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New! No Place To Call Home

Dear Friends for Life: In the past few years, record numbers of refugees worldwide have been forced to flee their homes. In South Sudan alone, UNHCR William Spindler states: “More than 60 per cent of the refugees are children, many arriving with alarming levels of malnutrition… Recent new arrivals report suffering inside South Sudan with intense fighting, kidnappings, rape, fears of armed groups and threats to life, as well as acute food shortage.” Refugees from other countries report similar crisis. Instead of providing protection to refugees on a global scale, many countries are slamming their doors shut. To be more specific, the wealthiest nations are leaving other, poorer countries to cope alone with nearly all the world’s 21 million refugees.

Date posted: 2017-04-15

New! Pretending to be something we are not

Dear Friends for Life: Today we are observing a world which is descending into moral darkness. We avoid looking at the refugees living in camps, poverty resulting from the combined wealth of the richest 1% will soon overtake that of the other 99%, sex-education based on un-researched conclusions, traditional marriage being swept under the carpet, hard earned taxes supporting the abortion industry and the slippery slope continues. Now we are bombarded with laws forcing the general public to believe what is false and abnormal. The most recent madness infiltrating different segments of society is the utterly absurd “bathroom wars”. The crisis: Men walking into girls’ bathrooms, locker rooms or showers, stripping and exposing their male naked bodies to little girls. Insanity by any moral standards.

Date posted: 2017-04-13

Man’s enormous destructive power

Dear Friends for Life: 71 years have passed since the United States dropped the atomic bomb on masses of innocent people, many still at home having breakfast with their families. The first city hit by the atomic bomb was Hiroshima. The time was 8:15am on August 6, 1945. In just a few minutes, the entire city – babies, school children, mothers and grandparents – was completely erased. Radiation was so intense that those who did not die immediately died of exposure poisoning in the weeks, months and years that followed. The intense pain and long suffering must have been horrible since 90% of doctors, nurses and medical facilities were destroyed.

Date posted: 2017-04-09

Senior Citizens are lonely – Many living alone

The problem of loneliness among the elderly is a growing problem around the world. In Britain and the United States, roughly one in three people older than 65 live alone. In the United States, half of those older than 85 live alone. In Japan where I work, the number of elderly people aged 65 or older accounts for 26.7 percent of the 127.11 million total population. China, India, Singapore, South Korea and other countries are facing similar problems.

Date posted: 2017-04-03

Devasting Consequences For 15 Million Girls

Dear Friends for Life: Wow! Can you imagine girl-child(ren) forced into marriage, the psychological fear, the unspeakable suffering, the small bodies not fully developed yet to give birth and the limited mental capacity to comprehend what is happening. This my friends is the latest violent attack against small girls and the world stands silent.

Date posted: 2017-03-30

$142 Million for a Francis Bacon Painting? Someone Overpaid!

Tying up hundreds of millions of dollars in art works -- or, shall we say, in artefacts of dubious merit (Francis Bacon weirdness and Andy Warhol pop art) -- and jewels is just plain wrong in view of the extreme poverty that still afflicts so many of our brothers and sisters in the global village. -Carolyn Moynihan

Date posted: 2013-12-01

Outfoxing the Grim Reaper

Mary Meehan recently published a piece on suicide prevention, "Outfoxing the Grim Reaper,"in Human Life Review. It describes promising work in this area and suggests how individuals can help friends or family members who are inclined toward suicide. (Mary is grateful to Consistent Life's Rachel MacNair with her expertise in psychology for reviewing the manuscript before publication.)

Date posted: 2011-01-28

The Last Word

"This is the secret that a lot of media has not reported much on," says Smith, an attorney whose opinions on assisted suicide, bioethics and myriad other topics have appeared in some of the world's most influential publications.

"Assisted suicide is not about terminal illness. That's a pretext, in terms of the political fight to get people to accept the concept."

Smith suggests that "none of us know what our limits are or how we might react to pain or what mental illness might do to us, which is why when someone is suicidal, the rest of us have an even greater obligation not to accept that person's definition necessarily."

He is unabashedly judgmental "about people who, pursuant to their own ideology, would facilitate these kinds of things, because a lot of people who could be helped, instead will be dead. I frankly think some of the people get off on this."

Smith's passion reflects the controversial nature of the hot-button topic. Clearly, good thinkers on all sides of the endless debate on assisted suicide seem to find themselves at each other's throats (metaphorically, at least most of the time) before too long.

Date posted: 2007-08-24

Women Are Three Times More Likely To Die After An Abortion, New Study

The study, completed by researchers from the National Research and Development Center for Welfare and Health in Finland, shows that the long held presumption that abortion is associated with fewer deaths than childbirth does not hold up once the pregnancy history of women is actually investigated using record linkage. Previously, it has been widely assumed that the mortality rate associated with abortion was only one-sixth that of childbirth. But those estimates were based primarily on information gathered only from death certificates or other public records. Proper identification of pregnancy history, the researchers found, reveals that the death rate associated with abortion is actually three times higher than that of childbirth.

Date posted: 2005-09-12

Sex, Naturally

Sexual union in marriage ought to be a complete giving of each spouse to the other, and when fertility (or potential fertility) is deliberately excluded from that giving I am convinced that something valuable is lost. A husband will sometimes begin to see his wife as an object of sexual pleasure who should always be available for gratification. This tendency is reinforced by the dominant perspective on sexuality in our society, which idealizes unlimited sexual titillation and gratification freed (at least theoretically) from any consideration of pregnancy.

Date posted: 2004-01-05

The Challenges of Infertility: A Biblical Framework for Responding Appropriately

The growing number of reproductive technologies raises an equal number of ethical concerns. Only those technologies that pass ethical muster should be used. Some of the concerns to be considered include the sanctity of human life and the biblical ideal of the family.

Date posted: 2003-12-25

Deadly Questions

A 23-year-long study released on June 12, 2000, states that two-thirds of all capital punishment cases contained flaws serious enough to warrant that they be retried. The study also prompted renewed calls for review, or outright abolition, of the death penalty, which is administered on a state-by-state basis.

Date posted: 2002-11-11

How Lethal Injection Works

The idea of someone being put to death, no matter what the means, is not a pleasant one. But the fact is, more than half of the world's countries and 38 U.S. states have a death penalty, so this unpleasant topic is bound to come up. The form by which prisoners are executed is changing. In America and a growing number of other countries, lethal injection is becoming the most commonly used form of capital punishment.

Date posted: 2002-11-11

Clinical Overview of HIV Disease

We now know that untreated HIV disease typically progresses relentlessly in almost all infected persons from clinically silent infection detectable only by laboratory tests to severely damaged immunologic function, resulting in the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Without treatment, the disease progresses over a median interval of about 10 years, although with great individual variation, and eventually causes death in most, if not all, cases. During the course of HIV disease, a variety of clinical syndromes may occur. Incompletely understood interactions between host, HIV, and environmental factors determine the particular clinical manifestations and rate of disease progression for each individual.

Date posted: 2002-11-11

Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS in the United States

Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) was first recognized as a new disease in the United States when clinicians in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco began to see young, homosexual men with Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) and Kaposi's sarcoma (KS), unusual diseases for young adults not known to be immunosuppressed. The first report in the medical literature that alerted the world to this new immunodeficiency syndrome appeared in June of 1981 and described five young, homosexual men in Los Angeles with PCP.

Date posted: 2002-11-11

Classification and Staging of HIV Infection

Classification of HIV disease can be undertaken for several purposes and should be distinguished from disease staging. Staging is disease classification that aims primarily to make groupings that have different prognosis and can be used in guiding treatment decisions. Stages attempt to classify disease in a progressive sequence from least to most severe, each higher stage having a poorer prognosis or different medical management than the preceding stage.

Date posted: 2002-11-11

International Epidemiology of HIV (by Country and Region)

Globally, 40 million adults and children were living with HIV/AIDS at the end of 2001. Of infected adults, 48 percent were women. In 2001, the global adult HIV prevalence rate was 1.2 percent. During that year, 5 million people were newly infected with HIV, and there were 3 million adult and child deaths due to HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS 2001).

Date posted: 2002-11-11

Gay Catholics Praise "Warm" Pastoral Letter from Bishops

A new pastoral letter released by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops is winning praise from the gay Catholic community. "Always Our Children: A Pastoral Message to Parents of Homosexual Children and Suggestions for Pastoral Ministers" is the product of several years' work by the U.S. bishops' Committee on Marriage and Family.

Date posted: 2002-05-12

Homosexuality in the context of Christian anthropology

The problem of homosexuality seems complex, as does any problem concerning man and concerning him in depth: many different and difficult aspects are connected with it. This complexity seems to reveal that unique richness which marks the human person, who often is correctly described as a "mystery". On the other hand, it is precisely this very "mystery" that spurs the reflection on homosexuality towards a reading and interpretation marked by simplicity, within a deeply unified vision. And it is again the unique richness of the human person that demands such a unified vision: the wealth proper to the person is in fact not chaotic but intrinsically ordered.

Date posted: 2002-05-12

Beyond Reason

Should a civilized society levy its most extreme punishment against someone who cannot fully understand it? Against someone who could not help his own lawyers defend him? Against someone who may have confessed to help out the police, not realizing he's just helped himself to the death chamber?By Human Rights

Date posted: 2001-12-31

The Baby Parts Industry

The documentary that follows is the result of a great deal of analysis; it attempts merely to present to the reader a comprehensive understanding of exactly what is involved with fetal-tissue research. Our comprehensive report presents the facts as well as the opinions of some of those most closely involved with this issue, from all sides of the debate. We leave the moral judgments to you. From the Covenant News

Date posted: 2001-12-31

Executing the Innocent

The risk of executing innocent persons is a decisive objection to the institution of capital punishment in the United States. Consequentialist arguments for the death penalty are inconclusive at best; the strongest justification is a retributive one. However, this argument is seriously undercut if a significant risk of executing the innocent exists. Any criminal justice system carries the risk of punishing innocent persons, but the punishment of death is unique and requires greater precautions. Retributive justifications for the death penalty are grounded in respect for innocent victims of homicide; but accepting serious risks of mistaken executions demonstrates disrespect for innocent human life. By Elizabeth A. Linehan

Date posted: 2001-12-31

AIDS in the year 2001

As a new year begins so does a new year in the fight against HIV. A disease discovered over twenty years ago, surpassing even the worst-case scenarios, but 2001 did see some light in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Date posted: 2001-12-31

Abortion Is Four Times Deadlier Than Childbirth

Abortion advocates, relying on inaccurate maternal death data in the United States, routinely claim that a woman's risk of dying from childbirth is six, ten, or even twelve times higher than the risk of death from abortion.

In contrast, abortion critics have long contended that the statistics relied upon for maternal mortality calculations have been distorted and that the broader claim that "abortion is many times safer than childbirth" completely ignores high rates of other physical and psychological complications associated with abortion. Now a recent, unimpeachable study of pregnancy-associated deaths in Finland has shown that the risk of dying within a year after an abortion is several times higher than the risk of dying after miscarriage or childbirth.

Date posted: 2001-12-31

The Case Against The Death Penalty

The imposition of the death penalty is inconsistent with fundamental values of a democratic system. The state should not arrogate unto itself the right to kill human beings, especially when it kills with premeditation and ceremony, under color of law, in our names, and when it does so in an arbitrary and discriminatory fashion. Capital punishment is an intolerable denial of civil liberties. By Hugo Adam Bedau

Date posted: 2001-12-31