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January 16, 2018

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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

Asia’s Prison Populations – Thailand #10 In The World
China has the largest prison population in Asia, more than four times as large as India. However, when it comes to prison population rates, Thailand has the highest incarceration rate in the region.

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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! 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.

New! Why Does Islam Push Fake "Embryology" in Reaching Out To "The Youth"?

Dianne N. Irving
If "the youth" believe in the fake "scientific" facts of human embryology given in the Qur'an, they could then "scientifically justify" the use of abortifacients, abortions up to the fetal period (beginning at 9 weeks post-fertilization") if not longer, and the use of all those real living human embryos in destructive research (e.g., various kinds of human cloning, genetic engineering, synthetic biology, nanotechology, gene splicing, designer babies, etc.)!

God's Other Name

Hank Mattimore
The God I believe in has another name. The name is both simple and profound. Everybody knows what it means, because like the air we breathe, it is everywhere. God's other name is love.

Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

Charles E. Irvin
Assisted suicide differs from euthanasia only in degree, not in kind. It, too, is a social contract; it enlists the support of another person to take part in the killing of the one wishing to die. There is an agreement, a contract, if you will. There is nothing private about it; it is quite social. The distinction between assisted suicide and euthanasia appears to more one of methodology than one of strategy or intentionality. Precisely to what extent the assisting person takes direct action in placing the immediate and proximate cause of death remains open to question; techniques appear to be yet developing in their subtlety.

Obama Agency Rules PepsiCo Cannibalizing Aborted Fetus is 'Ordinary Business'

Judie Brown
The use of aborted fetal cells in the research and development of PepsiCo's food products continues to shock and disgust people throughout the world. This unconscionable act is now deemed as an acceptable business venture by the Obama administration. Read more about what PepsiCo is doing, how it affects all of us, and what we can do.

The limitations of a lustful life

Zac Alstin
Our culture presents us with two conflicting visions of lust. The first is a rough facsimile of the old view associated with our Western religious heritage: lust as one of the seven deadly sins. The second is the view of lust "liberated" from repressive religious conditioning: lust as passion and indulgence, lust as very strong sexual desire, and lust as a colourful and tantalising realm of experience.

Should all Ebola volunteers be quarantined?

Michael Cook
Hundreds of foreign healthcare workers have been shuttling in and out of Ebola-affected countries in West Africa.

Same-sex adoption bill could leave birth mothers with emotional scars

Kristan Dooley
The Australian state of Victoria's proposed law could repeat the sad mistakes of the past. Open, respectful and regulated adoption provides an appropriate response to the situation of vulnerable children in need of a loving, permanent and stable home. Adoption also provides an appropriate response to the situation of women who feel unable or unwilling to parent their own child.

Special Needs, Special Gifts

Nancy Valko
Last October during National Down Syndrome Awareness month, a new test for detecting Down syndrome as early as 10 weeks into pregnancy was announced with great fanfare by many news organizations. Routinely mentioned was also the sad fact that around 90% of babies diagnosed with this condition are then aborted. Indeed, although more people than ever identify themselves as pro-life in public opinion polls, there is still majority support for abortions in the so-called "hard case" of birth defect.

Should we restrict children's/teens' Internet use?

Denyse O’Leary
Recently, I have been writing about how living online, as increasing numbers of people are choosing to do, promotes a depersonalized attitude to sexuality, which contributes in turn to the mainstreaming of pornography. (It will be much more difficult to enforce laws against child porn if "porn moments" become an accepted part of childhood.)

Sexual Revolution: Built Upon Sand

Anthony Esolen
Since I believe that utilitarianism is a serpent that consumes itself -- that it is a disutility to believe in it -- I'd like now to base my opposition on something far more fundamental than, say, the harm of wrecked families and bursting prisons. The sexual revolution is a house built upon sand. It is founded upon a lie.

Euthanasia could save Canada millions in healthcare costs

Michael Cook
Euthanasia only became legal in June and already about 800 people have received a lethal injection at the hands of a doctor.