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Jerry Novotny OMI
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March 6, 2021

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Dozens Of Italian Teachers Fall Ill After Getting Vaccinated For Coronavirus
Several dozen teachers in Italy called in sick from work after Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccines from AstraZeneca left them violently ill.

Bill To Protect Babies Born Alive After Failed Abortion Introduced In Australia
A bill creating a legal obligation to protect and provide medical care for babies who are born alive after a failed abortion has been introduced in Australia. Michael Robinson, SPUC Director of Communications said: “This new bill will raise public awareness about abortion survival. Every unborn baby has a right to life and babies who survive abortion also have that right. This bill is about showing care and compassion to tiny abortion survivors.”

What Is Pronatalism?
Countries throughout Europe are seeing population declines. Many governments, and even companies, are now offering incentives for families to have more babies. These pronatalist policies—policies or practices that “encourage the bearing of children”—are becoming increasingly prevalent as countries battle declining birthrates and an aging population.

Is Antinatalism Creeping Into Society?
Imagine a world where no human beings exist. Animals are free to roam. Plants grow uninhibited. The biggest and strongest survive. This is the ultimate goal of antinatalism. Yet there are those who believe that the human race should die out—that the people who live here on earth should stop procreating. Called antinatalism, this philosophy has gained ground in recent years.

Moderna Does Not Use HEK-293 Fetal Cell Line In Ongoing Quality Control Or Lot Testing
We are happy to report that Moderna says they do “not use fetal cell lines during the vaccine manufacturing or LOT testing process.” See the letter below, addressed to the Immunization Director, Assistant Section Chief Disease Control in the state of North Dakota.

"Complete Loss Of Trust": Half Of French Home Health Workers Say They'll Resist Taking Vaccine
Astounding new figures out of France suggest what is no doubt a broader global trend of hesitancy and skepticism when it comes to the current big push to 'vaccinate all'.

Will The Koran Be Your Child’s Next Textbook?
Modern Muhammadans are using America’s schools to make Islam more acceptable to Christians everywhere. The pattern of that attempt is spelled out in two separate articles appearing within a week of each other.

ANALYSIS Planned Parenthood Affiliate’s Strategy Document Lists Plan To Increase Its ‘bucket Of Money’
Our business model is changing as more patients have health insurance. We need to make sure that both men and women know they can access our services and use their insurance. This helps strengthen our financial position and diversifies our revenue, growing the “bucket of money” that allows us to take calculated risks in new or expanded facilities and services, legal battles, and staff training.

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Editorial

On the moral illicitness of the use of vaccines made from cells derived from aborted human fetuses

In recent weeks, news agencies and various information sources have reported that, in response to the Covid-19 emergency, some countries have produced vaccines using cell lines from aborted human fetuses. In the case of vaccines made from the cell lines of aborted human fetuses, we see a clear contradiction between the Catholic doctrine to categorically, and beyond the shadow of any doubt, reject abortion in all cases as a grave moral evil that cries out to heaven for vengeance (see Catechism of the Catholic Church n. 2268, n. 2270), and the practice of regarding vaccines derived from aborted fetal cell lines as morally acceptable in exceptional cases of “urgent need” — on the grounds of remote, passive, material cooperation. To argue that such vaccines can be morally licit if there is no alternative is in itself contradictory and cannot be acceptable for Catholics. Any link to the abortion process, even the most remote and implicit, will cast a shadow over the Church’s duty to bear unwavering witness to the truth that abortion must be utterly rejected. The ends cannot justify the means. Continue reading at Fr. Jerry's Blog...

Ethical Perspectives

New! Covid-19 Vaccines: Pro-life or No?

Steven Mosher
Many in the pro-life movement are undecided whether they should accept or reject the COVID-19 vaccine. But before we decide to make it, as a movement, a kind of pro-life litmus test, we must put the larger issue of abortion in context. Truth be told, the COVID-19 vaccines are but one sad little link in a much bigger chain fettered to the great evil of our age: the killing of innocent children in the womb.

New! The Mindset Behind Therapeutic Abortions

Shenan J. Boquet
Is human life intrinsically sacred, or is it only valuable when it meets certain criteria? So much rides on how we answer this question. The Judeo-Christian answer is that human beings are made in the image and likeness of God, and that as a consequence every human person, regardless of their characteristics, possesses the same moral worth as any other. However, there is another view. This was the view explicitly defended by eugenicists in the early twentieth century. And it is the view implicitly present in countless acts of genocide, murder, and enslavement across history.

New! Abortion Contributes to Subsequent Cases of Postpartum Depression, New Study

David C. Reardon
Induced abortion or miscarriage of a first pregnancy increases the risk of postpartum mental health problems by 10 to 35 percent, according to a new study of of over 1.9 million women. The risk of postpartum psychiatric care requiring hospitalization is increased by 83 percent.

New! How Surrogacy Arrangements Fail Children

Seow Hon Tan
Surrogacy arrangements are not in the best interests of children. When thinking about whether to legalize surrogacy, policy makers should consider the epigenetic effects of pregnancy, the loss to the children arising from separation from their birth mothers, and the special challenges associated with parenting by commissioning parents.

New! A Time to Build Schools

Daniel E. Burns
Our nation's morally formative institutions are weak and weakening further, thanks in no small part to the enormously destructive effects of social media. The single type of institution best suited to resist these and other pressures of our times is the mission-driven, tech-skeptical K-12 school. The successes of our best countercultural colleges and universities, viewed in the light of Yuval Levin's invaluable work on the nature of institutions, show us how the incentive structures of an excellent K-12 school make it the formative institution our time needs most.

The Continuing Importance of Humanae Vitae

James T. McHugh
Parenthood involves mutual decision making by the couple and a shared commitment to family values and goals. It goes far beyond access to contraceptive technology and is far more important in enabling couples to understand their duties and make the appropriate sacrifices to realize their commitment. Responsible parenthood respects the couple as persons who can make decisions that benefit themselves and society without losing their sense of dignity and worth or their appreciation of sexual love.

What can language do against the truth of abortion?

Sheila Liaugmina
After 44 years of abortion on demand since Roe v. Wade, and tens of millions of human lives never lived and children never known or given a chance to be held, known or loved by their parents or at least one of them, or any family member, or couples eager to adopt, the cost of this violence and the cumulative ravages and drastic loss it left has been realized and mourned.

Stop messing with the family, say the French

Carolyn Moynihan
Passing a gay marriage law does not end the marriage debate, as the Prime Minister of France is discovering. Francois Hollande's Socialist-led government has had to shelve plans to "update" family law after huge demonstrations in Paris and Lyon on Sunday against any further meddling with marriage and the family, Reuters reports.

Exposing Sex Ed

Mary McLellan
The National Abstinence Education Association released Part 1 of a report exposing the hypocrisy of Comprehensive Sex Education in America. Not only has Comprehensive Sex Education failed to increase abstinence and decrease sexual activity among teens, it has apparently hidden their lack of results behind questionable research. Now, generations have been duped into thinking that sex is just sport and condoms can protect them.

O'Bama's Support of Gay Marriage, a Pyrric Victory?

Hank Mattimore
While the gay community celebrated President OBama's declaration of support for gay marriage this past week, I can't help thinking that this seeming triumph may turn out to be a "Pyrric victory." You may recall from your history class that while King Pyrrus won a great victory over the Roman army, he lost so many soldiers in the process that he found no reason to rejoice. The President's outspoken endorsement of gay marriage may have lost him more than he gained.

Ruth: A Model of Fidelity

Jeremiah R. Grosse
Ruth's act of fidelity left a profound mark on the history of the Jewish people. God calls us to fidelity on a daily basis. We may never know what impact our own fidelity might have on the lives of future generations.

"Spiritual Well-Being, Self-Esteem and Intimacy Among Couples Using Natural Family Planning"

Richard J. Fehring
Making decisions about achieving and avoiding pregnancy and the methods used to attain those ends are some of the most central decisions during a couple's reproductive life. Health professionals (especially professional nurses) are often consulted to aid couples in their reproductive decisions and provide couples with choices of reproductive control. Information provided on family planning choices, however, is often limited and usually involves issues of effectiveness to avoid pregnancy, convenience, health risks, and life-style preferences.l,2 Little information is provided on how family planning methods compare on psychological, spiritual, and social well-being variables. One method of family planning that needs further study on these variables is Natural Family Planning (NFP). The purpose of this study was to describe how NFP influenced the intimacy, self-esteem, and the spiritual well-being of couples who used NFP to avoid pregnancy for at least a one year period. A secondary purpose was to describe and compare the intimacy, self-esteem and spiritual well-being of couples who stopped using NFP and who have used contraception for at least a year.

War on India Still an Emergency

Steven Mosher
This week marks the 40th anniversary of the beginning of a reign of horror in Indian history. On this day, 40 years ago, India declared a state of emergency and gave the power to rule by decree to the prime minister, Indira Gandhi. During this "emergency period," the Indian state sterilized eleven million of its citizens.

Born to Die

Tom Bartolomeo
Irony of ironies, a person who always was and will be - chose to die that we may live forever.

What killed Confession?

Anthony Zimmerman
Is taking the Pill NOT a grave matter? Then the Pope is wrong, and Christ spoke nonsense when he said, "You are the rock on which I will build my Church." We know that Christ spoke no nonsense. He is living Truth. And we know that taking the Pill IS grave matter.