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August 3, 2020

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Belgium’s Euthanasia Law Under Fire In European Court Of Human Rights
On April 19, 2012, a 64-year-old Belgian woman named Godelieva de Troyer was euthanised. For the doctor, Wim Distelmans, it was probably just another case. For her son, Tom Mortier, a chemistry lecturer, it came as a terrible shock. He only found out on the day after her death.

The Little Lives Being Saved By Covid
Will Covid-19 lockdowns allow some babies to be born this year who would otherwise be aborted? Yes – and that’s not, it seems, a good thing, according to a report on “compromised abortion” from the Indian abortion provider Ipas.

The Cure For “Jaw Dropping” Population Decline
For the past few decades, the world elite have been so obsessed with finding ways to stop world population growth, that they seem never to have seriously considered what would happen if they succeeded. Well, if a new report is to be trusted, we’re all about to find out – a lot sooner than many previous predictions led us to believe.

Abortion Pill Reversal Saved Rebekah’s Baby Boy: ‘He Is A Joy To Have In My Life’
As a 19-year-old college freshman, Rebekah was already a single mother to a 10-month-old son when she learned she was pregnant for the second time. Believing her parents would kick her out and she and her children would be alone and destitute, Rebekah decided her only choice was abortion.

New Survey: Accurate Medical Information Changes Minds On Abortion Pill
A survey released this past week by Live Action revealed American attitudes towards the abortion pill regimen. The survey, which was commissioned by Live Action and conducted by the polling company, inc., spoke with approximately 1,200 people, most of whom are registered voters, about how they felt regarding the abortion pill and whether their feelings changed after being given accurate medical information.

Do “pro-choicers” Really Care About Choice?
The other day I was reading an article about a mother who took to social media platform TokTok to describe how she reacted when she found out that her 17 year old daughter was pregnant.

5 Ways To Prepare Spiritually For Parenthood
Parenthood is the start of a new life, and there are things you can do ahead of time to get your heart, mind, and soul ready.

Canadians Killed By Assisted Suicide Claimed They Feared Being A Burden On Family And Carers
Over one third of Canadians who were killed by assisted suicide in 2019 claimed that they feared being a burden on family, friends and caregivers if they continued to live. Michael Robinson, SPUC Director of Communications said: “These are devastating statistics which show that offering people the choice to end their lives creates unacceptable pressure for them to choose death.

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Editorial

Same-Sex Marriage Is Not Marriage! Period.

Certain political parties and their appointees continue to chip away at traditional values, principles and religious freedom. As you know, Ireland had become the first country to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote. That’s right. A Catholic nation defied the teachings of the Catholic Church with over 60% of Catholic voters voting in favor. Shortly after, the supreme court in the United States voted 5-4 to legalize same-sex marriage. Yet in this democratic country, the people had NO VOICE, NO VOTE. The decision was imposed on the American society by 5 judges, NOT ELECTED by the people, rather appointed by politicians. The Catholic Church's position on this matter has been consistent over the years and has not changed today in spite of attacks by those who disagree. Marriage is based on the TRUTH that men and women are complementary, the biological factor shows that reproduction depends on a man and a woman, and studies confirm that children need a mother and a father. Redefining marriage simply rejects these basic truths. Continue reading at Fr. Jerry's Blog...

Ethical Perspectives

New! The Environmentalist Roots of the Population Control Movement

Brian Clowes
Concern for our environment is the most altruistic of the several primary motivations which drive the activities of the population control movement. Unfortunately, the leaders of many population control groups think that the best way to preserve our natural surroundings is to decrease the number of people in the world by whatever means are available.

New! On the First Principles of Moral Reason

Paul R. DeHart
No natural lawyer in the classical natural law tradition derives an ought from an is because, when it comes to practical reason, natural lawyers do not derive ought. Rather, they begin with the first principles of practical reason, which are underived. They then use these principles together with an understanding of the nature of the thing at hand to arrive at moral conclusions.

New! Religious Liberty Is Important, But It's Not Enough

Ryan T. Anderson
The religious liberty triumphs of the past several days are important, but they're not enough. Not nearly so. We need to contend about the truth of the matter. Through legislation and litigation, we need to make it clear that it's lawful to act on the convictions that we are created male and female and that male and female are created for each other. Privacy and safety at a shelter, equality on an athletic field, and good medicine are at stake for everyone - religious or not.

New! Genocide in China

Steven Mosher
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been carrying out a brutal population control campaign to reduce the population of Uyghurs, Kazaks, and other ethnic Muslim minorities in China's far-west Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), reports released last week have revealed.

New! The News Makes You Dumb

Allen Mendenhall
We should stay away from the news lest we fall prey to its mania, foolishness, and stupidity. We should read books - difficult books - and be challenged to improve ourselves rather than settle for easy answers.

'Brain Death' is Not Death

Judie Brown
The preeminent ethical requirement for organ transplantation is the "dead donor rule," which is that patients must be declared dead before they may be stripped of their vital organs. An article in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, this month (Vol. 359:674-675, 8/14/08),suggests that the "dead donor rule" should be discarded. Why? Because, the article's authors are not convinced that donors are really dead.

The continuing saga of efforts to deny the heartache of abortion

Priscilla K. Coleman
Our culture is in a worrisome state when major medical journals ignore the foundation and methods of science in service to a political end.

Why Sexual Integrity Isn't Out-of-Date

Nathaniel Peters
A book about sex by J. Budziszewski uses natural law arguments to persuade young adults of the moral benefits of purity. On the Meaning of Sex's strengths show where to begin: by offering an eloquent, engaging description of the beauty of men, women, and sexuality.

Let Us Show, Through Our Actions, That We Are True Christians
Fifth Sunday of Easter B

Frank Enderle
If we follow Christ faithfully, we will not only say so in words we will also show with our actions that we are His sisters and brothers, daughters and sons of God the Father. When we were baptized, we Christians acquired the right and the power to be part of the vine that is the Lord. Through faith, prayer in community, the liturgy, and the word, we encounter a new life that will help us to become more united to Christ and His Church.

The two countries with the greatest commitment to democracy

Shannon Roberts
The world over, commitment to democractic values is worryingly weak.

Women Have Become Instruments of Sorrow

Judie Brown
Little girls used to dream of the day when they would meet a man, fall in love, get married, and have children of their own. They would live their lives with a man who cherished them, loved them, and honored them. And this was reality for countless women--in the past. Today's reality is far askew of this and it makes this desire seem almost like a fairy tale. What has happened to our society to effect this change?

Manic Disdain for Our Fellow Man

Judie Brown
Today's news abounds with stories of apathy or outright disdain for our fellow human beings - whether born or preborn. The prevailing thought seems to be that, if these humans don't meet the "right" criteria for how a life should be led, that life is somehow less valuable. Many people fail to understand that no life is more valuable than any other.

Of Planned Parenthood, Melinda Gates, Millstones, and God

Judie Brown
Leaders assume a huge responsibility when they take any kind of leadership role. Ideally, a leader should be strong, honest, fair, and uphold a moral standard that would serve our Lord and follow His commandments. Yet all too often we see leaders who are quite the opposite. So it is of utmost importance that, when deciding about whether or not a person is the right one to follow, we examine his behaviors and actions, rather than blindly follow. And, if a change in leadership needs to be made, we must not be afraid to make it.

Belgian intensive care doctors back involuntary euthanasia

Michael Cook
Involuntary euthanasia is acceptable medical treatment, according to a recent official statement by the Belgian Society of Intensive Care Medicine. Although voluntary euthanasia is legal is Belgium under some circumstances, involuntary euthanasia is basically illegal. But the Society wants to be able to euthanase patients who do not appear to have long to live.

Sri Lanka: When shall we ever learn?

Asia Human Rights
When shall we ever learn that the nation is more important than the power quarrels and ambitions of this or that person?