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October 25, 2020

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With The Lowest Birth Rate In The World, South Korea Figures Out A Way To Make It Sink Further
South Korea has a problem: according to critics its abortion legislation is out of date. So earlier this month, a bill to decriminalize it up to the fourteenth week of was tabled in the South Korean parliament.

Poland’s Top Court Rules Out Abortions Due To Fetal Defects
Poland’s top court ruled Thursday that a law allowing abortion of fetuses with congenital defects is unconstitutional, shutting a major loophole in the predominantly Catholic country’s abortion laws that are among the strictest in Europe.

New Worldwide Consensus Declaration Signed, And It's Pro-life!
32 nations affirm 'there is no human right to abortion'

A Christian Girl’s Response To A Christian Guy’s Struggle With Pornography
Studies continue to find that well over 70 percent of young men these days view pornography on a weekly basis. Articles that were published 20 years ago are still just as relevant today: Porn teaches men that women are less than human and provides a false sense of intimacy.

Woman With Down Syndrome: UK Law Says People Like Me Are ‘better Off Dead’
A young woman with Down syndrome is campaigning to change discriminatory abortion laws in the United Kingdom, and has just gotten the chance to move ahead with what is being called a “landmark challenge” against the law.

Report: Pregnancy Resource Centers Served Nearly 2 Million People In 2019
The Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) has just released its latest study on the impact of pro-life pregnancy resource centers (PRCs). “Pregnancy Centers Stand the Test of Time” is based on national survey data provided by Care Net, Heartbeat International, and the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates as well as several smaller networks. It noted that a growing number of PRCs are now considered medical pregnancy centers/clinics and many medical workers are now among the tens of thousands of staff and volunteers at PRCs.

What Did Pope Francis Say About Civil Unions? A CNA Explainer
During a segment of “Francesco” which discussed Pope Francis’ pastoral care of Catholics who identify as LGBT, the pope made two distinct comments.

Priorities At The Polls
As Catholics approach the polls, we are asked to weigh many important issues. The U.S. bishops have reaffirmed that “the threat of abortion remains our preeminent priority because it directly attacks life itself, because it takes place within the sanctuary of the family, and because of the number of lives destroyed.”[1] While they did warn us not to “dismiss or ignore other serious threats to human life and dignity such as racism, the environmental crisis, poverty, and the death penalty,” they did give priority to upholding and defending our brothers’ and sisters’ most basic right—to live.

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Editorial

Pope Francis is Right: Death Row has no place in Catholicism

On October 3rd, 2020, Pope Francis’ new encyclical, "Fratelli Tutti," does something that some Catholics believed could not be done: It ratifies a change in church teaching. In this case, on the death penalty. In August 2, 2018, Pope Francis ordered a revision to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, updating it to describe the death penalty as "inadmissible" and an "attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person." In Evangelium Vitae, St. Pope John Paul II identified a contradiction in contemporary culture. "Precisely in an age when the inviolable rights of the person are solemnly proclaimed and the value of life is publicly affirmed," he lamented, "the very right to life is being denied or trampled upon, especially at the more significant moments of existence: the moment of birth and the moment of death." The church has always taught the defense of human life from its very beginning to its natural death. "Today we state clearly that 'the death penalty is inadmissible' and the Church is firmly committed to calling for its abolition worldwide,” says Francis in his new encyclical. Continue reading at Fr. Jerry's Blog...

Ethical Perspectives

New! Solidarity vs solitude: a meditation on euthanasia

Michael Cook
In a new document, the Vatican denounces it as a crime, but insists on understanding and compassion.

New! The Ginsburg Principle

Judie Brown
Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died, but the legacy that she leaves behind will not die. She is described as a feminist icon whose uncompromising support for abortion rights, homosexual rights, and other leftist cultural goals made her a hero for many.

New! Caution: 'Exclusionary' legal principle - bills on beginning of human life

Dianne N. Irving
What is crucial to understand is the legal concept of "exclusionary" -- which lobbyists on Capitol Hill are already quite familiar with and use all the time to sneak in the "exceptions" they want in any bills or regulations. "Exclusionary" is a legal term that requires most courts to interpret any DEFINITION used in a bill or regulation LITERALLY, i.e., acknowledging ONLY that definition. Such a requirement means that any other definitions would NOT be covered by that bill or regulation.

New! What Does the Bible Say about Homosexuality?

Brian Clowes
A thick fog of confusion obscures the debate about homosexuality. This is by design; one of the fundamental strategies of the culture of death is to generate uncertainty and misunderstanding so that people will be intimidated into remaining silent. Nowhere does this principle apply more than to what Scripture says about homosexuality.

New! Pro-Life Stings and Abortion Referrals: Formal Cooperation in Evil Is Always Wrong

Helen Watt
Are pro-life stings justified to change hearts and minds? Or do they make us complicit in new wrongful choices?

Sexual Wreckage

Judie Brown
The only way back from this darkness is the ability to shine the light of truth pointing always and in every way to the single greatest asset we have as human beings: the ability to turn to God and surrender at long last to His will rather than our own.

Fetal Pain Legislation: Women Deserve to Know

Margaret Datiles Watts
At what stage in fetal development can a fetus experience pain, and what impact would this information have on women and abortion law in the United States?

The untold story behind child obesity

Nicole M. King
A new study from Pediatrics reveals that teen obesity may be an even stronger predictor of adult health problems than previously thought.

Project Afghanistan

Steven Mosher
The Population Research Institute is making plans to establish a pro-life office in Afghanistan. The purpose of PRI's pro-life outreach to the war-torn country is to assist Afghan women and families in their fight against the anti-natal agenda of UN agencies and anti-child NGOs.

Pakistan: Dimensions of poverty

Asia Human Rights
The concept of poverty has evolved over time. As knowledge about the complexity of human societies is growing, poverty has found new meanings and coping strategies.

Affirming Rather than Treating Gender Dysphoria
The Invisible Victims of Political Correctness

John Stonestreet
Ideas have consequences. Bad ideas have victims. We need to ensure that the victims of bad gender ideology are no longer invisible. Their stories must be heard.

Feeding the Wrong Wolf

Hank Mattimore
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.

Forced Abortions in China Continue Despite Two-Child Policy

Steven Mosher
Many Westerners cheered when the Chinese Communist Party announced it was going to allow all Chinese couples a second child. They quite naturally assumed that this meant an across-the-board relaxation of a policy that had caused tremendous suffering among the Chinese people.

Praying Community
Ordinary Sunday A-23

Antonio P. Pueyo
One of our deeper human needs is to belong. We want to feel accepted and welcomed by a close-knit group. In rural societies this need is filled in naturally by family, relatives, and neighbors. Relationships are defined by blood affiliations and extended by various forms of affinities. In rural communities people know most everybody in the village. In the village where I grew up people would know one another by their nicknames or by a particular trait (Pedro who owns the white buffalo). In this kind of setting, gathering people into praying communities is not so difficult. One can at least start with the natural closeness of people who usually are already members of a chapel group.

There's a silver lining to the Covid cloud of gloom: valuing home and country

Veronika Winkels
As the state of Victoria goes back into lockdown with a new outbreak of coronavirus, Australians are considering their place in the world.