Jerry Novotny OMI
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September 25, 2016

Breaking News

Child Euthanasia - The Year They Did The Unthinkable.
Hot upon the heels of the news that the first reported case of euthanasia for a minor took place recently in Belgium, comes the news from Holland that a 'centre for euthanasia in children' is expected to open in that country within 12 months. Dutch Health Minister, Edith Schippers earmarked 400,000 Euros in May this year for a study on the matter.

Everyone To Be Organ Donors In Euthanasia Netherlands
The Netherlands, along with Belgians, permit organ harvesting to be conjoined to euthanasia. But now, Netherlands is moving to a system in which everyone is an organ donor unless they specifically opt out.

100 Years Of Debauchery And Death
Next month will mark the 100th anniversary of perhaps the most destructive force ever to be unleashed on the world. I’m speaking of the organization Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its founder, Margaret Sanger. In 1935, author H. G. Wells stated, “When the history of our civilization is written, it will be a biological history and Margaret Sanger will be its heroine.”

Sex Education -- Planned Parenthood Style
The US government’s Department of Health and Human Services pushes a large number of teen pregnancy prevention programs. It even has a website devoted to this effort and publishes on this site success stories and independent evaluations of the programs.

UN Rejects Pope Francis’ Call For Openness To Life
On Tuesday, September 20, a group of faithful Catholic scholars put together a brilliant defense of Humanae vitae, in response to a United Nations-sponsored attack on Pope Paul VI’s encyclical On Human Life. The attack came in the form of a group of dissenting Catholic professors releasing the “Wijngaards Statement” at a UN event that was meant to advocate for greater progress toward “sustainable development.”

Relativism Isn’t Just Making Us Immoral, It’s Savaging Our Ability To Think
Or take abortion. Even some of the staunchest abortion supporters admit a fetus is a baby is a human being. But that doesn’t matter, because a woman has a right to do what she wants “with her own body.”

Why Oppose Assisted Suicide? Even If They See No Value In Their Lives, We Do
Because, as the disability rights community reminds us repeatedly, all of us are one accident away from living with a disability. Knowing that reminds me of the importance of offering whatever assistance we can. The more of us extend a hand of support, the more reason there is for hope.

Hillary Clinton’s Plan To Make Americans Fund Abortions “is Right Out Of Margaret Sanger’s Playbook”
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has extreme ambitions for abortion on demand in America.

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Ethical Perspectives

New! Why Autonomy Cannot Explain Marriage and Family Life

Scott Yenor
Radical autonomy does not capture the webs into which we are born, our experiences of deep neediness and equally deep love, our embodied nature, our reaction to tragedies and unforeseen obstacles, or our response to our children once they arrive. Autonomy resists the dependence at the heart of loving relationships.

New! Is there really no difference between straight and gay parenting?

Michael Cook
Much of the jousting over same-sex marriage, same-sex parenting and transgender issues takes place in a fact-free arena. Fortunately, there has been a pushback from academics dismayed by the lack of academic rigour. The consensus is flawed by small-scale studies, badly framed questions and poorly understood data.

New! Affirmation of the Church's Teaching on the Gift of Sexuality

Official Documents
We, the undersigned scholars, affirm that the Catholic Church's teachings on the gift of sexuality, on marriage, and on contraception are true and defensible on many grounds, among them the truths of reason and revelation concerning the dignity of the human person.

Chile study challenges the "safe abortion" myth

Carolyn Moynihan
Contrary to claims, a ban on abortion is consistent with one of the world's lowest maternal mortality rates. One of the great scandals of today's global village is the deaths of hundreds of thousands of mothers each year simply because they are carrying or giving birth to a child. The last reliable estimate, from 2008, indicated nearly 343,000 of these maternal deaths. The scandal lies in the fact that most of them are easily preventible with basic health care, as the West discovered more than a century ago.

Quiet Euthanasia

Matt C. Abbott
Hundreds of thousands of patients are killed in the world each year in this manner, and no police or district attorney will act to investigate or prosecute.

International Epidemiology of HIV (by Country and Region)

*Offsite Article
Globally, 40 million adults and children were living with HIV/AIDS at the end of 2001. Of infected adults, 48 percent were women. In 2001, the global adult HIV prevalence rate was 1.2 percent. During that year, 5 million people were newly infected with HIV, and there were 3 million adult and child deaths due to HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS 2001).

First pregnancy from womb transplant announced

Michael Cook
Turkish doctors have announced that the first woman ever to receive a uterus from a deceased donor is two weeks pregnant with an IVF baby.

The Body Is Not a Mere Tool for the Expression of Feelings: How to Counter Dualism

Hanna Klaus
Most of the young couples I meet during Natural Family Planning instructions have never heard of dualism but at some level they are open to rejecting it. One of the classic forms of dualism was Manicheanism, according to which there are two powers - good and evil, or God and Satan - but they were equally balanced. Other forms contrasted the mind with the body.