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Dear Susan B. Anthony

By Denise Hunnell, M.D.

Lovely Warren, the mayor of Rochester, New York, left a note at Susan B. Anthony’s grave following the nomination of Hillary Clinton as the Democratic Party candidate for president. The note says:

We thought you might like to know that for the first time in history, a woman is running for President representing a major party. 144 years ago your illegal vote got you arrested. It took another 48 years for women to...

The Poverty of Abortion

By Denise Hunnell, M.D.

“It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.” This poignant quote by Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta rang in my ears as I read Karen Hartman’s latest essay in the Washington Post. The piece was published on January 22, 2016, to correspond with the anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision on abortion, Roe v. Wade. As thousands of pro-life advocates marched...

The Ethics of Fetal Tissue Donation

By Denise Hunnell, M.D.

The serial release of undercover videos of Planned Parenthood staff outlining the organization’s role in procuring fetal body parts for research laboratories has elicited well-deserved outrage and condemnation. The vocabulary of our visceral response to this exposé includes words like “barbarity“, “gruesome” and “heinous”. This revelation has prompted an investigation into Planned Parenthood’s alleged practices of selling fetal remains as well as a renewed call to remove state financial support for Planned Parenthood...

Marriage vs. Matrimony: the Aftermath of Legalizing Same-Sex “Marriage”

By Denise Hunnell, M.D.

There is no doubt that the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage will reverberate through our culture and increase the assaults on Christians and religious liberty. This ruling will be used to vilify anyone who does not embrace and celebrate homosexuality. Expect pressure to remove any tax-exempt status from schools, churches, and charities that do not endorse homosexual unions. I would not be surprised to see the United States go the way of Canada and...

My Grandchildren’s America

By Denise Hunnell, M.D.

Recently, I was blessed to spend time in Alaska with all of my children and grandchildren together for the first time in nearly two years. It was a joyous reunion and well worth all the planning and logistical manipulations required to make it happen.

We began our time together with Mass followed by the baptism of my newest grandchild, Felicity Faustina. It was a beautifully poignant moment as we welcomed her into the Church in...

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...

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...

Downton Abbey as a Backdrop for Casti Connubii

By Denise Hunnell, M.D.

Like thousands of others, the last few Sunday evenings have found me settling in to my couch and tuning in to watch Downton Abbey. This PBS series set in early twentieth century England chronicles the drama, trials and tribulations of the residents of Downton Abbey, the ancestral home of the aristocratic Crawley family.

The current season finds the characters confronting the social changes of the 1920s. The family patriarch is struggling to preserve his position...