Archive for February, 2014

Birth and Immortality

The Hindu poet and mystic, Sir Rabindranath Tagore remarked that “every child comes with the message that God is not discouraged of man.” Each new child arrives as a fresh start, a harbinger of hope, a light for a darkened world. Each birth is a sign of encouragement from a God who continues to believe in man. Similarly, the American poet, Carl Sandburg has stated that “A baby is God’s opinion that the...

“Brothers” and the Mystery of Love

By Mitchell Kalpakgian

How lovely the elder brother’s Life all laced in the other’s, Love-laced!—what once I well Witnessed, so fortune fell. When Shrovetide, two years gone, Our boys’ plays brought on Part was picked for John, Young John; then fear, then joy Ran revel in the other boy. Now the night come; all Our company thronged the hall; Henry, by the wall, Beckoned me beside him: I came where called, and eyed him By meanwhiles; making my...

After-Birth Abortion: A Modest Proposal?

Editor’s Note: This article was first published by Human Life International on March 6, 2012. It is being reprinted here due to renewed interest in the article “After-birth abortion: Why should the baby live?”

Let us consider two excerpts, and see if we can determine which comes from the realm of fiction, and which comes from the field of modern ethics. The first:

That the remaining hundred thousand may, at a year old,...

Freedom and the Law

It is most interesting to me how much information about our present culture can be packed in a single snippet of news. In March of 2013, an Oklahoma woman was arrested for trying to sell her two young children via Facebook. She claimed that she needed the money to spring her boyfriend from jail. What first struck me when I read of this incident is how the gap between technology and morality seems...

When NFP Does Not Work

Natural family planning — distinct from artificial family planning via contraceptives, abortion, sterilization, and abortifacients — does not work in a culture that is presently anti-life (there were 58 million abortions in the last year alone). Natural Family Planning is not practical nor efficient compared to artificial means of preventing pregnancy since it requires tough perseverance. Likewise, it takes personal discipline to monitor a woman’s fertility, a requirement of both husband and wife....

Product Boycotts and Avoiding Scandal

Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in America, performing over 330,000 abortions every year. This represents 1/3 of all the abortions in the United States. Until now, Planned Parenthood had no abortion centers in Louisiana, but that will soon change. New Orleans has approved a construction permit for Planned Parenthood to build a 7,000 square foot abortion facility in the heart of the city. It is scheduled to open in 2014 and will...

What Could be Wrong with Womb Transplants?

The Catholic Church loves babies. One of God’s first instructions was to “be fertile and multiply,” and the Bible is strewn with stories of mothers who conceived despite infertility and old age. So when we read that women have undergone womb transplants, because they want to have babies, that’s a good thing, right? On the surface, perhaps. But a look into the process reveals some serious ethical concerns.

In September 2012, Swedish nine women, mostly...

Abortion: A History of Coercion and Destruction

As G. Santayana famously put it, “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” The new slogan that accuses those who advocate for a Culture of Life, including the Church, as waging a “war on women” shows the complete ignorance of those who are chanting it. Abortion is essentially a way for men to control women. It is tragic that those who advocate for it seem to not understand their history....