Archive for September, 2014

St. Francis de Sales, Saint of Courtesy and The Gentle Touch

“Already as a university student in Padua, you made a rule for yourself never to avoid or curtail a conversation with anyone, no matter how unlikable and boring; to be modest and without insolence, free and without austerity, gentle without affectation, pliant and without dissent.”

In his book Illustrissimi, Pope John Paul I (Albino Luciani) writes letters of gratitude to some of the illustrious saints, great authors and characters in literature whom he addresses...

When Utilitarianism Designs a Healthcare System…

By Denise Hunnell, M.D.

Ezekiel Emanuel, the architect of President Obama’s signature health care legislation, has penned a provocative piece published in The Atlantic and entitled Why I Hope to Die at 75. In this essay he argues that people over the age of 75 are a drain on society and it would serve the common good if they would just die sooner rather than later. He is very clear that he is not advocating for euthanasia...

Abandoned Babies Reveal Inherent Problems of Surrogacy

The budding practice of abandoning unborn babies with surrogates holds up a magnifying glass to the problems inherent in surrogacy: implanting embryos from a couple into an unrelated woman for gestation and birth. The UK’s Daily Mail reported last month that “A British surrogate mother said yesterday that she is raising a disabled baby as her own after the child’s intended mother told her she did not want a ‘dribbling cabbage’ for a...

“Before You Said ‘I Do,’ What Did You Do? A New Report on Premarital Experiences & Marital Quality”

“Living in sin,” i.e. fornicating, i.e. living together, i.e. cohabitating. Our secular culture has a bad habit of changing the subject by changing the terminology we use to describe the subject (Oh, and I almost forgot “hooking-up”). We don’t like to hurt people’s feelings, we don’t want to sound judgmental, and we want don’t want to be intolerant. So better to conceal what we say and do, than to reveal it.

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GAO Report Reveals Flagrant Violations of ACA Rules for Abortion Funding

By Denise Hunnell, M.D.

On September 11, 2014, the Susan B. Anthony List finally prevailed in their four-year legal battle with former Ohio congressman, Steve Driehaus. The saga began when the Susan B. Anthony List erected billboards claiming that Driehaus’ support for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was support for taxpayer-funded abortion. Driehaus claimed this was false and sued for defamation, using the Ohio political false-statements law to quash the Susan B. Anthony List allegations. After a prolonged judicial...

The Use and Abuse of the Mind

Everyone knows the meaning of fornication as a sin of the flesh, the immoral use of the body that commits the sin of lust and violates the virtue of chastity. The human body is not ordered or intended for conjugal acts outside the bond of marriage in the exchange of love between man and woman. Fornication, then, is a use of the body that is contrary to natural law and divine teaching. It not...

A Divorce from Justice: Medical Standards of Abortion Clinics

“I don’t think that Judge Yeakel gets it” were the words Dr. Joe Pojman, executive director of Texas Alliance for Life, used to describe the recent federal judicial decision that struck down the new Texas law regulating abortion clinics. Dr. Pojman is not alone in his frustration. Within the last couple of months, several judges have ruled that regulations in Alabama and Mississippi requiring abortionists to have hospital admitting privileges are unconstitutional.

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The Value of Unproductive Lives

Abortion and euthanasia are generally viewed by our society as solutions to problems: they get rid of burdens. The usual suspects of this “burden” are disabled children who might interfere with our way of life and aging adults who require medical care but fail to produce economic goods. In short, these vulnerable groups are sadly viewed as not contributing to society. Yet the idea that persons have to serve society in order to be valued...