Jerry Novotny OMI
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January 23, 2022

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Japanese Doctors Raise Concerns About Abortion Pill’s Easy Availability
The abortion pill soon may be available in Japan, and some Japanese doctors are raising concerns.

The Time To Overturn Roe V. Wade Is Now
As we look back 49 years later, we mourn the more than 62 million babies in America whose lives since then have been extinguished while they were yet in their mothers’ wombs.

A Small Sigh Of Relief?
Finally, after two years of me loving him unconditionally, but never “affirming” him, my son has told me that he no longer feels that way, that he is male and straight, not a transgender lesbian, as he had believed himself to be.

China Threatens Olympic Athletes Who Condemn Genocide: You’ll Be “Subject To Punishment”
“No one should be the least bit surprised that China is threatening our athletes and warning them against criticizing their Communist government. President Biden’s diplomatic boycott means nothing to a regime that’s imprisoning activists and committing genocide without consequences,”

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin Creates “Ambassador For Unborn Children” Position To Protect Babies
The diversity officer will work to promote “ideas, policies and practices to eliminate disparities in pre-natal care, and be an ambassador for unborn children,” according to the order. Additionally, the diversity officer will “promote free speech and civil discourse in civic life, including viewpoint diversity in higher education in coordination with the Secretary of Education.”

Poll Finds American Majority Want Roe V Wade To Go
More than 60% of Americans disagree with the central holding of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion nationwide, according to a new Knights of Columbus/Marist Poll survey.

Women Deserve Men Who Oppose Abortion
Forty-nine years and sixty million preborn lives later, the Supreme Court’s 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade should be recognized for the moral and legal calamity that it was. But there remains another, less commonly discussed dimension to this decision, namely, the catastrophic moral and spiritual failure of men—especially Christian men—who have stood on the sidelines for so long.

Fighting Against Both Porn & Shame Is More Than Possible, It’s Necessary
Shame can carry a discouraging weight that makes it impossible for some to change, forgive, or progress. Here’s how shame harms lives affected by porn.

Emmanuel Macron Calls For Abortion To Be Added To EU Rights Charter
French President Emmanuel Macron called on Wednesday for abortion to be added to the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

University Defends Using Aborted Baby Parts In Research: We Followed Federal Law So It’s OK
The University of Pittsburgh continued to defend its gruesome experiments involving implanting aborted babies’ scalps onto rodents and other research with aborted baby body parts, citing a new investigation this week that found its research is “fully compliant” with state and federal laws.

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War Against Children: Climate Change - "before and after" (Part 8)

(BEFORE COP25) -- "You'll die of old age; we'll die of climate change!" Young people strike back against apathy among politicians dealing with climate change. "What do we want? Climate justice! When do we want it? Now!" echoed throughout central Glasgow as thousands of protesters took the streets during the dedicated "Youth Day" at COP26. Young leaders did their best to make their voices be heard, expressing their discontent with the current state of climate action, or, as some claimed, "climate inaction." Even very small children gathered in the demonstration. "Climate change is worse than homework", one of them told UN News. WHO estimates that 80% of the illnesses, injuries, and deaths occurring due to climate change are poor children under 5-years of age. Worldwide, over half a billion children are forced to live in extremely high flood area-zones; nearly 160 million live in extremely high drought area-zones. Isn't it about time for our apathic politicians to take "responsibility" and "do something constructive" to protect the future of our planet and our children? (AFTER COP25) -- ...... Continue reading at Fr. Jerry's Blog...

Ethical Perspectives

New! The Difficulties of Teaching about Divorce in an Anecdotal World

Alexander Riley
The greatest challenge to my teaching is the relativist, anecdote-dominated view of knowledge many of my students have absorbed by the time they enter my classroom. Too many of their teachers embrace the view that relativist, subjectivist, and ultimately personal experiential knowledge is the only kind available to us - or at least that it trumps other kinds of knowledge.

New! Liberalism Has Become a Dirty Joke

Nathanael Blake
Conservatives may hope that liberalism's better angels prevail. But the ravages of ideological liberalism, especially the damage done by the sexual revolution to family and community, require active redress. Conservatives, drawing on the wisdom and traditions we have sustained (and which have sustained us), must help our culture relearn essential parts of being human.

New! Beware the Dangers of TikTok

Shenan J. Boquet
LGBT extremists are deliberately targeting children with dangerous propaganda using methods that are designed to ensure that the children's parents know nothing about it. That is the disturbing lesson from two stories that broke over the past few weeks.

New! Are Aborted Fetuses Used in Cosmetics?

Brian Clowes
From time to time we hear stories alleging that American abortion mills are selling aborted babies to major cosmetic companies so that they may be "rendered" for their collagen, the main protein component of connective tissue.

New! A Warning About Declining Birth Rates

Shenan J. Boquet
Every human born is not just another mouth to feed but is an image of God Himself, a spark of the divine on earth, endowed with rationality, and a spiritual soul capable of intimate union with God Himself. At an earthier level, every human being is another potential mother, father, daughter, son, friend, another employee, taxpayer, inventor, and creator. Every human life is a life of inexpressible richness: of triumphs, sorrows, joys, accomplishments. Every human born has the ability to give something to the world that no other person can give.

Short Commentary on Matthew, No. 44

Anthony Zimmerman
What is taking the Kingdom by force, asks Chrysostom, (Sermon 40 on Matthew). "All who approach it with earnestness of mind," he responds. Earnestness is the key word.

The truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality
Guidelines for Education within the Family

Official Documents
Among the many difficulties parents encounter today, despite different social contexts, one certainly stands out: giving children an adequate preparation for adult life, particularly with regard to education in the true meaning of sexuality. There are many reasons for this difficulty and not all of them are new.

Utah struggles to defend monogamous, man-woman marriage

Carolyn Moynihan
The Mormon stronghold of Utah is trying to defend its laws on marriage on two fronts, same-sex marriage and polygamy, but courts are not on the state's side.

Attractions vs. Actions
Homosexuality and God's Story

John Stonestreet
Armed with good intentions, individuals, organizations and outreaches have dedicated themselves to treating homosexuality, often by promising to turn homosexuals "straight." In other words, "cure" them of their orientation.

Misguided Feminism

Judie Brown
LifeNews featured a disturbing story last week about a woman named Lyz Keating. According to the story, Lyz "admitted she had an abortion for convenience, and said she has no regrets. To her, getting food poisoning was worse than aborting her unborn child."

Anesthesia or Analgesia Related Deaths of Women From Legal Abortion: The Need for Increased Regulation
Thomas W. Strahan, J.D.

This article reviews some of the various methods and kinds of anesthesia and/or analgesia used in connection with induced abortion and the risk factors with respect to the various methods. In addition, some of the accumulated evidence of compliance or non-compliance of abortion-facilities with general standards developed for the administration of anesthesia will be reviewed.

Check the pulse: An update on heartbeat legislation
Advances in Alabama, Arkansas, and Ohio

Steven Mosher
Heartbeat legislation, which places restrictions on abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, continues to move forward. The month of March has been particularly busy

Torture: sometimes a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do, say bioethicists

Michael Cook
Torture is an issue on which the public might expect bioethicists to be moral absolutists.

Illegal Abortions: The Myth and the Cure
David C. Reardon

The Post-Abortion Review
Polls show that while 80 percent of Americans agree that abortion is killing a human life, most also believe abortion should be legally accessible, at least in some cases. Many of these people accept abortion as an "evil necessity." Others tolerate it as an "unavoidable evil." They buy into the assumption that without "safe and legal" abortions, desperate women will foolishly seek out dangerous and illegal abortions. Since abortion can't be stopped, they argue, why put women's lives at risk?

The Wrong Tree
Embryonic stem cells are not all that.

Wesley J. Smith
The media is so excited about the supposed potential of embryonic stem cells that it gives far too little attention to the many and serious problems associated with this potential source of regenerative medicine. Listening to the hype, one might think that ESCR is on the verge of tremendous success. But the hard truth is that it does not appear likely that embryonic stem cells will soon become the panacea that fervid supporters of the research often claim.