellent articles from scientists around the world arguing that, with the amount of scientific fraud that has increased exponentially recently, it is time to not only levy "professional" charges, but legal criminal charges as well -- especially when such fraudulent research is then used to produce drug models, used in patients in clinical trials, etc. -- DNI]

Cairo And Abortion
Abortion advocates didn’t get what they really wanted 20 years ago. They have not stopped trying.

Oppose Abortion Exceptions Because...
American Right To Life urges you to oppose every politician and law that permits "exceptions" to God's enduring command, Do not murder. Just like regulations do, exceptions backfire for many practical and moral reasons.

Welfare Reform Minister: Some Disabled People ‘not Worth’ Minimum Wag
Cameron says comments made by Lord Freud at Tory conference do not represent view of governmen

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Ethical Perspectives

New! Will egg freezing liberate women?

Mariam Zoll
Big corporations like Apple and Facebook are covering the cost of egg freezing for women employees.

New! Tangled Webs and History: Bioethics, Hastings Center, Eugenics, Gates, GMO's, Transhumanism

Dianne N. Irving
"Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive!" History, including the history of "bioethics", can help to untangle some of the massive sticky webs we find ourselves in today.

New! A Right to Euthanasia?

John Keown
For both principled and practical reasons, the Supreme Court of Canada should maintain the country's legal ban on euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide.

Scare. No matter what.

Ryan Bomberger
Abortion activists are trying desperately to blame the actions of one of their own on pro-lifers. The media is spewing the new celebrated talking point that pro-life advocates, who peacefully protest or sidewalk counsel, are the reason women were forced to go to Philly's "House of Horrors." But once again, pro-lifers are forced to help pro-abortion apologists grapple with the facts.

Advance Directives Are a Bad Idea

Judie Brown
End-of-life care is a crucial component to healthcare and one that has received much attention lately. With the push for people to sign advance directives, and many not knowing the implications of their signature, education is key.

Vermont legalizes assisted suicide

Xavier Symons
Vermont has become the fourth US state to legalize euthanasia. Its legislature voted in favor of the controversial law last week. The new legislation allows anyone over the age of 18 with an "incurable and irreversible disease" and a maximum of six months to live to obtain a prescription for lethal drugs.

No Blank Bullets

Nancy Valko
The excuse that the only real issue is the patient's choice would be cold comfort to us doctors and nurses when we have to go home and face the fact that we helped kill another human being or had to remain silently powerless while some of us legally participated.

Faith and politics: uneasy mix

Margaret Somerville
Marriage is both a civil and religious institution and it cannot be changed in its civil aspects without affecting its religious elements. That means that religions have a valid voice in influencing the decision, especially when the change goes to the inherent nature of marriage. It is no answer simply to say, as the proposed federal legislation does, that no religion will be forced to conduct marriages that offend the tenets of its faith.