Boquet, Shenan J.
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Fr. Shenan J. Boquet has served as president of Human Life International since 2011. He was ordained in 1993 as a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana. As HLI’s president, Fr. Boquet collaborates with fellow laborers in the pro-life and family movement in over 80 countries, offering the Sacraments, giving seminars and trainings, appearing on numerous media outlets, and encouraging people of all walks of life to live as faithful advocates for a Culture of Life and Love. He is available for interviews and bookings on behalf of HLI by emailing hli@hli.org.

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New! Post-Abortion Stress Syndrome: Parents Are Victims Too

Of all the victims of abortion, it is perhaps the mother and father who are the most neglected of all. The trauma they experience both during and after abortion is rarely given the attention it deserves. But that trauma is real, and those who suffer from it need help.

Date posted: 2021-12-04

New! Men and Abortion

Many people think that abortion is just a "woman's issue." But they don't understand that it affects the father as well, for he too loses a child. Further, the man often experiences the same types of emotions that a woman experiences after the loss of a child. And though very little research has been done on post-abortive men, the fact that post-abortive ministries now usually include services for men are evidence that men hurt too.

Date posted: 2021-12-01

Biden's Equality Isn't for the Unborn

We must pray for President Biden, who is approaching the final years of his life, that he may yet learn to use his enormous power to protect, rather than to attack life and family, thereby undoing some of the great harm he has caused throughout his long political career.

Date posted: 2021-11-22

A Major Sea Change in Abortion Law

"The people of Texas speaking through their state legislators acted to protect unborn children with beating hearts, who are as human as you and me," Dannenfelser said. "For two generations, the U.S. Supreme Court has tied the hands of states to enact laws protecting unborn children and their mothers. It is time to restore this right to the people and update our laws."

Date posted: 2021-11-02

Contraception vs. NFP

Every married couple has the responsibility to prayerfully practice what the Catholic Church calls "responsible parenthood" as it pertains to the number and spacing of children. Spouses are to exercise this responsibility with generosity in receiving the gift of life, and with prudence, while avoiding selfishness and carelessness. Although children are the supreme gift of marriage, Catholic couples are not obliged to have as many children as humanly possible. While always remaining open to the possibility of a new life, couples may, when a serious reason is present, choose to postpone pregnancy.

Date posted: 2021-11-02

Biden's Equality Isn't for the Unborn

"[Biden] likes to call himself a devout Catholic," said Archbishop Naumann. "I would urge him to begin to act like one, especially on the life issues. And to let his faith really inform his conscience and the decisions that he's making, not the platform of his party."

Date posted: 2021-11-02

Looking to St. Joseph for Inspiration

Every October, pro-lifers celebrate Respect Life Month. This year, this month of prayer and action in support of a Culture of Life has a unique character, since we are also celebrating the Year of St. Joseph.

Date posted: 2021-10-25

Stand Against Transgender Madness

A few weeks ago, we learned of a terrible - but, in many ways, sadly predictable - twist in a recent incident involving a "transgender" individual. You might remember that a couple months ago, a video began circulating of a deeply upset woman at a spa in Los Angeles, complaining to staff that a man had exposed himself in the women's area of the spa. The woman also claimed that the man was visibly sexually aroused.

Date posted: 2021-10-24

Fetal Pain Is a Reason to End Abortion

Medical experts agree that fetal pain begins at 12 weeks gestation and may even be felt as early as eight weeks. But perhaps the best source for firsthand experience with fetal pain is an abortionist.

Date posted: 2021-10-09

The WHPA is Not a Moderate Bill

The fact that every Democratic representative but one in the House voted for this repugnant piece of legislation tells you everything that you need to know about the current state of the Democratic party. The Democratic party is not simply "pro-choice,"" as they would have us believe, they are truly pro-abortion.

Date posted: 2021-10-09

What Percent of Abortions Are Medically Necessary?

The short answer to this question is "zero."

Date posted: 2021-10-09

Highlighting Heartbeat and Humanity

Texas' Heartbeat Law, the first heartbeat law to actually go into effect anywhere in the United States, speaks directly to this profound and moving reality that a baby's heartbeat begins far, far earlier in pregnancy than most people realize, giving testimony to the existence of another, unique, fully alive human being.

Date posted: 2021-09-20

The Creighton Model of Natural Family Planning

Why would researchers want to create a natural way to manage fertility? There are many reasons. People have known for years that the pill is harmful to the body, and that it can kill a preborn baby. They have just chosen to ignore these facts for the sake of their perceived freedom.

Date posted: 2021-09-19

Quieting the Heart in Prayer

Many people are greatly troubled at many things. I am hearing again and again from people that they are on edge. People are overwhelmed by what is going on in the world, in the Church, and in their families. There is a sense of mental and spiritual oppression, of a heavy weight pressing down on us, a sense of foreboding.

Date posted: 2021-09-04

Pushing Back Against Transgenderism

The frustrating thing is that even as extremely left-wing jurisdictions in Europe are putting the brakes on the transgender insanity, here in America the pro-transgender movement is going into overdrive, painting any opposition to their movement as certain to cause vast harms to children with gender dysphoria.

Date posted: 2021-09-04

Transgenderism on the Rise in America: What's a Catholic to Do?

Transgenderism is becoming more accepted in society. That's a reality. And it's good that we have laws to protect all people. It is never right to hurt another, or to discriminate. We are all valuable children of God. We all deserve love and respect. But, as Catholics, we are called to act in the person of Christ. Building a Culture of Life means that we must follow God's laws. We must live and teach His love and mercy. We must teach the truth about gender and about sex. And we must be our brothers' keepers. This means helping them flourish as children of God without destroying their bodies.

Date posted: 2021-09-01

Hyde Amendment Under Attack

The Hyde Amendment is one of the most important pro-life achievements in U.S. history. But right now, it is under serious threat.

Date posted: 2021-09-01

The Push to Reverse Roe v. Wade

"Roe and Casey are egregiously wrong. The conclusion that abortion is a constitutional right has no basis in text, structure, history, or tradition." This strongly worded statement appears in a remarkable legal brief filed at the end of July by Mississippi's attorney general. In that brief, the state of Mississippi urged the Supreme Court to overturn the Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey decisions.

Date posted: 2021-09-01

Products That Use Aborted Fetuses

Types of Products That Use Aborted Babies. Products related to fetal material can be broken down into three categories: artificial flavors, cosmetics, and medicines/vaccines.

Date posted: 2021-08-18

Sharing NFP: A Holistic Approach to Sexuality

Any fair analysis of how well the Catholic Church has done in educating Catholics about - let alone convincing them of - the Church's teaching on contraception, would have to conclude that the Church's ministers have failed quite spectacularly.

Date posted: 2021-08-17

An Award for Population Control?

There is something marvelous in my mind about the parents who, fully knowing the potential heartache and struggles involved in bringing another child into the world, nevertheless express their boundless faith in the goodness of existence itself and choose to take that risk. This is a true act of courage; an act that expresses implicit agreement with God's declaration in the book of Genesis that the world and everything in it, including the human race, is "good."

Date posted: 2021-07-30

Catholic Health Care and Religious Freedom Are Under Attack

The fight against the culture of death is a fight for lives and for souls. However, it is also a fight for the freedom of Christians to live their lives and raise their families in accordance with their beliefs, and to participate on equal terms in the public square.

Date posted: 2021-07-30

The Negative Effects of the Pill

Though feminist groups and the mainstream media typically present hormonal contraceptives as a boon for women, they overlook the serious side effects reported in mainstream scientific literature, either through deliberate intent or negligence. Women who regularly ingest the powerful steroids in all modern hormonal methods of birth control will find that they usually suffer a wide range of side effects.

Date posted: 2021-07-30

Does God Forgive Abortion?

Abortion is one of the foremost causes of suffering in the world, and one of the least acknowledged. The child in the womb suffers in silence, and the mother carries grief, shame, and guilt. A cruel irony of abortion is that the number of people involved is at least two, but enduring silence often follows. A human life ceases to exist where mere minutes and seconds before a distinct person was forming in the womb.

Date posted: 2021-07-13

Radical Abortion Bill Could Undo Pro-Life Progress

During a year when one of the most pro-abortion presidential administrations in history is pushing abortion every chance that it gets, it can be strangely comforting to read abortion-related news coming from pro-abortion organizations in the country.

Date posted: 2021-07-03

Protect Our Children from Exploitation and Pride Month

For Catholics, June is the month of the Sacred Heart, in which we recall and celebrate Christ's redeeming, self-sacrificial love for us. For the world, however, June is now Pride Month - a month-long hedonistic carnival in celebration of a debased concept of "love": one that in many cases reduces love to nothing more than sexual exhibitionism and the exchange of genital pleasure.

Date posted: 2021-07-03

Birth Rates Are Plummeting in China and the U.S.

Marriage and conjugal love are by their nature ordained toward the begetting and educating of children. Children are really the supreme gift of marriage and contribute very substantially to the welfare of their parents.

Date posted: 2021-07-03

Reject Eugenics, and Instead Build a Civilization of Love

Every child who a woman expects in her womb is a gift that changes a family's history: the life of fathers and mothers, grandparents and of brothers and sisters. That child needs to be welcomed, loved and nurtured. Always!

Date posted: 2021-06-30

Roe Must Go: Supreme Court Case Could Overturn Roe v. Wade

For the first time in years, pro-lifers have serious reason to hope that the aim towards which they have worked for so many decades - the end of Roe v. Wade - will finally come about, and as soon as next year.

Date posted: 2021-06-08

Prayer of Reparation for the Murder and Abuse of Unborn Children (2)

To shatter the lies created by the culture of death, which deny the value, dignity, and rights of a person, particularly the unborn, we must alert the complacent to the inherent value of human life, inform consciences to the truth about human dignity, and activate - recruit - people into the "campaign in support of human life." We also know that a human force alone will not cast out the darkness of abortion and its repulsive industry and sever the grip of the culture of death. To defeat evil and counteract the culture of death, we need to bend our knees in prayer, do penance, and offer reparation.

Date posted: 2021-05-29

A Day of Prayer and Reparation for the Murder and Abuse of Unborn Children

A preoccupation with the pleasures of earthly life has provoked a war of the powerful against the vulnerable. And once people identify the purpose of human existence as limited to this temporal world, anyone – i.e., the unborn child, elderly, sick, handicapped, and dying – who stands in their way is a threat and is to be eliminated.

Date posted: 2021-05-20

At-Home Abortions Are Not Pro-Woman

In addition to making it easier for women to obtain abortions during the pandemic, telemedicine abortions are also a handy way for abortion groups to bypass the growing number of pro-life laws at the state level. Already, the number of medical abortions is exploding, with over 40% of all abortions in the U.S. now being performed using pills. Some abortion activists have already said that if the U.S. were to overturn Roe v. Wade, and if states then made abortion completely illegal, they would simply illegally mail abortion pills to women.

Date posted: 2021-05-06

Stop the Industry of Death and Exploitation

In recent years, pro-lifers have exposed the gruesome, ongoing practice of harvesting and buying and selling the body parts of aborted children for medical research.

Date posted: 2021-05-05

Gender Ideologues Are Gaslighting Us

According to the dictionary, to have a “phobia” is to have an “irrational fear” of something. What CNN is stating, therefore, is that if you believe that men who claim to be women are not, in fact, women, then you have an “irrational fear” of transgender people. You are mentally ill. This is, quite simply, gaslighting.

Date posted: 2021-05-04

Abortion is Never a Human Right

How is it still possible to speak of the dignity of every human person when the killing of the weakest and most innocent is permitted? In the name of what justice is the most unjust of discriminations practised: some individuals are held to be deserving of defence and others are denied that dignity?

Date posted: 2021-04-26

Gender Ideologues Are Gaslighting Us

I had to read those paragraphs several times just to make sure that I understood them correctly. I honestly could not believe that one of the world's most powerful media companies was really saying what I thought they were saying. But they were.

Date posted: 2021-04-15

Why the Church Protects Human Sexuality and Marriage

The Church, in teaching that the sexual act is reserved for life-long unions of a man and a woman, is not against sex or against love. Instead, the Church is for sex and for love, including love for children, who have a right to be born into a stable union, and to be raised by a mother and a father. The problem with same-sex unions, or other sinful sexual relationships, is not that two people love one another, but that their love is expressed in a way that misuses and reduces the gift of sexuality, and thereby harms themselves and others.

Date posted: 2021-04-15

Celebrating The Day of the Unborn Child

Objectively speaking, there is only one appropriate response to the news that a new human life has come into existence: gratitude. Every human life is such a miracle that we ought to be awestruck every time we learn that a child has been conceived. Every child, without exception, is a gift from God and is to be welcomed, loved, and protected.

Date posted: 2021-04-15

St. Joseph: Model of Fatherhood and Faithfulness

If fathers are to help their families withstand the attacks that are so ubiquitous in our time, they need the example of St. Joseph, so that they might become the strong leaders who are capable of leading their family towards holiness, modelling authentic love and service.

Date posted: 2021-04-15

The Equality Act Necessitates a Response From All

What are we doing to ourselves, and to our children? This is a question I am pondering a lot as of late, as I watch our nation, and so many parts of the world, racing to embrace ever more extreme and ever more destructive forms of anti-life and anti-family ideology.

Date posted: 2021-03-23

Spiritual Shepherds Must Correct False Freedoms

Something very odd happens whenever a spiritual leader publicly defends some unpopular moral principle. Inevitably, people react with outrage, accusing the spiritual leader of restricting their "freedom," and telling them to mind their own business.

Date posted: 2021-03-09

The Mindset Behind Therapeutic Abortions

Is human life intrinsically sacred, or is it only valuable when it meets certain criteria? So much rides on how we answer this question. The Judeo-Christian answer is that human beings are made in the image and likeness of God, and that as a consequence every human person, regardless of their characteristics, possesses the same moral worth as any other. However, there is another view. This was the view explicitly defended by eugenicists in the early twentieth century. And it is the view implicitly present in countless acts of genocide, murder, and enslavement across history.

Date posted: 2021-03-02

Personal Encounters Shed Light on Abortion

The way to fight evil is to cast light on it. The reason so many people have convinced themselves that the evil of abortion is no big deal, is because abortion takes place in the hiddenness of the mother's womb, behind the closed doors of abortion clinic operating rooms. In this darkness people do not see, or think, about the broken, mutilated bodies of the victims of abortion - unborn children.

Date posted: 2021-02-20

Speak Out, That Others May Hear

It is a difficult time for pro-life Catholics worldwide, who are scrambling to figure out how to respond to the fact that the world's most powerful politician - President Joe Biden - routinely touts his "devout" Catholic faith, while simultaneously promoting such evils as abortion and a radical form of the LGBT agenda. We have every reason to expect that this is only the beginning of the administration's four-year assault on life, marriage, family, and religious freedom. As the Catholic writer Mary Eberstadt put it, "If we believe our Catholic faith, then the divides over abortion and related issues of Christian anthropology aren't just about politics. They are not mere exercises in Philosophy 101. There are souls on the line."

Date posted: 2021-02-12

Stop Societal Breakdown: Build Up Marriage

"The family has a special role to play throughout the life of its members, from birth to death. It is truly 'the sanctuary of life: the place in which life – the gift of God – can be properly welcomed and protected against the many attacks to which it is exposed, and can develop in accordance with what constitutes authentic human growth.' Consequently, the role of the family in building a culture of life is decisive and irreplaceable." - Pope St. John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae, no. 92

Date posted: 2021-01-13

The Disastrous Effects of Ignoring Human Dignity!

There are many, many problems with Pornhub and MindGeek, beginning with the fact that they traffic in porn, which is a dehumanizing industry that reduces vulnerable men, women, and children to objects to be consumed. However, one of the most disturbing problems with Pornhub is its complete and utter heedlessness about the massive amounts of outright illegal, violent, misogynistic, and morally heinous content that users upload and view on the site on a daily basis.

Date posted: 2020-12-26

Criminalizing the Christian View of Homosexuality

Beyond a doubt, one of the gravest threats to the freedom of Christians in many Western nations right now is posed by the efforts of LGBT activists to outlaw any form of dissent from their progressive sexual ideology.

Date posted: 2020-12-26

Modern Day Eugenics: Who Lives and Who Dies?

We once believed that we destroyed the beast of eugenics on the beaches of Normandy in World War II. But we hadn't killed it; instead, we simply thrust it underground, and then allowed it to creep back into our hospitals, laboratories, and universities. To eradicate eugenics, we must drive a knife into the very heart of its poisonous philosophy.

Date posted: 2020-12-07

New Euthanasia Laws Drop Illusion of "Choice"

Aging or seriously ill adults, who are no longer of any "use," can be extremely "inconvenient," in the same way an unborn baby can be inconvenient. Those who are responsible for caring for them must often make significant changes to their lives, sacrificing time and resources to comfort and care for the suffering and dying.

Date posted: 2020-11-27

Pornification of Our Culture, Sexual Grooming, and the Truth about Freedom

Parents, pay attention to what your children are listening to. That is the first lesson from the stratospheric success of the so-called "song," WAP, recently released by a so-called "artist" named Cardi-B.

Date posted: 2020-10-02

We Need God: Riots Erupt when Faith Dwindles

A recent poll found that 62% of Americans have political views that they are afraid to express publicly because others might find them "offensive." This is up from 58% in 2017. This poll adds to a growing body of evidence confirming what many of us began to suspect years ago – that civil discourse is breaking down.

Date posted: 2020-10-02

Will Biden's "Devout" Faith Fool Pro-Life Voters?

Over at First Things last week, Prof. Robert George published a clever thought experiment. Prof. George, in case you don't know, is one of the rarest of specimens these days – an openly and proudly pro-life, pro-family, and faithfully Catholic faculty member at an Ivy League university, in this case Princeton University.

Date posted: 2020-09-28

Overcome Fear by Returning to Prayer

Several times in the Bible these words are spoken either by Christ to His disciples, or by angels to those chosen for some task. "Do not be afraid!" the angel Gabriel said in greeting to Mary. "It is I," Christ called out to his terrified disciples, as He walked on the waters. "Do not be afraid!"

Date posted: 2020-09-28

True Compassion: Whose Life Matters?

Abortion supporters want us to accept that abortion is an act of compassion that saves women from the burdens and the cost of raising children, especially in "hard cases." If a child, before birth, is declared as suffering from a serious illness or malformation, abortion supporters will assert that, if the pregnancy is allowed to continue, the child will have a life that will not be worth living. They focus on the child's condition, saying the best and most effective way to help the child is to terminate the child's life. Abortion, thus, is recommended out of "compassion." Of course, this is bogus.

Date posted: 2020-08-30

The Cure for "Jaw Dropping" Population Decline

Predictions show that unless there is a dramatic reversal in fertility trends, 23 nations, including Spain, Japan and Thailand, are likely to see their populations be cut in half by 2100. The authors also estimate that 151 nations by the year 2050 will have a birth rate that is below replacement level (about 2.1 children born per woman).

Date posted: 2020-08-22

Chinese Contraceptive Genocide: A Terror Campaign

The mainstream media has suddenly awoken to the fact that China is a genocidal regime. In a chilling and in-depth report, the Associated Press (AP) has documented the evidence that the Chinese government is crushing the Uighurs and other predominantly-Muslim populations in the Xinjiang province through widespread forced sterilization and abortion, and internment in concentration camps.

Date posted: 2020-08-22

True Compassion: Whose Life Matters?

Abortion does not solve problems. Instead, it profits off the destruction of one life and the grave wounding of another. It depersonalizes women and exploits them and their situation. It dehumanizes and devalues the life of a baby, pitting a mother against her child. It also fragments the image of mother and child and in doing so, motherhood itself is devalued. This has disastrous consequences for society and culture. And finally, it portrays motherhood as a threat to a woman's independence, success, and value as a person.

Date posted: 2020-08-11

Sanger's Planned Parenthood, Birthed in Eugenic Racism

To examine Sanger's writings is to take a trip into a horrific world of dehumanizing rhetoric and even more dehumanizing practical programs. For Sanger the world was divided into the "fit" and the "unfit" – those who she deemed worthy of being allowed to reproduce, so as to increase the quality of the human race, and those who should be forcibly prevented from reproducing through compulsory sterilization and segregation.

Date posted: 2020-08-11

The United Nations Celebrates "The Family." But Which Family?

The family is the original cell of social life. It is the natural society in which husband and wife are called to give themselves in love and in the gift of life. Authority, stability, and a life of relationships within the family constitute the foundations for freedom, security, and fraternity within society. The family is the community in which, from childhood, one can learn moral values, begin to honor God, and make good use of freedom. Family life is an initiation into life in society.

Date posted: 2020-07-04

Scorn and Hatred for Christian Charity During Covid-19

For two millennia Christians have imitated the Samaritan. Wherever Christianity has spread, networks of hospitals, orphanages, schools, food banks, homes for the elderly, leprosy and AIDS hospices, and more have sprung up, indiscriminately offering charity to anyone and everyone in need. Such charitable works are the natural and inevitable expression of what it means to be a Christian.

Date posted: 2020-06-15

Anderson Cooper, Abandoned Ukraine Babies, and the Problem with Surrogacy

We must defend and state unambiguously that a human child, a being of intrinsic worth and dignity - a person - has the right to be engendered through the fruitful union of his parents and is not a product to be bought or sold. Furthermore, it is time to end surrogacy - this form of modern-day slavery - and its blatant assault upon women, children, and the goods of marriage as designed by God.

Date posted: 2020-05-25

The Transgender Movement Is a Living Nightmare

Watching the progress of the transgender movement is like watching a train wreck in high speed. This ideological behemoth is hurtling through our culture at breakneck speed. But those driving the train seem utterly heedless of the path of destruction and horror they are leaving in their wake.

Date posted: 2020-03-05