Jerry Novotny OMI
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August 18, 2019

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Country Singer Debuts Song About Daughter With Down Syndrome
Troy Griffith works full-time as a mortgage broker… but he’s also a lover of country music. When he combined that passion with his love for his daughter, he ended up with the opportunity to touch a lot of hearts and minds. He recorded the song “Ten by Twelve” which was written about his daughter who has Down syndrome, and the music video has racked up thousands of views.

The Abortion Law In Illinois Is Even Worse Than We Thought. Here’s A Plan To Fight Back
The Thomas More Society law firm based in Chicago intends to fight Illinois’ sweeping new abortion law — and this week, the firm held a webcast laying out plans to do just that.

Abortion In Video Games: The Next Frontier Of Entertainment?
When it comes to culture, abortion advocates have some big goals. They want to see abortion positively portrayed in movies and television shows, and already, they’re getting their wish. Abortion is, indeed, being shown positively in media, but movies and television aren’t enough. Now, abortion advocates want video games to reflect a pro-abortion agenda.

Ohio Defunds Planned Parenthood, Directs $7.5M To Life-affirming Pregnancy Centers
As Planned Parenthood is being defunded of $1.5 million in annual state funds this year, pro-life pregnancy centers are being allocated $7.5 million in Ohio’s state budget. Taken together, these two changes represent a bold stride for protecting unborn lives and supporting women’s well-being at the state level….

Church Protests Resuming Of Death Penalty
Members and friends of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent recently held a vigil outside the church to protest the death penalty. The vigil was organized as a response to the recent decision by the U.S. attorney general to resume use of the federal death penalty after a two-decade hiatus.

Artificial Birth Control — A Battle Lost
A battle is a confrontation between an enemy invading to dominate and a friend defending to protect. In the Church, a most crucial battle has been fought for many decades between a culture that has invaded to dominate with artificial birth control (ABC) as the clear means for protecting one’s freedom and the Church’s defense of the fundamental truth that sexual intercourse is between a married man and woman and is to be open to life and not artificially blocked.

At Fertility Clinics, Abandoned Human Embryos Could Number In The Millions
The number of “abandoned” human embryos in the United States could number in the millions, and many fertility specialists are reticent to discuss the dilemma of what to do with frozen embryos, according to a recent NBC News report.

How Can We Stop Children From Taking Their Lives?
While the number of people taking their own lives continues to decline in Japan, suicides involving youths under the age of 20 are a growing problem. The number of children who killed themselves increased by 32 to 599, and the ratio of suicides per 100,000 children rose to 2.8, the worst on record.

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21st Century Asian Slaves

The crisis of health of trafficking victims in Southeast Asia deepens as a recent study finds victims badly abused. The research discovered that people caught in trafficking suffer beatings, neglect and severe health problems no matter where they end up working. Researchers interviewed more than 1,100 men, women and children in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, who had been trafficked into at least 15 sectors – including factory work, domestic labour, sex work and fishing. An estimated 56% of forced labourers live in the Asia and Pacific region, especially in the Greater Mekong subregion, which has more than 13 million migrant workers, 13% are trafficked Vietnamese migrants, and 17% of 596 Thai fisherman reported that they were working against their will or under threat of penalties. Continue reading at Fr. Jerry's Blog...

Ethical Perspectives

New! Assisted Suicide: The Ethics, the Laws, and the Dangers

Richard M. Doerflinger
The people most harmed by this agenda are seriously ill people hearing from society and physicians that death by overdose will end their problems; other patients suffering from a reduced commitment to care; people with disabilities who are next in line to be seen as a "burden" on others; and lonely and depressed people of any age, seduced by the message that suicide is a positive solution. Adapted from a lecture delivered in June 2019 at the Vita Institute, an educational program for pro-life leaders sponsored by the University of Notre Dame's de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture.

New! Diagnosis of Gender Dysphoria - Too General and Too Much Harm

Walt Heyer
The diagnosis of gender dysphoria prematurely puts people on a path to transition while trivializing and dismissing contributing factors such as alcohol and drug abuse, sexual fetishes and co-existing psychological disorders. The trans "treatment" being idolized today should meet the same fate as lobotomies, tooth pulling and colon removal - tossed on the historical rubbish heap of debunked horrific experiments perpetrated on innocent, hurting people.

New! Social Science Is Not Enough

Scott Yenor
All the science in the world does not answer the deepest questions of political importance. Pretending that questions of political priority are merely technical or scientific questions is the lie of modern times. Conservatives must relearn this lesson in order to defend essential public goods like marriage and the family.

New! Immigration: Can We Talk About This?

James E. Hartley
How do we determine the right level of immigration? Assuming the optimal number of immigrants per year is neither zero nor infinite, what is it? Five hundred thousand? One million? Two million? Five million? If we can start our discussion about immigration from a shared set of ideals, then we can begin the laborious task of determining the levels and types of immigration that will allow the continuation of the American experiment.

New! What is a 21st century family?

Carolyn Moynihan
What is a family? Not so long ago it would have been uncontroversial to reply, "A husband and wife and their children." This conjugal family could be diminished by the death of a member, splintered by divorce, expanded by the co-residence of other relations (a grandmother, for example), an adopted child, or other persons; but the norm of mum, dad and their kids remained almost universally acknowledged.

Why progress might have peaked 40 years ago

Shannon Roberts
Arguing that population is the cause is simplistic.

The Protective Effects of Childbirth
Amy R. Sobie

The Post-Abortion Review
These studies, along with many others, clearly contradict the unsubstantiated assumption that carrying a so-called "unwanted" pregnancy to term is more harmful to women than undergoing an abortion. Unfortunately, the protective effects of childbirth in lowering a woman's risk of psychological problems, substance abuse, smoking, reproductive problems, pregnancy complications and certain types of cancer have received scant attention.

The Sexual State: how a rolling revolution is destroying lives

Jennifer Roback Morse
Did the Sexual Revolution just sweep through society like a mindless force of nature, or did powerful people actively promote it? Why is the sexual revolutionary propaganda so relentless, and increasingly bizarre? Do children have rights to be born into an intact family with parents who stay together for life? Are men and women really different? Does it matter?

Of Guns, Video Games, and Mental Illness: Oh That It Were That Simple

Frank J. Moncher
As information emerges about the Navy Yard gunman's excessive use of violent video games and likely mental illness, people naturally are seeking understanding in hopes of preventing such tragedies in the future.

'Pink Viagra': Helping women? Or marketing a disease?

Michael Cook
It is easier to sell a drug than to heal broken relationships and dysfunctional personalities. Like so many other technologies, Addyi is being used as a chemical fix for a human problem.

Yes, Christian, There is a Devil

John Stonestreet
Daniel Patrick Moynihan coined the phrase "defining deviancy down" to describe the process by which we accept outrageous acts that we would never have tolerated a generation ago.

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Antonio P. Pueyo
The line that divides noble ambitions from selfish ambitions is very thin. One has to really be very honest and be aware of desires and innermost workings of his heart.

Birth defects more likely in IVF children

Xavier Symons
Children conceived using assisted reproductive technology (ART) are far more likely to have birth defects, according to an article in Human Reproduction Update.

Sri Lanka: Extrajudicial killings with impunity are increasing

Asia Human Rights
What is shown very clearly from the details about these killings is that they demonstrate an extraordinary level of carelessness by the law enforcement authorities regarding the lives of the ordinary people in the country.

Indian state moves toward 'two child policy'

Xavier Symons
The Indian state of Assam may enact a strict 'two child policy' in response to concerns about rapid population growth in the region.