Posts Tagged ‘pro-life’

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...

Being Pro-life is not an Option

Few things are less dramatic than opening one’s Chinese fortune cookie and reading the inscription. Under the circumstances, a drum roll is entirely unnecessary. I do not believe that anyone, with the possible exception of Rodney Dangerfield, has ever cracked opened a fortune cookie that contained an ominous message. At the same time, fortune cookie messages can be either appropriate or entirely irrelevant.  In our case, my wife’s message that evening was most...

Pro-Life Heroes: The Heart of Blessed Margaret of Castello

Mike Wallace once asked Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood; “Do you believe in sin — When I say believe I don’t mean believe in committing sin do you believe there is such a thing as a sin?” She responded: “I think the greatest sin in the world is bringing children into the world–that have disease from their parents, that have no chance in the world to be a human...

Mercy in a Culture of Death

Amid all the shouting, the rallies, the speeches, the chanting of “Hey Hey, Ho Ho, Roe v Wade has got to go!” Amid the political lobbying, the thousands of cold stomping feet along Constitution Avenue, the sometimes dramatic displays in front of the Supreme Court, the shaking of heads in conversations about how bad things have become and bewilderment that abortion is still legal in an age when even science upholds the humanity of the...

The Pro-Life Generation is Here to Stay

By Brittany Higdon

As we recognize the 41st anniversary of the pivotal Supreme Court ruling of Roe v. Wade, thousands of professional, single 20-somethings will use their paid time off, or, in some cases, unpaid time off to travel to Washington, D.C., to give a voice to the voiceless. Their pencil skirts and neckties will remain in their closets while they don heavy winter coats to brave the harsh D.C. winter to tell Congress that they will continue to...

Hope for the Pro-life Movement

Is the annual March for Life, held on the 22nd of January, worth the trouble? Is there really any reasonable hope of ever overturning Roe v. Wade, of ever stopping the court-sanctioned baby killing?

Since the Supreme Court legislated abortion on demand 41 years ago, after casting about for constitutional justification and settling on an unenunciated privacy right lurking in the penumbras of the Constitution, abortion has been present in every state in...

Mary: A Pro-life Role Model at Christmas

The word “choice” has achieved a hallowed status in our society. Little thought, however, is given to what a real choice involves. I would like to draw attention to two features that a real choice involves that are perfectly exemplified in Mary, the Mother of God. They are: freedom from coercion and pressure, and acceptance of the consequences that are linked to a specific choice.

Mary accepted her role as Mother of God...

The Myth of Neutrality

No one comes into this world in a mode of neutrality. From the zygote stage on, there is a pulse that presses and propels us toward a more complete form of life. Embedded in the very being of all us is a charge, an inclination, an appetite for an end. The Greeks called it an “entelechy,” a force within us that impels us to something higher, to seek a fulfilling finality. Aristotelian/Thomistic philosophy is “teleological,” built...