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February 27, 2015

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ISIS 'begins To Kill' Kidnapped Christians
ISIS has reportedly murdered 15 of the Assyrian Christians captured earlier this week, according to Aid to the Church in Need, reports The Catholic Herald.

10 Pro-Abortion Myths That Need To Be Completely Debunked
Planned Parenthood clinics have been caught on tape telling women that no women were hurt at their clinics, even after medical emergencies had just occurred.

Scientist: Giving Birth To Disabled Children Is A “Crime Against Humanity,” Abort Instead
Last year, Richard Dawkins caused worldwide controversy suggesting that parents of babies with Down Syndrome should “abort them and try again.” He the doubled down on those comments and said aborting babies with Down syndrome is the “moral and sensible” choice.

Not One Democrat Sponsors New Senate Bill To Ban Taxpayer Funding Of Abortion
Members of the U.S. Senate today introduced legislation to completely ban taxpayer funding of abortions. Interestingly, not one Democrat signed on to the legislation, even though at least a couple of Senate Democrats claim to be “pro-life.”

WHO Researchers Urge Cheaper Abortion Above Safety
As part of an ongoing effort to maximize the international availability of abortion, researchers collaborating with the World Health Organization (WHO) released a study arguing that clinical follow-up after a chemical abortion is unnecessary, and that foregoing it could “save resources.”

Fukushima Radiation Spikes 7,000% As Contaminated Water Pours Into The Ocean
Cleanup crews trying to mitigate Japan's never-ending radiation crisis at Fukushima ran into more problems recently after sensors monitoring a drainage gutter detected a huge spike in radiation levels from wastewater pouring into the Pacific...

Egg-freeze Unadvised, Panel Says
A panel under the Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology will not recommend that young and healthy women preserve their frozen eggs for future pregnancy, citing the health risks and relatively low pregnancy rate, panel sources said.

Jeb Bush Was Right To Try To Save Terri Schiavo
Many family members are willing to take on the responsibility of care and the long, hard work of rehabbing their loved ones to higher levels of consciousness. All they ask is for the right to do so. All Jeb Bush did was try to help win that right for me and my family. Sadly for us, and for Terri, he couldn’t.

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Ethical Perspectives

New! How internet dating helps to mainstream porn

Denyse O’Leary
The explosion of Internet dating affects teens and young adults principally by making the casual sharing of intimacies with strangers seem normal. Aldous Huxley foresaw this development (1932), though he envisioned it happening in half a millennium or so. One outcome is the mainstreaming of porn.

New! The bioethics of precision medicine

Xavier Symons
The idea of 'precision medicine' has become the subject of much discussion, following US President Barak Obama's 2015 State of the Union address. In his speech, President Obama promised to invest $215 million in a ground-breaking 'precision medicine' initiative, with the short-term aim of running drug trials for targeted cancer treatments.

New! Many Dutch doctors open to euthanasia for existential suffering

Xavier Symons
Around one in three Dutch doctors would be prepared to help someone with early dementia, mental illness, or who is 'tired of living' to die, reveals a small survey published online in the Journal of Medical Ethics.

Reenacting Trauma

Theresa Burke
Not once in all the years of psychotherapy, psychodrama, group and individual treatment did a single therapist pay any attention to Brianna's abortion or recognize it as a trauma worthy of discussion. Her story makes me wonder: Who is more disoriented? Brianna, with all of her personalities, or a medical community that refuses to acknowledge the trauma inflicted on this young girl in the name of "choice?"

India cracks down on surrogacy

Michael Cook
Is India finally cracking down on surrogacy for foreigners?

Short Commentary on Matthew, No. 10
The Infancy Narrations

Anthony Zimmerman
Let us read passages of the sacred narratives again. They are works of literary art, they are rays of light that beam down to us from heaven. Matthew's story is deceptively simple, with not one superfluous word to dilute the underlying message written by the hand of God.

Death And Catholic Church Teaching

John B. Shea
Since 1968, vital organs, necessary for life, have been removed from patients for transplantation. Since then, this has been morally justified by the claim that the donor is "brain dead" or has suffered "cardiac death." Brain death is defined as complete and irreversible loss of all brain function and cardiac death is declared two to five minutes after cessation of the heartbeat.

More "socially infertile" women turning to IVF

Michael Cook
More and more single women in Australia are turning to IVF, clinics claim. Over the past three years, the numbers have risen by 10%, mostly older heterosexual women.