Jerry Novotny OMI
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January 26, 2015

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Women Want To Know: Does The Pill Cause Abortion?
Even during the wildest times of my youth, I would never have wanted to be the cause of an abortion. Yet, there is a possibility that I have been responsible for one, unaware. How? Because of contraceptive methods that my wife and I used before we knew about the natural methods.

American Women More Pro-Life Than Men, Says Boston Cardinal In Message Against 'Irresponsible' Men 'Threatening' Women Into Abortions
Boston Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley has said that American women have shown they are more pro-life than men, who sometimes attempt to force them into having abortions. O'Malley vowed that the Catholic Church will continue its fight against abortion, and predicted that it "shall overcome" in the cultural battle.

Poverty Stems From Unjust Economic System, Not Big Families, Pope Says
Families who have lots of children do not cause poverty, Pope Francis said.

It’s Up To Young People To ‘end The Scourge Of Abortion,’ Says Teenage Speaker
On a chilly and cloudy morning on the National Mall in Washington, crowds gathered Jan. 22 for the annual March for Life, this year marking the 42nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion virtually on demand.

National Right To Life Reaffirms Commitment To Fight For Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
“Pro-life citizens across the nation are sharply disappointed with those lawmakers who violated commitments to constituents and derailed a bill to protect babies in the sixth month and later, a bill with broad popular support.”

Mercy Health Mulling Option To Extend Same-sex Benefits To Employees
Comment: Remember when the Catholic Health Association was one of the most vocal groups supporting Obamacare despite the Catholic bishops’ religious objections? Remember the Boston and Illinois Catholic Charities adoption services that were told to allow homosexual adoption or lose funding? We need back our religious liberty back. --Nancy V.

This Mother Of Four Was Fired From A Catholic Hospital Because Of Her Pro-Life Views
Comment: Unfortunately, many of us have been harassed when our pro-life views become known. It is especially egregious in a Catholic hospital. And note how easy it is to claim that someone was fired for “an unrelated matter”. --Nancy V.

Catholic Doctor Says 'no More' To Birth Control
When the birth control pill was introduced 50 years ago, the medical community revered it as a panacea. Over the years, it's been used to prevent pregnancy, treat medical conditions such as endometriosis and even help clear up acne.

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Ethical Perspectives

New! A murderous blame game

Zac Alstin
Plenty of people are keen to point out that the staff of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo contributed to their own deaths earlier this month when they were gunned down by two jihadists. Not that they are responsible for what happened, mind you. No, of course the murderers are responsible for their actions. Nor would we say they quite 'brought it upon themselves'. I suppose, just that... well if they hadn't published such gratuitously offensive cartoons they might be alive today. The more I think about it, the more this observation seems so utterly trivial.

New! 2014: the year of international surrogacy

Claire Achmad
This year the international spotlight turned with full-force on cross-border commercial surrogacy. The reality of children being born this way and the potentially devastating consequences of babies being abandoned and stateless shocked our collective consciousness.

New! Mario Cuomo's Catholic funeral

Matt C. Abbott
Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo received a Catholic funeral despite his support of legalized abortion during his political career.

Global Poverty and Violence

Eric Metaxas
Name a root cause of poverty in the developing world. Corruption? Poor education? There's something else you probably haven't thought of.

An aging prison population poses problems

Shannon Roberts
Prisons around the world are fast finding that they need to learn to deal with older inmates - one more societal institution to be affected by the aging population.

Assisted suicide prescriptions up 17% in Washington state

Michael Cook
At least 83 people died last year in Washington state after taking a dose of lethal but legally-prescribed drugs, according to the state's fourth annual Death with Dignity Act report.

Love Your God With All You Have

Matthew Habiger
Choosing our leaders is a major event. A democracy means that the people govern themselves by electing good leaders, who share their values. The survival of a democracy is never guaranteed. It is always a work in progress. A democracy can be strengthened, and it can be weakened.

A life unworthy to be discussed?

Margaret Somerville
In Canada, a legal question mark hangs over the humanity of the unborn child. Pro-abortion advocates have passionately opposed MP Stephen Woodworth's private member's motion to set up a parliamentary committee to examine the definition of "human being" in the Canadian Criminal Code, arguing "there is nothing to discuss". This definition provides that "a child becomes a human being" only at birth. They fear a discussion could result in some legal recognition of unborn children and the enactment of some law governing abortion.