Jerry Novotny OMI
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October 4, 2015

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Abortion Fans Are Bad At Science And Even Worse At Making Rational Arguments
A few days ago, Bill Nye the Science Guy released a video “scientifically” defending abortion. People in my generation remember him as the lanky dude who taught us how to make baking soda volcanoes when we were kids. Eventually, we all grew up, and he got lonely and started pretending to be a real scientist. It was kind of adorable at first, until he began using his “science” to attack Christians and conservatives. Now, old Bill, the lovable fake scientist from our childhood, has stooped to the level of propagandizing for the abortion industry.

Forensic Analysis Confirms Planned Parenthood Videos Were Not Manipulated
As Planned Parenthood’s CEO Cecile Richards began answering questions before the Congressional Oversight and Government Reform Committee today, she claimed once again that undercover videos released by The Center for Medical Progress exposing Planned Parenthood’s participation in the harvesting of fetal body parts for profit were “deceptively edited” and “highly doctored.”

North Carolina Bans Baby Parts Sales, Cuts Funding From Groups That Do Abortions
On Thursday, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed a new law banning the sale of body parts from aborted babies, and forbidding entities that perform abortions from receiving state family planning funds.

6 Ways Planned Parenthood Ignores The Law
At Tuesday’s congressional hearing on Planned Parenthood, Representative Ron DeSantis (R-FL), spent his five minutes grilling Cecile Richards, the group’s president, over Planned Parenthood’s law-breaking.

Euthanasia: Theory And Reality
Comment: Note especially the link to the euthanasia kits proposed for doctors in Canada. It describes the medications with the final one paralyzing the person’s respiratory muscles so that he/she can’t breathe. This is beyond chilling. -Nancy V.

Catholic Doctrine On Homosexuality Tantamount To ‘societal Heresy’ Cardinal Pell Says: But It Must Be Proclaimed
Our Voice of the Family team here in Rome for the Family Synod attended a lecture today from Cardinal Pell at the Angelicum, "Living the Truth in Love", an international conference and resource event to address pastoral approaches toward men and women with homosexual tendencies.

While Doctors Kill Babies Inside The Abortion Clinic, These Pro-Life Doctors Help Women Outside
Planned Parenthood is in the news again this week … as the federal investigation into harvesting and trafficking aborted baby body parts heats up.

Turning Grey Into Gold: Asia-Pacific's Alchemy Challenge
Just a few decades ago, the population of the Asia-Pacific region was dominated by the young. Now, amid dropping birth rates and improving life expectancies, the population is ageing.

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Ethical Perspectives

New! Give Me Liberty and Give Me Death: Belgium's Brave New Euthanasia Regime

Robert Carle
Belgium has the most permissive euthanasia laws in the world, and one of every twenty deaths in Belgium is now deliberately caused. Suicide is becoming a moral obligation in a culture that promotes euthanasia as a dignified exit that offers relief to caregivers.

New! Rethinking the Conservative Approach to Transgenderism

Jennifer Gruenke
Conservatives do not take the introspective reports of transgendered people seriously, but there are good scientific reasons for supposing that subjective experience of gender is legitimate, even when it contradicts apparent biological sex.

New! Making sense of refugee chaos

Christopher Szabo
It is difficult to really get a fix on this wave of refugee/migrants. Clearly, many are real refugees. (Of the 200,000 who crossed into Hungary, as at 16 September, some 63,000 said they were Syrians.) But very large numbers are coming from Pakistan and Bangladesh as well as other countries where there is no war. Deciding who is who will be up to the authorities in each country.

Changing the world for one child

Judie Brown
In my little world of Hanalei, on the island of Kauai, Carmen Swanson is known as a great hugger. Smiling, she wraps her arms around a taro farmer who is a special friend. He pauses from his toil to receive the hug, standing in the midst of fields that spread like a patchwork quilt over the feet of thickly forested mountains. I can't take my eyes off my daughter, as her sturdy dark arms reach around the farmer's even darker stomach, well greased with palm oil. As I watch, I'm thronged by memories. My daughter is 10 years old, but I see her as a baby, when she was sick, malnourished, and surviving on the edge in Central America. And I (her prospective adoptive mother) had just been diagnosed with cancer.

Preparing for Eternal Life
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Douglas P. McManaman
If we look at the various stages of human development, we see that every stage is a preparation for the subsequent stage, which in turn is a preparation for the stage that comes after, and so on. When we look at these stages from a bird’s eye view, we see that there is a gradual transition from self-centeredness to greater selflessness, a gradual emancipation from the self. Human development moves from the most self-centered existence to a gradual turning outside the self to focusing one’s life around another or others.

Marriage Matters, and Redefining It Has Social Costs

Ryan T. Anderson
What is marriage, why does marriage matter for public policy, and what are the consequences of redefining marriage? Adapted from testimony delivered on Monday, January 13, 2014 to the Indiana House Judiciary Committee.

Hypocrisy and Zero Tolerance Policies

Judie Brown
Our culture has become one of violence - violence toward women, toward children, and toward innocent preborn babies. This disregard for human life and the well-being of others is disturbing, and a trend we must right before our society falls deeper into the chasm of self-destruction.

From Family Planning to Death Planning

Thomas J. Euteneuer
According to this wicked bill, HR 3200, there are generous provisions setting the stage to weed out the weak, infirm and unfit and make room for the fit, all at the government's discretion. The list of chilling dictates that will affect all seniors and ill persons is just frightening.