Archive for the ‘Life’ Category

The Gift of Abundant Life

In one of the comic episodes from Don Quixote, the peasant and goatherd Sancho Panza unbelievably becomes the governor of an island much to the amazement of his wife who can only exclaim,” ’My mother used to say: ’He who would see much must live long’. I say this because, if I live longer, I hope to see more.’ ”

I have been thinking about this proverb recently for several reasons....

What if Dismemberment Abortion Bans are Ruled Unconstitutional? Another Pro-Life Strategy

Just recently, the Dismemberment Abortion Ban of Texas was struck down by the US District Court for the Western District of Texas. The decision was immediately appealed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals where it awaits a hearing. Many other states have also faced similar challenges to their Dismemberment Abortion Bans as well. These challenges, of course, will likely lead to the US Supreme Court...

Audrey Hepburn’s Beauty Tips

The title of this article is misleading. It attributes a poem to the stylish actress that she did not compose. It happened to be one of her favorite poems and she read it to her children on the very last Christmas Eve she spent on earth. Legend credits her with its authorship. In her defense, she never claimed to have written it. The poem begins with the following advice that is patently more personal than cosmetic:

Humanae Vitae – A Critical Message for Our Times

Nobody likes to be deceived. Most people are justifiably hurt or angry when a grave injustice is done to them, and perhaps even moved to do something constructive about the situation, to make things right. When it comes to the issue of contraception however, our culture has been deceiving people for decades, yet we see very few people confronting the world’s lies, or trying to correct the injustice that is perpetrated by a seriously...

From Debate to Mockery

I have been involved, on several occasions, in public debates on the issue of abortion. Ideally, the debate is a noble endeavor in which two sides, with different views on a subject, put forth their best arguments while respecting their worthy opponents. In my experiences defending life as a debater, the debate has been far short of this ideal. I recall one occasion in which I was expounding on a scientific point I had culled...

Clarity in a Time of Chaos

The year 1938 was a year of global turmoil. Hitler had seized control of the German army and placed Nazis in key posts. The civil war in Spain continued unabated on its path of murderous violence. Benito Mussolini published an anti-Jewish/African manifesto. Winston Churchill condemned Hitler’s annexation of Czechoslovakia. The League of Nations declared Japan to be an aggressor against China. It was a year in which certain political factions declared that Jews, Africans, Spaniards, Czechs, and Chinese...

Harvesting Human Eggs and Informed Consent Legislation

“Tacit qui consentire videtur” is the legal principle of “silence implies consent.” When the law is silent on a matter, the law considers the matter legal since the law does not prohibit the action. In many respects this principle is applicable when it comes to the subject of assisted reproductive technology and the law. Many refer to it as the “wild west” precisely because there is so little regulation and, seemingly, anything goes....

Be Not Afraid

The inherent dignity of the human person and the sacredness of human life are part of our fundamental understanding of who we are as Catholics. Sometimes people think that to be “pro-life” is merely one form of activism, or simply a movement that certain people get involved in. Yet to be pro-life, while it certainly includes those important aspects, is much wider and deeper. Reverence for the gift of human life and the dignity...