Posts Tagged ‘Abortion’

Defending life is not in opposition to fighting poverty

By Denise Hunnell, M.D.

I was astounded when I read reports by numerous news outlets that during a panel discussion on poverty held at Georgetown University, President Obama admonished Catholic and Evangelical Christian leaders to focus more on poverty and spend less time worrying about abortion and same-sex marriage. Surely, someone who is a constitutional law scholar, as President Obama claims to be, would realize how inappropriate it is for the President of the United States to insert himself...

Is Hillary a Political Leader or a Religious One?

This past weekend, Presidential-hopeful Senator Hillary Clinton spoke emphatically about the need to improve women’s welfare. She cited a decrease in maternal mortality rates as progress, but said there was still much work to do to ensure safe births and “reproductive health care”, which—for Clinton—most definitely includes unlimited access to abortion.

Now here is where a number of conservative commenters have rightly pricked up their ears about threats to religious liberty. Clinton went...

Venerable Traditions and Radical Ideologies

Once upon a time, civilized society gave special consideration to the young and to the elderly and showed special concern for widows and orphans. Under the topic “Duties to Children and Posterity,” C. S. Lewis includes at the end of The Abolition of Man the precepts of the natural law found in all cultures throughout the world and in all ages that honor children and the aged. He quotes the Roman Juvenal: “Great reverence...

Children’s Welfare Held Hostage to Radical Sexual Agenda

By Denise Hunnell, M.D.

During a wide-ranging interview while traveling from Manila to Rome, Pope Francis addressed and roundly condemned what he termed “ideological colonization”. By this he means the practice of developed nations linking aid for developing countries with the indoctrination and adoption of ideas foreign to their culture. He gave as an example a minister of education who sought financial aid to build schools for the poor. The grant money was offered only if the...

The Chance to Live a Life

You may wonder why laws promoting ultrasounds before abortion don’t have the impact that abortion opponents expected.

It is true that many people whose opinions about abortion have changed cite sonograms as critical to their confronting the reality of the unborn, and many pregnancy counseling centers find sonograms useful in this regard. However, even now, large numbers of pregnant women and their partners duck the implications of those prenatal images if the pregnancy...

Reconciling Feminism with Being Pro-Life

“Feminism” wears many hats. In some circles, it is the no-brainer idea that women are of equal value to men. In other places, it carries a more radical banner that advocates for all kinds of things, ranging from abortion, to casual sex, pornography and beyond. The terms “feminist” and “feminism” are so muddled it can be difficult to pin them down. Feminism claims to speak for women’s best interests and advocate for justice in the...

Whether Induced Abortion is an Instance of Domestic Violence (In the Style of St. Thomas)

Objection 1. It seems that induced abortion is not an instance of domestic violence, but a choice. Since there is nothing inherent in a choice that would include violence, induced abortion cannot be an instance of violence. Moreover, it would seem to be an act of violence to prevent people from making their own choices.

Objection 2. The claim that induced abortion is an instance of domestic violence is political in nature and...

The Ugliness of Evil and the Banality of Death

The classical world depicted the deformity and monstrosity of evil with revolting images: the Gorgon Medusa with serpents for coils of hair; the Chimaera with a boa constrictor for a tail and the heads of a lion, goat, and serpent, their mouths breathing fire; Centaurs half human and half horse; and Minotaurs part human and part bull. In the Inferno Dante also portrays evil in lurid forms in which human souls transform into the...