Archive for the ‘Life’ Category

Safe at Third, Out at Home

When I was very young, I assumed that I was destined to come into being even if my mother had married someone other than the person who became my father. I knew nothing about genetics. “It doesn’t work that way,” my biological parents said to me. They left it at that, being reluctant to get into the nitty-gritty of things.

It left me wondering, however, about the improbability of my existence. I was...

The Texas Mother’s Day Massacre: Ethical Questions in Pro-Life Politics

Recently, the Texas House of Representatives witnessed an extraordinary event that boggled the minds of many pro-life observers nationwide. On the night of May 11, 2017, twelve pro-life Texas state representatives decided to use specific House rules that killed roughly one hundred twenty bills, four of which were pro-life bills because they believed the leadership of the House was delaying their legislative agenda. The action created a flurry of commentary and essentially...

A Courageous Defender of Life

I first met Dr. Jérôme Lejeune at a pro-life conference in Montreal. Just minutes before his scheduled presentation to a large and expectant audience, we, along with several other participants, were tending to our ablutions in the men’s lavatory. Since it is not practical to wash one’s hands while holding a portfolio of notes, we naturally set them aside until our momentary task was completed. When we were ready to leave, however, we...

Embryo Jewelry, Vanity, and the Culture of Death

Since the dawn of the in vitro fertilization industry more and more morally problematic situations have arisen. Recently, a story has gone viral about an Australian company who makes jewelry out of “extra” embryos that the parents no longer want. As the world is still coming to the realization that so-called “leftover” embryos are being used for lethal research that serves no benefit to them, this is another example of vulnerable children...

Battling a Brave New World: Regnative Prudence and Pro-Life Legislation Part 3

On March 15, 2017, Wesley J. Smith published an excellent piece in The Human Life Review entitled “Brave New World is Closer Than You Think”. In his article, he details much of the history surrounding the beginning of life issues that are found within biotechnology. He further explains that while much of the biotechnology issues such as human cloning were hotly debated topics within the political realm ten to fifteen years ago,...

How abortion divides the feminist movement

By Stephanie Pacheco

On a Monday afternoon, a panel of seven women, some dressed in blazers, others in colorful skirts and sporting hair colors from blue to purple to gray to black, sat on stage to discuss–civilly–a topic that tends to ignite irresolvable arguing: abortion, and its place within feminism.

The discussion, hosted by the Institute for Human Ecology at the Catholic University of America, included activists from across the aisle, seeking to understand and contemplate feminism and life...

Sexual Abuse and the Culture of Death

News headlines are full of the latest in a series of sexual abuse scandals, this time of the abuse of gymnasts by USA Gymnastics coaches and at least one doctor. Sexual abuse and assault are continuing to happen, and continuing to be covered up on an institutional scale. Despite more awareness and education programs aimed at protecting against abuse, it seems as though no complete reform in society has occurred from the many sexual abuse...

Regnative Prudence and Pro-Life Legislation Part 2: The Dismemberment Abortion Ban

Ever since the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the federal partial birth abortion ban in 2007 some elements of the pro-life movement have taken the next logical step by focusing on the brutality of second and third trimester abortions. This has been done in two ways: 1) through banning abortion at the 20 week gestational mark, and 2) dismemberment abortion bans. As a result, citizens have certainly become more aware of the...