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A Warning from Canada to Hungary about Euthanasia
Canada legalized euthanasia nationwide in 2016. Since then, with the criteria expanded and safeguards eroded, euthanasia now accounts for 4.1% of all deaths and is the fifth leading cause of death.

The Conservative, Pro-Life Case Against Surrogacy
Here's your cheat sheet for how to respond next time a gay or straight conservative celebrates creating a motherless child.

Political Scientist: 'Trans Genocide' Claims Not Backed up by Evidence
The numerous claims by the far-left that "transgender" people are subjected to more violence than normal people have been debunked by a political scientist who denounced such statements as "insanely and verifiably wrong."

Post-Dobbs US Birthrate Up 2.3%, Study Finds
Since the June 2022 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization returned decision-making on laws regulating abortion to the people and their elected representatives, aggregated data reveals increased fertility rates in states that have since outlawed or sharply restricted abortion.

Hamas isn't the first military group to hide behind civilians as a way to wage war
The Israeli military said on Nov. 15, 2023, that it had found weapons and a Hamas command center at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, after sending troops into the medical facility.

Japan to start trial of over-the-counter sales of morning-after pills
Japan will launch a trial of sales of emergency contraceptive pills without a prescription on Tuesday, moving the nation closer to over 90 countries that already allow over-the-counter sales of such drugs at pharmacies.

Satanists and Trans Activists Defile Christman
The National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin is hosting a Festival of Trees representing 66 organizations. Only six of the trees are sponsored by Christian groups; the others are sponsored by various businesses. Two of the trees have ignited a backlash: one by a Satanic group, and the other by an LGBT group.

Science Confirms Human Life Begins at Conception Despite What the Media Thinks
The more pro-lifers are victorious--see the Dobbs decision overturning Roe--the more pro-abortionists are intent on revisiting topics that are already long since settled. So we get stories from the reliable pro-abortion National Public Radio with the headline 'When does life begin? As state laws define it, science, politics and religion clash.' Sarah Varney uses a familiar tactic. Argue that since the definition of death is now ('more or less') settled, then we ask 'when exactly does human life begin? At conception, the hint of a heartbeat, a first breath, the ability to survive outside the womb with the help of the latest technology?'

7 Things My Grandmother Taught Me About Embracing Tradition And Femininity
My grandmother taught me how to give my family and our community the grace and dignity that is needed for us to live in harmony.

Men Need to Step Up and Become Responsible Fathers
"No uterus, no opinion." This sentiment is common in conversations concerning abortion -- the idea that men should sit down and shut up. Although it's crude and presents a fundamental misunderstanding of the pro-life issue, the demeaning argument has been effective in pushing some men to the sidelines.

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War Against Children: Body Parts - "Worst Nightmare For the Unborn" (Part 5)

Life is Beautiful. Life is precious and sacred. Good people believe in the sanctity of the human person with rights and dignity to be protected and preserved. Yet there are those who disagree. They declare open war against the unborn child, but there is no such thing as a "good" war. In the end, millions of children die and many are left crippled. Why then fight this war in the first place? The reason is that a "War Against the Unborn" is very profitable. Selling/Buying aborted body parts is a billion-dollar (multi-billion?) industry. Scott Carney in his new book, "The Red Market", figures that he is worth about $250,000 if his body was broken down and sold as individual parts on what he called the "red market." The world was even more shocked when it learned that the University of Pittsburgh was harvesting organs of unborn babies "while their hearts were still beating". Continue reading at Fr. Jerry's Blog...

Ethical Perspectives

New! 4 things you were supposed to forget about 'Trans Day of Remembrance'

Ben Terangi
"All trans murders are tragedies. All of the victims are someone's son or daughter. They all had friends who loved them. They all had inalienable rights and deserved to be treated with respect." So, to mark TDoR this year, consider four things the woke establishment hoped you'd forget this Transgender Day of Remembrance.

New! A Century Ago Our Bishops Were Pro-Life. What Happened?

Steven Mosher
Today, the few pro-family advocates at the USCCB are squirreled away in a tiny office in the conference's D.C. headquarters, while our bishops advocate an endless stream of political programs that lie in the realm that properly belongs to the laity. And what about the family? As Cardinal Dolan observed in 2012, America's bishops' have suffered from "laryngitis over speaking about issues of chastity and sexual morality" for years. The truths of Humanae Vitae are timeless. One hundred years ago, America's bishops clearly and steadfastly defended them. Today they've mostly gone silent.

New! The Virtue of Prudence

Douglas McManaman
The virtue of prudence is a very complex virtue, because it includes both the universal and the concrete. One needs rectitude of appetite in order to have prudence, but how does one know what constitutes right appetite without prudence? The bottom line is that one may be brilliant and learned without being morally good - because one does not have a good will, or one has disordered appetites - , but it is not possible to be prudent and not morally good.

New! The harms of 'conversion therapy' are fake news

Michael Cook
Let's tackle this thorny issue in three stages: What is conversion therapy? Does it really make people suicidal? And what accounts for the vehemence of academic activists?

New! The psychology of marriage: what makes couples stick together?

Harry Benson
If you want to stick at doing something, you need two things. You need to want to do it. But there's another aspect of commitment that goes with the grain of human nature and helps us stick at things when we don't feel like it. It's called constraints. You need to have to do it.

Help Stem the Tide

Steven Mosher
African countries are following the trend of plummeting populations.

Book: Catholic Teachings on Pro-Life Issues

Anthony Zimmerman
The book presents thoroughly documented orthodox Catholic teachings on contraception, abortion and related pro-life topics, designed especially for seminarians.

Where does the time go?

Tom Bartolomeo
If ever we have lost our place of time in the world it is - now. Perhaps it can be rediscovered - now. The holy season of Advent, the first coming of Christ, is now. It is a time we begin to prepare once more for Jesus' second and final coming of which we know neither the time or the hour. For the world this time it is just one big secular holiday from Thanksgiving to Christmas and New Year's Day when the world resets its calendar.

Hormonal contraception linked to depression

Tamara El-Rahi
A huge study finds that users face higher risks to their mental health.

Sri Lanka/World: Torture is a common practice in Sri Lanka - UN Special Rapporteur on torture

Asia Human Rights
The UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment Mr Juan E Mendez, published his preliminary findings on 7th May 2016 following an official visit to Sri Lanka. He has observed that torture is a common practice in Sri Lanka.

Having babies protects women from suicide

Carolyn Moynihan
Study authors hypothesize that having children may protect against suicide because children may increase a mother's feelings of self-worth.

Rights of unborn must be restored
January 7, 2002

Michael D. Pfeifer
To be truly in support of all human life, it is necessary to develop a consistent ethic of life which identifies conditions that demean human dignity and threaten human rights.

Plan C, for conscience

Cristina Alarcon
I was thrilled to learn that Washington State will be creating new rules for pharmacists who have conscientious objections to providing services or products they find morally objectionable. The new regulations would give plaintiffs in a Washington lawsuit -- the owners of Ralph's Thriftway pharmacy and two pharmacists -- the right to refuse to stock or dispense Plan B "morning after pill" based on their belief that life is sacred from the moment of conception.

Just Peace Theory: A Syllabus of Errors

Andrew Latham
The Catholic Church should not abandon Just War doctrine in favor of Just Peace theory. The social and political realities of our time, as in all times, require that we have a theologically grounded moral framework for both judging particular acts of war and then working to limit war on the basis of those judgments.

Transgender ordinance dispute brings Houston voters out of the closet

Carolyn Moynihan
The progressive press is seething with indignation towards the voters of Houston, Texas, more than 60 percent of whom have rejected a city council ordinance that would allow transgender women (that is, biological males) into women's restrooms and locker rooms.