Jerry Novotny OMI
August 1, 2014
Media Repeatedly Deceives Public In Hobby Lobby Coverage
In the buildup to the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, and even more so in its aftermath, prominent news outlets have been aggressively spreading falsehoods about key aspects of the case. Beyond logical fallacies about who is imposing their will on others, many reports and commentaries also contain statements that are discredited by the scientific facts at the core of this case.
Humanae Vitae: Still Right After All These Years
On this day in 1968, Pope Paul VI, of happy memory, issued his landmark encyclical, Humanae Vitae, which reiterated the Catholic Church’s 2,000 year old teaching that artificial contraception is sinful.
I discovered the Suicide death cult when my friend Frances killed herself under the influence of the Hemlock Society, since evolved into Compassion and Choices. This pernicious group taught her how to kill herself, what drugs to take, how to use a plastic bag–and gave her moral permission to do it. It was literally proselytizing for suicide.
Lying Their Way To Brave New World
Apparently the UK government wants to push 3-parent IVF. But fearing an adverse public reaction to genetically modifying progeny, is trying to hide what they are doing. But some scientists have called foul.
Texas Attorney General: 'ban On Same-sex Marriage Promotes Childbirth'
Greg Abbott enters fray of contested ban by filing brief that says opposite-sex marriage better supports children
Family In Shock As Grandmother Dies ‘without Dignity’
A grandmother who “died without dignity” in her hospital bed has left her relatives desperate for answers.
Euthanasia Could Be Option For Poor, Says Lithuanian Health Minister
Euthanasia might be needed for poor people who cannot access palliative care, the new Lithuanian Health Minister has suggested. Rimantė Šalaševičiūtė was sworn earlier this month, but already she has made waves by backing an open discussion of the legalisation of euthanasia.
Single Women Should Not Get Free IVF, Say Ethics Experts
Ethics lecturers say single women and same sex couples should be advised to adopt and refused fertility treatment in a bid to save the plant
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The bizarre nature of modern logic was on display once again when an Australian judge recently compared incest to homosexuality. In dealing with a criminal case of incest between siblings Sydney District Court Judge Garry Neilson said that, just as gay sex had once been socially unacceptable, "a jury might find nothing untoward in the advance of a brother towards his sister once she had sexually matured." The bizarreness I am referring to though, is not on the part of the judge, but rather the response to the comments by politicians and media.
Some in the Philippines are decrying Chonalyn's birth, repeating USAID's talking points about the "dangers" of overpopulation. But many other Filipinos aren't buying into the anti-people hysteria. Francisco Antonio, a Filipino Chemical Engineering graduate student at Yale, adamantly rebutted the notion that there are too many Filipinos, saying: "I celebrate life because population control is defeatism disguised as pragmatism. And because human creativity holds more potential for protecting this planet and its inhabitants than any other resource I know of."
A scientific review conducted by Angela Lanfranchi, MD and Patrick Fagan, Ph.D. found that support for an abortion-breast cancer (ABC) link exists in current knowledge of breast physiology (as it is presented in standard medical texts), as well as epidemiological and experimental research. The review, published in Issues in Law and Medicine, is entitled, "Breast cancer and induced abortion: A comprehensive review of breast development and pathophysiology, the epidemiologic literature, and proposal for creation of databanks to elucidate all breast cancer risk factors."
What, then, are our duties as patients, or potential patients, with regard to the preservation of life? What are the corresponding duties of doctors and other health professionals? Answers to these questions are often phrased in terms of a contrast between what are called 'ordinary' and 'extraordinary' means or measures of prolonging life.
A new study from Pediatrics reveals that teen obesity may be an even stronger predictor of adult health problems than previously thought.
Summary: Even though the "good news" announced today would seem to represent clear victories for prolife and for the millions of unborn children killed every day, it needs to be pointed out that these victories are not really total because of the "language" used in the legal documents involved.
Quid Sit Veritas, Revisited
[subtitled: The fate of: "The American Association of Anatomists and stem cell research"]
The world of politics has finally corrupted the world of science. I invite everyone to reread my essay: "The American Association of Anatomists and Stem Cell Research" posted on this website. It is a testimony to the problems in stem cell research, and, a criticism of the use of human embryos, produced sexually, or, by using cloning techniques, in human embryonic stem cell research [hesc]. This current article details what happened to that original essay and a reflection of the continuing treatment of science by the mainstream media, and similar problems even within the scientific community.
Groomed at younger and younger ages to be sexually active, the students of modern sex education are being set up for exploitation by predators even as they are taught to exploit each other. And they will continue to suffer the consequences. As long ago as 1994, even the Guttmacher Institute acknowledged that approximately one in four sexually active teens were contracting a sexually transmitted disease each year.
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