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Jerry Novotny OMI
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November 17, 2019

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Use And Abuse: The Exploitative Reality Of Surrogacy And Egg Donation
Over the last two years, I noticed my Facebook and Instagram feeds filling with ads urging me to donate my eggs or to become a surrogate. At first I laughed it off. But the more ads I saw, the more concerned and uncomfortable I felt. So, I started a small experiment. Every time I saw an ad from a fertility company, I took a screenshot.

The Cultural Power Of The Transgender Movement
Telling a gender-confused person to transition is like telling someone with bulimia, “Look, we see you’re only 90 pounds and wasting away…but since you still think you’re fat, I guess you could get your stomach stapled if you think it’ll make you feel better.”

Court Rules Daleiden's Undercover Videos Caused 'substantial Harm' To Planned Parenthood
“Justice was not done today in San Francisco. While top Planned Parenthood witnesses spent six weeks testifying under oath that the undercover videos are true and Planned Parenthood sold fetal organs on a quid pro quo basis, a biased judge with close Planned Parenthood ties spent six weeks influencing the jury with pre-determined rulings and suppressing the video evidence, all in order to rubber-stamp Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit attack on the First Amendment,” the Center for Medical Progress said Nov. 15

Thomas More Society Will Fight Multimillion Dollar RICO Judgment In David Daleiden's Baby Body Parts Exposé Trial
Undercover journalist David Daleiden faced a major setback today in San Francisco's U.S. District Court after a jury handed down a multi-million dollar (over $2.2 million) verdict under the federal Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) law, among others, in favor of abortion giant Planned Parenthood.

Jury Renders Verdict Against Pro-Life Activists In Planned Parenthood Baby Parts Case
Moments ago, a jury of ten issued adverse verdicts in a Federal civil suit brought by Planned Parenthood against five pro-life activists who exposed its participation in the illegal trafficking of aborted baby remains.

Face And Fingerprint Scanning Installed In Churches As China Increases Surveillance
Hi-tech surveillance devices including face and fingerprint scanning equipment are now being installed in churches throughout China.

4 Feminist Lies That Are Making Women Miserable
Too many women map out their lives with work at the center and eventually wish they hadn’t. My inbox is loaded with women’s emails saying they wish someone had told them this sooner.

Pro-Life Lawmaker Says Killing Babies In Abortion Is As Bad As Slavery. Democrats Come Unhinged
Abortion activists criticized a Michigan pro-life lawmaker this week for comparing the evil of aborting unborn babies to that of slavery.

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Editorial

“Excruciating Pain”

Dear Friends: (1) When was the last time I experienced pain? (2) When was the last time I felt “Excruciating Pain“? These are questions that ran through my mind as I read the article “Medical Expert Confirms Unborn Children Feel Excruciating Pain During Abortions” by Dr. David Prentice of the Charlotte Lozier Institue. Dr. David Prentice clearly states that “science pretty conclusively demonstrates: Young babies still in the womb at 20 weeks do indeed feel pain, and in fact, may feel more intense pain than a newborn or an adult.” Many pro-life doctors maintain that fetuses can feel pain by 8 weeks, about the time most surgical abortions take place. Human beings feel pain. Newborn babies can feel pain. Unborn babies can feel pain. There is no pain button that suddenly switches to “on” or “off” as one's journey progresses through life. “To feel pain” is a life long process for a human being. Continue reading at Fr. Jerry's Blog...

Ethical Perspectives

New! American Muslims Challenge Transgenderism - and Each Other

Jennifer S. Bryson
In amicus briefs to the Supreme Court in cases about sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity, some American Muslims argue from their beliefs while others push LGBT causes. This contrast provides non-Muslims a window into the teachings of Islam, and a ringside seat for intra-Muslim conflicts. At stake is whether truth claims or identity politics will prevail.

New! Coherence, Calvinball, and the Consistent Ethic of Life

R. J. Snell
A consistent life ethic (CLE) should consider the totality of an act: not simply the consequences, but also the intention, the object chosen, and the circumstances of the act. Charles Camosy deserves our respect for boldly declaring the case for CLE, but the devil remains in the details. Without agreement on those details, the consistent life ethic remains as unpredictable and random as Calvinball.

New! Against the "Feminine Essence"

Jane Robbins
Why do transgender activists so strongly reject the concept of autogynephilia, in which a man wants to be a woman because of an erotic attachment to the idea of himself as a woman? Shutting down scientific inquiry via political pressure impedes the objective advancement of science. Further, denying the validity of the autogynephilia theory can harm gender-dysphoric patients by denying them access to therapies that could help them overcome their specific problems.

New! Forgiving the Unforgivable: A Lesson in Love

Margarita A. Mooney
I initially tried to explain forgiveness in terms of the psychological benefits to oneself, or even in terms of social harmony. But narratives of forgiveness as an outpouring of love correspond more to a different explanation of forgiveness: the desires of a heart that wants to expand. This is not a sentimental love; it is a love that seeks charity in truth, in justice, and in regarding our neighbor who has harmed us as a person deserving of the same merciful love that we ourselves have already been shown.

New! Female sex traffickers and feminist contradictions

Katherine Baker
You can be equal to men or 'damsels in distress', but not both. In a recent Forbes article on sex trafficking, we learn not only are women "a growing category of sex trafficker" but also "in some countries they are the primary perpetrators" of that crime.

Author Discounts Mary's Essential Greatness

Anthony Zimmerman
The Bible presents a Mary who is more than "probably a widow, who does not understand what her son, Jesus, is about ... who is struggling ... and perhaps at times doubting ... (who) like any Jewish mother ... most have had, along with Joseph, hopes and dreams for this remarkable boy. Then came a series of faith-testing crises." In this superficial manner the Writer discounts Mary's essential greatness by giving faint praise.

Important Clarifications on the Meaning of "Conscience"

Douglas P. McManaman
For a Catholic to make a moral decision on the basis of illegitimate dissent is to act in violation of conscience, not in accordance with it. The very fact that one is not plagued by guilt afterwards does not mitigate the argument. Feelings of guilt do not always accompany decisions that we know might be wrong, are probably wrong, or are in fact wrong.

Bad Science and Failed Freedom Protections in the HHS Mandate

Helen Alvaré
The latest proposed amendment to the HHS mandate still draws on empirically unsound data and violates religious freedom.

One parent or five?

Carolyn Moynihan
Most couples who marry, even today, probably intend to have one or two children at least. Marriage and the baby carriage (as family scholar Brad Wilcox likes to pair them) have always gone together. But this is not what is meant by the new catch-phrase "intentional parenthood".

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Pregnancy

C. Ward Kischer
There is a plague upon us. It is constant and unrelenting, and its victims are dispersed from coast to coast (a lesser number world-wide). Through no fault of their own, they are permanently disabled. They never can be cured. These are the victims of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). This is one of the most unforgiving tragedies of our time. Lesser effects of alcohol poisoning are grouped into Fetal Alcohol Effects (FAE). Those suffering from FAS constitute a subclass of human beings who can never function as normal. But, the greater tragedy is that their condition is 100% preventable. FAS is a social problem, to be sure; but, scientifically, it presents a major problem in Human Embryology.

Illinois' Grotesque "Reproductive Health Act"
Nothing to do with Health

John Stonestreet
The Act is solely focused on making it beyond easy for Illinois women to get an abortion in that state. In fact, it's not too much of a stretch to say that the only place Illinois can go from this "Reproductive Health Act" is to make abortion mandatory

The Economic Impact of Abortion

Judie Brown
Dennis Howard, director of ALL's Associate group The Movement for a Better America, recently received a letter requesting information on the impact of abortion on our tax dollars. Dennis' answer is instructive.

Why Would the Leader in Embryonic Stem Cell Research Drop Out?

E. Christian Brugger
Now that Geron has discontinued its embryonic stem cell research, while at the same time adult stem cell experiments have had a number of successful trials, what does this mean for the stem cell debate?

The Church and the New Age Movement

John B. Shea
At the end of the millennium, the year 2000, a yearning for an age of freedom from the evils afflicting the world, the spirit of millenarianism, has returned as it has so many times before. It is not a sect, a religion, a single organization, a science or a philosophy. In some ways it is not even new. It is called a movement in order to indicate that it is a network of individuals and groups who share a world-view and a common desire to change the world.

Death and Dying Issues

James T. McHugh
Human life is our most precious gift, and in many ways our most fragile possession. The beginning of each human life is a continuing reminder of God's creative love and the basis of the value and dignity of the human person. Even for those who do not believe in God, the miracle of life awakens a sense of the sacred, that is, of the beauty and uniqueness of each human person.