Archive for the ‘Life’ Category

Regnative Prudence and Pro-Life Legislation Part 1: The Heartbeat Bill and Abortion Bans

Recently, Ohio Governor John Kasich vetoed what was termed the “Heartbeat Bill” which many pro-life advocates had fought to pass within the Ohio legislature. It dumbfounded many as to why a staunchly pro-life governor would veto such legislation. Was this not his duty to enact legislation that would help usher in a Culture of Life? Was not Kasich’s veto an act that was contrary to this purpose? Is this not contrary to...

The Moral Case for States to Pass Partial Birth Abortion Bans

In 2004, President George W. Bush signed into federal law the prohibition of the horrendous practice of partial birth abortions. Soon afterwards, abortion advocates challenged the constitutionality of the law within the federal courts. In 2007, the US Supreme Court issued its Gonzales v. Carhart decision allowing the law to stand and to go into effect. However, in the summer of 2015 it became increasingly obvious that some abortionists had violated the...

Protecting Society Without the Death Penalty

Can society effectively incarcerate violent criminals, and protect innocent people from them? Pope St. John Paul II stated that it can, and that while the Church’s official teaching on the death penalty is that the state has the right to take life in order to protect society, I would argue that this is no longer practically necessary in the modern world, with the incarceration methods and technological advances available. “No matter how heinous the crime,...

Education and Reconciliation

Education and Reconciliation are important themes for February’s “Black History Month”. Black history, of course, is tightly intertwined with white history. We may look to various Supreme Court decisions as a profitable learning exercise. But that exercise is also charged with hope, even hope for the unborn.

The history of US Supreme Court decisions looks like a roller coaster, moving from lows to highs or even from highs to lows as wisdom and...

Top 6 Pro-Life Aims for Health Care Reform

By Stephanie Pacheco

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump vowed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. The promise helped him win, and Congressional Republicans, led by House Speaker Paul Ryan, are now gearing up for the massive undertaking. As Mr. Trump takes office and health care policy changes unfold, citizens with pro-life commitments should keep an eye on the developments, because in the new policy our government will be seeking...

The Power of One

The theme for this year’s March for Life in Washington, DC is “The Power of One”. It’s an interesting theme to ponder considering that over 500,000 people, the majority of whom are youth and young adults, are expected to descend on the nation’s capital for the 44th annual March on January 27th.

Many years ago, there was a delightful children’s book called “If Everybody Did”, complete with endearing cartoon illustrations that spoke volumes...

Our Bishops Invite YOU to Make a Digital Pilgrimage: 9 Days for Life

USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities

Have you made a pilgrimage lately?

Maybe you’ve been blessed enough to take what many of us consider a traditional pilgrimage: travelling to a destination like Lourdes, Fatima, or even a special cathedral here in the United States. But a pilgrimage is about more than an inspiring destination; it’s about a journey undertaken as a prayer for a particular intention.

This year, your bishops are asking you to dedicate yourself to a particular pilgrimage, praying...

Higher Education

Many pro-life advocates believed that the answer to the abortion problem lay in education. Science supports the claim that human life begins at conception. Psychology reports that induced abortion has adverse effects on a high percentage of women. Sociology informs us that abortion has a negative impact on marriage and the family. Scripture commands us not to kill. And so on. Unfortunately, education in moral matters has gone underground. Political correctness has not...