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January 19, 2018

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The Deceitful Road To Abortion
After Roe v. Wade plaintiff Norma McCorvey became a Christian and revealed that she had not been gang raped as her legal team had claimed, many Americans came to understand that this landmark ruling that legalized abortion was based on a lie.

How We Ended Up With 40 Percent Of Children Born Out Of Wedlock
In 1960, nonmarital births were quite rare. Today in the United States, about two-fifths of all births are to unmarried women. This resulted from a complicated combination of moral and behavioral changes, and a new report from Senator Mike Lee’s Social Capital Project disentangles them.

Betics Are Eligible For Assisted Suicide In Oregon - State Officials
On Monday the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition reported on an article written by Fabian Stahle, a Swede who opposes euthanasia. Stahle asked the Oregon Health Authority a series of questions. The answers he received confirmed that "terminal disease" has a wider definition, with respect to the assisted suicide act.

Good News From CDC: Teen Sexual Activity Drops 12% In Two Decades
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has released some good news about the sexual activity of teens in America: Since 1995, sexual activity among high school students has dropped approximately 12 percent (from 53 percent in 1995 to 41 percent in 2015).

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Niece: “My Uncle Would Have Been Very Pro-Life”
Martin Luther King Jr.’s niece says her uncle’s legacy as a civil rights leader has a strong impact on the pro-life movement today.

Woman Trusts God And Delivers “Miracle Baby” While Fighting Brain Cancer
An amazingly brave teenager gave birth to a baby girl last week in Philadelphia while battling a deadly brain cancer.

Belgian Catholics Concerned About Abuse Of Country’s Euthanasia Law
Catholics in Belgium are concerned the country’s euthanasia law is being abused to kill patients without legal checks and safeguards.

Trudeau Dismisses Allegations Of Persecution: Pro-life Groups 'Not In Line With Where We Are As A Society'
At the end of 2017, the Canadian government set out criteria requiring that any employers who wish to be supported by the summer job grant scheme – to hire student summer workers – must sign an "attestation" that "both the job and the organization's core mandate respect individual human rights" including the "right" to abortion

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Editorial

“Immigration” vs “Migration” – confusion?

Dear Friends for Life: Many news articles use the words refugees, migrants and asylum seekers when reporting on the movement of people. Japan Times' headline this morning reads – “Japan to limit work permits for asylum seekers from 2018” – and talks about asylum seekers who file for refugee status in order to work as immigrants in the country. The number of applications has jumped from 1,202 in 2012 to nearly 17,000 in 2017. But only "28 people" were recognized as refugees in 2016, causing much international criticism that Japan is closed to refugees. On the other hand, Japan has over one million foreign workers who are referred to as “Immigrants”. Are these workers really “Immigrants” or “Migrants”? What’s the difference? Or is there? Continue reading at Fr. Jerry's Blog...

Ethical Perspectives

New! Is a child a gift or an entitlement?

John M. Grondelski
Children are always needy for the reassurance they are wanted or loved. The modern world wants to convince people that "love" can mean snuffing out their existence, but that lie about love works only in the third person, not the second.

New! The suffering of surrogacy: A veteran feminist spells it out

Selena Ewing
The women who bore the babies are nowhere to be seen; they would have received but a small cut of the money, while IVF clinics, surrogacy brokers and lawyers took the lion's share. Surrogacy is a rapidly growing industry, bolstered by glowing photographs of celebrities beaming over cute babies. Who could begrudge them their happiness?

New! Practical Reason, Basic Goods, and Natural Law

Christopher O. Tollefsen
Reason operating without error judges that no human being should ever intend the death of another human being for any reason whatsoever. No achievable good can justify such a choice. And that is the foundation for the case against the death penalty.

New! Truth for a Transitioning Time: Andrew Walker's "God and the Transgender Debate"

Owen Strachan
God offers not mere "transition" but deep and lasting transformation. We live in a brave new world. I think this every time that, in discussing a friend's career change, I use the phrase, "He is transitioning to something new."

New! Physicians Cannot Serve Both Death and Life

Gerard T. Mundy
A physician cannot truly and wholeheartedly work toward bringing his patient to health if he can choose at any time to give up that pursuit and suggest rather that the patient choose death instead.

Why Accurate Human Embryology Is Needed To Evaluate Current Trends In Research Involving Stem Cells, Genetic Engineering, Synthetic Biology and Nanotechnology

Dianne N. Irving
Summary: When does a new living human being begin to exist? This is an important scientific question these days, as much research -- including stem cell research, cloning, genetic engineering, synthetic biology, nanotechnology, etc. -- is performed using the early human embryo, and should be the starting point for any ethical analyses. But the answer to that scientific question depends on whether the human being was sexually or asexually reproduced.

Indonesian executions spark death penalty debate

Xavier Symons
Indonesia has come under intense scrutiny for its decision to execute two Australian nationals convicted of drug smuggling.

FDA: New drug application 21-045, Levonorgestrel ( Plan B , and Preven ), ("emergency contraceptives") and (their possible abortifacient effects)

Irving News Comments
The scientific experts who are the experts on the issue of when a human being begins to exist, and on subsequent early human development from fertilization on, are human embryologists. Although many attempt to cast even the scientific issue in "subjective" terms, it needs to be realized that in the science of human embryology these scientific experts are professionally required to follow definitions of terms according to an International Nomina Embryologica Committee (INEC).

French marriage activists vow to fight on

Blaise Joseph
The marriage debate in France has been watched closely around the world. The huge rallies in favour of traditional marraige have been particularly noteworthy.

Sudanese doctors participate in punitive amputations

Michael Cook
"Cross amputation is a form of state-sponsored torture," said Dr Vincent Iacopino, senior medical advisor at Physicians for Human Rights.

Solemnity of All Saints (Year B)

Jeremiah R. Grosse
The Church presents us with countless witnesses such as St. Benedict, St. Paul of the Cross, St. Francis and others for guidance and emulation. The only difference between any of those saints and us is that they are already where we want to be. On this Solemnity of All Saints we honor all those men and women who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith, but we also keep in mind that as long as we remain faithful to the end we too will one day join them at the Heavenly banquet. What a joy it will be to be able to spend time with the Blessed Mother, St. Benedict, St. Francis or any of the other saints that we have turned to throughout the years for intercession and get to know them on a personal level.

Gay Kids or Adult Agendas? The Scouts' Dilemma

Frank J. Moncher
Apparently a 103-year history can be abolished by a three-year trend, and the "wisdom" of teens trumps that of the majority and the elders of the community.

Rehabilitating eugenics

Michael Cook
Increasingly, people believe that their fates are written in their genes.

Character determines one's ability to understand

Douglas P. McManaman
Character affects a person's ability to judge, that is, to see what is a fitting means to an end. It also affects our ability to evaluate other human beings; for we see others in relation to ourselves, and if we have made ourselves our own norm, then those who are different are regarded as falling short of the rule in some way (i.e., too small or too large).

Suicide up to 14 times more likely for "queer" groups

Carolyn Moynihan
Australian government sources reveal that homosexuals and people of other self-identified genders are much more likely to attempt suicide than the general community.