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Jerry Novotny OMI
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April 22, 2024

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We Should have Compassion for Babies, Born and Unborn
The importance of a single life -- specifically, a baby's life -- to change the world can never be underestimated.

Planned Parenthood Kills 40% of All Babies Who Die in Abortions
Planned Parenthood's latest annual report "Above & Beyond" for 2022-2023 is of special interest because it is the first by the abortion giant officially covering the time since the June 2022 overturn of Roe. As such, it gives people an idea as to how much business was and was not affected by the Dobbs decision overturning Roe and what steps the group has taken to keep the nation's largest abortion chain open and busy.

Planned Parenthood Brought in $2.9 Billion Last Year, Killed 1,075 Babies in Abortions Every Day
Despite the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey on June 24, 2022, Planned Parenthood aborted five percent more unborn children during the 2022-2023 fiscal year than the previous year and brought in more than $2.9 billion in assets.

Catholic Bishops Call for Day of Prayer to Save Babies From Abortion
The Catholic bishops in Poland are calling for citizens of the eastern European country to set aside a day of prayer to save babies from abortion. While the call is for the EU nation to rally in prayer, there's no reason why Christians across the globe can't join in to pray for unborn children to be spared from the terrible tragedy of abortion.

Is a 15-Week Abortion Ban Actually Pro-Choice? And if so, how should pro-life Christians respond?
In 2012, when I became the president and CEO of Care Net, the Republicans and Democrats supported very different national policy positions on abortion.

Assisted suicide numbers in Oregon continue to rise
In 1997, Oregon became the first jurisdiction to legalise physician-assisted suicide for people with a terminal illness. Since then, numbers have increased year-on-year, and this shows no sign of slowing.

Inside the horrifying world of transgender surgery
WPATH, or the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, is respected as the peak body for transgender medicine. Its 'standards of care' (SOC) were once regarded as a benchmark for ethical and effective treatment for minors and adults. ...Its prestige, however, has been tarnished by the leak of hundreds of posts from an internal messaging forum. These are evidence of doctors basing their surgery, even on young people, on trial and error, not on medical research. The internet went wild over the leak. The Times of London called WPATH quack medicine, and Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Lauren Schwartz, MD, stated: 'WPATH has evolved into one of the most egregious disfigurements of medical practice our profession has ever encountered.

MIT, Harvard professors slam pro-LGBT phrase 'sex assigned at birth' in New York Times column
Instead of asking for a person's sex, some medical and camp forms these days ask for 'sex assigned at birth' or 'assigned sex' (often in addition to gender identity). The American Medical Association and the American Psychological Association endorse this terminology; its use has also exploded in academic articles. The Cleveland Clinic's online glossary of diseases and conditions tells us that the 'inability to achieve or maintain an erection' is a symptom of sexual dysfunction, not in 'males,' but in 'people assigned male at birth.' In short, this shift in language has been real, discernable, and imposed from the top down.

New Study: Abortion Increases Risk of Cardiovascular Diseases
A new longitudinal peer-reviewed study by the Charlotte Lozier Institute has shown that abortions are an independent risk factor for increased risk of cardiovascular diseases (CVD), the leading cause of death among women.

Catholic Bishops Say Killing Babies in Abortions "Can Never be a Fundamental Right"
"By inserting it into the constitution, the left wants to make abortion sacred as if it were a value at the heart of the national 'social contract,'" Bauer told the Catholic News Agency last year. "From being a crime, abortion has become a banal medical act, and the left now is seeking to make it a fundamental right, superior to every other right."

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Human Dignity and Shady Characters

It appears today that the truth is not important anymore. What is important is to do what is "politically correct", not what is right. Our involvement in politics should be driven by the uncompromising belief that no one is worthless and that truth is paramount. For this reason, we, as Christians, defend the Right of the unborn to live. It is also the reason why we stand against suicide and euthanasia. We do not have a right to kill people because they are near death and need our help. Our witness to the dignity of human life also requires that we speak up against unjust wars, (eg. Ukraine, Gaza), for migrants who are fleeing violence (eg. Somalia, Kenya) and other hardships (eg. North Korea, Afghanistan). These people have dignity no matter what language they speak and no matter what religion they practice. The same is true for prisoners. No matter what crimes they have committed, their lives still matter and they still deserve to be treated with respect. As Christians, we must give voice to all those people whom the world says are worthless. When it comes to human dignity, we cannot make any compromises. Period! The world needs our witness more than ever. So let us not be afraid to speak up for those who are so often forgotten and overlooked. Continue reading at Fr. Jerry's Blog...

Ethical Perspectives

New! Dignitas Infinita Defends Intrinsic Human Dignity

Shenan J. Boquet
Dignitas infinita is receiving considerable attention in the media, due to the fact that it re-affirms long-standing Catholic teaching on certain controversial issues, such as transgenderism, abortion, euthanasia, and surrogacy.

New! Social Problems and the Eugenics Debate: Is Eugenics Ethical?

Brian Clowes
If any single age really attains, by eugenics and scientific education, the power to make its descendants what it pleases, all men who live after are the patients of that power, slaves to the dead hand of the great planners and conditioners. If man chooses to treat himself as raw material, raw material he will be. - C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man.

New! Artificial Wombs Will Compound the Harm Reproductive Tech Inflicts on Children

Katy Faust
What should be at the forefront of everyone's mind is the question, "How does all this technological tinkering affect the kids?" We are only beginning to be able to answer that question.

New! Inside the horrifying world of transgender surgery

Faith Kuzma
The idea of a "sex change" is essentially binary and therefore old-fashioned. There are only two sexes, so there are only two possible sex changes - male to female and female to male. A gender fluid world opens up a whole spectrum of possibilities.

New! Pastoral statement for World Earth Day
Earth Day focuses attention on appreciation and stewardship for Planet Earth.

Michael D. Pfeifer
Earth Day reminds us that the engagement of the world must transcend politics, personal policy, agendas, and focus on human ecology which calls for a conversion of political, economic, cultural, and social systems as well as individual lifestyles, and sharing all of Earth's goods with all inhabitants. We are living in a time of crisis, fracturing the environment in countless ways including global climate change.

International Effort To Prohibit Surrogacy

Pilar Calva
"Surrogacy" can be a confusing term. Most generally, surrogacy refers to hiring a woman who commits to carry a baby with the obligation of ceding her parental rights and giving the child at birth to those who have hired her.

The Benediction of Kate Michelman
A Case Study on Coping With Post-Abortion Trauma

The Post-Abortion Review
There are many former abortion advocates like Carol Everett, Norma McCorvey, Dr. Beverly McMillan, and Dr. Tony Levatino who became "converts" to the pro-life cause because they experienced the love of pro-lifers. This should remind us that those who are most outspoken in defense of Roe v. Wade are really crying out for acceptance. If we are to convert a nation, we must, as ambassadors of Christ's mercy and love, accept and embrace them.

Surrogacy is never in a child's 'best interests'

Rachael Wong
Changes to surrogacy laws are the focus of a new review being conducted by New Zealand's Law Commission, which is examining in particular what it refers to as the 'legal confusion' regarding legal parentage of babies born to surrogate mothers. For a start, it separates the child from its mother.

Misericordia Vultus ((Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy))

Official Documents
We need constantly to contemplate the mystery of mercy. It is a wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace. Our salvation depends on it. Mercy: the word reveals the very mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. Mercy: the ultimate and supreme act by which God comes to meet us. Mercy: the fundamental law that dwells in the heart of every person who looks sincerely into the eyes of his brothers and sisters on the path of life. Mercy: the bridge that connects God and man, opening our hearts to the hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness.

Doubts raised about organ transplant reforms in China

Xavier Symons
Strong criticisms have been levelled supposed 'reforms' to the organ trade currently being carried out by the Chinese government.

Money can't buy you an education if methods are wrong

Veronika Winkels
Evidence from Australian schools where disadvantaged kids do well.

Italy's "Listening Room" Comforts Mothers and Saves Unborn Lives

Steven Mosher
In May 1978, both houses of the Italian Parliament passed Law 194 legalizing abortion. The margin of victory was so narrow that abortion advocates included language pretending that it really didn't endanger the unborn. Yet the reality is that most Italians oppose abortion. And Law 194 states that human life must be defended and protected. So, a group of private citizens, working with a hospital in northern Italy, are now putting that principle into practice in a very practical way. Last month the Sant'Anna Hospital in Turin agreed to establish a "Listening Room."

C.S. Lewis in a Secular Core: Sex, Love, and That Hideous Strength

Joseph M. Knippenberg
For C.S. Lewis, the body and the erotic procreative relationship between men and women are not mere nature, to be manipulated and embellished. They are not mere matter, to be shaped in any way that we please. They are, rather, an indicator of a larger order, something that offers us a clue to that larger order and that has to be understood in the light of it.

My Life on the Road: a feminist's journey

Carolyn Moynihan
What would you like to hear from a feminist elder, prominent enough in her day to be bracketed with such big names as Betty Friedan and Bella Abzug? At 81, Gloria Steinem is in a position to be frank about the failures as well as successes of the movement for which she has been a standard bearer.

Sanctifying GRACE, What it is, What it does

Anthony Zimmerman
"Grace elevates us to a new dimension in the cosmic pecking order of what is honorable, what is splendid, what is most near to God's surpassing glory. Grace is the wedding garment that we will wear in heaven.